ALBION — The Black Pine Animal Sanctuary is providing refuge and care for four tigers seized from the Tiger King Park.
This past week, the animal sanctuary worked closely with the U.S. Department of Justice, other accredited animal sanctuaries and law enforcement to successfully seize and rescue 69 big cats at the Tiger King Park, owned by Jeff and Lauren Lowe.
Home to these lions, tigers, lion-tiger hybrid and a single jaguar, the Thackerville, Okla., facility was searched and the animals removed due to “ongoing Endangered Species Act violations.”
Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, home to over 100 displaced, captive-raised exotic animals, is providing refuge to four tigers while the U.S. Department of Justice pursues permanent forfeiture of the animals. Black Pine’s mission is to provide refuge for the rest of their lives. While in the care of Black Pine, each animal will receive veterinary care, diets designed for each animal’s health needs, enrichment activities and large natural habitats to live in.
“Black Pine is thrilled that we are able to house and care for these majestic animals,” said Executive Director Trish Nichols. “What a tremendous undertaking this has been. Black Pine is honored to partner with federal agencies and other accredited sanctuaries to rescue and protect these amazing creatures.”
“Black Pine is honored to assist with this significant animal rescue operation,” said Board President Ted Storer. “Our priority remains the health and well-being of these animals.”