The Wild Animal Sanctuary was founded in 1980 and is the oldest and largest sanctuary in the United States dedicated to saving endangered large carnivores. Currently the sanctuary shelters about 350 animals. 

  1. Why can't lions raised in captivity just be released into the wild?

  2. How can Kobu be accepted into the lion pride at the sanctuary?

  3. What other types of animals are living in this sanctuary?

  4. If you were in charge of moving a lion in captivity to another sanctuary, what precautions would you take to make sure the lion arrived safely?


organism threatened with extinction.

exotic pet

rare or wild animal kept for human comfort.


environment where an organism lives throughout the year or for shorter periods of time.


large cat native to sub-Saharan Africa and Gir Forest National Park, India.


protected area where wildlife can live and breed without threat from hunting.