Construction issues delay Indiana animal sanctuary’s move

Albion — An animal sanctuary’s move to a new home has fallen behind schedule.

Black Pine Animal Park was supposed to be out of its old home by Oct. 31, but workers haven’t been able to complete winter housing for more than 80 animals at their new digs on 18 acres of land formerly used by Noble County’s 4-H program.
“It’s definitely behind where we’d like to be,” said Lori Gagen, Black Pine’s director of development.

County Commissioners leased the property to the sanctuary in June after the park’s board failed to reach a deal to buy the former site. The sanctuary is closed while workers build habitats for the animals, including chimpanzees, tigers, African lions, a leopard, a cougar and two camels.

The park also recently obtained from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources another cougar rescued from the basement of a home near Gary.

Gagen said more than $130,000 in cash, plus thousands of dollars in donated material and manpower, have been given to the park. But recent rains and difficulty in scheduling work around the holidays have put the move behind.


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