About Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary

Bear Creek Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary is not open to the public. To book a private tour visit our Adoptions Page.

Happy 24th Anniversary, Bear Creek Sanctuary!
BooBoo - Black Bear Chico - Black Faced Caique Jinx - Red Fox Mommie Deerest - White Tailed Deer Nala - African Lion

Thank you for taking care of us Werner and Mary!

Bear Creek Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary was founded in 1989 by Werner Ebner.
We are a volunteer driven non-profit organization dedicated to the survival of rare and endangered species. We are also involved in humane wildlife rescue and rehabilitation of animals involved in public concerns, and as always, we provide a safe haven for unwanted, abused and injured exotic and zoo surplus animals. At Bear Creek we house over 100 animals, some of which are the most beautiful and most rare species from around the world. If we have the ability to help any animal in need, then we are morally obligated to do so.

We believe that an understanding of the plight of indigenous, exotic and endangered species is critical to the future survival of life on earth. The greater the knowlege we have of the creatures we share the land with, the greater chance we have of preserving our way of life. Part of this enormous undertaking is the education of our children to understand and respect the value of the creatures around us. For many of the animals here, Bear Creek was the last resort prior to euthanasia.

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Why do we need sanctuaries?

There are so many answers that it's difficult to choose the most important ones. We should never punish any animal for being born, or for being in the wrong place. They cannot control who buys or sells them, where they live, or the conditions in which they will exist. It is all up to their owners. They depend on us two - legged animals for their health and happiness. It's hard for most people to imagine a homeless tiger. After all, a person must be properly licensed to get a tiger in the first place, right? Wrong! Many regions have no licensing requirements and no regulations regarding big cats. The result is that lions, tigers, and other big cats are purchased as pets by uninformed people. There is no way to make a pet of a lion, a tiger or any other big cat. So the owner must find a new home for the unfortunate cat before it destroys their home or maims their family.

Have you ever wondered where a big cat goes when it is confiscated? Most would answer "the zoos take them" Wrong again. Considering that space is limited in zoos, they cannot and will not take big cats simply because they need a home. Also, zoo visitors expect to see animals in perfect condition. Zoos also need a place for their big cats when they become too old and arthritic, or are deemed unsuitable for public display. Whatever the reason, the big cats often find themselves without a home and they must be placed somewhere. Or be destroyed.

Many people do not understand that a baby tiger will not remain a cute, cuddly animal forever. They will grow up to a 700 - pound animal that cannot be taken care of by an average person.

If there were a way for us to let the animals go back to their natural environments, nothing would make us happier. Unfortunately, this is an impossibility, they have never been wild and had to hunt or fight for a territory, and their native habitats are being destroyed at an alarming rate. This may mean the destruction of the animal due to habitat loss, poaching, and humanizing of the animals.

The options for placement are: breeders who often use them "puppy mill" style and generate more cubs to be abused and confiscated; game ranches where, for a several thousand dollar fee, the animal can be shot as it leaves its cage and its skin be put on the floor in front of some "great hunter's" fireplace, auctions where they can be sold to anyone.

SANCTUARY: It is defined by the way it treats its animals, not by the "sanctuary" tag placed after the name. It is not a place that sells the animals, or uses them for wholesale breeding. Sanctuary is a safe place. A place where they are fed a proper diet, where their medical needs are provided, and where they will be relaxed and content as long as they live.


For Outreach Programs & Presentations,
please call Mary Barros (705) 721-4730 or email Bear Creek Information
Once again, Thank you for your past, present and future support.