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Forest Animal Rescue

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Meeting the lifetime needs of captive wild animals rescued from dire situations, abuse, neglect and exploitation.
Rehabilitation and release of wild black bears and coordinating the safe release of other rehabilitated wildlife

wild cats


black bears

other animals


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Tomorrow is the big day!

The Give4Marion 24-hour charitable giving campaign starts tomorrow (Sept. 21) at 10 am and ends Wednesday (Sept. 22) at 10 am We invite you to support Forest Animal Rescue, which is…
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Save the Date – Tuesday September 21, 2021!

Give4Marion is a 24-hour fundraising event hosted by the Community Foundation for Ocala/Marion County, raising money for local nonprofits through a single online donation platform. During these 24-hours, we come…

WUFT Radio Interview and Podcast

We recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by WUFT / PBS and the interview will be on the radio at 7:30am on Sunday, June 12, 2021. We discussed how…

The Easter Bunny

Although there is no doubt that the intentions are good, many of the bunnies end up neglected when the kids lose interest after the initial excitement wears off. Please consider…

Goodbye to our beloved Roy

We are sad to announce that we lost our beloved tiger, Roy, Saturday night. Roy had a mass on his elbow that was nonsurgical. We lost his brother, Tony to…



Learn about our internship program and download an application


Full-time volunteers stay in our lodging and work alongside our interns every day


We host ASB groups throughout the year, contact us to learn more


If you live locally and would like to help out as your schedule allows – this program is for you!


What our volunteers and supporters have to say.

Wild Animal Sanctuary

and Educational facility
Meeting the lifetime needs of wild animals in dire situations

Since 1998, Forest Animal Rescue (formerly known as Peace River Refuge and Ranch) has ensured that rescued wild animals have 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, in a true sanctuary setting.

Black bear cubs are rehabilitated and, once they have regained their  strength, they are returned to State authorities for release in appropriate locations. 

Other native wild animals that have been rehabilitated by others are also provided with a safe, protected location, owned by the sanctuary, to be released back into their native habitat.

Rescuing Captive Wildlife from Abuse or Exploitation

Captive wild animals that 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 also coordinate with other rehabilitation facilities to assist in the safe release on native animals on sanctuary-owned, protected land

Education to drive change

We have strong volunteer and internship programs, as well as our social media and online outreach to educate others on the issues facing wild animals in captivity and the plight of their wild counterparts


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