This hidden gem is worth a detour. And it really is hidden. You'll find it down a somewhat hidden half-mile driveway that sits right next to a large suburban shopping center.
There's a small stone parking lot by the registration building. Pay the fees, and it feels like you've suddenly been transported to the back lot of a zoo.
There are very comfortable enclosures for all of the animals. You enter, for example, under a walkway built for a bobcat. There are large cats of every kind here, and more tigers than you can imagine. The stories behind many of these are just horrific, and there's a whole row of tigers that they don't let you see just because the poor animlas have been treated so poorly by humans in the past.
It's a large area, and it requires walking on uneven ground. For most people this shouldn't be an issue. But they do offer rides for those that need it. We were on a guided tour, and our mother couldn't make it on foot. So while the driver couldn't always bring her within earshot of our guide, he was giving his own private tour.
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