Lion Ark & The “Tail” Behind The Bolivian Lion Rescue

  • When: November 21, 2014 Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Where: eTOWN HALL / 1535 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302
  • Cost: $100 per Night, $175 for the Double Feature Plus Applicable Service Fees
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Split Feature Event

Friday Evening, November 21, 2014: Special Closed Door Fundraiser Screening of the Motion Picture LION ARK

Saturday Evening, November 22, 2014: Special Closed Door Fundraiser Screening of

Single Screening Ticket Price: $100 per person/per night

Double Feature Package Price: $175 per person/all inclusive
*Please note that the Double Feature Package may not be used for admittance of multiple guests on a single film. These tickets will only be honored per guest purchase for both movie screenings.

 Doors Open Time: 6:00 both nights

Event Start Time: 6:30 pm both nights

Event End Time: 9:00 pm both nights


The Wild Animal Sanctuary presents a two night private fundraiser screening event of the award winning independent film LION ARK on Friday night November 21st, and the in-depth follow-up documentary MILE HIGH JUNGLE - BOLIVIA RESCUE on Saturday night, November 22nd with wild animal crusader Pat Craig and his team from The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg.

Join Jan Creamer, Tim Phillips and Pat Craig for an unprecedented look behind the scenes of the largest Lion rescue in history as documented in the Animal Defenders International’s film LION ARK. More action adventure than traditional documentary, LION ARK follows the world’s most ambitious and daring animal rescue, with a narrative compiled from film, interviews, conversations and real footage as events unfolded. How attitudes to animals were changed in Bolivia, illegal circuses pursued and closed, and 25 lions airlifted to freedom.

Dovetailed with the documentary MILE HIGH JUNGLE - BOLIVIA RESCUE, this event will take you deeper inside the operation than any outsider has ever seen, from the immediacy of the Wild Animal Sanctuary Team’s emergency response, to its break-neck facility preparation, and finally, to the breathtaking release of the Lions into their new 80 acre home on the plains of Colorado (just 40 minutes east of Boulder)!

Each evening features a Q&A with Sanctuary director Pat Craig and pre-show reception, making for an informative, entertaining and enriching experience bookended by two films that document the entire Bolivian Lion rescue operation from its harrowing beginning through to its happily-ever-after ending!

The Wild Animal Sanctuary was started in Boulder thirty-four years ago and is now one of the most preeminent wildlife sanctuaries in the world specializing in captive large carnivores. The Sanctuary’s innovative large-acre habitats are now internationally recognized as the model for long-term care and rehabilitation of rescued exotic wildlife… and the Sanctuary’s ground-breaking elevated walkway is another example of humane-based ingenuity that’s become a benchmark for captive animal welfare - allowing for public viewing of rescued wildlife in a non-intrusive setting that also preserves the sovereignty of the animal’s territory, allowing it to be observed in a completely stress-free state!


Artist Bios

Pat Craig is the executive director and founder of The Wild Animal Sanctuary. Pat is the driving force behind saving over 1,000 Lions, Tigers, Bears, Wolves and other exotic captive wildlife from euthanasia and providing them a long-term home in a natural, open-range setting at the 720 acre refuge just 40 minutes east of Boulder off of highway 52 in Keenesburg. Pat’s 35 years of experience in captive large carnivore behavior and sanctuary development have led to his becoming a leading expert in the field. He has participated in The Association of Sanctuaries and the American Sanctuary Association, on whose board he served.

Pat lectures regionally and nationally on captive wildlife rescue and transportation, great cat behaviors and diets, and has worked tirelessly toward better protection for these animals. He works hand-in-hand with the USDA, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Colorado Division of Wildlife, and many other state and national organizations in the never-ending rescue of animals in need.

Pat has a BS in Education from the University of Northern Colorado, and has received recognition from many sources, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Humane Association, and from E-Town Environmental Radio Show. He was also a finalist in Animal Planet’s “Hero of the Year” competition.