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Panther Ridge Conservation Center, Wellington

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.9/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web
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  • The staff were welcoming and gave an interesting background on each cat. There are some very interesting medium size cats, and a couple of larger cat (the black panther pictured, and a beautiful cheet...  read more »
  • We took our 12 year old granddaughter to see the "big cats". We had an hour plus tour which wound up being private due to the fact we went on a hot summer day. Our lovely guide walked us to each enclo...  read more »
  • Wanted something different to do with my nieces (11 & 13), and this was it! A rare gem of a find. Sadie met us for a personal tour through the grounds, introducing us to their various big cats and giv...  read more »
  • This place is simply amazing!!!! They only do private tours and you can have an option to take a tour with the director Judy. I took that option with my son and it was the best tour ever! So many beautiful cats to see and the place is so clean! Staff and Judy take wonderful care in the animals and it shows. A must see for everyone!
  • Great tour, very educational, this is a true conservation society, not a road side attraction. The animals, here are well loved and cared for.
  • Had a wonderful time on a private tour with Judy today. You can truly see the special bond Judy has with her big cats. Very special place run by wonderful people.
  • "You've got to go and take a Director's Tour with Judy." That is what I text a few friends after we left Panther Ridge and that is what I want you to do if you read this. The cats are so loved here and you can tell by their shiny coats, warm eyes, and playfulness that you want to learn all about them. So here's what you get... Judy takes you around to introduce you to the cats, you can watch them up close for enough time to really enjoy, and take a ton of pictures. You'll learn about everything big cats! And to top it off you can play fetch with a possible OCD border terrier dog. Worth going again and trying out some new camera tricks!
  • Panther Ridge is what you'd expect to see and hope for in a wild cat sanctuary. The grounds are well cared for. Each of the 17 cats (although some are siblings and live together) have their own enclosure filled with clean bedding, large wooden structures for sunbathing and perching, enrichment items, pools for cooling down, sleeping dens and more. The love and care that director Judy Berens is evident when you look at these beautiful wild exotci cats. Unlike zoos, the cats here show no signs of stress. Although some have had precious incidents prior to coming to this gorgeous location Judy has an undeniable bond filled with respect and adoration for them. I was humbled when being so close to them! And yes you're less than a foot away at times! We were blessed when seeing the the many clouded leopards out and about during our tour as they are primarily nocturnal. Wonderful experience! Each cat has its own personality and Judy's bond with them is amazing. If you're here don't skip out on this once in a lifetime experience. The conservation center is dedicated to the care and well being of these cats so know that the money you spend to see them is put to great use!
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