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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: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

I have been here with my 9 year old niece several times. We both love it! I am excited to bring my younger niece in the future.

Thank Kayla S
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bpap, Manager at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2017

Thank you!

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Reviewed 11 July 2017

We took our 4 grandkids, ages 8 - 12, and we all loved it. Sanctuary is more of a "retirement home" for animals, so it is a quiet experience instead of the high energy/activity level at a zoo. It was also interesting to read the stories of where the animals came from and how Black Pine has provided a safe place for them to live out their lives. Some animals came from very abused situations. We were able to get one of the larger birds to talk back to us and laugh, which really excited our kids. Web site offers much information, but not the easiest to navigate. Also they don't list their hours. A phone call quickly answered that question for us. Staff said they don't list hours as they sometimes have to be closed to the public unexpectedly, and they don't want visitors to arrive only to find them closed. Highly recommend Black Pine Animal Sanctuary to anyone who enjoys animals in a "natural" environment. You are much closer to the animals at BP than you are at a zoo.

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Reviewed 28 June 2017

First time here. Can't wait to return. I took the guided tour and the feeding tour. In between I had over two hours to go back and check out the animals on my own. The entire location is clean, well organized, nice black top walkways and most of the animals were only about 3 feet away from you. I had such a good time and learned a lot.

1  Thank 269knc
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bpap, Manager at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2017

Thank you for sharing your experience! We are so pleased you enjoyed it, and even happier you learned some things along the way. - Lori

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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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