Bear Awareness Day to be rescheduled soon | SUMMER HOURS:  Open from 10am-4pm daily EXCEPT Tuesdays. Book tours early as they fill up quickly in the summer. 

Bear Awareness Day to be rescheduled soon | SUMMER HOURS: Open from 10am-4pm daily EXCEPT Tuesdays. Book tours early as they fill up quickly in the summer.

In situations where wild animals cannot be released back into their natural environment, it is essential to find a facility that can cater to their highly specialized needs. The Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary is dedicated to providing consistent, quality care for our amazing animals for the rest of their lives. In keeping with our mission, all of our animal residents are native to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, so they don’t have to adapt to an unfamiliar climate. Whether they’re here because they were orphaned, injured, or habituated, they help us with our conservation education work and bring joy into the lives of thousands that come to visit them every year.

Cooper the Raccoon at Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary
Cooper

Cooper

Cooper was found as a kit and raised by a family. Being smart animals, raccoons are very susceptible to habituation, so Cooper could not return to the wild but is very sociable with our keepers. In warmer months, he loves hanging out in his tire swing and fishing for minnows that keepers put in the raccoon pool. In the cold, he’ll squish into his winter box.

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Dahlia the Red Fox at Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary
Dahlia

Dahlia

Dahlia was transferred to YWS in 2021 from the private facility where she was born. She is black and silver with a white-tipped tail, called a melanistic red fox or silver fox. When Dahlia joined our red fox, Clare, in a shared enclosure, the two began to enrich each other’s lives, and they now play and snooze together. Dahlia often caches food around the enclosure for snacking later.

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Dave

Dave

Dave was found on the ground as a youngster and taken to a rehabilitation facility where it was determined he was non-releasable due to vision issues in both eyes. In 2012, he was transferred to Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, where over time he seemed to regain most of his vision. At this point, despite his improved vision he is not a candidate for release due to his habituation and comfort with human interaction

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Edgar the Raven at Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary
Edgar

Edgar

Edgar flew into a power transformer and lost the use of one wing. After treatment, he is almost fully flighted but too accustomed to human care to go back to the wild. Edgar often calls to wild ravens and has been observed trading food with wild ravens. He has been at YWS longer than any other resident.

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Hawkeye the Swainsons Hawk at Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary
Hawkeye

Hawkeye

As a fledging, Hawkeye received an injury that resulted in the loss of her left eye. Because of the way it affects her balance and the precision of her movements, she cannot be released to the wild. But at YWS, she navigates her personal space very well and enjoys pulling her favorite food (rats!) out of cardboard tubes and boxes -- an enrichment activity provided by our animal care staff.

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Index

Index

One of the two wolves at YWS, who are siblings, was born
at roadside menagerie in Canada. When the roadside menagerie was shut down by the Canadian government, all of the wildlife were relocated to temporary homes.
However, as both wolves had never lived in the wild and were deemed non-releasable.

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Lisa the Raven at Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary
Lisa

Lisa

Lisa arrived at YWS with a wing injury that left her non-flighted and non-releasable. Her enclosure is set up so she and her roommate, Bart, can use the entire space without flying. Lisa is cautious toward keepers. She and Bart like shredding paper books, and she especially enjoys picking pomegranates apart.

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Lola the Coyote at Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary
Lola

Lola

Lola was found as a tiny pup with her brother, Scout. Mistaken for domestic dogs, they were taken to an animal shelter, then a wildlife rehabilitator, and finally YWS when they were determined non-releasable. Lola often follows Scout’s lead, but she’s always ready to stick her face into a box or a pumpkin to get the treat inside.

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