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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!

Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day!

Today, Monday, May 25, we are offering general visitation from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Enjoy staff-guided tours beginning at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at no additional charge.  There was a guided feeding tour scheduled for 3 p.m. today, however it has been modified to a regular guided tour, with keepers offering treats and snacks to the animals, in lieu of full diets.  Both guided tours are at no additional charge today.  

(Many of the carnivores are entering into summer mode, when reduced appetites are apparent.  The risk of overfeeding, leading to obesity, is driving our choice not to offer full diets to the carnivores during today's afternoon tour.)  

For more information about tours and costs, click the "I"nformation button at right.  

Open Weekends in May

As we head into our full summer season, we are offering general visitation on Saturdays and Sundays in May, no appointment required, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Enjoy a staff-guided sanctuary tour beginning at 11 a.m. and/or a staff-guided feeding tour beginning at 3 p.m  Please follow the links provided, or click here for details.  

Wine in the Pines

June 20, 2015:  New this year... VIP Package, including a guided sanctuary tour, limited to just 60 people!  Enjoy local wines, hors d'ouvres, music, an animal art auction, and more.  All proceeds benefit the animals!  This event was a sell-out in 2014, so reserve early and securely online.  Click here for more info...

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. 

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