L.E.A.R.N. is located on 11 acres in Elm Grove just north of the Bistineau Dam and the Loggy Bayou Wildlife Management Area.
The land is fully wooded with a pond and trails. Micha and Pamela are resident managers. Separate from the manager’s residence is a 2000sf building which houses the intake & office area, the clinic & kitchen, a flex space for socialization and classroom activities and, of course, most of the critters. Beside the main facility is a 500 sf quarantine building.
The shelter typical has around 75-100 vivariums, aquariums and enclosures operating at any time, and houses 100-200 reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, aquatics, avians and small mammals. We do not house venomous reptiles or crocodilians.
Slated for construction going into 2018 are:
- Outdoor aquatic turtle habitat
- Outdoor walled garden pens for the land tortoises
- Further development and refinement of the hiking/observation trails
- Conversion of more indoor enclosures from stock to custom vivariums
- Outdoor aviaries
Slated for 2019 is the expansion of the facility from 2000sf to 5000sf.
The shelter is equipped with state of the art remote monitoring of all pertinent levels such as temperature, humidity, CO, etc. It has an automatic backup generator and a custom-designed electrical system that controls the lighting in the vivariums, including automatic astronomic adjustments.