South Africa in the Hoosier


     (NWPR-IN) – Tucked away in a remote corner of northeast Indiana lays a refuge for some of the most beautiful animals in the world.  This sanctuary for rescued and retired exotic animals was started by Karen Hoag, husband and young daughter with a few potbelly pigs, llamas, black Welsh mountain sheep and African ostrich. 

     The sanctuary had grown to include chimpanzees, black bears, Bengal tigers and several other exotic animals with no place to go, and today Black Pine Animal Park is a haven for once popular animals that have been discarded by society.  Still amazingly as well as personable and tame, these creatures provide the perfect place for animal lovers and artists to achieve a harmonious reunion with creatures of the wild.

     If you are an artist wishing to catch the perfect pose of the wild without traveling to South Africa, ‘Black Pine’ is abundant with animals that welcome the attention of the public.  Many have been in TV and are used to the daily interaction with humans and the caretakers will provide any background information that you need to prepare you for your photography or painting project.


     For the many scheduled events for all ages and one of the perfect scenes to capture or just learn more about these amazing animals, northwest Indiana provides a short trip with amazing results.  Call 260.636.7383 or see  for directions to the animal sanctuary.

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