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Lions, Tigers & Bears, Alpine

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Lions, Tigers & Bears is a federally and state licensed non-profit 501(c)(3) rescue facility dedicated to providing a safe haven for unwanted and abused exotic animals. We are one of only twelve big Cat Sanctuaries in the US.

Our goal is to provide a safe haven and to educate the public about the growing population of abandoned and unwanted exotic animals in our nation. Sadly, in many areas of the United States, there are countless big cats and wild exotics in private captivity. The number of animals bred and born in captivity is currently greater than that in the wild. Many of these animals are born into a life of abuse, ill-health, crowded conditions and ultimately an early and painful death.

The exotic animal trade is a 17 billion dollar a year industry, second only to drugs and weapons. Many private owners purchase these exotics without enough information about the amount of care they require and then struggle to find an organization to off-load them. Zoos will rarely take these animals and sanctuaries count on the support of donors to help them pick up where humanity has left off.

Founder, Bobbi Brink, notes the conditions that many of the animals live in: "...in miserable holding cells with no sunlight or windows, living in cages so small they barely have room to stand up or turn around. Many live in basements, never seeing sunlight or smelling fresh air. I have seen 10 or more cats crowded together in a small enclosure, where they restlessly pace in filth, and fight each other for scraps of food. Some starve to death. A full grown exotic cat costs about $15.00 a day to feed ($450.00 a month-just for food!)"

Thank you for your interest in the plight of these forgotten beings. They, and we, count on your support to continue to provide for the beings in our care and to help us open our hearts and gates to the ones that are still out there waiting for our help.

Copyright © 2017 Lions, Tigers & Bears a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
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  • The staff Chris and Carolyn were amazing and the sanctuary itself was beautiful! Excited to use our new membership ! 
    The staff Chris and Carolyn were amazing and the sanctuary itself was beautiful! Excited to use our new membership !  more »
  • My partner and I visited in May of 2022 and spent about 2 hours on the exclusive behind the scenes tour. All I can say is WOW. The entire sanctuary is based on a hands off philosophy, which is just... 
    My partner and I visited in May of 2022 and spent about 2 hours on the exclusive behind the scenes tour. All I can say is WOW. The entire sanctuary is based on a hands off philosophy, which is just...  more »
  • Terrific information delivered by dedicated docents, beautiful country setting, fabulous observations of the animals. 
    Terrific information delivered by dedicated docents, beautiful country setting, fabulous observations of the animals.  more »
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  • Woooow! This was a birthday gift from my friends. It was truly a great experience. We got to meet Bobbi and she was amazing. Michelle and Annie were very knowledgeable guides. It's definitely worth the trip. Learning about the stories of these poor animals and so many others in the US. It's time to get aware and protect these beautiful creatures. Thank you everyone at 🦁 🐯 and 🐻 for such an awesome first experience.
  • Amazing experience with some absolutely gorgeous wild animals! This reserve saves and protects wild animals taken in as pets or abused in industry and gives them acres of land to recover and be safe. Fully non-profit organization that survives off donations and volunteers! Love it! 🥰
  • A must see. Over the top. My entire family enjoyed it. The animals there are miraculous. Loved seeing and learning about them. And the guides are very knowledgeable and friendly.
  • I've been volunteering here every week for 4 years. Do you think I love it? Haha. Come and visit! The sanctuary is magical.
  • Wonderful large cat and bear sanctuary right in our backyard! Very informative tour and fun experience. Good to know there are advocates for rescueing and carrying for the animals exploited and harmed by the horrible exotic animal trafficking industry. Great activity for kids and out of town visitors.

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