One of the greatest challenges that wildlife sanctuaries face is giving animals a life that mimics as closely as possible a life in the wild.
For various reasons, Earthfire’s resident animals cannot be released into their natural habitats. Given that difficult reality, it’s our responsibility to do everything in our power to replace what they lost with something almost as beautiful. We’re preparing now for infrastructure renovations and new construction to create comprehensive habitat enrichment for the sanctuary animals and to better serve injured wildlife brought to us for rehabilitation and release. Our top priority is a complete redesign of our bears’ living areas.
Sanctuary development phases
- Incorporate regenerative land use based on the principles of permaculture design
- Create and expand living areas of each animal resident that align with their natural habitat
- Infrastructure improvements that form the basis for financial sustainability
Our permaculture design lays the foundation for building new animal living spaces, walking paths, and infrastructure improvements. This includes improvements to water retention, efficient workflow for animal care, enhanced visitor access, and measurable natural resource management. Every effort has been made to design in tune with natural ecosystems, using our knowledge of the wind, sun, rain, soil, and rolling of the seasons.