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Master Plans Phase Two

In order to restore and maintain the health and dignity of these victims of captivity, ARK 2000 is not open to the public. We do, occasionally, hold open houses and special events where the public is invited. View our calendar of events for more information.

The future construction of a Visitor’s Center at the entrance to ARK 2000 will enable visitors to learn about the sanctuary through webcam broadcasts from inside the animal habitats. The Visitor’s Center will include an art gallery, giftshop and our “Wildlife Classroom to the World” education area where viewers’ worldwide will learn about the important captive wildlife issues that are an important adjunct to the sanctuary project. Webcams located in the animal habitats will be utilized to transmit wildlife conservation and educational programs, informative lectures and other discussions to schools, colleges and universities.

An essential part of the San Andreas local economy is tourism, and ARK 2000’s presence has already increased business at local restaurants, motels, wineries and giftshops whenever PAWS’ partners and other invited guests visit the area for a planned event at the sanctuary.

Calaveras County is filled with colorful gold rush towns — Murphys, Sutter Creek, Angels Camp — where ranches, farms, orchards and vineyards were established around the gold mines at that time and began the traditions of wine and agriculture that continue today. The area is rich in California history, and, interestingly, the early gold miners called hitting the mother lode “seeing the elephant.”

Phase Two will also include a Conference Center and Nature Walk. The Conference Center Building will be designed to accommodate successful gatherings for the purpose of enlightenment and education regarding captive wildlife, conservation and the natural world.


Donate funds for this project: $


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Performing Animal Welfare Society
PO Box 849, Galt, CA 95632

209/745-2606 office/sanctuary
209/745-1809 fax

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