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Exotic Feline Rescue Center, Centerpoint

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Exotic Feline Rescue Center is an exotic feline preserve established in 1991 and located in Center Point, Indiana.OverviewThe EFRC was founded in 1991 by Joe Taft. It is now a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization. The EFRC cares for nine exotic feline species, including lions, tigers, leopards, servals, pumas, bobcats, canada lynx, ocelots, geoffroy's cat, and an asian leopard cat. The EFRC is the second-largest big cat rescue center in the United States, providing a permanent home for non-domestic cats that have been abused, abandoned, or for some reason have nowhere to live out their lives. The EFRC does not buy, sell, or breed animals, provides expert veterinary care with an onsite clinic, and educates the public about these animals. Over 200 big cats are housed on 108acre.The EFRC is the focus of the book Saving the Big Cats (2006) published by Indiana University Press.The EFRC was prominently featured in the 2009 movie The Tiger Next Door. and was also the subject of a WILL TV documentary in 2009.ResearchOver a two-year period, Dr. Susan Linville at the Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior and Dr. Helena Sioni at the Institute for Pheromone Research, both located at Indiana University conducted a research project with lions, tigers, cougars and leopards at the EFRC to study rubbing behavior and determine if a pheromone is being deposited during rubbing.
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  • As mentioned in previous reviews, it is in the middle of nowhere, better for the natural habitat aspect. The hour long tour is well worth the money and a great experience for all ages!  more »
  • The rescue is near...well...nothing really. But if you are in Indy or Bloomington...or just passing by on Interstate 70, take time to visit. The hour-long tour showed us 60 of the rescue's 200 lions, ...  more »
  • We arrived late in the day so the cats were mostly napping. This is a woodsy rescue where the animals seem very well cared for and happy in large, natural enclosures. Most had "roommates," toys, priva...  more »
  • Tigers, pumas, lions, ocelots, lynx and more!!! This place is a wonderful educational experience, a chance to see big and small exotic cats of many ages in large, comfortable environments, and an eye-opening portal to a world I never knew existed - what happens when someone illegally owns a tiger, or has a roadside zoo and neglects their big cats? They end up right here, happier than they've ever been! These people are doing a wonderful thing for animals who would otherwise not have a place to go. They are a well-known exotic feline rescue among those involved in that particular field and I had never known there was such a wonderful place for these beautiful animals right here in Indiana. The owner genuinely cares about the wellbeing of all his animal guests and has a true passion for his work, if you get a moment with him you can just see it in his eyes: he loves what he is doing for them, he loves providing these animals with a safe haven to live their lives out. About 2 hrs drive from Indianapolis; take a tour and remember: DO NOT TOUCH the cages! The tour guides love their jobs too and will tell you the story of every cat as you meander pleasantly slow past their enclosures, more than enough time to observe each animal. General admission and donations go to caring for the felines and their facilities. They spare no expense! Check them out and - if you don't want to give a donation without getting a little something out of it, grab something from the gift shop! And YES - they do school class tours with plenty of room for the school bus to park! :)
  • This place is beyond wonderful! These amazing creatures are so beautiful and majestic to see and hear. I just went there last Sunday for the first time, and I cannot wait to go back! I am hoping to stay at their overnight accommodation so I can just listen to the sounds of these wonderful animals. The staff are beyond kind and informative about all the different exotic felines there. I cannot thank the volunteers, staff, and everyone else enough who help maintain and rescue these animals all while giving them a sanctuary to enjoy their lives. Thank you for helping these beautiful fur-babies while educating the public how these animals should never be kept as pets but be respected for the wild and beautiful animals they are. The world could use more kindness, and your organization is leading example of such wonderfulness. Thank you!
  • Took our friends who had never been before. A beautiful Saturday and awesome experience as always. Mick was our guide and he was the best ever. The cats would come to the fence when they saw him or when he called them by name, even the big male lion. His knowledge and enthusiasm for these animals made for a great tour. We'll definitely be back. Love seeing all of the cats and some even played in their water tanks today. What a great home this facility provides for these big cats. A great family outing!!
  • The guided tours make your visit super informative and personal. You get really up close with dozens of beautiful big cats. All for only a $10 donation. They do great work day in and day out rescuing and caring for almost 200 tigers, lions, and other exotic felines. Go see for yourself!
  • Wonderful family experience! You learn so much about these amazing cats and all they have gone through. You can feel how loved they are now and how they know they are safe and being taken care of.