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Tue Mar 12, 2013, 4:10 PM
Some of you who have followed me in the past may know about this wonderful little zoo called The Wildlife Learning Center. WLC cares for a few dozen wild and exotic animals and treats them as "ambassadors" to help teach the public about wildlife conservation. What is so wonderful about WLC, is that many of the animals in there care are rescues. Many were illegally kept as pets and were either turned over or turned in to WLC for proper care. Others were animals born in the wild, but injury or acclimation to humans kept them from being able to survive in their natural habitats. Still others were exotic pets who grew too large or otherwise difficult to care for by their original owners. Without WLC, all of these rescued animals would be seriously ill or dead.

Besides offering animals topnotch care, WLC is an amazing place to visit. This zoo is small, so visitors get to see the animals more up close and intimately than larger zoos. Even better, many of their animals are trained to interact with people, so they are able to offer visitors one-on-one interactions with the animals! Everyone I know who has been to WLC loves it!

WLC is a nonprofit organization, and they rely on the public to raise the money they need to care for their animals and offer education to children and adults alike. This year, they find themselves struggling because of the economy. They need to raise $48,000 to get through 2013, so they are reaching out with an IndieGogo campaign.  Please check out their IndieGogo page and consider helping them out. Each donation level offers perks for anyone who can come to visit, such as free passes for you and guests and free "animal encounters" with creatures such as owls, sloths, porcupines, fennec foxes or even their great, big, beautiful Siberian Lynx, Boomer!!

If you donate, you'll be helping all these guys:

Cleo the Fennec Fox was kept illegally as a pet. He became extremely ill from improper veterinary care and suffered permanent neurological damage which still causes him to have seizures. Now that he lives at WLC, he has the special care he needs and his life is enriched by the other fennec foxes he gets to live with.

Eddie the Spider Monkey was born in a laboratory. He was destined to be used for research but luckily for him (ironically) his mother rejected him at birth and the lab did not want to care for a newborn, so Eddie was taken in by WLC. Now instead of enduring a life of small cages and medical testing, he gets to live happily in trees with other spider monkeys.

Danali the Bald Eagle was born in the wild. She was found with an injured wing that never healed properly despite rehabilitation. There is no way she could survive in the wild without being able to fly, so she now lives at WLC. I had never seen a bald eagle up close until I met her!

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Nanuk the Arctic Fox once lived a neglected, sad life in a FUR FARM! Now instead of being someone's coat, he lives in a large pen with plenty of enriching, natural elements with several other foxes to keep him company.

Fluffy the Alligator and his 2 siblings were purchased illegally as babies and raised in a bath tub with not much else to eat than hot dogs -- hardly a healthy diet. As a result, their growth has been stunted, and no one quite knows how old they are. They remain small but live happily now at WLC in a proper enclosure and offer visitors a rare close look at these magnificent predators!

To find out more about WLC and the animals they care for, visit them at

To donate to their IndieGogo campaign, please visit As little as $15 really helps!

Thank you!!


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mlpgirl1010 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, the animals are adorable
FelisLupus Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I doesn' t have enough money to donate. Is there anything I can do to help?
TORIfloop Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Student General Artist
fluffy the alligator? o_o
TheDoggieDiva Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
UncolaMan Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
I donated because of your post here.

