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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!

Fall Visitation

Black Pine's hours for visitation have changed for the fall season.  Walk-in visitors are welcomed without an appointment Saturdays and Sundays now through the end of October.  Sanctuary Tour fees apply.  Gate opens at 10:00 a.m.  A 90-minute staff-guided tour is offered at 11:00 a.m. at no additional charge, for all ages.  General visitation ends at 3:00 p.m.  A keeper-led guided Feeding Tour begins at 3:00 p.m. and ends the day, lasting up to two hours.  An additional $5.00 fee applies for ages three and up.

Those wishing to visit weekdays are required to make an appointment for a Private Tour, or groups are welcomed to schedule an educational Field Trip program by appointment.  Sorry, weekday walk-ins and other special requests may not be accommodated due to limited staff availability, fall maintenance projects, and other animal-related priorities.  Please call (260) 636-7383 for additional assistance before you visit.  Thank you!

It's baaack!

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9th Annual Beer Tasting

Our 9th annual Lions, Tigers & Beer, Black Pine! on Saturday, October 10, 2015 has SOLD OUT!.  

Participants are sure to enjoy an extraordinary opportunity to sample home brews from the Kosciusko Kettleheads, craft beers from Granite City, and some favorites served up by Fort Wayne's Calhoun Street Soup, Salads and Spirits, and Five Star Distributing!  The evening will include live music, dinner, and a silent auction - all while exploring and meeting our animal residents!  If you missed your chance to attend this year, be sure to mark your calendar for our 10th annual event scheduled on Saturday, October 8, 2016!  Tickets will go on sale next summer.  Read more...

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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