ASUS/WAO Definition of a Wild Animal Sanctuary
"Wildlife sanctuary" means a non-profit organization described in Section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi), Internal Revenue Code 1986, and in subsequent amendments, that operates a place of refuge where abused, neglected, unwanted, impounded, abandoned, orphaned or displaced exotic animals are provided care for their lifetime or released back to their natural habitat and, with respect to any animal owned by the organization, does not:
1. Conduct any activity that is not inherent to the animal's nature;
2. Use the animal for any type of entertainment;
3. Sell, trade or berter the animal or the animal's body parts; or
4. Breed the animal for any purpose
ASUS/WAO believes that credible sanctuaries should not take animals into classrooms, shopping malls or any other public entity, this practice is not educational.
It also believes credible sanctuaries should not play with the animals or allow the public to handle animals.