Ever notice that Groupons make you try things that wouldn’t ordinarily
even be on your radar?
Case in point: Lion, Tigers and Bears Sanctuary
My pal and I bought a “Member-for-a-day visit and feed a big cat/bear experience for two”
How cool is that?
After getting checked in (and signing a waiver that it’s okay if the tigers and bears eat you
…you know, the usual….)
we learned about the history of the rescue
(and also a jaw dropping statistic – that there are 4500 tigers in private homes in the US!
How sad is that?)
So the tour walks you past all the rescued animals (like that gray bobcat)
and you get to choose what you want to feed — I picked the TIGER!
You fork a hunk of meat and hand it to him through the fence….
And let me tell you – he is HUNGRY!
Sorry about all the fencing – shooting through 2 or 3 layers of fence doesn’t make for the
best portraits – but let me tell you I was glad those layers were in place….
The cheetah will actually climb the enclosure for her lunch…
Then we got to walk around on our own seeing all the other animals…..
And speaking of walking around on your own – there were chickens just strolling about.
(They use their eggs as food for the bears!)
And we got to meet the gardeners.
(Llamas keep all the grass trimmed!)
If you haven’t visited, I recommend it!
Located on the site of a historical adobe stagecoach station, Lions Tigers & Bears brings visitors fare-to-face with 19 species of animals at its no-kill rescue sanctuary. A team of dedicated volunteers and staff helm this non-profit wildlife sanctuary, feeding and caring for its residents—a motley crew that includes regal African lions, Bengal tigers, a trio of bobcats, and several black bears. In a separate area, domesticated animals such as goats and llamas roam.
The sanctuary rescued each of these creatures from lives of in-captivity abuse and neglect. And yet the caretakers don’t stop at caring for their furry charges—they also work to ensure other animals won’t endure similar experiences. In educational programs such as animal encounters, these caretakers teach principles of responsible farming and pet ownership and give their students hands-on experience with feeding and reading bedtime stories to the domestic animals. An array of seasonal events, such as interactive festivals, are also designed to benefit the big cats and bears.