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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Children & Youth, Wildlife Sanctuaries, Youth Development, Zoos & Aquariums

Mission: We exist to give rescued and retired animals a safe haven and to educate people to positively impact the conservation and preservation of exotic and endangered species and encourage responsible pet ownership.

Results: Approximately 15,000 people tour the sanctuary annually to observe and learn about more than 45 exotic and endangered former “pets” and retired performers, issues related to the exotic pet trade, and conservation of endangered species and habitats.

Target demographics: Children ages 4-17, adults, students

Direct beneficiaries per year: 5-12 animals are adopted each year

Geographic areas served: Indiana, midwest

Programs: Sanctuary tours Camps for kids ages 3-12 Field trips Web resources

Community Stories

165 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Diane216

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Jody40

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Leslie113

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1 Rachel204

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1 tigerpower

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1 Trudy H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1 Vicki86

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.