Kalvin – A Happy Ending

Kalvin is a young male kestrel that came to us from a wildlife rehabilitator early in 2013. He had an injured wing that was not healing properly and the rehabilitator determined that he most likely would not be able to survive in the wild, so Kalvin came to live with us at Animal Ark.

Unfortunately, Kalvin did not settle in […]

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Winter 2016 Appeal

Animal Ark is currently closed for the winter, but our animals must still be cared for and fed. Our founders, Aaron and Diana Hiibel have issued their winter appeal letter to all our supporters. The content of the letter is reproduced here:


Dear Friend,

This is the time of year when personal mail arrives to our household requesting donations to support the […]

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Whole Foods Market Community Giving Day

This is tremendous news for us – please, consider shopping at Whole Foods on Wednesday. You get great food, and Animal Ark gets a wonderful donation to keep our animals happy and well-fed this winter. 

Press Release Below:


Whole Foods Market Community Giving Day benefits The Animal Ark! Wednesday, Nov. 30th

Whole Foods Market Reno has selected The Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary as the […]

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Care4Bears Raffle

Baby Bear Update: the four orphan bear cubs are all doing well, other than eating us out of house and home. They weigh about 60 pounds each now, and the four of them are consuming over 50 pounds of food per day. Soon, they will start slowing down to prepare for hibernation and will probably be asleep at the […]

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Paws and Claws

Our annual fundraising event, Paws and Claws, was an outstanding success this year. After several years of bad weather: rain, wind, snow and freezing temps, the weather for the event on Sunday, Sept. 25 was absolutely perfect! The event was sold out, 140 guests, and our first-time VIP reception was a big hit too. The VIP guests were able […]

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On the morning of April 12, 2016, the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) delivered four orphaned black bear cubs whose mother had been found deceased in the Lake Tahoe Basin to Animal Ark.

The two males and two females only weighed about eight pounds each, and were about three and one-half months old. They would not have survived without their […]

By |Friday, July 15, 2016|Animal Ark News|Comments Off on Care4Bears

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

Animal Ark is proud to announce that we have received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

The […]

By |Friday, July 15, 2016|Animal Ark News|Comments Off on Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

Run for the Animals!

Animal Ark announces its 2016 Paws & Claws 50/50 Raffle!  Purchase tickets for a chance to win cash.  The drawing will be held during our Paws & Claws event on Sunday, September 25, 2016 (you do not need to be present to win).  The holder of the winning ticket splits the proceeds of the raffle in half with Animal […]

By |Tuesday, August 18, 2015|Animal Ark News, Events|Comments Off on Run for the Animals!

Year of the Howl

Animal Ark has taken in five canine pups this year! We have received two orphaned wild coyote pups and three wolf pups. These pups are all settling into their new homes and will be slowly and quietly introduced into their exhibits so they adjust well to being near humans.

The coyote pups were from different family groups and were each […]

By |Tuesday, August 18, 2015|Animal Ark News, Animal Stories|Comments Off on Year of the Howl


Since 2011 Animal Ark has participated in a pilot launch of C.O.O.L. Crafts, a unique conservation project.  Through this project, local artisans in Kenya are able to create items representing a diversity of talents, styles and wildlife found throughout Kenya, and are empowered through business training to develop their livelihoods.  The unifying theme: Cheetah, Otter, Owl and Lion.  All […]

By |Tuesday, December 16, 2014|Animal Ark News|Comments Off on COOL!