Q: What is an Animal Sanctuary?
An animal sanctuary is a facility where animals are brought to live and be protected for the rest of their lives. Unlike animal shelters, sanctuaries do not seek to place animals with individuals or groups, instead maintaining each animal until his or her natural death. In some cases, an establishment may have characteristics of both a sanctuary and a shelter; for instance, some animals may be in residence temporarily until a good home is found and others may be permanent residents. The mission of sanctuaries is generally to be safe havens, where the animals receive the best care that the sanctuaries can provide. Animals are not bought, sold, or traded, nor are they used for animal testing. The resident animals are given the opportunity to behave as naturally as possible in a protective environment. What distinguishes a sanctuary from other institutions is the philosophy that the residents come first. In a sanctuary, every action is scrutinized for any trace of human benefit at the expense of non-human residents. Sanctuaries act on behalf of the animals, and the caregivers work under the notion that all animals in the sanctuary, human and non-human, are of equal importance.
A sanctuary is not open to the public in the sense of a zoo; that is, the public is not allowed unescorted access to any part of the facility. A sanctuary tries not to allow any activity that would place the animals in an unduly stressful situation. One of the most important missions of sanctuaries, beyond caring for the animals, is educating the public. The ultimate goal of a sanctuary should be to change the way that humans think of, and treat, non-human animals. There are several national and international organizations that have taken the responsibility of supervising numerous systems of non-profit animal sanctuaries in order to provide a general system for sanctuaries to follow. Among them, The American Sanctuary Associationmonitors and aids in various facilities to care for exotic wildlife. Their accredited facilities conform to high standards and rigid application processes to ensure that the animals under their care are enthusiastically cared for and maintained.
Q: Where do you get your animals?
Many have been rescues from private owners or other facilities that could not care for them. Each animal has a Bio on our web site that explains how the animal came to live at Forever Wild. If you have any other questions about a certain animal please feel free to contact.
Q: When we visit Forever Wild do we get to touch the animals?
We do have a few reptiles and non-exotic animals that we allow the public to touch on certain tours. However we never allow the Exotic Cats to interact with the public, these animals are wild and in enclosures to protect them as well as you.
Q: How can I work at Forever Wild?
Forever Wild has a very small staff of trained animal handlers, while there are no employment opportunities available at this time, we do have a volunteer program... see next question.
Q: Does Forever Wild have an intern/Volunteer program?
Glad you asked! Yes we do. Must be 18+ years old and going to school to make the animal field a career or completed school with an animal related degree. An interview must be Scheduled for all that are interested. Our volunteers work very hard to give the animals a safe loving home and in turn get closer to their dreams and goals. For information on becoming a Volunteer please contact the office at (760) 868-2755
Q: Are you handicapped accessible?
Yes. The inside gift store and restrooms are handicapped accessible. The new dirt paths are accessible to wheelchairs, motor chairs, walkers and strollers.
Q: Si hable Español?
Q: Can we come for a tour when the weather is bad?
Forever Wild is located up a 1.3 mile dirt road. Facility may close without notice due to incliment weather. Please be sure to call ahead and make a appointment for you tours.