Founded in 1994, the Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary is a special place right here in Butte County. Equal parts wildlife sanctuary, educational park, and research center, the Sanctuary is home to a remarkable assortment of non-releasable wild and exotic animals, many of them endangered species. Our animals have the potential to inspire minds and to change lives! They are only a few of our natural wonders that we are close to losing forever.

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Visit the Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary and show your support

for the residents of the facility and their relatives in the wild!

Sanctuary Visiting Hours:

9:00 am – 5:00 pm*

Tuesday through Sunday

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Although no salaries are paid here, it still takes a lot of resources to keep the Sanctuary up and running. Our resident animals are fed approximately a half ton of food every day, 75% of it meat. The many special needs animals at our facility require medication. Our outreach program requires special transportation and insurance. Educational materials come with publication costs. The list of expenses is endless!

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Equal parts wildlife sanctuary and educational center

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