Definitely worth it; there's a drive, $30 donation, mud (only if recently rained) and about 2 hrs on your feet, but this is a sweet deal for a once in a lifetime type event (unless you're local, then you could go as often as you like).
Pros: - Tigers. Lots of tigers. Wrt animals, only the good stuff here.
- Once in a lifetime opportunity for most people; to be that close to these full grown or cute baby big cats - see them eat, feel the reverbrations in your chest of a roar, appreciate their beautiful coloring, strength, size, playfulness and learn some factoids even animal enthusiasts might not know.
- Interact with people who appear to genuinely care deeply for the welfare of these animals. Most are rescues; neglected/mistreated or rejects from breeders. Defintely better off here than where they were before. The back stories of the animals are pretty endearing.
Cons: - Started 30 min late waiting for a large group (group's fault, not tour's).
- 2 hrs on your feet mostly standing "no running allowed"; a little muddy and you have to stay with the group.
- We went Thanksgiving weekend and, after a warm sunny day, it got pretty cold towards the end of the tour.
- For such large, healthy looking animals, the enclosures seem small. I'm not sure how they are better off than at a zoo.
- No picture taking. Still doesn't make sense to me.
- And, worst of all; look, but don't touch. No petting allowed:(
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