Great Cats World Park (United States)
Great Cats World Park - United States
Great Cats World Park is a big cat zoo. It is located a few miles south of Cave Junction, Oregon. It is owned by Craig Wagner, and he and a select few staff members involve themselves personally in the raising of the cats: feeding them, training them and sometimes sleeping with them as babies. The park's mission is to educate the public about these feline ambassadors to increase conservation and awareness. The park's breeding projects involve the Amur Leopard, a highly endangered cat that will most likely be extinct from the wild by 2012, and the White Tiger, a cat whose genetic diversity is highly threatened by only a captive gene pool. The breeding projects at the park ensure higher genetic diversity for these beautiful and endangered animals. Craig and Emily, the park's owner/managers, live with the cats and have a strong relationship with these predators, despite being attacked by their charges over the years. The guided tours at the park ensure an up front and personal visit with over 16 species of wild cats, including a Clouded Leopard, Ocelot, Jaguars, and Snow Leopard, to name a few. The cats are highly bonded with these trainers and amicable towards the other staff members, relationships not seen at any zoo.