The final volunteer group this spring – University of Delaware!

One of the largest bear habitats in the country is almost finished! Last but certainly not least! The University of Delaware Alternative Break group consisted of 40 students who worked extremely hard. They tried to complete the bear habitat and came very close…but we ran out of time. The completion of the project is finally within our[…]

Illinois State University volunteers are hard workers!

Alternative Break Students from Illinois State University are helping the animals for the second time   42 students arrived on Monday to spend 4 days of hard work during their spring break. They are working on the construction of our 4-acre bear habitat and making great progress! This same group was here last year and constructed[…]

Please help us finish the tiger habitat for Tony & Roy

We have been steadily building and expanding habitats, preparing for guided tours, but we need your help… When we left our old location in Zolfo Springs, we left behind 15 years of construction. Our tigers, Tony & Roy, had a 1-acre habitat to romp and play among the oak trees. We have promised them that  we[…]

We are always amazed by our dedicated volunteers!

We had a Fantastic weekend; our fundraiser at Cactus Jack’s on Saturday, May 18 went very well and we met lots of future volunteers too! The next day, we had 20 people show up to help out, both regular volunteers and lots of new ones! They worked in the heat of the day and right[…]

Broken sand pine

Why are we removing sand pines from the new property in the forest?

We didn’t realize it until after we had purchased the property, but apparently the sand pines need to go. We have been advised by several biologists to take them out before we build. They have poor structural strength and will fall over onto our fencing and habitats, creating a potential threat to the animals in[…]

Animal Warriors helping with construction

We recently had two fantastic work days with a volunteer group called Animal Warriors. They are an extremely hardworking group of volunteers, experienced in working with sanctuaries of all sorts. They have helped several other well-respected sanctuaries with various projects and we were fortunate enough to have met them when we need volunteers the most.[…]