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Lions, Tigers and Bears, oh yeah!

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Neither rain, nor sleet, nor an east Alpine chill will keep Bobbi Brink from her appointed rounds at Lions, Tigers and Bears -- namely housing, feeding and caregiving for the exotic inhabitants that she's saved.

"We have 50 animals, 17 species. They've all been rescued from being abandoned, confiscated and badly abused, and we just provide a lifetime home here and we're an education center," she said.

In addition, Lions, Tigers and Bears is home to rescued livestock.

"This is part of our animal encounters, so adults and kids can get the hands-on experience," Bobbi said.

Their latest arrival is Liberty the bear, who was about to be shot before Bobbi took her in.

"We actually took Liberty July 4 and we're about half done with her three-acre habitat. She's just desperate to get out of her quarantine cage and into her new habitat," Bobbi said.

This is where we come in. On Saturday, Lions, Tigers and Bears will host their annual fundraiser called "Wild in the Country".

"It helps us raise five months of our operating costs so we can not only take care of these animals, but we can rescue more," Bobbi said.

The family-friendly event will feature music, dancing and food, and we're not talking raw chicken -- there will be barbeque," Bobbi said.

"Open house to the facility. It's going to be a really fun day," Bobbi said.

And "Wild in the Country is not the only way to visit Lions, Tigers and Bears.

"We're not open to the public, but you can call and make an appointment and you can come out, usually three days a week," Bobbi explained. "We do campovers where you just pitch a tent and camp. We're having a Father's Day barbeque, wine-tasting dinners."

But this Saturday will be a great opportunity to take a walk on the wild side while providing abandoned animals a second chance.

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