This was an experience that I didn't think was going to come together. We kind of tried to contact them at the last moment and they weren't responding to us. Finally when we did get the go ahead it was an argument on whether it was too expensive for us as we wanted to do a private tour instead of visiting during the weekends when they are open to the public.
After convincing my sister and her family to join us we packed up while headed out. And even though we didn't make it on time we were still accepted.
Our tour guide Steve lives on the premises while his knowledge of the animals in his care, his love and patience with them shows in their interactions with him. Even though we weren't allowed very near we were still much closer than some zoos allowed while the animals were still relaxed with us.
And it is just amazing how big some of these cats actually are once you get to see them in catness. We watched one tigress batting at her neighbor, a serval being timid until the end, heard the mountain lion purring up a storm even though he was so far away, watched an unattentive bobcat as he tried to hunt possibly a mole in his cage, the foxes running around like crazy and the wary grace of the wolves. As we were finishing up our tour the lion chose to start calling while the seemed to be a perfect close to the day.
And on the way home we just couldn't stop talking about experiences here and there is definitely a desire to get back soon.