Apparently I'm getting 4 free tickets to the Wildlife Learning Center in Sylmar, California, for my donation level. Anyone know anyone I can give them to?
marcuszer0 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
I have 3 words for you Mrs. Faust...
Call the Bronies.
Pull one of those jumpstart things where donations are rewarded with prizes, say, $500 donators will recieve a requested bit of art drawn and signed by you, $1000 will get a set of Galaxy Girls/MLP plushies plus previous rewards, and for the really high-rollers, offer a short animated personal thank you featuring yourself, Ashleigh, Tara, or some others of the crew.
This s**t will be taken care of before the weekend hits, if you can keep up with cashing out all the rewards... Good luck with that, by the way.
sailorcancer01 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist
me and my family are willing to help out the animals.
catluvr2 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A friend of mine wrote this to the tune of "A True True Friend" from the Season 3 finale.
08:38:13 <344forever> fyre-flye needs your help she's trying hard doing what she can. Would you try just give us a chance you might that you love and understand. A true true friend helps a friend in need, and bronies will be here to help them see that a true true friend helps a friend in need to see the light that shines in a true true friend
catluvr2 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Shared on Facebook. :salute:
xelianthought Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
This looks like a great group, thank you for telling more people about them, I made a donation earlier today.
Kakamaking Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dang it! I'm a guy.... I can't join the sisterhood.
cb-shippochan Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Monochromation Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Mon dieu. They are soooo adorable. Heh.
CaptainPenguin Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
i'll be helping too!
TobyandMavisforever Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student General Artist
You would do Fluttershy proud Miss Faust.
Pikachu1089 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awww I love the fox + wolf
TheDoggieDiva Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Fun-dragoness Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
I love the foxes pictures!!!
Fun-dragoness Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
I LOVE ANIMALS!!!!! I wish O could visit that place and possibly maybe donate some money but I don't have much and mom wants me to save it for something I want to use it on. She isn't against these animals. She doesn't know about this zoo yet.
Snow-Bunny101 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
;u; fox made me cry!
gamma102 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
Finally! Thank you for using your popularity for good use! :iconcute-plz:
Shadestar24 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
Awww....I feel really bad for those animals. I wish I could donate, but I barely have any money that I know of. :C
Just donated. Sorry it took so long, but I needed to wait until I got paid. Hope my contribution helps /)
SimbaSpyro Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like lions
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PrincessAsparagus92 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really want to hug and cuddle all of them and tell them that everything's ok now :heart: :huggle: :heart:
ZeRock112 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I wish I could..D':
moucoy Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
kind of sad that lauren faust seems to be all idk
TobyandMavisforever Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student General Artist
I'll try and think of something Lauren.
hopethewolf1 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i wish i could help!:icon(sad):
hopethewolf1 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i wish i could help!:iconsad:
KroMah Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Darn... I can't do anything... :(
julibugs Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*sigh* If only I had the money...
Popgal120 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
aw, I wish I could help :(
DreamArt321 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I promise Laruen, when I win my state's art contest, I will give the 100 doallers here!
RukarioTrainer Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
These animals are extremely beautiful. This is very sweet.
ashren Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I donated :) looks like the campaign could do with some more promotion though. I'll try posting it on my tumblr :)
S0FT-C00KIE Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Pfft, who feeds hot dogs to alligators? :crazy: That's just crazy talk! (And even crazier to do!) Good thing the WLC got the three of them out of that nuthouse! (Well, more like hotdog house in this case, but you know what I mean.)

Also, the monkey and the Fennec fox are cute. :aww:
luna-is-best-pony1 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
i feel like that is something pinkie would do to gummie
sErgEantaEgis Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
I wish I had a credit card to help...
Vaatiwithblue Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would love to help, but can I ask some questions?
wahyawolf Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You rock for speaking up for the animals, thank you! I donate to places like this whenever I can. :)
epichode Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Oh yes my brony pawns I need your help! -Faust
Gaurdian-of-Dreamers Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you for bringing this to our attention, it would be sad to see this great place suffer.
FishToastie Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
And then bronies.
TheSarcasticDragon Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Aw man, I don't have much money! I'll do my best to spread the word :)
meldoymoon Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhhh , there goes my birthday money
Helsaabi Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
i would love to help! I think i will write my journal about your journal! :)
Koyashu Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Dawwww! The fennec fox and arctic fox look so cute! I wish I had money to donate. I have a huge soft spot for animals and I'm always willing to help any place that takes proper care of them.
Vespertine420 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
OMG that fox is adorable, must go there and give them money ! thank you for the awesome pictures !
shadoua10 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
awww i really wanna donate but i has no moneys
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