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For the REST of their lives.

We invite you to explore our website and appreciate your support!

Our Mission

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary exists to give rescued and retired exotic animals a safe haven, to educate people and enhance their knowledge of exotic and endangered species, and to encourage responsible pet ownership.

On any given day, we care for over 100 big and small cats, bears, canines, primates, birds, reptiles and other former pets and retired performers.

Lessons Shared

We want to plant a seed of awareness that can positively impact the conservation and preservation of exotic and endangered species.
We believe that when you experience these animals' personal stories, you can become better informed about how you will share this world with animals.

Visit Us

Black Pine is a "true sanctuary," so the animals' needs always come first.

Tours of the sanctuary bring visitors, students, educators, and others up close and personal with members of our knowledgeable, friendly staff to learn about the animals and our mission.  Your experience is sure to be extraordinary and memorable!

Happy Independence Day!

Open July 4Black Pine will be open this holiday weekend:

Friday, July 3:  General visitation from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with staff-guided tours beginning at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday, July 4 & 5:  General visitation from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a staff-guided tour beginning at 11:00 a.m., and a staff-guided feeding tour beginning at 3:00 p.m.  

For details regarding these tour options, fees, and additional information to plan your visit, please review our Frequently Asked Questions here.  Please remember the animals over this holiday weekend.  We recommend reviewing these tips from the ASPCA to protect the pets in your life.  Have a safe and happy weekend!

You Can Help!

Light Up a Life!

It is time for a major upgrade to reduce energy costs in the primate house!

The primate house, constructed in 2006, was one of the first buildings to be erected.  The heat loss experienced every year since has been significant.  Maintenance on poorly fabricated ceiling panels intended to allow natural light in is difficult.  Pest control is a challenge.  Last, but not least, the heat loss experienced each winter, which causes rapid melting of snow on the roof, finally destroyed any remaining gutters.  

We have a plan!  Read more here...

Meet Black Pine Animals Show

The "Meet Black Pine Animals Show," sponsored and produced by Scher Maihem Studios, takes you behind the scenes to see some of the 100 animals at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary.

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Explore the beautiful creatures that fill Black Pine with big hearts and big personalities. 

Lori Gagen, Executive Director, and the dedicated sanctuary staff will take you around the compound to tell you all about the exotic critters and their inspiring stories. Many of these animals are survivors of the exotic animal trade and are now able to live in peace at the caring facility Black Pine has to offer. 

Open your hearts to the majestic animals that make Black Pine such a wonderful place to see. 

Scher Maihem Studios is an Indiana based video production company that produces videos for businesses and the community. Visit our website or contact us at:

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