Lions, Tigers & Bears is a federally and state licensed non-profit 501(c)(3) rescue facility dedicated to providing a safe haven for unwanted and abused exotic animals. We are one of only twelve big Cat Sanctuaries in the US.Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Alpine using our trip planner.
Our goal is to provide a safe haven and to educate the public about the growing population of abandoned and unwanted exotic animals in our nation. Sadly, in many areas of the United States, there are countless big cats and wild exotics in private captivity. The number of animals bred and born in captivity is currently greater than that in the wild. Many of these animals are born into a life of abuse, ill-health, crowded conditions and ultimately an early and painful death.
The exotic animal trade is a 17 billion dollar a year industry, second only to drugs and weapons. Many private owners purchase these exotics without enough information about the amount of care they require and then struggle to find an organization to off-load them. Zoos will rarely take these animals and sanctuaries count on the support of donors to help them pick up where humanity has left off.
Founder, Bobbi Brink, notes the conditions that many of the animals live in: "...in miserable holding cells with no sunlight or windows, living in cages so small they barely have room to stand up or turn around. Many live in basements, never seeing sunlight or smelling fresh air. I have seen 10 or more cats crowded together in a small enclosure, where they restlessly pace in filth, and fight each other for scraps of food. Some starve to death. A full grown exotic cat costs about $15.00 a day to feed ($450.00 a month-just for food!)"
Thank you for your interest in the plight of these forgotten beings. They, and we, count on your support to continue to provide for the beings in our care and to help us open our hearts and gates to the ones that are still out there waiting for our help.
Copyright © 2017 Lions, Tigers & Bears a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
We are grateful for the experience & education that Lions, Tigers & Bears offers. They provide an engaging experience while providing a sanctuary for animals that needed a forever & loving home that..... more »
This gem of a world-class sanctuary is just 30 minutes east of San Diego and well worth the trip. Home to 60 previously abused or abandoned lions, tigers and bears this idyllic ranch is a healing and.... more »
It was a Fantastic experience! The staff and volunteers are awesome but the animals are the true stars. It's a two hour easy walking tour of up close to the animal greet and feeds. The big cats make lots of noise which is thrilling. The staff is very informative. Most of the animals had really sad beginnings but somehow ended up at Lions Tigers and Bears and have happy endings. If you love animals this is The place to visit!
It is such a great experience. Everybody was nice and you can tell that they really do care about the animals. Not only do you get to see them really close, but you get to learn about the animals as well. Not only is everything good, but the place is beautiful. Definitely worth it and we will be going back.
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