Lions Tigers & Bears (LTB) was founded in 2002, by Bobbi Brink. When asked why she started Lions, Tigers & Bears, she often replies, “After witnessing the heart-breaking phenomenon known as the “exotic animal trade” and seeing the victims of this business, I was compelled to do what I could to help these animals. I have spent many sleepless nights picturing the tortured lives these cats end up living. The places where these marvelous animals are kept are truly disgusting – sometimes in places you would least expect, such as in miserable holding cells with no sunlight or windows, living in cages so small they barely have room to stand up or turn around. Many live in basements, never seeing the outdoors or smelling fresh air. I have seen 10 or more cats crowded together in a small enclosure, where they restlessly pace in filth and fight each other for scraps of food. Some starve to death.”
LTB is located just outside of Alpine, California on the edge of the Cleveland National Forest in beautiful San Diego County. Located at an elevation of approximately 4,000 feet, we are situated in an idyllic area that provides peace and tranquility for our rescued animal residents to live out the rest of their lives with dignity in a safe and caring environment.
The total sanctuary property is 93 acres in size. Twenty acres are currently developed with species-specific habitats for our big cats and bears. We have plenty of room to grow and provide more lifetime homes to abused and abandoned exotic animals in need of a better tomorrow.
LTB is home to a variety of rescued animals. These animals include lions, tigers, black bears, bobcats, a mountain lion, leopard, Himalayan black bears, grizzly bears, llamas, horses, goats, sheep, chickens, a miniature horse, miniature donkey, peacocks, and a macaw!
Our sanctuary has administrative offices, a volunteer office, feed room, barn, a pasture and an on-site medical facility.