501(c)3 Nonprofit organization

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 Welcome to Forever Wild

Located at 8545 Buttemere Rd, Phelan, California 92371 



 Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary would like to share our sincerest sympathies over the passing of Chopper the Alligator. As one of the few local facilities equipped to house and care for large reptiles, we were designated by California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife to provide a home for Chopper during the confiscation process. Forever Wild has successfully kept healthy alligators for many years- the longest term resident being over 50 years of age. Being accredited by California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Choppers death was reported (along with the devastating death of our group of large alligators) and a necropsy performed- which revealed that the succumbed to a bacterial infection. We share the communities concern, and wish to convey our utmost diligence when it comes to the health and wellness of our animals. During her stay, Chopper was quarantined, then introduced to our existing group so she could share the pond and sunshine with them. She showed no signs of stress or difficulty socializing with the various sized alligators whom she was among the largest. Forever Wild is committed to providing the best care and quality of life that we can provide to every animal who enters our doors. We are deeply saddened when any of our animals pass on, but will not let that hinder us from carrying on and opening our doors to other animals who provide valuable experiences to the staff and the community, and continue to focus on our mission in sharing our passion for all animals.
~Forever Wild Founders    3/13/2015


We are dedicated to do all we can in the rescue and rehabilitation efforts of exotic animals. We will strive to provide safe and caring homes for all that pass through our doors for the rest of their lives. Our promise is to help educate people of all generations to better understand the need our world has for the preservation of our beautiful exotic animals and the habitat on which they depend.

Forever Wild provides a healthy, happy home for captive-bred animals that zoos will not take in.

Today we are:

  • A fabulously refurbished sanctuary.
  • Continually outreaching to the public for support to continue efforts to protect all Exotic Animals in need.
  • Providing education to all ages to help make a difference to animals now and in the future.

With your help, Forever Wild can:

  • Care for many more animals that will otherwise be euthanized.
  • Host and educate the public in our new learning Center build by the community and Extreme Home Makeover.
  • Perform outreach services to schools and children .

Open for tours

7 days a week

10:00am to 5:00pm

For more information see our Tour page


Volunteer Program

 We are looking for docents and volunteers. Must be 18+ years old and going to school to make the animal field a career or completed school with an animal related degree. An interview must be Scheduled for all that are interested. Our volunteers work very hard to give the animals a safe loving home and in turn get closer to their dreams and goals. For information on becoming a Volunteer please contact the office at 1 (760) 490- 3338

I am an animal rescuer.
I will save lives. I will lose lives.
I will make wise decisions. I will make mistakes.
I will be surrounded by people who understand what I do and how I feel.
I will be criticized and abandoned by those who do not understand.
I will rejoice when each homeless huggable finds a new forever family.
I will suffer through days when I cannot get those lost out of my mind ♥

History of Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary

Growing up around many different exotic animals it wasn't a complete surprise the Joel, co-founder, would start a rescue and rehabilitation facility with his wife, Chemaine in the local High Desert. After Acquiring their USDA and Fish & Game Licenses they were shocked to discover the horrible truth behind the exotic animal market. Every year thousands of captive bred exotic animals are put to sleep for many of the same reasons. Abandoned, abused, neglected or illegally obtained these animals all need the same thing, a home. Joel and Chemaine made the decision to do just that. With a great love for these animals they created Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary. They started to provide educational programs to help teach people about these beautiful animals and to raise money to support the rescue and rehabilitation efforts. But it hasn't been enough. To their disappointment every year some of the animals had to be turned away. So another decision was made. They became a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation. Now they have great hopes that the donations will help them save and preserve wild animals and the educational programs will help teach people to do their part in protecting the animals land and lives from becoming extinct.

In February of 2009 the Almquist Family after years of barely making it ,taking care of their family, and the extended family of Beautiful Animals, some one came to their rescue. They were the recipients of Extreme Home Makeover and for the first time they felt they might just make it. That was short lived, when in March the county announced that they could not allow the public to visit the new Learning Center and Sanctuary, until 1.5 miles of dirt road leading to Forever Wild was paved at a cost of over $1 million. This went on for several months, cutting into the donations and funds they could of made by being open to the public. On June 19, 2009 the county waived the need to pave Buttemere Road and Forever Wild proceeded to apply for the needed permits to allow the public to walk through their door. Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary had their Grand Opening to the Public on July 6, 2009. Their need for funds is now ever greater, due to the added costs of running a center now open to the public, and the fact that they have added several new cats and many other animal that were in need of a homes. In the coming years the hope is that Forever Wild will never have to turn away any animal in need. Currently the total monthly cost of running the sanctuary is around $10,000.00.

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