March 18, 2012

About Us

Zulu, the tiger who inspired us to start the sanctuary

Photo © 2010 Ashley Kershner

Forest Animal Rescue by Peace River Refuge & Ranch is a lifetime care sanctuary for non-releasable wild animals. The animals we rescue come from lives of abuse or neglect and have almost always narrowly escaped being destroyed for lack of a place to go.

The animals in our care range from big cats to bears, wolves, primates, bats and more.

Our residents have been confiscated by authorities, used in research, abandoned to starve or have been attempted pets that failed because of their wild nature. Here they have 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. They 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. We are not open to the public as an attraction or zoo; the only visitors allowed will through our bi-monthly tours, scheduled in advance by reservation.

Founded in 1998, Peace River Refuge & Ranch is highly respected and internationally recognized. Fully accredited by the American Sanctuary Association, licensed and inspected by State and Federal authorities, the sanctuary has earned a well respected place in the sanctuary community.

The sanctuary is entirely supported through tax-deductible donations