Welcome to The Boo Boo Zoo

at the East Maui Animal Refuge

A Sanctuary for Injured & Orphaned Animals – Love Truly is Helping the Helpless

The East Maui Animal Refuge, also known as The Boo Boo Zoo, is a no-kill, all volunteer-run, non-profit rehabilitation sanctuary for injured and orphaned animals who would otherwise die.

Cat and Deer at the Boo Boo Zoo
Cat and Deer at the Boo Boo Zoo

Welcome to The Boo Boo Zoo

at the East Maui Animal Refuge

A Sanctuary for Injured & Orphaned Animals – Love Truly is Helping the Helpless

The East Maui Animal Refuge, also known as The Boo Boo Zoo, is a no-kill, all volunteer-run, non-profit rehabilitation sanctuary for injured and orphaned animals who would otherwise die.

Sylvan and Suzie at the East Maui Animal Refuge in Haiku AKA The Boo Boo Zoo

The History of the EMAR

The East Maui Animal Refuge (EMAR) began in 1977 as a unique therapy program for Suzie Schwab, who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Sylvan, her husband, noticed that her caring for an injured bird gave Suzie the strength to fight her illness,  And so he began bringing home more animals in need of her loving care.

Incredibly, the love Suzie showered upon the animals contributed to her recovery from cancer. Consequently, her therapy program developed into EMAR, a unique rehabilitation center with 300 animals being cared for at any given time. Because many of the animals have come to EMAR with injuries or “boo boos” of one type or another, EMAR is also known as the “Boo Boo Zoo.”

After 40 years of caring for her boo boo babies, Suzie passed away in July, 2018. She spent her life helping the helpless. Her compassion and love for the animals inspired and sustained EMAR’s mission.  EMAR was born from her love of life and her love for the animals.

We continue Suzie’s mission everyday as we protect and nurture our animal Ohana, our family of animals. Our dedicated and committed volunteers work tirelessly to sustain our organization and our mission. Many of our volunteers have been with us for over ten years.

EMAR is a no-kill, all volunteer run, non-profit rehabilitation sanctuary for injured and orphaned animals who would otherwise die.

If you would like to support this life-saving work, please make a donation.

Thank you so much for your support!!!

Sylvan and Suzie at the East Maui Animal Refuge in Haiku AKA The Boo Boo Zoo

The History of the EMAR

The East Maui Animal Refuge (EMAR) began in 1977 as a unique therapy program for Suzie Schwab, who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Sylvan, her husband, noticed that her caring for an injured bird gave Suzie the strength to fight her illness,  And so he began bringing home more animals in need of her loving care.

Incredibly, the love Suzie showered upon the animals contributed to her recovery from cancer. Consequently, her therapy program developed into EMAR, a unique rehabilitation center with 300 animals being cared for at any given time. Because many of the animals have come to EMAR with injuries or “boo boos” of one type or another, EMAR is also known as the “Boo Boo Zoo.”

After 40 years of caring for her boo boo babies, Suzie passed away in July, 2018. She spent her life helping the helpless. Her compassion and love for the animals inspired and sustained EMAR’s mission.  EMAR was born from her love of life and her love for the animals.

We continue Suzie’s mission everyday as we protect and nurture our animal Ohana, our family of animals. Our dedicated and committed volunteers work tirelessly to sustain our organization and our mission. Many of our volunteers have been with us for over ten years.

EMAR is a no-kill, all volunteer run, non-profit rehabilitation sanctuary for injured and orphaned animals who would otherwise die.

If you would like to support this life-saving work, please make a donation.

Thank you so much for your support!!!

Watch A Day in the Life at the
East Maui Animal Refuge

Watch A Day in the Life at the East Maui Animal Refuge