The Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary (formerly the Beartooth Nature Center) is the only wildlife rescue organization in Montana that is open to the public. We rescue Yellowstone ecosystem animals that cannot be returned to the wild due to injury or habituation to humans.  We care for over 60 animals, many placed here by Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, including wolves, mountain lions, black bears, bison, elk, bobcat, fox, coyotes, hawks, owls and many more.  The Sanctuary offers visitors an unparalleled chance to learn about these and other Yellowstone ecosystem animals by observing them at close range. Come and visit us! We guarantee wild animal sightings!

The YWS was founded by Ruth Brown and a group of concerned citizens in 1991 and has been providing a safe and loving home for injured, orphaned and non-releasable wildlife ever since. Every resident is here because they would be unable to survive in the wild. The animals come here to live out their lives in peace and safety, and they serve as ambassadors for their wild cousins. It is very important to us that people understand that we are a non-profit wildlife sanctuary and not a zoo. We do not buy our animals nor do we breed our animals.

We are fortunate to reside at the NE entrance to Yellowstone National Park  in the heart of the greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. We are just north of the Beartooth Pass. If you are planning a trip to Yellowstone National Park, Red Lodge, The Beartooth/Absorka Wilderness, Billings or any other part of Montana or Northern Wyoming, you do not want to miss a stop at YWS. We know you'll love all of our rescued residents, and everyone in the family will have a great time. In addition to our amazing wild animals we also have gorgeous grounds filled the the lovliest gardens you've ever seen (all lovingly cared for by dedicated volunteers). We've got peaceful picnic areas, walking paths and lots of fun events. Be sure to add us into your travel plans!

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