Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary and ZooMontana Reach Membership Agreement

26 April 2019

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Red Lodge, MT — 26 April 2019 —ZooMontana and the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary have a deal for animal lovers! Starting May 1, if you join one organization, you will get half-off on admission to the other. This deal extends to existing members of both the Zoo and the Sanctuary.

“We and ZooMontana are both focused on conservation and providing the best possible lives to our animals in our care and our members share those values,” said Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary Executive Director Gary Robson. “Since we’re located so close to each other, we figured reciprocal member discounts would be a great benefit to offer.”

ZooMontana’s Executive Director, Jeff Ewelt, agrees. “We have very different animals than Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary has. There are only a handful of species you can find at both places. It makes sense to give our members a chance to visit the Sanctuary at half price to see animals we don’t have, and the Sanctuary’s members the same deal at ZooMontana to see animals they don’t have.”

Both facilities feature bison, Canada lynx, great horned owl, and turkey vulture. From there, the Sanctuary’s collection stays focused on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, with animals like black bear, mountain lion, bobcat, coyote, red fox, porcupine, sandhill crane, red-tailed hawk, and kestrel. The Zoo has other local animals as well, but ranges farther afield as well, with animals like grizzly bear, tiger, eagle, python, monitor lizard, wolverine, mink, wolf, and takin.

ZooMontana and the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary are both 501(c)(3) nonprofits with a passion for animals, conservation, and education. Neither organization receives public funds, depending instead on admissions, memberships, grants, and private donations.

About the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary

The Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary has the mission of providing lifelong sanctuary to non-releasable greater Yellowstone ecosystem wildlife while sharing a message of conservation and education. For over 30 years, the Sanctuary has been providing safe, comfortable homes and long, fulfilling lives to animals whose only other option was euthanasia. Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary also works with rehab centers and other sanctuaries around the country to facilitate releases or help to find homes for animals they can’t take in. Find out more at or drop by and visit to meet the Sanctuary’s wild residents.

About ZooMontana

Founded in 1984, ZooMontana is a zoological/botanical garden, accredited arboretum and educational facility dedicated to the conservation of wildlife throughout Montana and the 45th parallel of earth. ZooMontana cares for over 80 animals of 56 different species and is dedicated to the mantra “quality over quantity,” meaning the focus is not on how many animals the Zoo has, but how well those here are cared for. The Zoo offers visitors a unique opportunity to learn about our fauna through direct observation, interpretive displays, and experiential educational programs. Find out more at or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Media ContactS

Gary Robson, Executive Director
Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary

Jeff Ewelt, Executive Director