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Address: 615 E 2nd St, Red Lodge, MT 59068-9281 (Formerly Beartooth Nature Center)
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+1 406-446-1133
10:00 - 16:00
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Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary is the only public refuge in Montana to...

Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary 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. We care for over 40 animals and birds, many placed here by Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, including wolves, mountain lions, black bears, bison, elk, bobcat, fox, coyote, eagles, hawks, owls and many more. The sanctuary offers visitors an unparalleled chance to learn about these and other animals by observing them at close range and through interpretive displays.

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A great spot for wildlife that can't be released

Some walking involved, but a great representation of wild animals from the area (including birds) that cannot be released back into the wild. Several areas under construction... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 August 2016
Tampa, Florida
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Tampa, Florida
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277 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

Some walking involved, but a great representation of wild animals from the area (including birds) that cannot be released back into the wild. Several areas under construction. Only negative, they have no room to expand.

1 Thank ta96silver
Lakewood Ranch, Florida
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

Not sure if there doing these animals any favors by keeping them in these small cages. Watching the bears pace back and forth in a small section was sickening. These are definitely not natural habitats.

Thank bob34280fl
New York City, New York
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76 reviews
29 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

We visited after driving the Beartooth Highway from Yellowstone. It was nice to find a sanctuary for those wild animals who cannot be returned to their habitats. The staff are to be commended for their good work.

Thank angelvet
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40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Small but good for little grandchildren. Beautiful gardens. Should good in the morning because we went in the afternoon and the bears, elk, and mountain lion was napping!!

Thank Karen H
Carmel, Indiana
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

While visiting Billings, we decided to see the sanctuary. It is small and in need of donations, but the animals are well cared for. We didn't get to see the bison, he must have been hiding in the shelter. Many of the "about the animal" signs are missing. It was still a very informative visit.

Thank aseals2
Apache512, Guest Relations Manager at Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this review

Thanks for the visit. We are in the process of changing out our signs that hold each animal's story. The wild ravens and magpies have been extra busy this year tearing them apart. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

The Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary is a must visit when in the area. We lined up a private tour with Tim. He was very good and understood the animals history and place not only in their sanctuary, but also the role the species plays in the environment. He discussed the role of population control of hunting as well natural predation and... More 

Thank Casey T
Poole, United Kingdom
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114 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

You have to be really lucky to see a wolf in the wild so here's your chance to meet a wolf and see at close hand a range of animal waifs and strays who cannot, for various good reasons, be returned to the wild.

Thank 415John
Jacksonville, Florida
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155 reviews
103 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

We took a little while to walk around. The staff was very friendly and answered all of our questions. Others have criticized some of the enclosures but I think they do the best they can. As my title said, I walked away with the thought that I had given a few dollars to helping take care of the animals that... More 

Thank Bill C
Fairfax, Virginia
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32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

We did the private tour with Tim and he was amazing! He was passionate about sharing what he knew on the back stories of the resident animals and about their care and preservation. He truly cares about the animals and about educating folks about the animals and the sanctuary. He was very knowledgeable and patient and very informative. We were... More 

2 Thank Lisa L
Glendive, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

This was really fun for my older kids to see and read about the animals. It was really cool to see bears and porcupines and other animals you don't normally see. My 1 year old loved the turtles. Very fun.

1 Thank Krystin C

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