We had multiple family members come from over two hours in various directions for this excursion. I totally goofed and made if for the wrong day (thought I was so on top of it making the reservation a month in advance), UGH. I called (freaking out the morning of) and talked to Marcia who fixed my screw up and didn't once make me feel bad about it, even though I'm sure she had to pull some strings on such short notice.
Our guide (who is also a lead keeper), Erin, was GREAT! She knew her stuff and was so professional in handling some questions by those who "don't get it", if you know what I mean. My uncle is hard of hearing (well in his 80's) and I'm sure didn't hear much of what she was saying through the tour. At the end he had approached Erin to ask questions that she had mostly already answered and she was so nice about it. I thanked her for being so nice and explained the hearing thing as we were leaving.
The animals are so much fun to watch and hearing their stories are both heartbreaking and heartwarming.
PARC (Black Pine Animal Sanctuary) does a wonderful job of taking care of the animals that live there as well as educating the public about why the animals are there. Everyone involved has a passion about these animals and about preventing people from owning exotic animals.
I first visited Black Pine as a member of a tour group, and after hearing their mission and seeing the respect that they show the animals, I was happy to become a volunteer. As a tour guide, I feel honored to communicate the mission of Black Pine to the public! The animals are all amazing to see as well.
We were out on a motorcycle ride on July 7, 2018 and had to detour route 6 and stopped in Albion to fuel up and started talking to a local resident and he asked where we were going and we said up to the boat gala on the lake and he said well stop by Black Pine Animal Sanctuary they have lions, tigers, bears, monkeys and other exotic animals. So we said why not and we were so Happy we did the zoo keepers were all so helpful and you could tell they really loved the animals so needless to say we never made it to the boat gala because we spent the afternoon at Black pine and I wouldn't have changed that for anything. We are planning another trip there but we are going to take our granddaughter and nephew the next time. Keep up the good work absolutely loved our visit.
5 stars!!! We had an amazing time looking and learning about all the animals at Black Pine :) thank you so much. we have definitely been telling all our friends to make a visit, and we will be bringing the kids with us next time :)
I absolutely adore Professional Animal Retirement Center - or as its known locally, Black Pines. We try to visit a few times a year and can always see how well cared for the animals are and how much the staff loves them. I also follow them on facebook and am constantly seeing them post about enrichment for their animals, which is crucial.
I absolutely adore their motto, which is "For The Rest Of Their Lives", and that they are always pushing the fact that wild animals are NOT meant to be pets, and speaking blatantly and candidly about the fact that wild animals are basically unable to have all their needs met by a "regular" person who doesn't have special training or facilities to care for them. They continue to strive to raise the word that keeping wild animals as pets is unsafe - for both the human, and the animal. They also refuse to breed their animals with other captive animals, as they feel it would further the pet trade and serve no use to anyone except as a cash cow - a feat that has led to severe inbreeding and sickly animals, as is seen in white tigers, for example.
Every visit I see new enrichment, new or updated enclosures, and largely healthy, happy animals. During guided tours, the staff is always careful to let visitors know what human behaviors are not allowed, as they might stress the animals out, because the comfort of the animal is more important than the visitors entertainment.
I wholeheartedly support this nonprofit, and only wish I had the capability of donating time and money myself towards the program and cause.
I lived in NE Indiana for most of my life and visited Black Pine Sanctuary many times. The work that the workers and volunteers do there is amazing. Exotic animals that had been used in circuses, road side zoos, some animals that had never felt grass before.. all of them don't have to worry anymore. They have beautiful, large enclosures for the rest of their lives. You can tell when you visit that it is not a zoo; this place does not exist for the public to view the animals. It exists for the animals to be at peace. With many states not having any sort of law prohibiting exotic pets, many people who buy them and own them, can not keep them. It it weren't for places like Black Pine, these poor animals would have no where to go. It is a beautiful area to visit and get to see such magnificent animals, but more importantly, it's a great place for the animals to spend the rest of their lives.
I have been here in the past and just loved seeing the tigers. Starting 2017 I wanted to volunteer here to help the staff and the animals. They take such great care of the animals and they all seem so happy! This place is so peaceful and relaxing!
Black Pine Animal Sanctuary is a fantastic facility for rescued animals! They receive first rate dedicated and loving care from the hard-working staff and volunteers! Visiting is always an interesting and learning experience--take the time to visit, donate or volunteer--it will be an enriching experience!
