Black Pine Animal Sanctuary

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary
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Thursday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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This 18-acre sanctuary provides permanent refuge to more than 100 captive-raised exotic animals for the REST of their lives. Quiet, informative tours of the facility enable visitors to enjoy close-up observation of tigers, leopards, bears, monkeys, reptiles, birds, lions, and more. Set in a beautiful pine forest in a natural wildlife area, this volunteer-staffed non-profit refuge is one of the most well-respected in the nation, and does not buy, sell, breed, or trade animals. Black Pine is a hidden treasure for nature lovers of all ages! Free parking. Picnics welcomed. Tours available year-round. Inquire for tour times, other program offerings, and special events throughout the year.
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Michael M
Indianapolis4 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
So many beautiful animals here some with incredibly sad stories of how they lived before ending up here. You can tell these people are passionate about what they do. Thank you all for helping these amazing animals. The tour guide was awesome and very informative. A great place to visit if you love animals. This is not a zoo it’s a retirement village for wild animals that have been through some of the worst situations you could imagine. Highly recommend visiting.
Written June 7, 2022
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Tom H
pittsburgh, United States45 contributions
Aug 2020
The animals are amazing and so are the stories about how they became residents of the sanctuary. The staff is knowledgeable and so dedicated. The work the staff puts in is so needed to provide a better life for these neglected and abused animals. Kelsie, our guide was informative and a great guide, alway willing to answer questions. This is great place to take kids.
Written August 8, 2020
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bevColdwater
Bronson, MI114 contributions
This is a special pleasure. What a great place for retired or abused animals on the large size. Tigers,Bears,Lions,Monkeys,Birds all kinds of great animals without the zoo feel. A must see if you are in the area!
Written January 23, 2013
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Dana B
South Bend, IN20 contributions
Sep 2014 • Family
Oh my gosh. We (my daughter and two grandchildren) LOVE this place. A lot of the enclosures are in a wonderfully wooded area that appears to offer a very natural habitat. They are also larger than at many zoos. Their sole purpose is that of animal rescue and quality of life. They are NOT a zoo so their focus is truly on educating others of the dangers and tragic results of ordinary citizens owning exotic animals. The big cats, bears, wolves, chimp, and ALL the other animals are beautiful and interesting.

I applaud their mission and support it fully!

Don't miss this one!
Written November 6, 2014
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Thanks so much for taking time to share your kind words on TripAdvisor so that others can join you in supporting our mission! We simply could never do what we do without the support of so many who share our passion for responsible animal ownership and providing for a better future for animals - and public safety. Have a wonderful holiday season and we hope you will visit again! - Lori
Written November 8, 2014
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PomonaPaul
So Cal15 contributions
Mar 2013 • Solo
This place is definitely worth the trip to this otherwise obscure and out-of-the-way corner of Indiana.
A non-profit retirement home for former exotic pets, circus and private zoo animals, some of which were abused, Black Pine’s first mission is their recuperation and care. Part of the expense for this care is offset by the admission fees charged to tour the grounds for an unusually close-up view of the animals.
You will be struck by the passion and dedication of the staff as they narrate the histories and share anecdotes of the animals.
25 miles south of US 80/90 or 20 miles west of US 69 it takes just a short detour to visit this special place.
Written April 21, 2013
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julie f
Garrett, Indiana28 contributions
May 2012
The work Black Pine does is amazing. All of the animal residents were rescued from situations no animal should be subjected to like the alligator that used to live in a college frat house & grew too big for them to keep! Some of the animals were bought online & then buyers had remorse. The facilities are wonderful for these creatures to live out their years. You will see everything from lions & tigers, panthers, chamelons, snakes, to chimps & monkeys. The apes are usually especially playful & love to enteract with people. The are enclosed in high security ares so you are in no danger & their "poo" throwimg antics can't be done to you! A petting & feeding area is also on the premise, filled with goats, llamas, deer, sheep. & horses. When we were there we saw more than 70 creatures overall. The preserve also has a nice picnicing area outside which will hold approx. over 50 people & indoor restrooms, not outhouses. The difference between these guys & a zoo is that they are rescuing animals and are not for profit. They will give you a gukded tour & explain wht the animals are there, their native habitats & characteristics. Truly worth supporting!
Written November 23, 2012
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esg510
Fortville, IN26 contributions
Loved seeing the animals up close. It was colder on the day we went and the animals were all out enjoying the day, except the monkeys. We want to go back to see the bush babies.

It was a bit more expensive than I was anticipating, but the money goes toward a good cause.
Written January 20, 2013
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Chicagofamily484
Chicago80 contributions
Jun 2012 • Family
I have been going to Black Pine Animal Park since 1997. It is fantastic. Their mission is incredible. They are all wonderful people. The animals are incredible. I have never been able to be this close to exotic animals. They are so beautful. The Black Pine staff do everything in their power to replicate the animals natural habitat. It is so worth the visit.
Written September 7, 2012
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guy-charfryefranklin
sturgis, michigan27 contributions
This is better than a zoo. The place is so well organized and it allows you to get real close to the animals. These are rescued animals so it is very educational.
Written August 26, 2012
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cambyqueen
Indianapolis, IN27 contributions
We were pleased that we had decided to make this stop on the way to Michigan. Much closer views of the animals than at the zoo...great photo opps also! Pay the extra few bucks to do the feeding tour....very cool to see the animals get so anxious for food. Def. worth the small cost, especially for families!!
Written July 25, 2012
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Black Pine Animal Sanctuary is open:
  • Thu - Fri 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM