This is really a wonderful sanctuary. It is not-for-profit so it is all about making the best home for the animals. What an eye-opener to discover that many of the majestic tigers were purchased as cubs because people thought it would be "really neat" to have a tiger as a pet. The owners must have been idiots to think that a tiger could be a pet - hello!! they grow up and are wild animals, not little domestic cats. The sanctuary is operated by an amazing woman with the help of an all volunteer staff.
You have got to visit Octagon when in Punta Gorda or North Ft. Myers anywhere in the area. There are lemurs, lions, cougars, bears, civet cat, black leopard, etc. The sanctuary is only open on Sat and Sunday and there is a very reasonable admission fee that goes to the care and feeding of the animals. Donations are gratefully accepted, too.
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