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The Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation

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Address: 4995 Durham Pentz Rd, Oroville, CA 95965-9170
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+1 530-533-1000
09:00 - 17:00
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Since having to move they need better cages, but great place to take the kids.

I enjoyed the old location more and since the moce they are in need if roomier habitats for the animals. They've got the makings to be amazing and it's the closest place to see... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed the old location more and since the moce they are in need if roomier habitats for the animals. They've got the makings to be amazing and it's the closest place to see lions, tigers, and bears. The owner and staff have great hearts but if anyone deserved a gofundme, it's this place. Then the animals would have bigger... More 

Thank cadigger
San Jose, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 January 2017

We came specifically to see their ligers and were quite satisfied with our visit to the two cats and another hybrid tiliger. The staff was great. Noticing our mobility issues, they offered us the use of a golf cart, so we easily got around to all of the cages. It's a small refuge, but they appear to take excellent care... More 

1 Thank Quilternell
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45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

We went on a nice CA sunny day, all the animals were deep in the enclosures. It's very difficult to get any pics because the animals are behind double chain link in the dark shade. Animal enclosure are small for the animals size. There was a bear in a fish size pond and all the animals appeared hot. Three rows... More 

Thank funplace
Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 29 May 2016

If you are ever near Chico, CA driving through etc, stop at the Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation Animal Sactuary. I was just stunned at the care that these animals received. The sanctuary was clean, well cared for and serene. The variety of animals, are lions, tigers and bears! Birds, marmosets, little cats, ocelets. deer and something called a Fishing... More 

1 Thank Diane H
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Reviewed 3 May 2016

Very good description on every single animal. Extremely clean cages. Lots of room for the animals t run and play. Huge variety and entertainment from the animals. Lots of fun, I admire all the staff as if you were to ask any question to them they answer in detail. I bring all family members here, I come twice a year,... More 

Thank Susan A
Truckee, California
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350 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2016

Lots of Tigers and Lion/Tiger mixes and California bears. A few other animals. Wonderful descriptions of each animal, where they came from, how they are being treated for various ills. Plan a minimum of an hour.

Thank sharon33191
La Palma, CA
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480 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2015

We stopped at the wildlife sanctuary on our way to the airport. We did not have time to tour the sanctuary, but three of our party got to hold the spotted leopard cub. The owner said the spotted leopard was on the endangered species list. The owner of the sanctuary appeared to be very enthusiastic about her sanctuary and the... More 

1 Thank David from La Palma
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54 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2015

It's not every day you get to see so many tigers and other endangered species in one place! Even snow leopards like in the Walter Mitty movie. Some of their residents are so rare there are very few left in the world. It was very special to visit these animals and the cages appear clean and most animals seemed relatively... More 

5 Thank Hwy1Traveler
Oroville, California
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2015 via mobile

We visited the foundation last month and the kids loved it. Most had been there a few years ago, and are still eager to visit again. It's large enough to have a lot of animals to see but small enough to make it a more personal experience. You're able to get close up to the animals and no crowds. A... More 

1 Thank k7333
Chico, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2015

I REALLY wish they were a wildlife sanctuary and haven but what they really are, primarily, is a roadside zoo veiled as a sanctuary. They say they educate but that's in the same way zoos say they educate. Taken from their site: "Part of our mission is to teach responsible ownership of exotic and companion animals ... . It is... More 

10 Thank TWpenguin

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