Experience exotic animals at a place that provides a humane place for animals with a tough past. Over 200 abused, mistreated, or unwanted animals call T&D’s home, including 60 felines (lions, tigers, cougars, leopards, bobcats, servals, and jungle cats).
Special Admission during June, July, and August
(in addition to Saturdays and Sundays)
Group tours offered Mondays through Fridays at 10:00am and at 2:00pm.
Arrive early. Tours start on time.
Admission - $10.00 per person
October through April: Groups by appointment.
We visited T&D's on a Saturday in Mid-August. Please be advised that they warn on their website to not use your GPS to find them. I was scared by this so I had my husband map it out and we found it without a problem. They have a small parking lot across the street which is where we parked. Out front there are several picnic tables so bringing lunch is a nice option. The ONLY restrooms we could find were also out front so take note of this. A small issue that we had was that my umbrella stroller could not be pushed through the pebble walkways so we ended up folding it up and leaving it. We did see others with larger strollers and they seemed to be alright pushing. This is a pretty low-key "zoo" and not as manicured as some of the zoos you may be used to. The animal habitats are just natural and not landscaped. This removed some of the wow factor for the adults but did bother the children (12 years and 22 months). They did not have a map of the zoo from which I could see but we followed the suggested route signs and it was somewhat like a maze but we managed. There is alot more here then just cats. Monkeys, baboons, deer, capybara, parrots, ducks, wolves and lots of bears! They also had an albino raccoon which I cannot recall ever seeing before. They had a volunteer by the deer selling cones full of feed for .50 each. This is something new they are trying and the children enjoyed it. It is worth a look around and I would allow around two hours to see everything. They offer tours only during the week. I cannot comment on the tours since we just looked around on our own.
According to the Web site, the purpose of T&D’s Cats of the World is “to rescue wildlife, especially exotic felines, from situations of abuse, mistreatment, and abandonment, when they are no longer wanted as pets.” This effort began as a labor of love when the Mattive family (Terry, Donna, Jennifer, and T. J.) discovered how many exotic animals are abandoned when they outgrow the baby stage. Today, the entire Mattive family is involved in the care of eleven Bengal tigers, one Siberian tiger, eight African lions, nineteen cougars, five bobcats, three leopards, and twelve servals, plus smaller mammals such as skunks, coyotes, raccoons, river otters, and more.