Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary

Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary

The Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a variety of non-releasable, endangered, and exotic live animals. The mission of the Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary is to educate the public about the care and preservation of all wildlife and their habitats, both locally and globally. It is their belief that through hands-on experience with the animals of the Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary, as well as through educational programs, the public will become more enlightened about the importance of wildlife and their habitats, and practice responsible ownership of companion animals.

The Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1994. Located in Butte County, just east of Butte College, it is the only organization of its kind from the San Francisco Bay area to the Oregon state line.

About the Animals

To promote awareness on a local scale, the Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary houses a variety of species, including representatives from all across the globe.

Some of their native species include Mountain Lions, Bobcats, Coyotes, Foxes, Great Horned Owls and Hawks.

Global representatives include African and Asiatic Leopards, Bengal and Siberian Tigers, Lions, Ligers, Servals, Lynx, Caracals, Snow and Clouded Leopards, and Ocelots. The Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to Coatimundis, Fennec Foxes, a Ring-tailed Lemur, a Wallaby, Black Bears, and an assortment of exotic birds and reptiles, including Burmese Pythons, an Alligator and an assortment of Tortoises.

Each animal is housed in an enclosure that far exceeds state and federal regulations.

Admission Fees

  • To walk on your own:
    • $10 Adults
    • $6 Children (age 16 years and below)
    • Free for children under 2 years
    • No appointment necessary
  • For a guided tour led by one of our wildlife interpretive guides:
    • $20 Adults
    • $10 Children (age 16 years and below)
    • Free for children under 2 years
    • Tours by appointment only. Please call ahead to schedule one of these fun and educational tours. They tend to last about 1.5-2 hours and are packed with great information about each animal, not to mention an amazing interactive session with our reptiles.
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