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Audio Kiosk #5
In the large habitat directly in front of you, or to the east, are two more Tigers. This male and female are both normal-colored orange Tigers. These two can be notoriously difficult to find at times when they lay down in the grass. Sometimes only the flick of an ear or a white ear spot gives them away. These Tigers were rescued from a defunct zoo in Argentina that was at one time considered to be one of the 10 worst zoos in the world. Directly below you, running along the length of the walkway, is another Fox habitat. These delightful animals are typically quite visible. If you are not seeing them, be sure to look in the trench that runs along the trees. Often they can be found lying in the grass in that low-lying area. A couple of them are cream colored, so they may not look like what you are expecting to see. Most of the Foxes in this habitat were rescued from a roadside zoo in Virginia that was closed down due to abuse and neglect. In 2019 the Sanctuary rescued a total of 24 animals from that place.
Terrible Zoos in Argentina
In addition to the two Tigers nearby that came from a zoo in Argentina, the Sanctuary has also rescued 12 Grizzly Bears from other zoos in that country. Some of the Grizzlies are here at the Keenesburg Sanctuary while the rest are down at the Refuge in southern Colorado. So what’s going on in Argentina? In both cases the municipalities that operated the zoos decided to convert them into eco-parks-- knowing that they did not have the resources necessary to bring the zoos up to acceptable standards. Fortunately, the Sanctuary was contacted and was able to provide new and wonderful home for the Argentina Tigers and Bears!
Just up ahead on the left side of the walkway is another habitat with Coyotes. Even if not down in their dens, they can still be difficult to see, even in plain sight, due to the color of their fur. These Coyotes came from a terrible zoo situation in Mexico where they were living in small transfer cages stacked on top of one another because the zoo had no other room for them. In this enclosure you will notice a cantilevered overhang at the top of the fence which is one way to prevent animals from climbing over the fence. Another thing you will notice with the Fox, Coyote and Wolf habitats is that it is necessary to have either rocks or concrete underneath the fence to prevent digging. It is not that the animals are trying to escape, but as many guests can attest to, canines simply love to dig. If you are here in the late hours of the day, the Sanctuary’s Coyotes and perhaps even some wild Coyote residents may serenade you with their yipping and howling, which is always an enjoyable experience.
In the long narrow habitat behind the Coyotes you will find a number of Black Bears. In each case they come from very horrible situations. Most of the Bears were rescued from South Carolina where they were used for the ancient blood sport of Bear-baiting. South Carolina was the last state in the country to make this illegal. Bear-baiting is where the Bears would be chained to a wall and then hunting dogs could practice assailing them. In order to protect the dogs, the Bears were both declawed and had their canine teeth filed down or removed. Another Black Bear in this habitat is one of our most well-known animals. Her name is Ricki and she was rescued from a tourist place in Pennsylvania where people could buy ice cream and play miniature golf. She lived in a small concrete enclosure for close to 20 years. But fortunately, there was eventually enough public pressure placed on the owner and he agreed to give her up. Now all of these bears can live comfortable lives free of exploitation and abuse.