German Valley, Illinois is a short drive from Rockford and the kids will love what they have.

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Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary in German Valley Illinois is a healthy, happy forever home to over 300 unwanted exotic and unusual pets of 36 different species.

Critter Camp is open only my appointment and is located at 824 Church Street, German Valley, IL. This is a non-profit organization, to call ahead and kick down a few bucks for your visit.

O.K. let's talk "exotic" animals...Critter Camp has:

  • Foxes
  • Ferrets
  • Bearded Dragon
  • Hedgehogs
  • Chinchilla
  • Degu
  • Sugar Glider

Again 300 animals, 36 different species. Over their first ten years in operation, they have prided themselves on saving exotic animals, check this out!


  • over 100 rabbits
  • 20 hedgehogs
  • 60 birds
  • over 250 rats
  • over 175 mice
  • over 60 ferrets
  • over 150 guinea pigs
  • 25 degus
  • over 200 hamsters
  • over 60 gerbils
  • over 20 gliders
  • 6 fennec foxes
  • 1 silver fox
  • 1 arctic marble fox
  • 1 alligator

So you are telling me a pet sanctuary in German Valley saved an alligator? I can't wait to check this place out. For more info visit their website then visit them.




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