About an hour’s drive from parts of Santa Clarita, there’s a rare non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of endangered wild feline species. The Exotic Feline Breeding Compound’s Feline Conservation Center in Rosamond houses more than 70 rare wild felines, representing 19 species, including: tiger, jaguar, fishing cat, serval, pallas’ cat, black-footed cat, ocelot, bobcat, Canada lynx, Geoffroy’s cat, margay, jaguarundi, jungle cat, cougar, leopard cat, sand cat, clouded leopard, snow leopard, and three subspecies of leopards. To see a list of cats currently on the premises, go to the website, CatHouse-fcc.org/cats.
Since 1977, the EFBC has been working with other zoos and facilities, worldwide, in an effort to save endangered feline species from extinction.
Guests can visit the EFBC during its regular business hours, daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Wednesdays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and the day of Feline Follies – see below). There is an admission charge of $10 general, $8 seniors 60+ and active duty military with ID, $5 age 3-12 (free under 3). There is no charge for parking. Members and adoptive parents receive free admission. VIP behind-the-scenes tours are available starting at $500. You can also direct a donation to a special project.
There is a charge for scheduled tours. For nonprofit groups/schools the admission/tour charge is $4 per person (any age), $60 minimum. For other groups you pay regular admission fees ($75 minimum) and a $25 tour guide fee.
Volunteers are always needed – 18 and older, no experience necessary – and limited internships are also available.
For more information, directions and ticket purchases, call 661-256-3793 or visit www.wildcatzoo.org.
Every summer, those who love wild cats can take part in a special Twilight Tour of the Exotic Feline Breeding Compound’s Conservation Center.
On Saturday, June 30, a limited number of adults (over the age of 18) are able to visit the center during evening hours to find out what these wild cats do at night. For instance, they’ll learn unusual facts, such as which cat practically lives in the water and which can walk upside down in jungle trees. Guests can see one of the world’s largest collections of rare wild feline species during their most active time of day – night – which means they tend to see behaviors not typically seen at a daytime animal park visit. Visitors also have access to a greater part of the compound during the Twilight Tour.
The event is Saturday, June 30 from 5-8 p.m. and tickets are $20. Bring cash for the bake sale and a barbeque hosted by the Rotary Club. Anyone can take part in a raffle and witness other surprises, as animals interact with various foods and “toys.”
Fabulous Feline Follies
On Saturday, August 11 EFBC will hold its largest fundraiser of the year. The Fabulous Feline Follies 2018 will include dinner, a live animal show, silent auction, raffle and door prizes. Hand-painted collectible glasses will be sold also, and both vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals are available. The event will be held from 5-8 p.m. and dress is casual.
The first prize in the raffle is $1,000 and the winner does not have to be present. If you have items to donate for the auction, call or email the center.
The Twilight Tours are an integral part of EFBC’s public awareness and educational programs to promote endangered species preservation and conservation. All proceeds from the event will be used to continue EFBC’s endangered wild feline species preservation and breeding programs, as well as construction, maintenance projects and animal habitat improvements.
The EFBC’s Feline Conservation Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and is located at 3718 60th Street in Rosamond. For more information, call 661-256-3793 or visit WildCatZoo.org.