I took a photographic trip this weekend to a wonderful place in Wellington, Florida call the Panther Ridge Conservation Center. This is a sanctuary for abused or abandoned exotics cats. Their goal is to provide a lifetime of superior care of these exotic felines.
This place is incredible. Beautifully Landscaped, the animal cages are palatial and extremely clean. The animals are getting the best of care.
You can view some of my photos below.
From their website:
“Panther Ridge is a non-profit conservation center in Wellington, Florida that provides a home, haven and hope for some of the world’s most majestic and endangered big cats.
Judy Berens founded Panther Ridge in 1999. Today she provides a home to nearly two dozen such animals (as well as numerous barn cats and horses) — most of them rescued from threatening situations in which they had been abused, abandoned or neglected. Panther Ridge’s custom-built facilities are among the finest in the world, providing the cats with native-like habitats, protection from the elements, ample rule to roam, stimulation, and daily attention to their medical needs.
Once a cat is accepted by Panther Ridge, its needs are met for the rest of its natural life; never again will it be in need of a home, or be at risk of neglect or mishandling. Such a lifetime commitment is challenging — and very costly. For example, the cats at Panther Ridge consume some 100 pounds of meat and supplements every day. Many also have chronic health problems, which require continuing veterinary care. What’s more, as the number of abandoned, neglected or abused animals continues to grow, we feel an urgent need to expand our facilities so that we can help more animals, while still maintaining our high standards.
Panther Ridge also provides hope — in the form of public education concerning the challenges these animals face in the wild, the problems related to private ownership, and the programs around the world that are trying to help reestablish their populations.
We collaborate with, and help raise money for, other organizations around the world that run cooperative captive breeding programs, in situ conservation projects, and reintroduction programs that are the foundation upon which the repopulation of endangered feline species will be based.”
LEARN ABOUT THE BIG CATS IN PERSON!
Panther Ridge is happy to provide tours to school groups, non-profits, and individuals concerned with the preservation of big cats. Tours provide a valuable opportunity to see these magnificent creatures up close, and learn about issues such as habitat loss and captive breeding.
Because of the nature of our facilities and the close proximity of the cats, we can only accommodate small groups — preferably 15 or fewer.
Rates for tours depend on their scope and duration. All tours must be made in advance by appointment.
For further information, and to schedule a tour, call 561-795-8914 or send us an e-mail.
The housing, feeding and veterinary care of exotic cats is very expensive. Panther Ridge relies entirely on donations, underwriting and corporate partnerships to help fulfill its mission. You can help by making a tax-deductible donation today.
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