Exotic Feline Rescue Center, Centerpoint

#4 of 44 in Wildlife in Indiana
Exotic Feline Rescue Center is an exotic feline preserve established in 1991 and located in Center Point, Indiana.
The EFRC was founded in 1991 by Joe Taft. It is now a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization. The EFRC cares for nine exotic feline species, including lions, tigers, leopards, servals, pumas, bobcats, canada lynx, ocelots, geoffroy's cat, and an asian leopard cat. The EFRC is the second-largest big cat rescue center in the United States, providing a permanent home for non-domestic cats that have been abused, abandoned, or for some reason have nowhere to live out their lives. The EFRC does not buy, sell, or breed animals, provides expert veterinary care with an onsite clinic, and educates the public about these animals. Over 200 big cats are housed on 108acre.
The EFRC is the focus of the book Saving the Big Cats (2006) published by Indiana University Press.
The EFRC was prominently featured in the 2009 movie The Tiger Next Door. and was also the subject of a WILL TV documentary in 2009.
Over a two-year period, Dr. Susan Linville at the Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior and Dr. Helena Sioni at the Institute for Pheromone Research, both located at Indiana University conducted a research project with lions, tigers, cougars and leopards at the EFRC to study rubbing behavior and determine if a pheromone is being deposited during rubbing.
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  • This is an escorted tour lasting about an hour. It was interesting ... but, there was an excess of poison ivy along the guided trail.  more »
  • This was a great tour and very happy we came here. All the cats were beautiful and the staff very friendly and knowledgeable. The kids and adults loved it.  more »
  • Wonderful experience. The center is very spacious, clean and provides a safe environment for the exotic felines. The animals looked amazingly healthy with beautiful coats. Even the coat of a 23 year old female tiger was shiny and vibrant. The tour guide was extremely informative and dedicated to the future of the felines. She was also very safety conscious and ensured we stayed together and away from the enclosures.
  • Amazing! Extremely knowledgeable tour guides and very friendly staff. You can get very close (safely!) to the animals and see these majestic cats like never before. Went to Evening Roar and enjoyed every minute - special shout out to Christina for sharing her passion about these animals and her connections to them. A great way to spend an evening!

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