We arrived to the greeting of roosters crowing, hens cackling at balls of fluff, an enormous pig snoring in the mud, curious glances from shy deer, and nibbles from goats of all sizes. It’s better known as East Maui Animal Refuge or the Boo Boo Zoo, but it didn’t take long to discover we’d really entered the Island of Misfit Animals!
The complex where the animals now live “happily ever after” looks like something out of Dr. Seuss, climbing higher and higher into the sky.
Everyone seems friendly – so much more than I would have imagined for two acres housing nearly 500 animals! Feeding this menagerie costs over $20,000 a month and the 14 regular volunteers understand its all about acceptance.
The East Maui Animal Refuge (EMAR) is a no-kill, all volunteer run, non profit, rehabilitation sanctuary for injured and orphaned animals who would otherwise die. The Boo Boo Zoo could use your help. Please see their website for more information and sponsorship opportunities.
“Nature’s loss is our gain” is the motto of this wonderful place.
As we reluctantly have to leave, we’re told that the cats snuggle with injured deer and baby goats, while hens lay eggs and hatch chicks with the kittens – it seems no one has told them they’re different.
“The animals are a model of peaceful coexistence that puts many human societies to shame.” – Rita Goldman
Here everyone is loved without boundaries. Seems like a good lesson for us all.