Great Cats World Park

Great Cats World Park, Cave Junction: Hours, Address, Great Cats World Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Great Cats World Park
4.5
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11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Asindria
Grants Pass, OR2 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
We arrived right at opening $15 per person. We waited maybe 10 minutes for the tour to start but we got to see the baby kitties while we waited so that was super entertaining. Our tour guide was funny and very knowledgeable. I felt like I was blasted with information about each species and the individual cat as well. She brought all cats willing to participate to the front of their enclosure and showed them off to everyone...best up close encounter I could have asked for. The tour lasted about 2 hours. We roamed around on our own as well after the tour. Just a really nice time and well worth the money. I would defiantly recommend and will be back!
Written August 9, 2020
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Karen O
Orinda, CA25 contributions
Feb 2020
Great Cats World Park is a fascinating place. I had no idea they had such a variety of cats. They obviously love their cats and the cats were so healthy and active! We just made the last tour at 3:30 on a Friday and we learned so much. I really came away with a lot more knowledge about big cats, especially how critically endangered some are. That's one of the benefits of wildlife parks--we can see and appreciate these beautiful creatures.

Definitely worth the trip, and try to take the tour. We spent about an hour viewing the cats, then bought a toy of our favorite, the baby black panther! When we got home we made a donation to panthera.org, a charity that works to reserve the genetic integrity and future of big cats around the world.
Written February 16, 2020
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jnrbrainerd
Olympia, WA1 contribution
Apr 2021
My hubby and I went to Great Cats for something to do this Spring. We both loved it. The cats were active and interesting to watch. The antics of the 2 lions were hilarious.
We could take our time and amble around the park. There is a wide variety of cats to see and plenty of photo opportunities. One of the peacocks seemed to always want his picture taken.

The staff was very friendly and helpful. We will definitely take out of town visitors there this summer.
Written April 23, 2021
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Gill Family
Fortuna, CA9 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
We finally went to Cats after driving by it for years. We took our grandkis, all under 10, and had a tour. It was well worth the money to go too at least once. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. They allowed us to use their patio area to feed the kids lunch before we started and then check in for a tour. They have a great selection of cats and were very informative about each. They were also very receptive to questions.
Written April 2, 2022
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advisormom
Delray Beach, FL55 contributions
Saw this place, Great Cats World Park, in a newspaper article and since we were traveling south to California decided to take a side trip off I-5 out of Grants Pass to visit this park. It is only 40 min. from Grants Pass to Cave Junction and well worth it. The cats are treated humanely and the enclosures are large and have plants and things to keep the cats entertained so they are not bored. The cats are still wild but they have bonded with the trainer since he has raised them since they were cubs. The cats are trained and have been used in movies and photo shoots. There are behind the scenes tours which were fun and informative. We planned on staying an hour but ended up staying 3 hours and could have stayed longer but needed to start the rest of our trip. The trainer also went into the cages and explained how the cats are exercised so their bones and muscles stay healthy as well as their minds he said. If you are venturing in that direction it is well worth the side trip.
Written November 1, 2005
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Marla D
75 contributions
Apr 2017 • Solo
Couldn't wait to stop here!
We made extra time out of our way to go see these guys! Big Cats, how exciting!

Anyways, we walked in the building, the building had a gift shop and it was dark inside yet daylight outside. The girl was doing something with books or paperwork at a table off to the right. We stood around no one came to help and finally a few minutes later she asked us if she could help us. WOW, that took a while to even acknowledge us. :(
We asked to see the cats, she said we just missed the tour and there were no others. Thats okay, we just would like to see the cats? So we paid full admission but I did ask a few questions before entering the facility. I had asked if any were rescues? She said no. They use the animals for education and awareness purposes. I think thats great but none were rescued?She said no, we don't want to condone that. Im thinking, wait, then where do you get your animals??? They get them from others but not rescues??? I gave up?In in all honesty, she didn't want to talk.

Went to go see the cats and all of them except a couple, were pacing back and forth and it continued on and on. One big cat just cried for attention. She would come over and then walk away, come back and stay and then just walk back around. No one was around to talk to us and finally we just left cause it was very sad! Very sad indeed!!!!

When we exited, the girl was back at the table doing paperwork and she never looked up over or said goodbye. She was very rude in y opinion. They had a gift store to and Im a sucker for supporting cats but I wouldn't be a supporter here and if I was no one would acknowledge me to take my money. :(

I would NOT recommend this place unfortunately and I hope someone steps in for the animals sake and happiness.
Written May 3, 2017
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Hobo-rina
Southern Oregon1 contribution
This is an absolutely incredible big cat park. One of those wonderful surprises one stumble across. The park features 32 cats, 17 different species. Tours run all day, starting in the front enclosures with demostrations and continues into the back where you see the animals from five feet away. You can practically see the tonsils of the lion when he roars. Animals are well kept in immaculate enclosures. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Tour guides answer all questions and really show off the cats. Gift shop, picnic tables, shade, misters in the park, benches all over the place. Good for all ages. Highly recommend!
Written June 13, 2007
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nikstr
Los Angeles, CA61 contributions
Oct 2016 • Family
I had originally thought this place was a rescue place, but it's just a creepy circus-type place. The unfriendly tour guide used meat to entice the cats to come out and do tricks like show their teeth or climb up the cage. It was impressive to see the beautiful cats up close, but sad to think how tedious their lives must be.
Written October 4, 2016
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Head-elf
Federal Way10 contributions
Jun 2015 • Friends
We were very disappointed with the treatment of the animals and tour guide. She said it was all about the cats. Well that's the biggest thing we were concerned about. The cages were way too small. A two year old lion having to lay on drainage rocks and the big lion was lying on pallets. The tempature was almost 100 degrees and small metal water dishes in the sun. My 25 pound dog who lives inside has a bigger dish. The guide was terrible always yelling at the cats. She would pick favorite cats and give extra treats to them. Save your money it's very sad.
Written July 16, 2015
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Disgruntletraveler
Nelsonville, OH1 contribution
May 2015 • Family
I found this place to be terribly depressing (not to mention the staff rude). Were it a rescue organization, maybe I would feel differently, but they seem to be perpetuating the idea of magnificent animals as a source of our own amusement. Ever seen "Born Free"?
Written June 26, 2015
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  • Thu - Thu 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Fri - Wed 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM