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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 displaced, captive-raised exotic animals refuge for the REST of their lives, and to educate people about responsible animal care and conservation.  

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!

Wine in the Pines

June 18, 2016:  Join us for our 7th annual benefit wine tasting!  Enjoy the wine tasting, silent art auction, live music, and food from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Upgrade your participation to the VIP Experience and enjoy a staff-guided tour from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., plus the wine tasting - a great option for first-time visitors and uber-fans!  Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning May 15, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. Click here for more info...

Tarzan's move to Florida


March 3, 2016

TarzanAlbion, IN - A long-time, beloved resident of Black Pine Animal Sanctuary in Albion, Indiana began a new, exciting chapter of his life today:  the opportunity to live the rest of his life with a troop of his own species. 

Tarzan, a 35-year-old male chimpanzee, lived alone at the exotic animal refuge in Albion following the death of his longtime companion, Coby, in November 2009.  The pair, retired performers, had lived together for over 15 years at the sanctuary.  After Coby’s death, officials at Black Pine began to consult with America’s top experts on captive chimp care to explore every opportunity to provide Tarzan the critical companionship needed for chimps to live and thrive.  For six years, Black Pine held out hope for the arrival of one or more chimps in need of a new home.  But alas, none were revealed, so Tarzan remained alone.   Read more...

Virtual 'Supporter Wall' launched

SquareNew!  Now you, your family, and/or your business can purchase a 'square' on our virtual Supporter Wall on our website!  You choose what image to place on your sponsor square, so add your face, company logo, or dedicate your square to someone you care about.  Let the whole world can know you support Black Pine's animals!  100% of your sponsorship directly benefits the animals, and is tax deductible.  Click and choose a square 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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Virtual Tour!

Click on the iTourMobile graphic below to enjoy a self-guided virtual tour on your computer or tablet.  If you have a smartphone, click on the Apple or Google graphics below to download the iTourMobile app from the Google Play Store or Apple Store.  Use the app during your visit!  It's FREE!  

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