Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary, Phelan

#295 of 505 in Wildlife in California
Growing up around many different exotic animals it wasn't a complete surprise the Joel, co-founder, would start a rescue and rehabilitation facility with his wife, Chemaine in the local High Desert. After Acquiring their USDA and Fish & Game Licenses they were shocked to discover the horrible truth behind the exotic animal market. Every year thousands of captive bred exotic animals are put to sleep for many of the same reasons. Abandoned, abused, neglected or illegally obtained these animals all need the same thing, a home. Joel and Chemaine made the decision to do just that. With a great love for these animals they created Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary. They started to provide educational programs to help teach people about these beautiful animals and to raise money to support the rescue and rehabilitation efforts. But it hasn't been enough. To their disappointment every year some of the animals had to be turned away. So another decision was made. They became a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation. Now they have great hopes that the donations will help them save and preserve wild animals and the educational programs will help teach people to do their part in protecting the animals land and lives from becoming extinct.
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  • We love coming here. We see the level of care and love this place gives to these animals. Wonderful place to visit!  more »
  • Great place to tak the kids for an outing. The animal habitats are clean, well kept, and although I hate that the big cats are confined, I am aware that they were rescued from less than optimum situat...  more »
  • We had a blast! The staff are very knowledgeable and fun! It is small, of course. We spent about two hours with a toddler and a baby who enjoyed it. You could easily spend more if you took your time. My boy also enjoyed getting to feed the animals. The price was so small and the experience was awesome. Will go again!
  • I absolutely love this place. Staff is always incredibly friendly as well knowledgeable. They always are polite and will informed about their animals and their personalities. At one point during my self tour they had a section closed off as they were trying introduce 2 lions. They were incredibly nice in regards to any questions we had. Also the general cleanliness of the zoo is great. The animals are also really well taken care of and loved.

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