Courtesy of Children’s Nature Retreat.

 The Children’s Nature Retreat, a 20-acre animal sanctuary in Alpine, recently accepted 18 new animals from various private parties who could no longer care for the animals, the nonprofit said.

All 18 animals — including two horses, two mini goats, five Lamancha goats, one potbelly mix pig, six chicken and two ducks — arrived at the retreat over the last two months from various circumstances.

“It takes a lot of preparation to be able to accept and accommodate new animals,” said Agnes Barrelet, executive director. “We always try to prepare for the best outcome and know that we are building a great life for them at the retreat.” 

The Children’s Nature Retreat is home to more than 170 domesticated livestock and exotic animals from around the world – 22 different species and 60 distinct breeds. Many of the Retreat’s animals have been acquired from owners who could no longer keep or care for them, while some have been rescued from harsh living conditions.

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