Tuesday, May 1, 2012

 Last Friday I took a quick trip to Dunlap with two girlfriends to tour Project Survival's Cat Haven. This innovative park is dedicated to the preservation of wild cats. These cats are not rescue cats, They are part of a conservation effort, and live as close to their natural habitat conditions as possible. My friend has a daughter who interns there and thought we would enjoy meeting all the various cats. The tour lasted about an hour, with our docent, Holly, telling us everything about these magnificent cats - their names (and how they got them, like Maytag), which cats roar (jaguars, leopards, lions and tigers) and which ones purr (bobcats and mountain lions), their hunting habits, etc. We walked along the trail  from one enclosure to the next, very spaciously set apart so that the cats have plenty of space to be comfortable. If you go, you'll learn that there is no such thing as a panther, how to tell the difference between a jaguar and a leopard by their spot pattern, and which big cat is famous for being in a Super Bowl commercial.

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