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    It was a great honor to be nominated, then chosen as a winner of the Lou Holtz Award in August of 2012. Read more about it here and here ...
  • We have exotic animals you can visit, touch, and learn more about in person ... There are also parrots, wallabies, raccoons, llamas, alpacas, and various other animal types on the farm to learn from and give attention to more...
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Zimbabwe becomes Zimmy

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Rob and Zimmy Our ZebraAs the days turned to weeks and the weeks to months Zimbabwe has imprinted himself on our hearts as simply… Zimmy.  Like most animals, Zimmy the zebra has made his choice of humans.  His choice is Rob…far and away, his love goes to Rob.  Each day Rob makes his way to the barn for Zimmy’s “zebra workout” Zimmy is more interested in the lesson.  The halter comes into his field of vision and he shows a little resistance but the next day less resistance and soon he comes freely to Rob with his head ready to be submitted to halter.  Now he accepts it freely, and even invites Rob to the zebra daily lesson.

The December 2010 days were cold, and January has proven even colder, but Zimmy the zebra never seems to mind.  WE mind.  As it got colder, we began to worry.  Is Zimmy feeling cold?  Does he need someone to cuddle with?  We try to keep every animal with a farm buddy…but what could we do for our zebra, Zimmy?  So…we decided to build him his own house in the barn.  It is rough sawed lumber, and filled with comfy sawdust…and he just loves it!


Zebra Pictures - The EndJust today, Zimmy the zebra met Rob at the gate and offered his head for the halter.  He has officially accepted us as his family.  He loves and trusts the kids with a wisdom of the young and innocent.  I visit him often, but not as often as his chosen human, Rob.  I enjoy putting my arms around his neck and nestling my nose in the mound of fur where his neck meets his back.  It is so soft.  Sometimes, I feel down his legs until he reminds me with a little kick that he isn’t ready for that yet.  It also reminds me that I need to do that more, every day even.  He needs to know that we are allowed to do that…that we are friends, and not foe.  Each day his trust in us grows … as does our love for him.


Karrin Campf

President and Sanctuary Director

Karrin's love of animals blossomed at an early age bringing any animal home that she could sneak past her parent's watchful eyes. Cats, kittens, bunnies...lead to dogs and now camels and elk. It was her good luck when she met Rob who had an equal passion for all animals, especially the "underdogs". The two of them have proudly stood side by side for a quarter of a century...dedicated to the animals that mean so much.

Together they have adopted three children from other parts of the world and have enjoyed teaching their children about animals and educating them about their proper care.

Website: www.foreversafefarm.org
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