My parents and I went to the Tampa Big Cats Rescue last week. We took a tour given by a passionate old french dude whose accent made every bit of information more exotic sounding. "Zis is not a Zhoo. Zis is a Sanctuahhry." It was as fun as it was informative/interesting.
We trudged through dirt in the Florida heat to learn about wild animal breeding, captivity, and the dangers of exotic pets. Moral of the story: don't buy a tiger/bobcat/panther for your child as a birthday gift. It ends up in a "Sanctuahhry" when it should be in the jungles of Africa/Malaysia/Canada. It was sad, but good to know these people are doing such great work.
All the proceeds from the tours go to helping the animals. And the sanctuary is directly across from an Olive Garden. Everybody wins.
Their website is: http://www.bigcatrescue.org/
Here's some cats:
I hope things are good wherever you are in the world. Things are dandy in sunny Florida.
Walk Slow. xoxo.
PS- still can't figure it out, Linds. Oh well, thanks tho!