Visit to Black Pine Animal Sanctuary and Gene Stratton Porter Historical Site

It was a beautiful day as six of us visited Black Pine Animal Sanctuary and the Gene Stratton Porter Historical Site in North Eastern Indiana. As usual we carpooled in two vehicles and met up about 10:30 at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary in Albion, Indiana. This is a animal sanctuary that takes in captive raised animals, often from former private petting zoos, traveling acts, people who have made poor choices of pets (how wise is it to have a tiger in an apartment? Others don’t consider how large a potbellied big or alligator will get.)

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Everyone in the group loved Black Pine. It was fascinating to go on their group tour and see the primates, farm animals, tigers, a lion, black bears, leopards, many macaw parrots and other birds. Black Pine offers daily tours at 11:00 am 7 days a week Memorial Day through Labor Day and have other operating hours and tours the rest of the year. They also have a feeding tour at 3:00 pm. It is affordable to visit (adult tickets are $8.00,) and they have a lovely pavilion where you could bring a lunch to eat right at the facility. It is totally operated by donation and most of the people working there are volunteers. If you’ve never visited I highly recommend to take a tour so you hear the stories that go along with each animal. Again, this fact was repeated by everyone in our groom – how much knowing the stories added to the experience. Another important fact about Black Pine is that it provides a forever home for animals they take in. They do not breed, trade or sell animals. You can visit their website at They have a camping event coming up in September.


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The tour lasted about 1.5 hours. After that David learned of a geocache on the property so he and Karen went to find it. We then went for a bite of lunch, some brought a picnic and ate at the Gene Stratton Porter Historic Site and others stopped at a local diner. We then gathered at the Gene Stratton Porter Historic Site outside of Rome City, IN. Gene Stratton Porter was a naturalist and author in the early 1900’s, her most popular works include “Freckles” and “Girl of the Limberlost.” It’s a pretty small area and they offer tours of her cabin. We wandered around the lake and through the stunning gardens.

This trip made for a lovely Sunday day trip for those who attended.

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