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Exotic Feline Rescue Center, Centerpoint

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.9/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web
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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  • We visited with our family and really enjoyed this tour. It was about an hour and it was really cool to hear where the cats came from and how they were doing now. Kind of seemed like a retirement vill...  read more »
  • For a small fee, you get to see beautiful big cats- up close! The rescue does an amazing job of housing these magnificent creatures with the resources they have available. The tours are highly informa...  read more »
  • It is truly an amazing experience every time I visit the EFRC. It's sad that so many people mistreat these majestic animals and keep them as pets etc. The EFRC is not a zoo, it is a non for profit res...  read more »
  • We encountered this place traveling west between Indianapolis and Terre Haute. It was well worth the stop. You have the opportunity to see a large variety of exotic cats. They have tigers, lions, servals, bobcats, lynx, leopards, and mountain lions. The animals have been rescued from various places and now live here. They appear to receive good care and are happy. You walk through on paths between the enclosures and it takes about an hour. The donation of $10 is very modest for what you get to see.
  • Great service by the tour guides. Very detailed descriptions of each of the cats we saw and how they got to the rescue center. Very cool environment too!!!
  • Everyone should come the big cats. Experience the power of them and the love they have for their handlers
  • Very unique, you will never be this close to a big cat and live to tell about it! Beware, because it is a rescue sanctuary some stories can be heartbreaking.
  • A forever home for exotic cats. Around 200 cats. No contact with cats by visitors. Large enclosures. Very clean enclosures. Cats can come up near visitors but they are on the other side of very sturdy fencing. Special events through the year at the Center and special fundraising events off site during the year. Fantastic place to visit any time during the year. Closed Mondays, open 10 am to 5 pm. Entrance price is $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Well worth the trip to Center Point In.
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