New Arrivals – Cheetah Cubs

Animal Ark is excited to welcome our newest residents, three 4-month-old Cheetah kittens. They recently arrived from Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Goddard, Kansas and are on loan to Animal Ark. We are conducting a naming contest for two of our kittens to assist our staff in deciding on permanent names. We maintain Cheetahs here at Animal Ark as ambassadors for [...]

New Arrivals – Cheetah Cubs2020-04-02T09:38:19-07:00


Animal Ark is proud to support the inaugural Fundraising Gala and Bowl-a-Thon for Reno Bowls For Rhinos. This new event is sponsored by the American Association of Zoo Keepers and Bowling for Rhinos to support conservation efforts for rhinos and cheetahs. You can meet Reno area zoo keepers at this wonderful two-day event at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno. [...]

Animal Ark Supports RENO BOWLS FOR RHINOS2018-02-13T11:22:25-08:00

Kalvin – A Happy Ending

Kalvin is a young male kestrel that came to us from a wildlife rehabilitator early in 2013. He had an injured wing that was not healing properly and the rehabilitator determined that he most likely would not be able to survive in the wild, so Kalvin came to live with us at Animal Ark. Unfortunately, Kalvin did not settle in [...]

Kalvin – A Happy Ending2018-02-13T11:31:53-08:00

Winter 2016 Appeal

Animal Ark is currently closed for the winter, but our animals must still be cared for and fed. Our founders, Aaron and Diana Hiibel have issued their winter appeal letter to all our supporters. The content of the letter is reproduced here:   Dear Friend, This is the time of year when personal mail arrives to our household requesting donations to [...]

Winter 2016 Appeal2018-02-13T11:34:39-08:00

Whole Foods Market Community Giving Day

This is tremendous news for us - please, consider shopping at Whole Foods on Wednesday. You get great food, and Animal Ark gets a wonderful donation to keep our animals happy and well-fed this winter.  Press Release Below:   Whole Foods Market Community Giving Day benefits The Animal Ark! Wednesday, Nov. 30th Whole Foods Market Reno has selected The Animal Ark Wildlife [...]

Whole Foods Market Community Giving Day2018-02-13T11:37:29-08:00

Care4Bears Raffle

Baby Bear Update: the four orphan bear cubs are all doing well, other than eating us out of house and home. They weigh about 60 pounds each now, and the four of them are consuming over 50 pounds of food per day. Soon, they will start slowing down to prepare for hibernation and will probably be asleep at the end [...]

Care4Bears Raffle2018-02-13T11:38:25-08:00

Paws and Claws

Our annual fundraising event, Paws and Claws, was an outstanding success this year. After several years of bad weather: rain, wind, snow and freezing temps, the weather for the event on Sunday, Sept. 25 was absolutely perfect! The event was sold out, 140 guests, and our first-time VIP reception was a big hit too. The VIP guests were able to [...]

Paws and Claws2018-02-13T11:39:14-08:00


On the morning of April 12, 2016, the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) delivered four orphaned black bear cubs whose mother had been found deceased in the Lake Tahoe Basin to Animal Ark. The two males and two females only weighed about eight pounds each, and were about three and one-half months old. They would not have survived without their [...]