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Colorado Attraction of the Day! 9/15/12

Posted by on Sep. 15, 2012 at 12:03 PM
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Today's attraction is Serenity Springs Wildlife Center in Calhan, CO.  For anybody who doesn't know where that is(I didn't), it is a bit northeast of Colorado Springs it seems.  This place looks really cool.  They rescue big cats like lions and tigers and such and house them there.  You can take tours and visit the facility.  It looks like they have new baby tigers too!  Here is some info from their website.

Opened in 1993, Serenity Springs Wildlife Center is home to over 120 big cats, including lions, tigers, cougars, leopards, genets, servals, caracals, and a coatimundi. We are the largest federal and state licensed placement facility in Colorado.

Over the years, with dedication and determination we've become Colorado's premiere big cat facility. We are proud to be the only facility in the state, including government funded zoological parks, to qualify for and be granted, a State of Colorado Zoological License.

It is with joy that we provide care and love to the exotic cats in our care. See all of the opportunities you have to spend time with these majestic animals.

A facility of this size cannot survive without your help. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. There are several ways you can directly impact the lives of the cats that call Serenity Springs Wildlife Center home. Click on the How to Help link at the left for more information or click here to make a donation.

Please enjoy your visit to our website. Just as our facility is always growing and changing, this site will continue to grow and change. Bookmark us and come back often to see what is new and exciting at Serenity Springs Wildlife Center!

We’re now accredited by the USZA!!!

Great news! We are now an accredited facility of the United States Zoological Association (USZA).  There are many associates out there and lots of different views by different organizations and we feel this organization is the best fit for what we do.  A little bit about the USZA: The purpose of this organization is to support and unite the commercial zoos, breeders, private owners, and sanctuaries into a networking program to further educate each other and create professionalism within the animal industry. This will give us the credibility we need to work strongly with the lawmakers, to further their education about the exotic and alternative animal owners, and show them we can be responsible and professional.Through conservation, education and outreach we can conserve endangered animals in both captivity and in the wild and help raise awareness of the dangers to wild habitats that may lead to the extinction of some species.

You can read more about it here: Additionally our own Julie Walker the Director of Operations has been name the Education Director for the USZA as well. We look forward to working closely with the USZA.

Our Mission Statement

Big Cats of Serenity Springs Inc. DBA Serenity Springs Wildlife Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing a safe, stable and permanent home for non-domestic felines and other exotic wildlife.

Through educational programs and community outreach, we strive to raise public awareness of the existence of the large numbers of captive wildlife and the continuing need for sanctuary from exploitation, abuse and neglect. Through introduction to, and education about these magnificent creatures, we promote compassion and respect for all animals while fostering recovery for endangered species.


by on Sep. 15, 2012 at 12:03 PM
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by Kathleen on Sep. 15, 2012 at 12:09 PM

So my kids asked me to show them a lot of pictures when I was looking at this and we were reading about the tigers that are there.  I found this information about one of the tigers and it made me so sad so I thought I would share. 

Previously owned by Dirk Arthur, Snowmagic was brought to the SSWC to retire after being a featured performer in Arthur’s Xtreme Magic show at the Tropicana Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.


We are facing a difficult decision with medical care for one of our beloved cats, Snow Magic. You may or may not have heard but we have had him under medical care now for almost 2 years. He arrived 3 years ago and after about 1 year, he had a spinal aneurism. Dr Holly Colella, a local equine veterinarian and our primary vet Dr Mel consulted and gave him steroids and acupuncture treatments. He regained partial mobility but now is on the decline once again. Dr Colella made a visit out this last Sunday for another treatment. The muscle holding the ball joint in his left hind leg has deteriorated and is now dislocated. Other than his leg he seems to be in good spirits and often chuffs at both the staff and visitors and still really enjoys his swimming pool!!! The decision we have to face is euthanasia or trying to give him a longer life and amputate the leg. This has not been done on a Tiger to our knowledge but we all believe he could still have quality of life as he is only 10 years old. Which brings us to the cost. The procedure may cost us up to $10,000 and we would like to build an new recovery enclosure not just for him but cats that may need extended care in the future. The cost for the recovery enclosure may reach approximately $15,000. Winter is coming and as you all know our toughest months but we feel he deserves the opportunity. Snow Magic is one of only 17 Snow tigers in the world. This is a tough decision but one that we must make very soon. Please let us know if you or anyone you know can help us with this project whether it be monetarily, materials or labor. If you are able to help out monetarily please note that your donation is to be applied to our Snow Magic/ Recovery Enclosure effort. Thank You!!!
by Amy on Sep. 15, 2012 at 4:29 PM

How cute!  I want to go!

by Kathleen on Sep. 16, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Quoting rocky_mtn_mama:

How cute!  I want to go!

I want to too!  I told DH all about it last night and he said we would put it on our list of things to do. 

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