Wildlife Animal Sanctuary

USDA CF, StrikeForce Loan

Loan Details:

  • 1st Mortgage:
  • $7,250,000
  • Term: 25 years
  • Jobs Created: 20
  • Jobs Saved: 35

Thomas USAF Group with our partner bank, MCB, originated, underwrote and procured this USDA Community Facility loan in the amount of $7.25 Million to The Wildlife Animal Sanctuary located in Keenesburg, Colorado. Thomas USAF purchased 100% of the guaranteed portion of the loan, paying MCB a premium. The use of proceeds increased from $5.75 Million to $7.25 Million and was a combination of debt refinance ($1.8MM) and new construction/expansion ($5.45MM).


The Wildlife Animal Sanctuary (TWAS) is the oldest and largest sanctuary in the U.S. with over 330 lions, tigers, bears, leopards, wolves and other large carnivores on 732 acres. The Wildlife Animal Sanctuary is a state and federally licensed, non profit zoological facility that has achieved the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator.

The USDA Community Facility loan will enable the facility to increase revenues, create more jobs and expand the facility’s footprint. Pictured from left to right are Pat Craig, Executive Director, The Wild Animal Sanctuary, Michael Empric, Guiness World Records Adjudicator, Thomas Kimsey, President, Thomas Financial Group, LLC, Trudy Kareus, USDA State Director of Colorado and Janice Pond, Asset Risk Management Specialist, USDA National Office Western Region.