"The voice of the natural world would be, 'Could you please give us space and leave us alone to get along with our own lives and our own ways, because we actually know much better how to do it than when you start interfering."
— Jane Goodall
A beautiful African Serval Cat naps peacefully in a shady nook atin Keenesburg, Colorado…
This unique sanctuary was founded to help deal with the world's "Captive Wildlife Crisis". There are an estimated 30,000+ captive big cats, bears, wolves and other large carnivores living in substandard conditions throughout the U.S. In fact, after illegal drugs and weapons, the exotic animal trade is the third largest source of illicit profits in America – and in the world – today. The sanctuary rescues animals from these captive and often abusive situations and gives them a very large, natural-simulated habitat and world-class veterinary care. Their stated goals are "to prevent and alleviate cruelty to animals which are abandoned or that are subject to deprivation or neglect by providing care and boarding for such animals" and "to rescue and provide life-long homes for large exotic and endangered captive wild animals, and to educate the public about the causes of, and solutions to the World’s captive wildlife crisis".
Some of the serval rescue stories from The Wild Animal Sanctuary's website (http://ift.tt/1eJ9L9l):
Aslyn: Private Surrender —Given to a couple as a wedding gift, Aslyn went from being a “pet” to a liability when the couple’s first baby was born and the Serval became jealous. Surrendered to The Wild Animal Sanctuary, Aslyn now resides in a large enclosure adjacent to two other Servals. She has a cozy heated condo for winter, and lots of space to jump and lounge around on platforms of varying heights.
Diva: Private Surrender —Diva is a female African Serval that was being kept as a “pet” in a New York apartment. Her teeth have been filed down, and her claws removed, in an attempt to make her less dangerous. Even with these “modifications,” her owners quickly realized that she did not make a good “pet” and sought out TWAS as a home for her.
Jules: Private Surrender —Jules is a male African Serval that was someone’s “pet” in California. But like so many other Servals, he started to become temperamental with his owners, and began marking his territory, profusely. His owner relinquished him to a sanctuary in Arizona but they were unable to keep him, and so TWAS gladly took him in.
Gizzy: Idaho State Court Ordered Surrender- Gizzy was being kept by an exotic animal breeder in the State of Idaho. She, and many other Tigers were kept and moved from county to county by a man that was avoiding new regulations that were being put in place to stop him and other people from breeding and selling exotic animals as pets. Finally, state authorities stepped in and obtained a court order shutting down the operation. Gizzy now lives freely at the Sanctuary, and enjoys the company of other rescued Servals.
Shaka: New York State Wildlife Officials Confiscation – Shaka is a Male African Serval that was being kept in a small cage located in a junk-ridden back yard of a couple living in New York State. The couple had purchased Shaka, along with a Mountain Lion and a Black Bear with the intention of keeping them as pets – but once they all had grown up – they were placed in cramped cages out behind the couple’s house. Shaka, and his fellow back yard “pet” friends were rescued and now live in open habitats with others of their own species.
The moral of the story is: Wild animals are wild, and should remain that way. Please do not keep wild animals as pets or encourage others to do so, either. Thanks.