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.Plan to visit Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary during your Phelan vacation using our convenient Phelan vacation route planner.
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My wife has been wanting to visit this attraction for awhile now and we finally made the time and drove up during the week between Christmas and New years. This is a privately run operation that takes... more »
It is off the beaten path. You have to take a dirt road to the sanctuary but it's totally worth it. Book the guided tour at least 24 hours in advance. We had Margaret as our tour guide. She was nice a... more »
It was a hot day and when we arrived the tours were cancelled because they said it was too hot. So we basically walked around and looked at the animals in the cages. The sloth was the favorite. It was... more »
This is truly a sanctuary. The owners are friendly and very knowledgeable. The entire grounds are kept impossibly clean, each enclosure was well tended and the animals looked very well taken care of. Seeing and feeding the big cats was a magical experience. I have seen these creatures on film and in pictures but there is nothing like looking into their eyes! I was hypnotized!! All around this was an incredible experience and I felt very fortunate that the owners let us experience the up-close moments with the different animals. Truly amazing - thank you to the owners & staff who sacrifice so much of their time & resources to care for these abandoned and abused animals of all shapes and sizes.
Awesome place in the middle of nowhere. They're doing a great thing here by taking care of animals that were mistreated and/or their owners couldn't take care of them anymore. It's definitely worth checking this place out if your in the area
I am 57 years old now, and I was there, just 6 months ago. The animals are beautiful,pampered, loved, & well cared-for. Very safe for visitors,with strong, thick, barred kennels, where each big cat, has room to pace and move around. Beautiful grounds. They're as protected as the humans that visit them. But no videography, loud noises, or sudden movements. Follow these extremely important rules, & you'll have a great visit
The staff is so helpful and friendly! My daughter loved feeding the bobcat and gator. They also have a really sweet horse named Lucky who loves attention.
I love it. Kids love it. Something wonderful the High Desert has. Everyone should go and check it out.
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