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Spirit Of The Hills Wildlife Sanctuary

Spearfish, SD

Located in the northern Black Hills of South Dakota, the Sanctuary sits on 200 acres of rocky, forested terrain. It is currently home to over 360 animals of 40 different species. It is currently home to over 60 carnivores, including tigers, leopards, African lions, cougars, black and brown bears, wolf-hybrids and coyotes. It is also home to a myriad of domestic animals consisting of dogs, cats, pigs, goats, sheep, donkeys, horses, cows, bison, emus, parrots, peacocks, chickens and geese.

Coming to the Sanctuary from around the nation, many of the residents at the Sanctuary were rescued or surrendered from private owners, breeding operations, fur farms, and the entertainment industry. The Sanctuary is dedicated to providing a peaceful and nurturing lifelong home for all of these animals. The Sanctuary is licensed by the South Dakota Animal Industry Board and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ensure the finest veterinary care for the animals and the utmost security and quality of the animal enclosures.

The Sanctuary serves not only as an animal care facility, but also offers a vital community outreach component. Walking tours and educational demonstrations by Sanctuary volunteers tell the life stories of each of the residents and provide important information on the plight of their wild brethren, many species of which are now threatened or endangered. The Sanctuary is also partnered with local and regional school districts, and each year nearly 5,000 students participate in field trips and the Sanctuary's Education and Discovery Center. The Sanctuary's educational program integrates ecology, animal welfare and conservation in a unique hands-on learning experience, and allows rural school children from South Dakota, Wyoming, and Nebraska the distinctive opportunity to experience this menagerie of wild animals up close and personal outside of an often inaccessible metropolitan zoo setting. In light of the recently sanctioned mountain lion sport hunting season in South Dakota, the Sanctuary is dedicated to raising awareness about human and pet safety living in mountain lion country and the vital importance these great cats play in our surrounding ecosystem.

Open June 1 - Sept 30 - Tuesday - Saturdays.

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500 N Tinton
Spearfish, SD 57783






Phone: 605-642-2907

Fax: 605-642-7993



 are available at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Groups of eight or more can call for an appointment: (605) 642-2907 or 1-877-761-7754. Tours may be cancelled due to weather or other unexpected developments. Seasonal clothing and comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Pets and strollers are not permitted. Special arrangements can be made for visitors with disabilities and small children.

The Sanctuary operates with an all-volunteer team of caretakers and veterinarians, and modest admission fees sustain care for the animals. 
Adults: $15 
Seniors/Military ID/Student ID: $10
 Youth: 4-18: $7 
Children 3 and under: Free