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Exotic Feline Rescue Center, Centerpoint

(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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  • Drove right here from the airport in Indy, about 2 hours or so. It's an outdoor rescue so remember to bring boots because it can get muddy. Cats are awesome and you can get fairly close to them as the...  more »
  • Went out to see some cat and experienced so much more. As we walked and listened to the stories behind each of the cat we saw. Big and small, cat of all sizes. It was really nice to meet the people wh...  more »
  • This rescue center is well worth the visit. These creatures are well cared for by a passionate staff. I highly recommend this to anyone able to go. It will also enlighten you to how insane some of our...  more »
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  • An amazing experience. I first learned of this place as a freshman at IU, it is located between Bloomington and Terre Haute. From the first time I went I was amazed by how close we were to the majestic animals, the knowledge of the keepers, and the conditions the cats now live in. It breaks my heart as an animal lover to hear the circumstances under which most of their cats are obtained but I am so glad that there's a place like this to give them a peaceful life. I now live several hours away and still endeavor to make the trip at least once a year. Everytime I go down there I learn more about the cats, about conservation, and about the organization. The EFRC should be a must for anyone traveling in central Indiana. It is a wonderful experience that I can't wait to introduce to my children when they're the right age.
  • 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!!!
  • 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.
  • Everyone should come the big cats. Experience the power of them and the love they have for their handlers
  • Have a great reason for being and that are doing a task that has two sides but in the end they are making the world better