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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!

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...

Road Closure!

INDOT has advised of a road closure on SR 8 about 1 mile east of Albion that may well affect your commute to Black Pine.  INDOT's posted detour will drive traffic several miles north and for an extreme distance - adding time and cost.  Please review our recommendations below for a local detour option for typical passenger vehicles.  (For an alternate route for buses or other large trucks, please click here.)

This road closure is expected to be in effect for up to three months, until early to mid June, 2015.  If you are traveling from Fort Wayne you may also avoid the closure by traveling via SR 3 north to Baseline Road, then west to SR 9 North to Albion; or by US Highway 33 N to SR 9 N to Albion.  Our Google map may help you choose your best route.

Detour March - June 2015 

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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