Into the Wild

Sebastian the white tiger yawns wide, showing an impressive set of teeth.

Sebastian the white tiger yawns wide, showing an impressive set of teeth.

Keepers of the Wild is a non-profit wild animal sanctuary and nature park located northeast of Kingman along Route 66 in Valentine. The educational, fully licensed park is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of neglected, abused or endangered exotic animals. It currently houses about 150 animals, including lions, tigers, wolves, monkeys, jaguars, raccoons, ostriches and other wildlife. Recently, Keepers of the Wild obtained three tiger cubs from Oklahoma, two that are eight months old and one that is nine months old. They are named Ruckus, Hercules and Apollo. Before Keepers intervened, the tiger cubs were destined for a "canned hunt," which involves confining a captive animal to a small enclosure and shooting it for a "trophy." Now, the three cubs live and play in a large enclosure at Keepers of the Wild. Keepers of the Wild also sometimes rehabilitates injured or confiscated native wildlife with the cooperation of the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Keepers of the Wild is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Monday, and guided tours operate four times daily at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. The cost is $16 per adult and $10 per child. They also give senior and group discounts. Jonathan Kraft is founder and director of the sanctuary. For more information on Keepers of the Wild, visit their Web site at www.keepersofthewild.org or call (928) 769-1800.