Documentary crew visits Keepers of the Wild

Keepers of the Wild/courtesy -- Keepers of the Wild Founder and Director Jonathan Kraft, seated center, poses with staff and a film crew that recently came to the nature park to film footage for a documentary on the treatment of wild exotic animals.

Keepers of the Wild/courtesy -- Keepers of the Wild Founder and Director Jonathan Kraft, seated center, poses with staff and a film crew that recently came to the nature park to film footage for a documentary on the treatment of wild exotic animals.

VALENTINE - Tellus Films wrapped up a five-day visit to Keepers of the Wild Nature Park in Valentine earlier this month.

Starting in the early morning and filming late into the evening, Alex and Sam Tello and their crew took five days to capture the unpredictable day-to-day life of the animal sanctuary.

The Tello brothers are now headed to New Mexico. Their ultimate mission is to create a documentary film which will raise awareness of the cruel and inhumane treatment of wild exotic animals in the entertainment, breeding and illegal animal trade industry and show there is hope for these animals through non-profit organizations like Keepers of the Wild.

They are visiting wildlife sanctuaries "across the Southwest and documenting their wonderful stories and daily struggles," and first on their list was Keepers of the Wild.

The Tellos are independent filmmakers from Santa Clarita, Calif. They wrote, produced and directed a short comedy called "The Mustard Stain," which premiered in December 2009. The film is now making its way through film festivals across the country.

Keepers of the Wild Nature Park is located at mile marker 87 on Historic Route 66.

It is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. every day except Tuesday.

For more information, visit www.keepersofthewild.org or call (928) 769-1800.