The action never stops!
Destiny!! Our newest arrival has made it to the sanctuary safely. Her name was chosen by popular vote and we love it! Destiny is in a smaller portion of her habitat for the night. We will give her a day to adjust to her new surroundings before opening up the rest of her habitat to[…]
As we speak, a new resident is on her way to Forest Animal Rescue! This poor bobcat was an attempted pet in Oklahoma. She either escaped or was released into the wild to fend for herself. She weighed half of what she should, and showed old injuries, scrapes and a broken toe. Fortunately, the wildlife[…]
We had tropical storm conditions overnight, but all of the animals are safe. With only minimal tree damage at the sanctuary, we are all thankful. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who were not as fortunate and for those that may still be in Dorian’s path.
September 3, 2019 11:45am Managing a sanctuary with over 100 rescued wild animals is especially stressful in times of natural and manmade disasters. We have contingency plans in place for every conceivable situation, but that does little to minimize the stress when the time comes. As of the most recent update, Hurricane Dorian is moving[…]
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The red pandas that our team has been working for over two years on rescuing from a defunct zoo in Argentina will not be coming to our sanctuary after all. We received word that the Juky, the male panda passed away at the zoo in Argentina before they obtained their export paperwork. After examination by[…]
Powerline Wildfire in the Ocala National Forest narrowly misses the sanctuary
Meet the animals
We are their last hope- their last stop
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American Black BearsClick here for details
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African servalsClick here for details
WolfClick here for details
Capuchin MonkeysClick here for details
Spider MonkeysClick here for details
Wild Black Bear Cubs for Rehabilitation and ReleaseClick here for details
Sulcata TortoisesClick here for details
EquinesClick here for details
A Few Domestic AnimalsClick here for details
BatsClick here for details
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Wild Animal Sanctuary and Educational Faciltiy
Where do the animals come from?
Since 1998, Forest Animal Rescue (formerly known as Peace River Refuge & Ranch) has provided rescued wild animals with the space and peace that they need to heal and thrive. They are given the best in veterinary care, a healthy diet and playmates of their own kind as appropriate. Animals rescued from captive situations regain confidence as their bodies gain strength, and they learn to appreciate the humans who have come to their aid. As a true sanctuary, the animals we rescue are never bred, sold or exploited in any way. They are not asked to do anything except be who they are and learn to thrive under the warmth and compassion of our caring staff.
Rescuing Captive Wildlife from Abuse or Negect
Our permanent residents have have been confiscated by authorities, used in research, abandoned to starve or have been attempted pets that failed because of their wild nature
Rehabilitation and Release of Wild Black Bears
Orphaned or injured wild bear cubs are nurtured and rehabilitated with minimal human interaction so that they learn to thrive on their own and can be released back into the wild.
We are not open to the public as an attraction or zoo; the only visitors allowed are through guided tours, offered only twice monthly. We have strong volunteer and internship programs to educate others on the issues facing wild animals in captivity and the plight of their wild counterparts