Exotic Feline Rescue Center, Centerpoint

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#3 of 30 in Wildlife in Indiana
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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  • I can't say enough about the people who run this facility and the wonders they perform for the abused wild cats they rescue. I always leave with tears in my eyes over the tragic stories of some of the...  more »
  • Out in the middle of nowhere, conveniently located right off I-70, is the closest you will most likely get to lions and tigers. The 2nd largest big cat rescue in the the states, the largest you cannot...  more »
  • We stopped at the EFRC on a trip from Chicago to Nashville. We had booked in advance to stay the night and it was a great experience for us. When we arrived around 2pm we got the normal tour, which al...  more »
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  • I took some of my visiting family yesterday, an this place is amazing! I require the use of a wheelchair, so called an ask if they had provisions to handle that an they have a golf cart for those that can not walk. I had a great time, an so did the family. The guides talk about each animal an their history, and many animals interacted with the guides, which brought these cats to the fence.
  • Absolutely worth it! They are so knowledgeable about all the cats, and are doing truly wonderful and kind work for these animals! You can feel good about spending your money and time here!! ❤
  • An amazing place that takes in exotic felines. The staff is knowledgeable and great at telling the back stories along with providing education on the animals. Love what they do!!!
  • This place is better than any zoo that I've been to. They are very informative & can tell you specifics for each cat. I will be going back.
  • So much fun! All the volunteers and workers really enjoy their work helping these cats. Can't wait to go back.
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