Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary, Phelan

#213 of 240 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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • This place was AMAZING. The staff was so friendly. We stayed for about 1 1/2 hrs with our kids 6 and 1.5 years old. We will defiantly be back.
  • Friendly knowledgeable staff. Celebrated my daughters 11th birthday there with a small group of her friends. The kids loved it. Fun, educating and memorable.
  • Awesome experience I would definitely recommend to visit especially if you have children the price to get in isn't too bad either
  • This exotic animal rescue has a lot of nice well taken care of animals we enjoyed our visit we'll go again
  • The dirt road getting there was horrible. I was so worried about the damage it was doing to my car that I swore I'd never go back. I need an alignment now. We went to the Halloween event they had at night. It was too dark to see any animals. They do have a few tigers (maybe even a white one), a bear, a panther, maybe a fox, and many more animals squeezed into a small space. I would love to see the animals in the day but not if I have to drive to get there.

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