At ClearSpan, we like to think that we continuously help those in need. Whether that need is a new riding arena or cold storage we can provide something for anyone. Occasionally, however, we get the chance to lend a helping hand and provide fast service to those in emergency situations. Such was the case for the Wild Animal Sanctuary.
More than 250 animals owe their lives to The Wild Animal Sanctuary. Located in Keenesburg, CO, this organization is dedicated to caring for lions, tigers, bears, wolves and other large carnivores that have been rescued from illegal or abusive situations. When the sanctuary joined the largest rescue of African lions in history, to save 25 Bolivian circus lions from mistreatment, they turned to ClearSpan for help in creating a structure to house these creatures.
According to Executive Director Pat Craig, “A structure was critical to provide the lions with shelter from the elements during the winter months here in Colorado.” He continues, “We chose fabric because these types of structures offer the size and scope we were looking for, as well as the natural light, to create a biosphere-like environment for the animals inside.”
Craig compared ClearSpan structures to wood and steel buildings, and found that the affordability and durability of a ClearSpan Hercules Truss Arch Building made it the best choice. The fast installation time of ClearSpan structures was also key. Craig explains, “Finding a structure that could be assembled and ready to go in a matter of weeks was by far the most important feature, as the timing of this rescue was critical. Having the expert advice and insight from the onsite ClearSpan construction supervisor was a huge benefit that made all the difference in our tightly scheduled situation.”
The Bolivian lions now are able to enjoy a large habitat with natural light, plants and grass, and visitors to the sanctuary are impressed with the structure. Craig says, “The building is not only a full-time home for the lions, but it has also generated incredible responses from the visiting public. Everyone is amazed by the structure in many ways, as it generates a unique and inspiring feeling from the moment people enter.”
We installed our 100′ wide x 150′ long Hercules Truss Arch Building over a cat walk (no pun intended) that the sanctuary built above ground level. The cat walk is only a piece of a larger interconnected elevated walking path which allows visitors to walk the perimeter of the sanctuary and through its exhibits a safe distance away from the wildlife, but close enough to take in their beauty.
The Wild Animal Sanctuary has has since purchased another building from us. It is a 50′ wide x 50′ long Hercules Truss Arch Building and is used for a picnic and eating area. We are pleased to have been a part of this successful lion rescue. We even sponsored one of the sanctuary’s lions. His name happened to be Hercules; total coincidence!
We were able to provide fast service in this urgent situation, what other emergency situations do you think our product would be good for?