A Tribute to Lissa Margetts, The Elks, 8/12

A Tribute to Lissa Margetts, The Elks, 8/12

Lissa Margetts left us on June 25, 2018. She was just 60 years old. Please join everyone in the Telluride community who miss her for a celebration of her wonderful life. The event takes place Sunday, August 12, 4 – 8 p.m. at the Elks Lodge.

Lissa & Cabo

Lissa Margetts spent most of her life in the Telluride area where, for over 30 years, she founded and successfully ran the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Ark and Rehabilitation Center on top of Wilson Mesa, a place which contributed significantly to the education and quality of life of thousands of children and adults. 

Her work with the Ark rehabilitating hundreds of species of injured or orphaned animals was much appreciated.  Lissa was honored with the second annual Telluride Foundation Citizen of the Year Award in 2004.  

It was not unusual to see Lissa strolling down the road with her beloved mountain lion, Ruby, or riding her horse Cabo through the streets – even into saloons. She also took along her playful otters to visit on occasion. Lissa participated in animal rescues in New Orleans during the hurricane floods and in the Denver area during our own state’s floods. She was a strong voice for the rights of all animals.  

After Lissa disbanded the Ark, she traveled to Africa to help with the fight against elephant, rhino, and lion poaching, accompanied by her friend and protector, Mojo, a king shepherd who was by her side at all times. 

Upon her return from Africa, Lissa began breeding and raising King Shepherds.

Lissa is deeply missed by so many. Her son, Jake Burns, is requesting that donations be made to the Jane Goodall Foundation in lieu of flowers.  

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