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Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary is a Red Lodge, MT based non-profit that houses "native animals that cannot be returned to the wild due to injury or habituation to humans.”


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Last year I was lucky enough to spend a day in Yellowstone National Park. It was a short trip, but I saw all kinds of wildlife including elk, bison, and a fox. One thing that becomes obvious almost instantly once you’re in the park is that there are a lot of people coming into close contact with wild animals. This is kind of the point, but it can have bad consequences for the wildlife. Many animals can become injured or orphaned, and that’s when the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary steps in. They’re a Red Lodge, MT based non-profit that is “the only public refuge in Montana to house native animals that cannot be returned to the wild due to injury or habituation to humans.”

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

You’ll have to excuse the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary for its current website. They’re working on launching a new version, but the current version is pretty rough down to the Comic Sans (they ask that you bear with them). But they make up for it with animal photos! The Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary cares for more than 60 animals at any given time, and visitors are welcome to come see those animals. The end goal is “to educate the public about the protection and conservation of Yellowstone ecosystem wildlife and natural habitats.” If that sounds like something that you want to be a part of, take a look at Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary’s Jobs page. Right now there are a few positions worth considering including Animal Care Specialist, Raptor Specialist, Assistant Director and Fundraising Coordinator, and Administration, Volunteer & Operations Manager. It sounds like a pretty special place to work, so you should definitely consider these opportunities if you’re an animal lover.

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