The Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary is an amazing place to visit and see so many beautiful animals up close. It is inspiring to see that the animals are well taken care of, active, and beautiful. OWS had to close to the public temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic to protect the animals, visitors, and volunteers. I created this coloring book as a way to show my support.
The mission of this wonderful sanctuary is to provide a healthy recovery and living environment for sometimes mistreated or unwanted exotic wildlife. Since the mid 1970’s, Octagon has been rescuing and rehabilitating exotic wildlife. The Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary depends on support from volunteers, the community, and donations from visitors.
Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary is located on Horseshoe Road in Punta Gorda, FL just west of State Road 31. Visit the Directions link located on the website for the best driving routes. Octagon is not affiliated with any other organization in the state of Florida or otherwise. The board of directors consists of unpaid volunteers as are all the people who care for the animals, the sanctuary grounds, and maintain the website.
The Wild Residents
Some of the residents over the years have been cousins to native Floridians such as black bears, panthers, bobcats, and various bird and reptile species. Other residents, whose relatives come from distant lands, can be found on endangered, threatened, or vulnerable species lists. Those species who reside there today include the binturong, also known as a bearcat (Southeast Asia), civets (Africa/Asia), the caracal (South Africa), the brown bear (Europe/Asia/South America), and the Bengal tiger (Southern Asia), just to name a few.
None of the animals have been taken from the wild. They ALL have come from abused, injured, or unwanted situations. Many are 17 to 20-year generations of being born, raised and sold in captivity to be someone’s “pet” and/or “business”.
Creating the Coloring Book
I reached out to the Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary and I am grateful to Jackie Krohn who provided amazing photos of the beautiful animals. I used the photos as a reference to illustrate the coloring book. By purchasing this one-of-a-kind, hand-illustrated coloring book you are also supporting the sanctuary, as 100% of the profits go directly to Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary!