Black Hills (SD) Mountain Lion Foundation
Cougar Network
Cougar Fund
Eastern Cougar Foundation
Florida Panther Society
Tiger Missing Link Foundation
Mountain Lion Foundation
Rewilding Institute
Defenders of Wildlife
Humane Society of the United States
National Wildlife Federation
Sierra Club Mountain Lion Page
Cougar Ridge Educational Center
Feline Conservation Center
reading about cats
The "Tiger Mill" Problem
US Fish and Wildlife Service "Ghost Cat"
Wilmette Cougar Chicago Tribune, April, 2008



Where To See Wild Cats

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In the United States there are two families of wild big cats: The big, elusive mountain lion (Puma concolor) and the smaller, more common bobcat (Lynx rufus).

The mountain lion (also known as , cougar, puma, panther) can be 6-8 feet long and 60-190 pounds and bigger the farther north it goes. It is one color. This cat used to cover the continent, but because of predator eradication programs was beaten back to the west and brought to the classification near extinction. Now it's making a comeback, seemingly migrating back to its old eastern haunts with sporadic sightings and other proof of this elusive cat. The Cougar Network meticulously tracks these sightings and has put together a terrific map showing that while established populations end in Wyoming and Colorado, mountain lions have definitely appeared all the way to Chicago, with another population center in Florida and other cats (perhaps coming down from Canada) into Maine, New York and Massachusetts.

The Florida Panther is the most endangered with only about 70 in the wild, the Florida Panther Society says. The White Oak Conservation Center rehabs injured Florida panthers and studies the population. Recently one of the wild cats made it all the way to Georgia--unfortunately, the way we found out about that was it was shot dead.

The bobcat (Lynx rufus) is much smaller, resilient and spotted. It has 12 subspecies, mostly based on geography, and has a dozen subspecies a n there's the generally smaller lynx.

Outside of the United States

TIGER Tigers live only in Asia, althought they are largely stripped from China by poachers. Vladmir Putin, who sees the Siberian Tiger as a national emblem, is working to save it.


LION About 30,000 to 50,000 lions are left in the wild, mostly in southern Africa. Only a few hundred live in India.the IUCN lists the African lion as vulnerable, saying its population has been cut by 30% in 20 years.


JAGUAR The big cat of the Americas, also known as the Otorongo, is near threatened, the IUCN says. Its biggest home is the Amazon in Brazil, but it lives from Mexico to Argentina.

LEOPARD Classified as near threatened by the IUCN red list, various subspecies are under pressure from sub-Saharan Africa to Russia, China and Java.


You're highly unlikely to see a cat in the wild in the United States. You're better off trying just of find sign-- like tracks or scat.



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Noah's Lost Ark
Noah's Lost Ark gives permanent shelter to ltos of big cats that survived the exotic pet trade. Cougars, bobcats, lions, servals and even one caracal live here. 
Bonus animals: lemur, bear, monkeys, donkeys Open for tours in summer only
8424 Bedell Rd Berlin Center, OH 

WI Big Cat Rescue

Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue takes in lions, tigers and leopards that have survived either the exotic pet trade or animal entertainment industry. Photographer Jeff Kozlowski has taken in 29 cats, including 19 tigers, 6 lions, and 4 leopards. WI Big Cat Rescue is a non-profit and USDA-licensed rescue and educational center. WI Big Cat Rescue is a non-profit and USDA-licensed rescue and educational center. Open Daily 10-6 unless it's too hot. (608) 524-LION (5466)
305 Pine St., Rock Springs, WI 

Butternut Farm and Wildcat Sanctuary
Butternut Farm and Wildcat Sanctuary is a non-profit sanctuary for rescued wild cats. The Sanctuary hopes to dissuade the public from getting exotic cats as pets. Many former pets--including lynx, mountain lion and serval--live here. Call to make an appointment to visit or volunteer.
13740 Blamer Rd., Johnstown, OH 
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Popcorn Park Zoo
The Popcorn Park Zoo is a little like a throwback to zoos of the 1950s. You're allowed--encouraged even--to feed the animals unbuttered, unsalted popcorn. And boy do they know you have it. 
And it has the great variety of animals a zoo might--tigers, bears, monkeys, coati. But all the animals here are rescued, usually from people who mistakenly thought they'd be good pets.
Forked River, NJ (609) 693-1900

T & D's Cats of the World

T&D's Cats of the World gives a permanent home to 60 big cats (lions, tigers, cougars, leopards, bobcats, servals, and jungle cats) that somebody let down by trying to keep them as a pet or amusement. During they summer they allow tours on weekend.
Bonus species: bear, fox, deer, coyote, wolf-dog, raccoon, lemur, parrots 
Mountain Rd., Middleburg, PA (570) 837-3377

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Little River Zoo
Little River Zoo isn't a traditional zoo, but more of a refuge for unusual animals that people mistakenly thought would be good pets. You can pet porcupines (here or in some of their traveling petting zoo outreach programs) and see lynx or lizards close up. Everyone gets a guided tour. The non-profit tries to teach how to treat animals with respect. They've also got monkeys,  caimans, wolf hybrids, servals, coatis, binturong, bears, lemurs and cougars.
3405 120th Ave SE, Norman, OK  (405) 366-7229
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Center for Animal Research and Education takes in and (where possible) rehabilitates abused or injured big cats. They have 4 leopards (1 snow), 3 cougars, 3 African lions, and 39 tigers.
The center offers tours for a minimum $10 donation on Sundays.
CR 3422, Bridgeport, TX


Exotic Cat Refuge and Wildlife Orphanage

The Exotic Cat Refuge and Wildlife Orphanage rescues cougars, tigers, jaguars, lions, bobcats and leopards that have been confiscated by state agencies from people who were not caring properly for them. Bonus Species: Bears, Wolves, Owls
Visits are by appointment only, but you can volunteer.
Kirbyville, TX 409-423-4847


Laguna Atascosa NWR

The last U.S. holdout of the ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) is the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. Only about 50 of these small, spotted cats still survive in the US.

The Friends of Laguna Atascosa run an annual Ocelot Conservation Festival in February, where a captive ocelot makes an appearance.
Bonus species: Kemp’s ridley, green and loggerhead sea turtles, brown pelican, black-tailed jackrabbits, javelina, Aplomado falcon, American alligator and green jay.
22817 Ocelot Road, Los Fresnos, TX (956)748-3607


International Exotic Animal Sanctuary
Tour the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary, which has been giving a permanent home outside Ft. Worth to bobcats, tigers, cougars, jaguars, leopards, lions (often ill-conceived pets) since 1988. As of 2011, they have 51 cats and 15 bears. The bears roam on two giant 5-acre compounds. All the animals participate in the Emotional Enrichment Program to cope with captivity. They offer weekday tours at 11 and weekend tours. PR 4245 Hwy 114 W , Boyd, TX (940) 433-5091 $20/adult $10/kid. No kids under 7.
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Carolina Tiger Rescue

Carolina Tiger Rescue (formerly Carnivore Preservation Trust) hopes to ensure key species survive from threatened/endangered ecosystems. The big cats--jaguars, leopards, tigers--are rescues. The smaller animals--binturongs, kinkajous, and civet--were bred there; the center was started by UNC geneticist Dr. Michael Bleyman to save lesser known keystone carnivores. The current mission "is saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the providing rescue and lifelong sanctuary to wildcats and by educating the public about their plight in captivity and in the wild." Tours by reservation, $14-$25, special experiences $30-$50. 1940 Hanks Chapel Rd., Pittsboro, NC (919) 542-4684


Chestatee Wildlife Preserve

Chestatee Wildlife Preserve, about an hour north of Atlanta, takes in exotic and native animals that need a home. The relaxed facility allows guests to feed some of the animals because it believes animal contact helps people. They have tiger, lion, bear, kangaroo, camel and many other animals.
469 Old Dahlonega Hwy
Dahlonega, GA 706-864-9411

Cooper's Rock Mountain Lion Santuary
The Cooper's Rock Mountain Lion Santuary provides a permanent home to four cougars on 170 acres just outside of Morgantown, WV. You can call to set up a school or group tour.
RR 1 Box 332-K, Bruceton Mills, WV  304-379-8908

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Tigers for Tomorrow

Tigers for Tomorrow is a 140-acre exotic animal rescue park in the of the Appalachian foothills of northeastern Alabama. The center promises "get up close and personnel with over 70 big cats, wolves and bears in the carnivore compound. You’ll be closer to lions and tigers than ever before in a safe and natural setting... Handlers and keepers provide visitors with spontaneous interactions and animal talks throughout the day." Kids can interact with farm animals and you can reserve private tours, group tours and school field trips. Open every Fri., Sat., and Sun. 9-5, but hours are seasonal, so check.

Bonus species: kangaroo, bear, turtle, coati, agouti, camel

708  County Road 345, Dekalb County, just off I-59

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Peace River Refuge & Ranch

Peace River Refuge & Ranch is a sanctuary for tigers, leopards, cougars and other big cats as well as bears, wolves, monkeys, bats and more. All of the animals are rescued from situations of abuse or neglect and remain at the sanctuary for life. The animals can be seen by appointment only on the two days a month they give tours. $15

2545 Stoner Ln, Zolfo Springs, FL 


Wildlife Rehab of Hernando

Wildlife Rehab of Hernando started out with native animals like raccoons, possum, alligator and fox. But they were overwhelmed by the need for a sanctuary for failed exotic pets. So they've taken in lemurs, lions, kinkajou, coati, lynx, python and a wallaby from state officials that bust illegal pet owners and dealers. 360 Suncoast Blvd., Spring Hill, FL You get close to the animals in your personal visit. $17.50 for adults, $8.50 kids.

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Everglades Outpost

Everglades Outpost started out taking in orphaned or injured native Florida wildlife, but has branched out to take in exotics, mainly those that were held as pets. They've got tiger, mountain lion, lemur, alligator, wolf, monkey and all sorts of animals. Lots of educational tours.
35601 SW 192nd Ave., Homestead, FL  (305) 247-8000

Big Cat Rescue

An accredited animal sanctuary, Big Cat Rescue takes in abused or abandoned big cats. They are the ones who clean up the growing problem of people who try to keep exotics as pets. They're very smart about tours, with many options for close encounters with animals. The regular Day Tour is $25, $50 for a Night Tour, $50 for a Feeding Tour, $100 for the Keeper Tour. Private group tours, parties and wedding available, too. Tampa, FL 813-920-4130

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Mt Rainier National Park Cougars
Mount Rainier National Park gets lots of cougars, though they are generally elusive and shy and it's rare to see one. You may have better luck looking for sign.
There are enough cougars to warrant warnings: generally they're pretty safe, but don't wander off alone, especially if you're a kid. Bonus species: elk (360) 569-6036
Jaguars in Arizona
Jaguars have been spotted by motion-detector cameras in Arizona near New Mexico and the Mexican border since 1997. In February 2009, Arizona wildlife officials captured and collared a 118-pound, 15-year-old jaguar dubbed Macho B in a leg snare set for bears and mountain lions. 
Wildlife officials won't say exactly where the big cat is because they're afraid someone will hurt him. (So, the map marker is not precise.) But it's southwest of Tuscon near the border.
Jaguars used to live in a big swath of the US before they were wiped out by ranchers.
Yellowstone Bobcats and Mountain Lions
Bobcats and mountain lions live throughoutYellowstone National Park, but are hard to see. Only about 20 mountain lions live in the park but the number is increasing; still there are only about that many sightings.
according to GoNorthwest, they are more prevalent in the north, especially in winter.  This flickr photo shows one of many that winters on the West Entrance Road. 307-344-7381


Animal Ark Sanctuary
The Animal Ark Sanctuary takes in native and exotic animals that don't have the skills or physical ability to survive in the wild. Residents include black bears, wolves, owls and many big cats (cheetah, tiger) and small cats (bobcat, lynx,). It's one of the few places to see badger or kit fox. They started in 1980 and expanded into an 80-acre destination for field trip and families. $8 adults, $6 kids and seniors. Tours April-Oct, plus one winter day.
1265 Deerlodge Rd. Reno, NV  (775) 970-3111
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
The last holdout of the ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) is the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. Only about 50 of these small, spotted cats still survive in the US.
A captive ocelot makes an appearance at the annual Ocelot Conservation Festival in February.
Rio Hondo, TX
Bonus species: Kemp’s ridley, green and loggerhead sea turtles, brown pelican, black-tailed jackrabbits, javelina, Aplomado falcon, American alligator and green jay.
22817 Ocelot Road, Los Fresnos, TX (956)748-3607
National Elk Refuge
Mountain lions den on Miller Butte in the National Elk Refuge. The Butte is on the east side of the refuge and you can see it from Elk Refuge Road.
Bonus: bighorn sheep, elk 
Visitor Center 532 N. Cache Street in Jackson
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Shambala Preserve--near LA

Tippi Hendren's Shambala Preserve north of LA takes in big cats born into the sleazy exotic pet trade in the U.S. You can see the 60-70 cats-- African lions, Bengal and Siberian tigers, and black and spotted leopards, servals, and mountain lions.The sanctuary and the Roar Foundation, founded in 1983 by Tippi Hedren, lobby for the end of the exotic pet trade.
6867 Soledad Canyon Rd., Acton, CA (661) 268-0380


Cat Haven

Cat Haven has 100 acres outside Fresno where both big and small exotic cats roam in semi-natural enclosures. These are not rescue animals; they come from zoos from around the world. The idea of Cat Haven is to promote cat conservation by on and off site education programs. Guided tours are lead daily by docents that show you the cats and teach the importance of conservation. They have all the big cats on display; Amur leopards, jaguars, lion, tiger, snow leopard, clouded leopard and cheetah. Small cats include jaguarundi, bobcat, serval and Siberian lynx. The Cat Haven is actively involved in conservation projects all over the globe and is currently building a cheetah education center in Kenya. It borders King's Canyon National Park and is supported by  Project Survival.
38257 E Kings Canyon Rd., Dunlap, CA 




Cat House on the Kings

Cat House on the Kings is an animal sanctuary located on 12 acres along the banks of The Kings River. Currently over 700 domestic cats reside there.  Rescued animals (mostly cats and dogs with a few rescued goats and peacocks), are spayed/neutered, tested for FELV/FIV, vaccinated, microchipped and put up for adoption. Some unadoptables will live out their lives there (ferals, owner-surrenders ($45/month), some with health issues like FIV).  This is a no-kill, no-cage, non-profit rescue and adoption center where the cats are free to roam inside and out. There are separate residences/yards for senior cats, FIV cats, and a large kitten quarters.  The main house is over 4000 square feet where the cats live in harmony. The Cat House on the Kings was founded in 1983 by Lynea Lattanzio and is funded by donations and Lynea. They have special events, like a cat Halloween and an open house in May and October.

7120 South Kings River Road, Parlier, CA Tours are available by appointment: (559) 638-8696

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Yukon Wildlife Preserve
Yukon Wildlife Preserve started as a family operation in the 1960s and in 2000 became a non-profit 700-acre, educational wildlife reserve with caribouelkAlaska Yukon Moose, ground squirrel, lynx, mule deer, musk ox, wood bison and thinhorn sheep.
Open only weekends in the winter and every day in the summer. Tour by bus ($22) or foot ($15). They're also a wildlife rehabilitation center.
Plenty of guides lead tours by canoe, foot or 4x4 nearby.
BC Wildlife Park Kamloops
The BC Wildlife Park Kamloops takes in injured, orphaned and sick local wildlife. Those that can be released are at the appropriate time and place. Those who can't make it in the wild stay and teach the public. They have wolves, black and grizzly bear, lynx, cougar, birds of prey,  badger,  bison,  reindeer and elk.
9077 Dallas Dr, Kamloops, BC, Canada (250) 573-3242
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Panatal, Brazil
The Panatal (wetland) in Brazil is the biggest freshwater wetland in the world and has one of the highest concentrations of jaguar. (There are nearly 7 adult cats per 100 km² (Soisalo and Cavalcanti 2006)). The species is near threatened because forests keep getting cut down and ranchers shoot jaguars
There are several eco-friendly  outfits that can take you here to look for the big cats.
Bonus species: tapir, otter, marsh deer, monkeys.  
Rancho El Aribabi

Rancho El Aribabi, a conservation ranch about 30 miles (45 minutes) south of New Mexico in the Mexican state of Sonora, is a popular spot to watch birds. The ranch is working with the Sky Alliance to help save the jaguar. Photos of the big cat have been taken on the ranch. Over 35 threatened or endangered species of plants and animals live on the ranch. You can help support it by coming to visit. They have facilities and guest rooms for up to 12.  

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Doñana National Park
Doñana National Park (Parque Nacional de Doñana) in southern Spain is one of the last hold-outs of the Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardina), the most endangered wild cat in the world. There are only 100-200 left. There are captive breeding facilities in Spain and just recently in Portugal, too. You probably won't be able to see one in the wild but Donata National Park is the big stronghold.
Feral camels once roamed here, but haven't been seen since the 70s.
Coto Doñana also gets migrating flamingoes and imperial eagles.
Park officials recommend various guides and trailsto see much of the park.
Africa Africa
Drakenstein Lion Park
The Drakenstein Lion Park, a half hour outside Cape Town, takes in lions from around the world that have been bred and misused in captivity and now have nowhere to go. For R45 ($6) you can visit--even during feeding times--and for about $160 two people can stay over in a safari tent.
27 21 8633290
Paperbark Bush Retreat
The Paperbark Bush Retreat, near Kruger National Park, is the base of the Ingwe Leopard Project, which raises money by teaching you how to track animals. The lodge also has other ways to see animals with a conservationist on safari
Rooms are about $140.
See their map near Lydenburg South Africa +27 (0)79 354 8538 

African Dawn

African Dawn Wildlife Sanctuary and Endangered Species Breeding Centre takes in injured wildlife and gives them a place to stay. It's not all grim, though; thye also let them breed, so many are raised by hand. Some are friendly and approachable. Some non-native species live here, too. They help with breeding of endangered cheetah, serval, blue crane and blue duiker (antelope). You can go on game drives to see monkeys, giraffe, zebra and birds. They take day visitors, offer overnight rooms and have stays for volunteers.

Between Jeffreys Bay and Port Elizabeth

Ann van Dyk Cheetah Center

Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre has helped save cheetahs from extinction by breeding and releasing the fast cats. 
The center, just northwest of Pretoria, South Africa, offers daily tours, a chance to see some of the residents go for morning runs three times a week and fancy lodges.  
R513 Pretoria North, (012) 504 9906/7/8



Ranch Resort

The Ranch Resort -- between Johannesburg and Kruger-- is a corporate getaway with a twist. In the morning you can go on a walk with their 30-some resident (tame) lions. The hotel and massive grounds has its own conservancy that "comprises 1000 hectare of grasslands and bushveld which are home to lions, giraffe, zebra, warthog, kudu, impala, wildebeest and even cute little bushbabies."



Lionsrock takes big cats that were abused or mistreated in pets and gives them a chance to live in wild-like conditions. 46 lions and one tiger live here in enclosures. You can visit for a game drive or stay there from 250 ZAR pp/night (more for fancier). 
Bonus species: Bengal Tiger, Caracal, Leopard, Lions and Wild Dogs
Off S175 east of Bethlehem, South Africa

Arabian Leopard Study
Only about 100 Arabian leopards are left in Oman because of poaching and pest control. You can go on a $2,200 expedition to look for the cats with the Omani Diwan of Royal Court.
Asia Asia


Russian Academy of Sciences biological research reserve
A small group of the endangered Amur Tigers live in an enclosed woods at the Russian Academy of Sciences biological research reserve in Gaiveron (Gayvoron) Village in Spassk country. Victor Yudin, head of vertebrate zoology, raises the big cats and talks to visitors on tours.
Ussuri Tiger Reserve - Putin's Tiger
Ussuri State Nature Reserve is where Vladimir Putin hopes to save the Siberian Tiger from poachers. The Russian Prime Minister famously loves tigers, tracks them on his website and considers them a tough symbol of Russia. In 2008 Putin shot a tiger who had gotten loose with a tranquilizer dart. 
Tiger populations worldwide have been weakened by poachers. In Russia the Amur tiger was once considered a success but its numbers fell by a dramatic 40% in 12 years.
Several Russian tour agencies offer trips to this remote forest north of Vladistock.  
Siberian Tiger and the Ussury Wild Cat, the Black Stork and Mandarin Duck, the Himalayan Black Bear, the Siberian Musk Deer
Altai Snow Leopard Project
Snow Leopards travel through the remote Altai region of Russia on the border of Mongolia. Researchers here let animal tourists come along and help track thesnow leopard (Panthera uncia) and the world's largest biggest sheep, the Altai argali.
Several companies offer the tour here that has won high praise for its eco-tourism credentials.
Bonus species: wolf, brown bear, lynx
Lazovsky Nature Preserve
Lazovsky Nature Preserve is one of a handful of sites where Russian scientistsare tracking the rare Amur Tiger and hoping to save it from poachers.
This site says that in the Khabarovsk territory lives only on the right side of Amur river. It likes the western slope of the Sikhote-Alin mountain ridge and pools of the Khor,  Anuy and Tagemu river being the left inflow of the Sukpay river.
Sikhote Alin Mountains, Russia


Panna National Park
Panna National Park, once famous for its tigers, became infamous in 2009 because all the tigers were gone, killed by poachers. A quick effort was made to move in some breeding cats. India has 1,400 tigers, 300 of which live in  Madhya Pradesh, known as the "tiger state of India." Madhya Pradesh, India
Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve
Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve has one of the highest concentrations of tigers in the world. The national park is home many lodges and  the White Tiger of Rewa. 
Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore National Park used to be where the Maharaja of Jaipur would hunt tigers. Now it's a national park and one of India's 9 tiger reserves. Bonus species: leopard, sambal, wild pig, gaur
Gir National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary - Asiatic Lions
Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is the last holdout of the Asiatic lion because they've been protected here since 1947.
ResponsibleTravel has tours that visit. You will need a special permit to visit the park, except for the 4 km fenced Gir Interpretation Area, which has lions.
Bonus species: leopards, antelope, deer, jackals, hyenas, and marsh crocodiles
Corbett National Park - Bengal Tiger
Corbett is India's oldest national park and where Project Tiger started in 1973. The Bengal tigers here live in the Himalayan foothills. The park has one of India's 9 tiger preserves.
Tours sometimes include an elephant safari on stay at the lodge.
Bonus Species: Leopard, barking deer, elephant, various cats. Uttarakhand
SitaMata Jungle Wildlife Sanctuary
SitaMata Jungle Wildlife Sanctuary near Dhariyawad stretches over a wide area, has safari tours and is home to four-horned antelope, panther, flying squirrel, pangolin, wild boar, hyena, jackal, jungle cat, caracal, porcupine and Nilgai. One touristsite after another brags about its giant flying squirrels, which glide through the forest after dusk. But this Rajastan guide says they're seldom seen. Rajasthan India


Kazaringa, Assam

Kazaringa National Park in Assam, India, has the world's largest populations of one-horned rhinos and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The park has been hit by poachers going after rhino horn to send to China, but it also sends rhinos to other parks in India. Kazaringa, recently featured in National Geographic, is off the tourist track because it's in the remote eastern province of Assam. You ride on elephant on safari to see wild elephants, tigers,barasinghs (swamp deer), sambas, panther, civet, baur, wild buffalo, sloth bear.



Krau Wildlife Park

Malaysia's Krau Wildlife Reserve has 70-some species of bats and a sanctuary for displaced elephants in Kuala Gandah. The park breeds seladang (a kind of buffalo) and hosts  Malayan Peacock-pheasant.Malaysian Bat Education Adventure says the park has wild dog, clouded leopard, leopard, tiger, Malayan tapir, Malayan sun bear, gaur, civet, 19 species of squirrel and flying squirrel, mouse deer, otters, siamang, whitehanded gibbon, banded-leaf monkey, dusky-leaf monkey, and slow loris.

Gunung Leuser Park

Malaysia's Gunung Leuser National Park is one of the last places orangutans live. TheSumatran Orangutan Society works with the Orangutan Information Centre to train local guides from Bukit Lawang and Tangkahan to create a way for tourists to encourage surivival of the species. Bukit Lawang has a orangutan rehab center, but was hit by floods caused by logging. Thepark has about 6,000 orangutans, Sumatran Rhino (the smallest and most endangered), gibbons, Malayan sun bear, crocodiles, leatherback turtle, Sumatran elephant and tiger and adorable slow loris. 

Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park
Iriomote-Ishigaki is Japan's southernmost national park and the only known home of the endangered Iriomote wild cat (Prionailurus iriomotensis; 西表山猫 Yamamayaa).
Tiger Temple
The Tiger Temple is a popular tourist spot, but it has a controversial controversial reputation. The Buddhist monks are supposed to be caring for tigers orphaned by poachers, but a 2008 investigation by Care for Wild International said the tigers were really from a breeding farm. says it won't send visitors there because it fears tigers and tourists are mishandled (such as kids sitting on tigers). 
Lum Sum, Sai Yok, Kanchanaburi 71150, Thailand
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