Taking Reservations Now!
Our 4th annual benefit wine tasting is coming to Black Pine on Saturday, June 22! New this year we welcome one of northeast Indiana's finest winemakers, Country Heritage Winery, to the tasting tables! Reserve soon, this event is popular and we may sell out in advance!
Our summer season is just getting under way! Visitors are welcomed to tour Black Pine every Saturday and Sunday in May. Gates are open beginning at 10:00 a.m., with a guided Sanctuary Tour beginning at 11:00 a.m., and a guided Feeding Tour led by senior animal keepers beginning at 3:00 p.m. General visitation ends at 3:00 p.m. in order to accommodate the Feeding Tour. All ages are welcomed. First-time visitors are strongly encouraged to attend one of the guided tours for the most enjoyable and informative visit possible. Sorry, we do not accept reservations. Due to field trips scheduled, construction projects, and other weekday commitments, we are not able to offer any additional tours by appointment during May. Black Pine is open daily beginning Memorial Day. You can check out all tour options by reviewing our online visitor calendar. Call 260-636-7383 for further assistance.
Our newest residents need your help!
"Match Challenge" for Mamie
This is "Mamie", a 22-year-old black bear that is ready for some company and a new chapter of life! Mamie has lived in the corn crib shown at left most of her life. Her owner has decided the lone bear is better served by moving to Black Pine to live out her remaining years in the company of others.
A generous Black Pine supporter has issued a "match" challenge! Every dollar donated, up to $5,000, will be matched. Help us turn $5,000 into $10,000 to help Mamie receive the veterinary care, proper diet, and enriching life she deserves!
Welcome Sammie, Delilah, Taz, and Ticha!
The events in Zanesville, OH in October 2011 had a 'butterfly effect'. Today, in OH, every big cat, large python, black bear and many other potentially dangerous "pets" must be micro-chipped, registered and approved to remain. No more dangerous pets can be acquired. Owners must carry liability insurance. An unofficial census of big cats, as gathered by sheriffs across the state, estimates the Ohio population at nearly 2,000. Officials believe there are some 1,000 black bears in private ownership.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) generously funded the cats' initial veterinary needs and transportation costs. The W. Paul Wolf Family generously contributed $25,000 to help kick of the fundraising effort to build their new permanent habitat. Now, we've run into a stumbling block...