Circus animals getting bigger retirement home

September 26, 2006

ALBION, Ind. — Workers at a sanctuary for retired circus animals and rescued exotic pets are working seven days a week preparing to move the park’s 83 animals to a new location.

Black Pine Animal Park will begin moving animals, including chimpanzees, Bengal tigers, African lions, a leopard, a cougar and two camels next month to 18 acres of land formerly used by the county’s 4-H program.

Park staff is working 13 hours a day to get the new site ready. Park officials have already raised $95,000 to pay for the move and house the animals while the rest of the park is built.

Their goal is to raise $150,000 by Oct. 31 and an additional $150,000 to be able to open next summer.

”We’re rebuilding the entire zoo. We’re not allowed to take anything with us at the current site,” said Jessica Price, senior zookeeper. ”We can take with us what we’ve built since 2004 and that’s it.”

The new site offers more room for larger habitats for the animals.

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