Black Pine is an excellent refuge for the animals they take in "for the rest of their lives"! The staff and volunteers are extremely dedicated and caring-it takes special people to give of themselves as they do every day of the year. I love visiting Black Pine and it is an exceptionally fun and learning experience! Please donate to this very worthy facility-your donation will be appreciated and used responsibly!
My family & I visited last summer & we loved it! It was very interesting to lean all the animals stories as we toured the facility. The staff was very friendly & you could tell that the animals were loved & well taken care of. We look forward to visiting again soon.
This is such a wonderful place for animals retiring from various places as well as a sanctuary for those who were abused . The staff are amazing people who give many hours of care and unending love to the many inhabitants. A wonder organization to support and a cool place to visit.
I took my daughter there and she loved it so she applied to be an intern for her senior year. She "volunteered" 4 days a week even though it was a 35 minute drive each way and ate up the gas budget. She came home every day with stories of how wonderful everything was and how great the animals were.
I love what they do! Black Pine runs a wonderful operation with great people. They're knowledgeable, friendly, and caring about the animals. I highly recommend visiting if you haven't done so.
I use to go there as a kid. I always loved seeing the animals, going on tours, and learning about all the animals, and what their story was.
A friend told me about Black Pine a few years go and I started following them on facebook.. For Mother's Day last May my daughter's gift was a trip to Black Pine. We didn't make it until Labor Day weekend but I can honestly say it was one of the best experiences I've ever had. It's clean and pleasant. There are two several shaded picnic areas. The gift shop is great. The animals are loved and we'll cared for. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and willing to answer any question asked. We spent from the time they opened to almost closing walking around enjoying the animals. We will be taking the 2 hour trip again (hopefully more than once) this summer. I share every post I see on Facebook and several of my friends are also planning trips. Even my sister is planning a trip on her way to Michigan from Missouri.
My adult daughter and I drove 2 hours to Black Pine on Labor Day weekend on a recommendation from a friend. We were not disappointed. The facility is nicely set up, for the most part easily accessible, very clean, and in a wonderful wooded setting. The animals are obviously loved and we'll cares for by the staff. The staff is knowledgeable, answers any and all questions asked and are informative on the 2 tours available. There are nice rest rooms and two great covered picnic areas. There is a wonderful gift shop with affordable, nice souvenirs. I was beyond pleased with our experience and pleased to get to know the animals I have been seeing on Facebook for several years. We will be going back again in the spring. It was a wonderful experience!
I absolutely love Black Pine! Everyone is so nice and knowledgeable. My son loves it as well, and he is really excited about our private tour coming up. I also enjoy their Facebook posts about what the animals are up to, esp the enrichment activities. Wonderful place with great people for the animals we all love and want the best before. I believe these animals are very lucky to call this place home.
This is a wonderful place that treats animals with respect and love. Its amazing the work they do. You can tell the animals are happy and healthy. I love to visit with my family every summer.
We make the trip a "girls day out". We all love animals and this is just perfect for a walking around, enjoying the animals and spending time together. Try to go several times a year. Each season they have something special for the animals, like pumpkins for Halloween. Too cute.
Wonderful organization that really loves the animals and the work that they do. Very educational and informative! Love going there!
They are a class act all the way. I love going to black pines and seeing the animals living out the rest of their lives happy, healthy and loved. Each animal has a story( usually sad and awful) , they work so hard to get the animals to where they are. Will always support this organization.
As a huge animal lover Black Pine has meant a lot to me for several years. I love being able to visit & watch them continue to love & care for the animals. They put the animals first & that means a lot to me.
I have been to & have followed Black Pine for many years now & they are an amazing place for large animals to spend the remaining of their lives. These individuals care so much about the animals that they receive the best care that can be given. They try to give them decent living quarters for both warm temps & middle of winter.
I was an intern at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary for about 5 months, during which time I was able to witness the unparalleled level of care and dedication the staff of BPAS treat their animals with. I have volunteered for many zoos and non-profits and they are often run with a lot of waste. BPAS effectively uses every resource they receive. They have the mission and ethics of a charity and the business sense of a for-profit institution, which is oddly rare in the animal care field. I cherish my time working at BPAS and all that it taught me.