The action never stops!
After two days of shopping, a day to give back. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) The widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on[…]
November 26 – December 3, 2016 4:00pm-8:00pm each evening at the Grand Oaks Visit event page for more details Vote for our tree (#20 in the People’s Choice Awards) to help the animals What’s on our Tree? $6,773 in value! It includes an african Safari for two and more! Zulu Nyala, South Africa $5,950 6[…]
DATES: November 26 – December 3, 2016 TIME: 4:00pm – 8:00pm each evening LOCATION: The Grand Oaks Resort, 3000 Marion County Rd, Weirsdale, FL 32195 Free for the public to enjoy! Walk though a forest of decorated trees to the sounds of Holiday music Vote for People’s Choice (COME VOTE FOR OUR TREE!) bid on a[…]
The votes are in! One our new bears will be named ‘Oatmeal’! Thank you to the makers of the card game “Bears vs Babies” – they are making a generous $10,000 donation to help with the care of the animals and they asked their Kickstarter community to vote on a name. Please join us in[…]
The makers of the monster-building card game “Bears vs. Babies” is donating $10,000 and holding a contest to name one of the bears we are rescuing from Colorado! Please join us in backing their project – Starting today, backers of the game can leave name suggestions in the main comment section of their Kickstarter Page. Tomorrow, we’ll[…]
The bats and everyone at Forest Animal Rescue wish you a safe and happy Halloween! Five fun facts about bats: Some bat species eat an incredible number of insects including mosquitoes. They can eat as many as 1,200 insects in an hour! Other bats, like the ones at our sanctuary, are critical pollinators of seeds and[…]
Tiger Enrichment Part of providing high quality care to the animals we rescue involves offering them interesting things to do with their time. See what happens when we give Tony & Roy a HUGE box to play with… Please follow and like us:https://forestanimalrescue.org/tony-roy-vs-big-box/
Lisa Stoner is interviewed on WOCA “The Source” 96.3FM – 1370AM Ocala, FL Learn more about what you can do to get involved with the sanctuary and how to help with the upcoming rescue of two tigers and two bears! Please follow and like us:https://forestanimalrescue.org/radio-interview-in-ocala-learn-more-about-the-sanctuary/
Meet the animals
The reasons we all work so hard
Tigers and African servalsClick here for details
Spider monkeys, Capuchins and LemursClick here for details
American Black BearsClick here for details
Wolf & Wolf HybridClick here for details
Bats, Skunk, Equines, Domestic cats, TortoisesClick here for details
Wild Black Bear Cubs for Rehabilitation and ReleaseClick here for details
Where do the animals come from?
and what do we do with them?
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
Would you like to help the animals?
we love our interns and volunteers!
Part Time Local Volunteers
Do you live close enough to volunteer a day at a time? The animals need you!
Learn about our internship program and download an application
Full Time Residential Volunteers
Full time volunteers stay in our lodging and work alongside our interns every day
Alternative Break Groups
We host ASB groups throughout the year, contact us to learn more