Sanctuary Tours

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary is a place of refuge for animals.  As such, their well-being and comfort is our top priority.  We do not breed, buy, sell, or trade animals.  We do not offer playgrounds, overly decorative exhibits, food concessions, or acres of gardens.  Rather, our focus is on providing excellent care to animals that have been confiscated, surrendered, abandoned, or taken in after a life of performing.

Visitors will be escorted or monitored at all times.  As Black Pine is staffed primarily by volunteers, visitor tours are offered seasonally when weather is suitable and there are enough staff members routinely present to facilitate appropriate guest services and tours.  A daily schedule of options is maintained on a calendar that may be accessed here.

When you visit Black Pine you will meet animal residents representing over 45 exotic and endangered species.  You will likely witness a wide variety of engaging animal behaviors as residents react to, and interact with, our staff - those who provide their care each day.

You will see alert, healthy, and genuinely interested animals.  You may also find some animals choosing to enjoy quiet time alone, out of view.

Our mission is to educate the public about why these animals need refuge, which we accomplish by allowing visitors the opportunity to engage with our staff while they observe animals that have been fortunate to find the refuge they needed for the REST of their lives.

Visitors are expected to abide by our rules at all times.  We allow respectful use of cameras, unless advised otherwise by our staff. We do not allow running, yelling, taunting, teasing, climbing up on fences, mimicking animal behaviors, or other disruptive or annoying behavior.

We welcome thousands of visitors each year, including individuals, families, school field trips, scouts, church and youth groups, and company picnics. The proceeds from these programs, sales of souvenirs and other merchandise, special event fundraising activities, and donations provide the operating funds needed to provide care to the animals.

Field trips may be scheduled by appointment during April, May, September, and October when our regularly scheduled Sanctuary Tours or Feeding Tours do not satisfy a specific need. 

Group tours are available for area day campers, summer program paricipants, youth groups, and others during the summer season.  An appointment and confirmation for any group of 20 or more people planning to visit is strongly recommended so that overly crowded conditions that may affect the animals' well-being can be avoided.  Those able to take an already-scheduled Sanctuary Tour or Feeding Tour may be eligible for discounted rates.  If a group is not accommodated by a regularly scheduled tour time, and has a minimum of 20 people wishing to visit, a tour by appointment will be made when resources allow.  Dates and availability may be limited.  Groups of less than 20 people will be subject to regularly published schedules and rates. 

Private Tours for small groups and individuals ages 10 and up are also offered by appointment during the "off-season" when other tours are not already scheduled.

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Hours, Rates & More!

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Tours already scheduled appear on this calendar.

Tour Fees

Tour TypeAges 0-2Age 3-9Age 10-54Age 55+*
Sanctuary Tour FREE $7.00 $8.00 $7.50
Guided Feeding Tour FREE $11.00 $12.00 $11.50
Group Tours FREE Call Call Call

* Senior (age 55+) tours just $5.00 every Tuesday during summer season!

Park Pal Members are entitled to FREE Sanctuary Tours and Guided Feeding Tours (subject to age restrictions) when offered throughout the summer season, and select special events.


$2.00 OFF for each Little Brother / Little Sister who visits with their Big Brother / Big Sister.  Must present valid Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana ID card.



Present a military ID and receive $2.00 OFF admission for you and your immediate family members.  Offer good any time.  May not be combined with any other offer.



Cash & checks also accepted.