Tuesday, October 12, 2004

WILDLIFE WAYSTATION FINDING ITS WAY BACK

Wildlife Waystation gets back on feet

The ramshackle chimpanzee cages have been replaced, the menagerie of exotic animals is growing again and the slew of violations that closed the Wildlife Waystation are slowly being rectified.

And Saturday, supporters will attend the annual Safari Brunch, a $500-a-person gala at the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills, with actress Sharon Stone making the pitch for the animal sanctuary once the largest facility of its kind west of the Mississippi River.

Three years after Los Angeles County closed the waystation and two years after its founder lost her licenses because of animal-welfare violations, the sanctuary appears to be on the upswing.

"The waystation is back on the right track. We see the light at the end of the tunnel,' said martine Colette, who founded the sanctuary at the top of Little Tujunga Canyon Road in 1969 to take in retired zoo animals, injured native wildlife and confiscated exotic animals....