Lions, Tigers, Bears & More: Summer Fest at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary
Jul27

Lions, Tigers, Bears & More: Summer Fest at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary

As the weather warms up, the animals come out to play. A yearly pilgrimage to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is a tried and true summer ritual for families all across northeast Indiana. But for animal-lovers seeking a different environment to experience their favorite wild animals, Black Pine Animal Sanctuary will hold their annual Summer Fest event on Saturday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In place of the usual guided tours of the over 250 animals that call Black Pine home, the sanctuary will offer a day full of keeper presentations and other animal enrichment activities. Summer Fest will also feature food trucks and several vendors selling handmade crafts. Located 45 minutes northwest of Fort Wayne in the small town of Albion, Indiana, Black Pine Animal Sanctuary has provided abused and exploited animals with safe habitats since 2000. Black Pine is home to cats, canines, bears, primates, birds, reptiles and more. According to Lori Gagen, executive director of the non-profit, “Black Pine Animal Sanctuary exists to provide refuge to displaced, captive-raised exotic animals for the rest of their lives and to educate people about responsible animal care and conservation.” View this post on Instagram Happy Caturday! Love, Luna A post shared by Black Pine Animal Sanctuary (@bpsanctuary) on Jan 16, 2016 at 12:46pm PST While Black Pine appears similar to traditional animal attractions, its underlying ethos sets it apart from the zoos and aquariums to which most visitors are accustomed. Rather than breeding animals in captivity and emphasizing profits, Black Pine’s focus is on animals in need. “A true sanctuary does not buy, sell, breed, trade nor seek out animals. While we do allow visitors into the animals’ home so that we can educate them…our educational messages are typically different than a zoo or aquarium,” explains Gagen. Black Pine Animal Sanctuary’s mission is to protect and respect animals rather than profit off of them–it is supported solely by program fees, fundraising, volunteers and a small paid staff. For those who feel conflicted about the treatment of animals in zoos or are looking for more educational enrichment, Black Pine is a perfect summer outing. Gagen notes that the sanctuary teaches the public about the plights of exploiting exotic animals as pets, performers or entertainment. “[The animals’] will to live–and thrive–is inspiring, as is the dedication of their caregivers and our supporters to make it possible.” Summer Fest will allow newcomers and regulars alike to experience the inspirational animals and staff that Black Pine Animal Sanctuary has to offer. View this post on Instagram Buster and company are enjoying their new home, the Richard J. Hoffman Avian Building!...

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Get out for National Trails Day
May29

Get out for National Trails Day

For my family, going for a walk is an everyday event. While not everyone has the time to go out and enjoy a little nature walk everyday, June 2 is your excuse to make the time and enjoy your local trails. Northeast Indiana has plentiful, beautiful trails that make your walking, jogging, biking and skating safe and scenic. Thanks to many updates around the region, trails are accessible for strollers and wheelchairs so folks of all abilities can enjoy them. You don’t have to live in Fort Wayne to experience the trails. Almost every county in our region boasts a beautiful contribution to the trail system. So grab a friend or your puppy and start moving towards the trail closest to you!   The Trails Angola Trail Counties: Steuben Length: 4.4 miles Trail end points: Commons Park and E. Wendell Jacob Avenue This trail allows for bike, inline skating, walking and is wheelchair accessible. It is located just miles from the Ohio and Michigan borders and pathways connect Fireman’s Park and Commons Park. The trail is also walking distance from Trine University.    It’s a beautiful day for a morning bike ride. ☀☀☀#rivergreenway #lovingthisindiansummer A post shared by Sarah Sexton (@i.am.sarah.sexton) on Oct 18, 2017 at 8:00am PDT Rivergreenway Counties: Allen Length: 30.1 miles Trail end points: Shoaff Park to Historic Old Fort (Fort Wayne); Historic Old Fort and Moser Park (New Haven); Historic Old Fort to Southtown Centre (Fort Wayne) This trail allows for bike, inline skating, walking and is wheelchair accessible. This impressive, 30-mile trail way runs through Fort Wayne, by the rivers, through downtown and connects residential districts. The Rivergreenway serves as an all inclusive and easily accessible trail for any resident of Allen County.     Blue River Trail Counties: Whitley Length: 2.5 miles Trail end points: S. Main St./US 30 north of E. Hanna St. and Morsches Park This trail allows for biking, inline skating, walking and is wheelchair accessible. Blue River Trail helps link parks, businesses and residential areas along the Eel River.     Fairy spot on #Fishinglinetrail. A post shared by Roberta Stone, ASID, RID (@stone.roberta) on Jun 3, 2017 at 8:30am PDT Fishing Line Trail Counties: Noble Length: 1.3 miles Trail end points: E 850 N and E 800 N (Rome City) This trail allows for biking and walking. This is a developing and constantly improving trail in Noble County whose goal is to connect the tight-knit communities in the county.     Heritage Trail Counties: Kosciusko Length: 1.8 miles Trail end points: Winona Avenue and Roy Street This trail allows for biking and walking and is part of a larger system called...

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