East Maui Animal Refuge
Rating: 5 stars 1 review
Location: 25 Maluaina Pl Haiku HI 96790 USA
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This is the most amazing, wonderful animal rescue refuge I've ever known. Sylvan and Suzie who run the refuge 24/7 are true angels, they care for each and every rescued animal as their own children, knowing them by name and temperment, likes and dislikes. They call the EMAR The Boo Boo Zoo....orphaned and injured wildlife, birds of all kinds, cats, farm animals, you name it, they take care of them all, even endangered wildlife. They will cure and release back into the wild all the animals that are fit to return. Otherwise, they have separate living quarters designed to give safe access to the outdoors for all animals, even felines with AIDs, keeping them protected and the other animals protected as well. Instead of being rewarded for their efforts, however, Sylvan and Suzie get harassed by paper pushing, animal hating bureaucrats. These people deserve a medal of honor, the Nobel Peace Prize. Visiting their sanctuary is like visiting the Garden of Eden...lots of love and harmony. They are angels.
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when I visited them while I was in Maui. I met Sylvan and was so impressed by his dedication, constant work ethic (he worked the whole time he talked with us, introducing us to all the animals by name, telling us their stories and how he cared for them, who would be released to the wild soon, etc.).
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get them more publicity within Hawaii and with all the tourists who visit the islands. I would love to see someone, a lawyer, lobby on their behalf for the work they do protecting wildlife and other animals at no cost to the government. They should somehow get taxpayer funding without the bureaucratic tomfoolery that currently exists. Sylvan's mission is to save animals and give them a high quality of life...he should be supported in any way to continue to run EMAR as a long-term sanctuary.
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I first heard of The Boo Boo Zoo when I read a children's book about the sanctuary and was so impressed. When I went to Maui, it was on my "must see" list and I'm so glad I did! I have supported The Boo Boo Zoo (East Maui Animal Refuge) ever since the early 1990s. I so enjoy their letters, photos, and kind words of gratitude. The world is really a better place because of amazing people like Sylvan and Suzie.
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