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“Well worth the visit!”

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Albion
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 22 June 2017

Lived in the area for over 17 years and this was our 1st visit...sorry I waited so long! It is such a peaceful place...I could have stayed and sat for hours (lots of benches throughout the park) watching these animals. We visited them many times during our 3 hours here. You can tell that the animals are very well loved and cared for. Sadie was our favorite...make sure you say Hello to her while you are there. ; ) The kids are asking when we can visit again!

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Reviewed 19 June 2017

We are from Ohio, driving about 2-1/2 hours to stay in Albion, Indiana for the night to include specifically the Animal Sanctuary - for Wine in the Pines fund raising evening. I had been following them on Facebook for a couple years and just felt the nudge to see what it was all about.

The staff is exceptionally knowledgeable, helpful, and kind, not only to human visitors, but to the fulltime resident animals and reptiles. We were not sure what to expect. I know over the years they've "improved" "added on" facilities, but it was so clean and well kept. Had been newly paved which was a total plus as well.

Outside of the fact that it was a wine tasting/appetizer evening with DJ wonderful music, the sanctuary is just that ... a haven of comfort and care for so many animals that have been abused and mistreated, neglected or left by uncaring, and often ignorant human beings. It was wonderful to see them all so close on our guided tour.

Of course, there are always some who are inside their "house" and not visible, but that was ok ... it's natural for them, and comfortable on a hot, sticky June day.

These people are truly immersed in the care and love of these animals. It sickened us to hear of the widespread abuse, mutilation, and neglect of animals that God intended to be in the wild, not kept in tiny cages where their muscles atrophy from not being able to roam as they were intended.

This place is WORTH the drive if you have any compassion in your soul at all. We wish there were MORE places like this on this planet to care for such animals ... and it's worth following on social media, but most of all, PLEASE CONTRIBUTE, please support in any way, no matter the gift, it is so appreciated by these people, but for those animals.

After our tour, the "Wine in the Pines" portion of this event took place with local wineries donating everything; and we had wonderful snacks that for us, was more than enough for a supper!! We were able to roam the sanctuary on our own, and follow with some of the caregivers for mealtime and interaction. Those cats are just beautiful to behold. There is a gift shop to support with purchases; and on this night, a silent auction of artwork done by the animals to raise money as well.

Well WORTH your time - and while there, spend the night at the Brick Ark Inn - it is WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!

Thank Grammy7Ohio
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bpap, Manager at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2017

Thanks so very much for your participation and support! Your advocacy really matters and we hope your kind words and encouragement reach many others. - Lori

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Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

We heard about black pine and couldn't wait to check it out. All of the animals were happy and well taken care of. We were able to see the animals super close and watch many feedings. The keepers were very nice and gave lots of info. I really recommend for anybody, kids who love animals, adults, or anybody just looking for a fun day. Great Place!!!!

1  Thank Kenna M
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Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

Found on Trip Advisor and drove 3 hours to visit sanctuary and Ft. Wayne Zoo that is about 30 miles away from Black Pine. We pre registered on line but not sure it is necessary. I believe they request it to try to balance crowds. Parking lot free but not very big and was pretty packed by noon. Visited with children 8 and 5 and cost about $25. We took tour on own but there is guided tour as well. Spent about 1.5 hour. Displays are clean and animals appear to be well taken care off. You will be closer to big cats than you ever have. Kids loved it because there were a lot of animals to see without having to walk a lot like at zoo.

Thank Etonian30
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bpap, Manager at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2017

Thank you for taking time to share your experience! We are so glad you found us via Trip Advisor :) We do recommend our staff-guided tours for all first-time visitors to ensure the best chance of seeing the most animals, and to hear the intriguing stories of surrender, rescue, and retirement. We hope you'll come again and plan to join a tour to learn even more about our mission - one that is only possible thanks to visitors like you! Thank you. - Lori

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Reviewed 28 April 2017

This was a wonderful and educational experience. Our tour guide told us the individual story of how each animal came to be at Black Pine. We learned about the growth and needs of the Sanctuary. We took a teen grandchild who is interested in Zoology. She enjoyed the trip. For my husband and me it introduced us to an area of need of which we were unaware. The sanctuary opens for the season in May. The Private Guided Tours are only offered in the off season. In April 2017 the cost was $25 per person, well worth the additional cost. We are planning to take our other grandchildren on the Private Tour next fall. Great Family experience!

Thank Linda W
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