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Address: 615 E 2nd St, Red Lodge, MT 59068 (Formerly Beartooth Nature Center)
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+1 406-446-1133
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10:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sun 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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Worth a two hour visit

The Wildlife Center in Red Lodge is well worth a visit. You will see all the local animals like cougars, lynx, bobcats, and bears which you are not likely to see in the wild. The... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 May 2016
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Kirkland, Washington, United States
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103 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

This place is worth a visit while in Billings,Montana or on way from Yellowstone NE entrance to Montana. It is located about 60 miles from Billings on High Way 212 towards Yellowstone National Park. They provide food and shelter to orphan or wounded animals, and send them back to the refuge after treatment. They have a set of wild animals... More 

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1 Thank Radhakrishnan R
Montana
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96 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

The Wildlife Center in Red Lodge is well worth a visit. You will see all the local animals like cougars, lynx, bobcats, and bears which you are not likely to see in the wild. The Center is clean and pleasant to walk. The animals that live there cannot be returned to the wild because of injury or habituation to humans.... More 

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2 Thank Peregrine15
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2016

This Sanctuary is wonderful, the staff is very nice and very knowledgeable. It is wonderful to see the animals given a home since they are unable to survive in the wild.

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1 Thank Suzy H
Joliet, Montana
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52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2016

Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary is a great place for families to see native animals up close. From bears to wolves to mountain lions, porcupine, deer, elk, buffalo & more. They're well taken care of by the caretakers and the grounds are beautiful. Spend a few hours here learning about the animals and the circumstances that brought them here. An inexpensive place... More 

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1 Thank Susan W
Wyoming
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2016

Due to the cold weather, a lot of the animals were either hibernating or just plain hiding in their enclosures. I'm sure it would be a much better place to visit in the summer.

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Thank Lorie F
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2015 via mobile

Went here for second time today. This facility is great for young kids because of the proximity to the animals.

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Thank Julie K
La Jolla, California
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2015

Nigel and Kara were awesome tour guides and we had a great time seeing all of the animals in their winter environment.

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Thank jordanlbowman
Norco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2015 via mobile

If you really care for animals you would feel sorry for the living conditions of some of these animals, I felt especially sorry for the LONE WOLF in its penn, Wolf's are very social animals they need a companion...

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2 Thank Papi C
Apache512, Front Office Manager at Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this review

Actually our wolf has a habitat that meets USDA guidelines. She has plenty of space and visual barriers. We have one wolf right now as Apache's sister Cheyenne passed away last year. Apache has a great visual to the coyotes which is an animal she would see in the wild. We do have plans to further enhance this habitat. At... More 

Nevada
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45 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2015 via mobile

First, staff are friendly and just $20 for a family of four. The bad...inclosures are small, filthy, and animals look sad, have matted hair, and appear dispondent. Upgrades look like they might be coming but this was a depressing experience. They should take some time and clean up the animals and their "habitats." The flowers at the entrance were beautiful.

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2 Thank geotravelerNV
Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia
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121 reviews
74 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2015

I travelled to Red Rock especially to see this attraction. The sanctuary is small but there is evidence that new enclosures are being constructed and hopefully this will lead to a general upgrade. I found the enclosures generally too small for the contents and visibility was often severely restricted by excessive protective measures installed as a result of poor design.... More 

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1 Thank Colin J
Apache512, Front Office Manager at Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this review

Here at YWS we are always working on ways to enhance our residents lives and habitats. We are a non-profit that relies solely on admissions, donations and grants. Our habitats all meet USDA requirements. Come back this summer and see all of our improvements. Unfortunately the road to our sanctuary is owned by the city and we cannot make improvements... More 

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