Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary, Phelan

#238 of 276 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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27 reviews
  • July 19, 2017
    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 »
  • July 2, 2017
    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 »
  • June 12, 2017
    This is a wonderful experience if you can handle large caged cats. Some years ago, one of the TV DIY shows did their cages and surroundings over so it is much nicer than it used to be. Beautiful anima...  more »
  • June 10, 2017
    This place is fun. We came for the summer family day. My kids fed the monkeys. Lots and lots of different animals, very interesting. You can get pretty close to them. I just wish the bigger animals had more area to roam. The enclosures are too small.
  • June 7, 2017
    Inhumane conditions - cages are SMALL. Poor cats needs more space. Sad to see animals living in such small spaces when they are meant to roam. Wild Animal Park is much better. I wouldn't go back or take my kids until they improve the living conditions for the bigger animals.
  • June 17, 2017
    1050 Orange Dr, Vacaville, CA 95687 is the address to the Quality Inn where in the area around the hotel there is one, possibly two, peacock birds. I don't know if they are getting proper care because I don't know much about them, but if someone from the sanctuary sees this please try to rescue them and look into it more. I'm leaving town today or I would see what I could do. Thank you!
  • April 3, 2017
    Animals need bigger cages... Had huge cages in the back full of junk. Sell the junk use the money to clean more ad use the cages for the cats... Other then that super fun my son loved it i thought it was great just could really be more and they seemed to have the room so you know give cats a bigger home... Also don't fill your holes under the fences in the cat cages with rocks thats not smart... The bobcats facing the packing lot look like it was digging a hole and I saw big rocks covering it...
  • June 26, 2017
    All the animals & reptiles at Forever Wild, are rescues, that were raised in captivity & can never be released into the wild, because they'd never survive. They were circus animals, from abusive zoos, roadside photo booths, where they were beaten & abused by the people who owned them. Now, they're fed, have toys & companions, & are loved.

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