About a month ago I highlighted a trip report written by Sunset_Sammy in which he described a trip to Thailand, and a visit to Tiger Kingdom – “a place where you can get in pens with live tigers.”
I bring this up because MichelleOx over on the TripAdvisor forums is wondering:
if anyone knew of places around the world to interact with animals, particularly where the animals are well taken care of. I already know of some elephant sanctuaries but I am wondering if there are any with monkeys, orangutans, lion, tiger, cheetah, or panther cubs
Tiger Kingdom is the only place that I have ever heard of that fits the bill. CrystalVancouver describes a sanctuary for orphaned bears in Vancouver, and here in the Colorado Springs region we have a wolf sanctuary and a big cat sanctuary, but none of these allow visitors to interact directly with the animals.
And so I put the question to you readers.
Are you aware of, or have you visited, exotic animal sanctuaries that allow guests to physically interact with the animals? I would have to imagine that for liability reasons these types of facilities would be exceptionally rare. Then again, there are always waiver forms that can be signed I suppose.
And if you have visited such a facility, please tell us about your experience. Did it feel safe? Would you recommend it?
Read the thread in its entirety: Animal Interactions around the world.