Animal Ark making changes; asks for community support

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The winter weather has brought with it many challenges, affecting many across Northern Nevada. This includes Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary which provides a a safe haven for injured, abandoned and otherwise non-releasable wildlife. The harsh winter weather has set the sanctuary back.

"We've had a tough winter out here, we've been here close to 40 years now. This is one of the top five toughest winters we've ever had," Aaron Hiibel, the Executive Director, says.

Hiibel says due to the extreme winter weather, they lost two of their annual winter events. He says they need the community to help out and support them.

"Just come out and support us, we've got a little catching up to do," he says.

Animal Ark is set to officially open March 23.

This season they plan to pave Deer Lodge Road to make getting there easier.

"Cleaner, safer and we can now have more days of operation during the year," Hiibel says.

Animal Ark is also adding a program called "Birds of Prey." It will feature raptors and provide an up close look at different species of birds.

"To educate on birds of prey, their history, biology, why they're so important to our environment and how helpful they are," Kathleen Tigan says.

Tigan and Hiibel say when people come to Animal Ark, they are guaranteed an experience like no other.

"You won't just see a jaguar, you'll meet El Santo and all our animals have personalities which all of our keepers will be glad to tell you," Hiibel says.