Tiger at the Black Pine Wildlife Sanctuary in Albion, Indiana

 

 

 

I went to the Black Pine Animal Sanctuary in Albion, Indiana, last week.  Black Pine is a non-profit exotic animal sanctuary, a "last chance" refuge for captive-raised non-domestic animals in need.  They give "rescued and retired exotic animals a safe haven, and educate people and enhance their knowledge of exotic and endangered species, and responsible pet ownership." It is a wonderful place and they are doing excellent work there for exotic animals who have been rescued or retired. 

 

We booked a private tour of the facility, and the Executive Director, Lori Gagen, gave us a wonderful behind the scenes, close up tour of the animals… lions, tigers, bears, leopards, cougars, wolves, foxes and more.  With a private tour, we could get within touching distance of the animals.    

Some of the stories of how these animals were found and rescued were really very sad, but they do have a wonderful home now and are well cared for by a great staff at Black Pine. 

Here is one photo I took of one of the tigers. 

 

 

 

BLACK PINE ANIMAL SANCTUARY

 

 

 

 

 

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Comment balloon 18 commentsRoberta Kayne • April 29 2012 05:35PM

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WOWZERS! That is one GORGEOUS shot. Worthy of  framing and hanging in a place of honor! GREAT shot!

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties) about 6 years ago

Suggested!

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties) about 6 years ago

Wow Roberta,

Absolutely spectacular picture and Joni is so right. It deserves a featured. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, GREEN, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Lind (Keller Williams Realty) about 6 years ago

Roberta,

Can't believe you got that close to them!  I'm glad they are being taken care of.  I hate the thought of any animal being abused.  Great picture!!!

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) about 6 years ago

This is hysterical, Roberta.  Bruce Walter from Indiana sent me this link because I was just in INDIA and went on a tiger safari, TWICE.  Didn't see one tiger.  He had told me I should have gone to INDIANA.  I see he was right :)

Posted by Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market (Home Jane Realty) about 6 years ago

These sanctuaries are amazing labors of love, volunteerism and donations..  We have one called In-Sync in Wylie, Texas.  I have visited many times with a friend who is a volunteer.  Great post and gorgeous photo!

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) about 6 years ago

What a beauty! You really captured this gorgeous animal with a fabulous photograph. Thanks to Joni  for letting us know.

Margaret

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 6 years ago

Roberta, this follows up on our April Pet Project contest, which spotlighted among other things, animal rescue. Phenomenal photograph, REALLY. I am going to invite you to our group, and see if it can get featured by our esteemed Group Founder, Mona Gersky. (Also, did you know that April is National Prevention of Animal Cruelty month?)

Joni Staples re-blogged this, that's how I found you!

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) about 6 years ago

Roberta:  That photo is so impressive.  I just love these big cats and am thankful for these sanctuaries that  provide a safe haven for them!

Posted by Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula, Realty Works Temecula (Realty Works Temecula) about 6 years ago

Hi Joni - Thanks so much for the kudos and for re-blogging and suggesting my post!  Wow - I am really honored and pleased that you did that. 

Kristin - many thanks ~ I'm delighted you think I deserve a feature. 

DeeDee - thank you for the compliment.  I too hate the thought of animals being abused, and especially wild animals that should never have been in private homes to begin with.

Jane - that is too funny and sort of sad that you went all the way to India and didn't see any tigers.  Well, there are lots of them here in the US - but not many, if any, left in the wild here.

Sharon - I never heard of In-Sync, and I lived in Texas for 22 years.  If I go back, I will definitely check it out.  Thanks for stopping by to share that info, and thanks for the compliment on my photo.

Margaret - I'm glad Joni shared my blog - and thanks so much for your kind words.

Gayle - thanks for the invitation ~ I accept!  And thanks for the info on Animal Cruelty month.  I don't think I knew.

Posted by Roberta Kayne, CRS, ABR, SFR, RRS, Realtor, Re/Max Affiliates (Dublin & Central Ohio Homes) about 6 years ago

Jane, thank you!  I am so thrilled that you and the others who commented like my photo.  And I am thankful for sanctuaries like this one too!

Posted by Roberta Kayne, CRS, ABR, SFR, RRS, Realtor, Re/Max Affiliates (Dublin & Central Ohio Homes) about 6 years ago

Hi Roberta, The sanctuaries are so important to provide quality of life to these animals. Your Tiger photo is just wonderful and beautifully tack sharp in the details. 

Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) about 6 years ago

Hi Roberta.  I came by way of Joni's reblog.  What a spectacular photo and sounds like a great place though I'm not so sure that I'd like to get quite that close to some of those animals.

Posted by Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528, Real Estate Salesperson (Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956) about 6 years ago

Roberta,

That is a great closeup and expression. Look at the power in those legs. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) about 6 years ago

William - I agree that the sanctuaries are important and ever more vital with more and more people getting wild animals for pets and some wild animals being mistreated and housed in unsanitary inhumane conditions.  And thank you for the compliment on my photo!

Leah - Thank you!  I'm so glad you came by, and I am glad that Joni reblogged!  I was pretty close to the animals - but I also had a really good zoom lens too.

Steve - Thank you.  These animals are really huge and incredibly powerful and not something you want to mess with-- this one was watching me very closely. 

Posted by Roberta Kayne, CRS, ABR, SFR, RRS, Realtor, Re/Max Affiliates (Dublin & Central Ohio Homes) about 6 years ago

Roberta,

Congratulations. This post is now featured on "Speechless Sundays." :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) about 6 years ago

Roberta,

That lovable face and expression can be very deceptive. They command major respect. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) about 6 years ago

Thanks Steve!  I appreciate the feature!

Posted by Roberta Kayne, CRS, ABR, SFR, RRS, Realtor, Re/Max Affiliates (Dublin & Central Ohio Homes) about 6 years ago

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