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Sensi Magazine June 2019 - Southern Colorado Digital Edition

May 31, 2019 07:48AM ● By Amber Orvik

NATURAL STATE

When Sensi’s senior editor approached me with a pitch for a story about a wild animal sanctuary in Colorado that rescued tigers and other exotic animals from around the world, his passion for the subject was palpable. Leland is more than your typical animal lover. He lives in Boulder, where he’s not a pet owner, he’s a pet guardian, because “you can’t own another living being,” he says. Over the past few years, he’s told me stories of adventures he and his partner have been on around the globe: tracking wolves in Yellowstone, living with grizzly bears in Alaska, feeding orphaned baby elephants in Africa. So green lighting his story for our annual green-themed issue was a quick and easy decision. I expected an interesting read. What he wrote is a masterpiece. 

The story is by far the longest read we’ve ever published in Sensi, and the topic warrants it. One thing I learned while making this issue is that there are fewer tigers living in the wild than there are held captive in the US alone. Possibly in Texas alone. Many of those animals—and other exotics like them—have never seen life outside a cage…until Boulder native Pat Craig’s organization rescued them and brought them to Colorado to live out their lives freed from captivity. I haven’t had a chance to visit the Wild Animal Sanctuary yet, but it’s now on the top of my to-do list this summer. Once you read the piece, it’s likely going to be on yours as well. 

Elsewhere in the issue, you’ll find eco-friendly topics alongside suggestions to help you make the most of the coming season. 

It is coming, right? As I write this, it’s just a month away, according to the calendar. According to the snow that’s melting outside my window, we’re still waiting on spring. But for as snowy a season we’ve had this year, the snowfall totals along the Front Range were still below average. Global warming is a crisis that is already affecting our lives in tangible ways, and it’s up to each of us to be a steward for the environment, making small adjustments to unsustainable habits, like saying ‘no thanks’ to receipts and taking our cars to a car wash instead of wasting all that water at home. You’ll find more tips for eco-friendly choices throughout this month’s edition. All of our micro actions can lead to macro change. Let’s make something happen. 

Stephanie Wilson | EDITOR IN CHIEF | SENSI MAGAZINE

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