Mission: The Organization is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of indigenous wildlife, and to providing a permanent safe harbor to an array of exotic, endan ... (More)

Wildlife in Need & Wildlife in Deed Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1999, and donations are tax-deductible.

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 3320 JACK TEEPLE RD
Charlestown IN 47111-9517


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High Concern Advisory for:
Wildlife in Need & Wildlife in Deed Inc.

On February 11, 2020, WLKY reported on the charges of improper conduct taking place at Wildlife in Need in an article titled, "Indiana sues to shut down embattled Wildlife in Need, take away its animals." For this reason, we have issued a High Concern CN Advisory on Wildlife in Need. For more information regarding the charges reported, please see the WLKY article.

  • On May 21, 2020, WHAS 11 published an article titled, "Lawsuit filed after two big cats die at Wildlife in Need." For more information, please see the WHAS 11 article.

  • On May 22, 2020, The Courier-Journal published an article titled, "PETA: Lion and tiger at Indiana’s Wildlife in Need died due to ‘inadequate medical care." For more information, please see The Courier-Journal article.

  • On August 4, 2020, WLKY published an article titled, "PETA wins lawsuit against Wildlife in Need; big cats will be moved to 'reputable sanctuary." For more information, please see the WLKY article.

  • On September 18, 2020, WBIW published an article titled, "Owner of Wildlife in Need Animals Remains at Large, 161 Animals Removed from Property." For more information, please see the WBIW article.

  • On September 29, 2020, WHAS 11 published an article titled, "Wildlife in Need founder Tim Stark now facing criminal charges." For more information, please see the WHAS 11 article.

  • On October 9, 2020, WBIW published an article titled, "Owner of Wildlife in Need Arrested in New York." For more information, please see the WBIW article.

  • On November 4, 2020, The Louisville Courier Journal published an article titled, "Wildlife in Need board of directors unanimously votes to dissolve the nonprofit." For more information, please see The Louisville Courier Journal article.

  • On November 6, 2020, Indiana Public Media published an article titled, "Judge Sides With AG Curtis Hill And Officially Dissolves Wildlife In Need." For more information, please see the Indiana Public Media article.

  • On February 7, 2021, WHAS11 published an article titled, "State of Indiana presents final evidence of embezzlement against Tim Stark." For more information, please see the WHAS11 article.

  • On April 8, 2021, WTIU published an article titled, "Judge Bans Indiana 'Tiger King' Star From Ever Owning More Animals." For more information, please see the WTIU article.


The concerns raised about illegal activity, improper conduct, or organizational mismanagement are serious both in nature and scope and have thus warranted this CN Advisory. We have published this advisory to provide donors with content that they may find useful when making their giving decisions. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors of sources used for the reported information, and not those of Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator is not responsible for the nature or content of the information presented through such external sources and websites. For more information on how or when we decide to publish a CN Advisory, please review our methodology.

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