Kisma Preserve

A stable, lifetime home for non-domesticated animals


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Current protocol during the covid19 situation: These are strange and uncharted times for all of us. We all want to be safe, without panic. We do not intend to fully cancel Wolf Walks or other visits. We will change that policy if it seems prudent to do so later. That said, we simply can not afford to go without income.Donations took a nosedive with the stock market. Every visit will be by reservation as always while 2 staff and volunteers remain for animal care and facility upkeep. Every visit will be private, a level of exclusion normally only for VIP tours.

Visitors will be in their own family or couple or as a single. Your own social group, no others. We want everybody safe. We will continue that format until the cloud has passed. Self contained camping will be allowed in the area away from tour guests and animals. We will get through this together. Please call for all info including camping and possible changes.

Thank you for your support.
Heather Grierson, Director

Kisma Preserve encourages visitors to take our tours and learn about our mission. We are here for animals. This is a permanent home for many whose lives are permanently entwined with humans. This is the home of several of the staff. Our goal is an environment of tranquility.

Kisma Preserve is accessible year round by appointment. We specialize in giving our visitors unforgettable interactive experiences with our animals. Our tiny base of staff and volunteers has collectively close to 70 years of experience here. We know each of our resident animals very well, in many cases since infancy. These close relationships allow us to give our visitors photo and artistic opportunities not usually possible in a zoo style setting.
A fanciful photo in costume? Always dreamed of serenading wolves with your Cello? Sunrise Yoga with a view of Cadillac Mountain while a Black Bear enjoys his breakfast just a few yards away? Ask us!
We thrive on creativity and are excited to help you turn your vision into a real experience. We are 100% supported by donors and the fees we charge for Experiences. Appreciating and learning about animals doesn't need to be text book or dull.


Basic Visit - Currently Unavailable


A Basic visit involves a tour of the exhibit areas and resident animals with a knowledgeable guide.


A Basic introductory tour is about one hour. You will be with a group and a guide for the entire time.   Our guides provide an introduction to our preserve and explain a bit about each animal's biology in the wild and how ours came to be here.  This is a walking tour on gravel pathways and grass. There is opportunity to ask questions and take photos on a limited basis. If you want a basic tour, without the group, it may be possible to arrange for a personal guide for an additional fee. Subject to availability.



Special Opportunities


Special opportunities exist, at additional cost, for personal animal encounters, photography, camping and more. These special activities require a reservation, and are subject to availability. Donors and Supporters of The Kisma Preserve have priority in these limited encounters. Explore becoming a Supporter and enjoy the opportunity of a Life Time!



Meet a Wolf!


Meet a Wolf animal encounter. Learn about this fascinating animal in a close up experience with one or more of our wolves. Join us in our daily socializing or exercising routine. All proceeds are used to care for our wolves year round.

This is our most popular experience and we have added new ways to interact with our wolves and see them in a "new light." Special fundraisng Night visits with the Wolves and Full Moon visits. New sensations and very interesting photography potential.



Meet a Bear!


Enjoy a chance to meet a Black Bear and make his/her day by serving a favorite treat.



Wolf & Bear


This experience typically combines a Wolf Encounter / Meet a Bear.

This is the best tour for a person who wants the highlights of our VIP tour in a shorter time frame .



VIP Tour


VIP Tour:  Meet many of our residents up close in our off exhibit areas while learning how we do what we do. Meet some of these animals up close, like never before. Don't miss this unique and rewarding experience. Proceeds go directly to fund our animals year round. These tours are done on a reservation basis only and generally last approximately 2 or more hours. They are best when started late in the afternoon. This tour provides great photo opportunity and much more in depth information and animal time.



All encounter experiences are subject to change. Lots of restrictions apply. Reservations required.

Tours must be reserved by phone. No refund. If a change in time is requested, we will try to accommodate once, or it can become a gift card or donation.




Please Call (207)667-3244 to learn more, make a reservation or request a custom tour!


     Every visitor must remain with the guide and remain in the tour.

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Kisma Preserve
PO Box 84
Mount Desert, Maine 04660


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Contact us - Appointments Available Year Round!

Phone: + (1) 207-667-3244


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Copyright 2013 © Kisma Preserve -  a 501-C-3 non-profit organization


Regular Daily Hours from Mid May to Late Fall (Weather Permitting)