Domestic, Exotic & Farm Animals: Shelters, Rescues, Sanctuaries & Farms

From rodent to reptile, from llama to lemur, animals delight all ages. Visit these unique collections of animals, some of which serve as shelters for injured animals, to foster your child’s appreciation for creatures of all shapes and sizes.


Barry Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary & Educational Center; Oroville. This education & preservation center is home to a wide variety of non-releasable endangered & exotic live animals. See tigers, mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, leopards, hawks, owls, African lions, servals, a liger, wallaby, reptiles & much more. 4995 Durham Pentz Rd. (530) 533-1000.

Ron’s Reptiles; Chico. Visit to see a variety of lizards, snakes & amphibians, or Ron will come to you for club or school assemblies in Butte & Tehama Counties. Open 5 days/week. 44 Rock Creek Rd. (530) 893-2095.

Two By Two Ranch & Petting Zoo; Chico. Meet friendly sheep, chickens, turkeys, llamas, chicks, & Nubian or pygmy goats. Petting zoo & pony rides serving Northern California. Great for birthday parties & events. Also offers educational farm tours by appointment. 13080 Hosler Ave. (530) 893-1088.


Farm Sanctuary; Orland. This 300-acre farm is home to rescued pigs, goats, turkeys, cows & other farm animals.  Volunteer opportunities to help maintain animal enclosures. Current Farm Sanctuary members are welcome to visit for self-guided tours. All volunteers & visitors must contact Farm Sanctuary prior to their visit. 19080 Newville Rd. (next to Black Butte Lake & Rec. area; 9 mi. west of I-5). (530) 865-4617.


Safe Haven Horse Rescue; Cottonwood. See Equine: Rescues & Sanctuaries section below.

Wild Horse Sanctuary; Shingletown. See Equine: Rescues & Sanctuaries section below.


Best Friends Animal Society; Kanab, UT. A lifesaving haven for hundreds of adoptable animals, nestled in between the sprawling red rocks of Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon & Zion national parks. Lengthen your leash & experience for yourself the nature & nurture of the largest sanctuary of its kind in America. Daily tours, on-site lodging & animal sleepovers available. Welcome center open 8am-5pm, 7 days a week (except for Christmas). 5001 Angel Canyon Road. (435) 644-2001.

Great Cats World Park; Cave Junction, OR. Exciting, interactive & educational 10-acre park that’s home to lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars, ocelots, lynx, a fishing cat & more. The fully guided tours both educate & entertain. The tour guides interact with the cats, bringing out their natural & instinctive behaviors through positive reinforcement & the bond of familiarity, allowing visitors an up close & personal experience that is truly unique. Guided school & private group tours, as well as birthday parties & private events available. 27919 Redwood Hwy. (541) 592-2957.

Sanctuary One; Jacksonville, OR. Sanctuary One at Double Oak Farm is a nonprofit care farm where people, animals & the earth work together for mutual healing. Farm tours & field trips available with online booking, volunteer opportunities & animal adoptions available. 13195 Upper Applegate Road. (541) 899-8627.

Sequoia Park Zoo; Eureka. Families can explore the natural world & cultivate a passion for wildlife at the Sequoia Park Zoo. Visit with rare & endangered red pandas, interact with sheep and goats in the Contact Corral & connect with the gibbons & spider monkeys. Cafe & gift shop onsite. 3414 West St. (707) 441-4263.

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Updated: Jul 13, 2017 @ 1:36 pm