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Exotic Animal Refuge in the Valley Could Reopen to the Public

Wildlife Waystation is a 160-acre exotic animal refuge tucked into the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and it could be about to reopen to the public 14 years after closing. The Los Angeles Daily News reports they've raised $100,000 of the $250,000 they need for repairs (you can donate to their Indiegogo here). The refuge opened in 1965 (it was incorporated as a nonprofit in 1976) and houses animals who have come out of the entertainment industry, homes with overeager pet owners, and research labs. The refuge currently houses more than 450 animals, including lions, tigers, and bears. They even have a ligress.

The refuge was forced to close to the public in 2001 when LA County ordered upgrades to both its roads and sewers. It was also cited by federal agencies for "numerous health and safety violations." Yikes. WW wants to reopen to the public to "provide a sustainable future for the animals," says its director.