All posts in Sanctuaries

Kim Sturla, executive director of Animal Place

Kim Sturla—executive director of Animal Place, the 600-acre farmed animal sanctuary in Grass Valley, California she co-founded in 1989—recounts that she had been employed by a local humane society for some time before launching Animal Place, having already spent a number of years “working with and for animals.” Read more…

Amy Kight, executive director of Busch Wildlife Sanctuary

Amy Kight—executive director of Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, a multifaceted  operation in Jupiter, Florida serving as wildlife refuge, veterinary hospital, rehabilitation facility, and education center–recalls loving animals so much, so young, that she made an arrangement to start helping out at a veterinarian’s office at age six. Read more…

Patrick Craig, founder of The Wild Animal Sanctuary

Patrick Craig—founder of The Wild Animal Sanctuary, launched in 1980, located in Keenesburg, Colorado, and devoted to housing lions, tigers, bears, wolves and other carnivores—recounts what spurred him, at age 19, to start the Sanctuary, and the initial steps he took. Read more…

Lori Marino, founder and president of The Whale Sanctuary Project

Owing to the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing Stay at Home order, I produced and recorded this show remotely from home, the 10th program prepared this way at the Talking Animals corporate headquarters in Jupiter Farms, Florida, and likely the final one of its kind for now. We’re due back in the studio on June 24, to present the show in its customary, live format.

Lori Marino —a neuroscientist who’s the founder and president of The Whale Sanctuary Project, an organization whose chief objective is creating a seaside refuge for orcas, belugas and others that had previously lived in captivity at marine parks—discusses how her training as a neuroscientist informs her work and thinking about animals, particularly ones with more sophisticated brains, and their behavior and cognition. Read more…

Jessica Janson, East Coast Coordinator of Food for Thought

Owing to the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing (though loosening) Stay at Home order, I produced and recorded this show remotely from home, the eighth program prepared this way at the Talking Animals corporate headquarters in Jupiter Farms, Florida, and likely the way our broadcasts will come together thru mid-June. Tentatively, we’re due back in studio on June 24.

Jessica Janson —East Coast Coordinator of Animal Place’s Food for Thought program, which seeks to help animal welfare, social justice, and environmental organizations adopt animal- and earth-friendly menu policies for their events—outlines some information about Animal Place, a farmed animal sanctuary in Northern California, one of the country’s oldest and largest. Read more…