Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary, Phelan

4.4
#277 of 385 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 booked a tour at noon and were very happy with the information from the docent. The docent also knows how to get the animals to interact more. It was great seeing tigers and lions and cheetahs up c...  more »
  • Enjoyed all the big cats! Also had, snakes, birds and many other animals from desert region. Visit if you later in the day or after sunset. When it is cooler animals are more active.  more »
  • The workers were very rude. There was no explanation on the animals - what type - what was wrong with them. In other words no description at all. The animals were housed in small cages - it was pathet...  more »
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  • The road there is a bit bumpy but it was no big problem. It is cheap and there are a few packages to choose from. You can get a general admission or a guided tour and you can even feed some of the animals. They have quite a few animals with informative bulletins next to each of them. They also have benches to sit and eat your lunch. I only have a small negative comment and it's that the enclosures are all kind of small for the animals, in my opinion. Perhaps one day they can expand their enclosures.
  • I've lived up here my whole life and barely visited this place for the first time this year. I've definitely been deprived of a fun, affordable, local experience by not visiting this place much sooner. It was a fun place to visit and great place to get the kids out of the house. Will definitely be returning more often :)
  • Loved it! Our guided tour through this wonderful sanctuary was so informative! This makes for a perfect family outing. Variety of animals...big cats, monkeys, wild dogs, llamas, alligators, crocs, birds and reptiles. We spent about 2 hours. Great to see these rescued animals.
  • NOT OPEN TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY!! We had quite the debacle this past Wednesday when we looked on google, called and then showed up... only to find the doors locked! I called and called until someone finally picked up. Their google and voicemail both stated they were open, but I find out later yelp and Facebook said closed. I assumed the voicemail was correct Although the guy who answered was obviously annoyed (& so was I since I drove my kid an hour to get there after I took him out of school) they were kind enough to open their doors and allow us access. We saw the animals and enjoyed everything it had to offer. I could tell the workers were trying to be hospitable and by the time we left they were sure glad I’m sure. Overall a good experience with neat animals for the high desert. Now If they would just fix their voice mail and google hours :)!
  • Lovely lil place,friendly staff..well kept animals.there's a white tiger and a baby black bear.u can feed some of the animals.the only down fall is the dirt road to get there
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