Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary

Experience Our Wild

Red Lodge, MT   |  www.yellowstonewildlifesanctuary.org

Mission

Providing lifelong sanctuary to non-releasable Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem wildlife while sharing a message of education and conservation.

Ruling year info

1986

Executive Director

Gary D Robson

Main address

PO Box 675

Red Lodge, MT 59068 USA

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Formerly known as

Beartooth Nature Center

EIN

81-0422009

NTEE code info

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Each year, the habitats of humans and animals in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem overlap more deeply as our local population grows and recreation in the area becomes more popular.  Encounters between humans and animals in these liminal spaces are often beautiful, inspirational, and harmless, but occasionally, they can be devastating.  Animals who are injured by human activity such that rehabilitators determine they are no longer able to return to the wild should be provided with a safe and comfortable place to spend the rest of their days.  That is what we do.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Providing sanctuary to non-releasable wildlife

Currently we provide sanctuary to a biodiverse set of over 30 animals representative of the Greater Yellowstone Region. These are animals that could not be rehabilitated or released into the wild and would be euthanized without the devoted staff and supporters of YWS. For the animals that end up in our care, we provide habitats and enrichment programs that lead to fulfilling lives outside of the wild.

Population(s) Served

We provide wildlife tours and animal encounters at the sanctuary to children at all grade levels, as well as college students and adults. We also go to classrooms for outreach programs to teach students about native greater Yellowstone ecosystem wildlife and environmental stewardship.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

American Sanctuary Association (ASA) 2019

Affiliations & memberships

American Sanctuary Association (ASA) 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals with freedom to express normal behavior

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Providing sanctuary to non-releasable wildlife

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2018, several non-native turtle species were rehomed with more appropriate organizations so that we could better focus on serving wildlife native to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Number of paid participants of guided tours

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Environmental Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of facilities improved

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Providing sanctuary to non-releasable wildlife

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Represents new or significantly renovated habitats for each year.

Average daily attendance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Environmental Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Attendance is very seasonal, with summer months seeing an average closer to 100 visitors per day, and in the winter sometimes less than 100 during a whole month.

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We continue to expand our presence on Facebook and use it to notify people of events as well as needs we may have.

Hours of programing delivered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Environmental Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals provided with long term care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Providing sanctuary to non-releasable wildlife

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2018, several non-native turtle species were rehomed with more appropriate organizations so that we could better focus on serving wildlife native to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Number of species in collection

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Providing sanctuary to non-releasable wildlife

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of avoidable deaths determined through the animal welfare reporting procedure

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Providing sanctuary to non-releasable wildlife

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary's main goal is to provide safe, appropriate, and enriching life-long sanctuary to non-releasable wildlife native to the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.

The animals in our care also enable us to conduct outreach and education with the goal of nurturing environmental literacy in locals and visitors alike, which will ultimately lead to more responsible use of our wilderness and reduced conflict between humans and wildlife.

We are accredited by the American Sanctuary Association and are constantly working to improve the quality of animal care we can provide.

Our education program reaches thousands of people each year to address conservation issues such as human-wildlife conflict through exposure, conversation, and school programming that is age-appropriate, hands-on and supports teachers in meeting curriculum standards.

We employ highly educated professional staff that ensures our animal care and educational programs are executed in accordance with industry standards and best practices. In 2019, we brought on a dedicated grant writer to support the sustainable expansion of our programs.

In 2019, we achieved accreditation by the American Sanctuary Association.

In 2017 and 2018, the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary has constructed brand-new habitats for raccoons and marmots, and substantially upgraded the coyote habitat. New enclosures for wolves, cranes, and vultures were completed in 2019. We are currently raising funds for new felid habitats, which will replace our current bobcat, lynx, and mountain lion enclosures.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary

Board of directors
as of 10/27/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Kim Eder

Kim Eder

Samantha Thomas

Linda Norman

Diane Cassanova

Victoria Porter

Jeremy Battles

Kathy Kenyon

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/27/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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