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“First Big Cat Trip of Many More to Come!”

Panther Ridge Conservation Center
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: TOURS OF PANTHER RIDGE ARE REQUIRE RSVP. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. THANKS FOR YOUR COOPERATION. Tours of Panther Ridge are unlike those of any other facility. You will be personally guided from one exhibit to the next, amid beautifully landscaped enclosures. You will learn about each of our fabulous feline residents. By the end of the tour, you will have not only expanded your knowledge of our various species and the conservation efforts that are trying to save them, but will likely leave with the life stories of your new feline friends imprinted on your heart. Panther Ridge is not open to the public. Tours are available by appointment only. Pricing Pricing for the tours is as follows: Standard Tour : This tour is given by our knowledgeable staff and interns. (Minimum of 4 people for this tour) Adults : $25 Kids (12 and under) : $10 Directors Tour : This tour is given by the center director, Judy Berens. Judy provides an in-depth view into the lives of the cats and their current status at the center, all while interacting with them. (Minimum of 2 people for this tour) Adults : $50 Kids (12 and under) : $20 Photographer's Tour : This tour is given by the center director, Judy Berens. This is a unique opportunity to get close-up photographs of our felines. Judy will not only provide information on the cat's history, but also work with the cats to position them, within their enclosures, for ideal photographic opportunities. All photographs are taken from a safe distance, and shot through chain link fencing. Photographer Tour : $400.00 (This price includes up to 4 photographers.) Additional Photographers : $50.00 / Pp Additional Tour Information All tours are walking tours. Guest will be required to walk along stepping stones and over some slightly uneven terrain. Nothing about the walk is strenuous. All visitors are required to stay at a pre-determined safe distance. At no time will guests interact with any of the cats physically. Each tour last approximately 2 hours. (The standard tour is approximately 1 hour) Groups of ten or more, please call for special rates. We accept cash, check, and credit card.
Estero, Florida
1 review
“First Big Cat Trip of Many More to Come!”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

What a phenomenal experience! My husband & I love big cats and when we found out there was a sanctuary for cats a couple hours away, we jumped at the opportunity. We called and scheduled a private tour with Judy and although we had an idea of what we were going to see and experience, we under estimated the impact this journey gave us. It was great to hear the stories of all of the cats and see their different dispositions & personalities. We will definitely make this trip again and have told everyone we know that it is an experience you will never forget!

Visited November 2012
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Coconut Creek, Florida
1 review
“Awsome Day!!”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

This is truely an amazing place.Judy was wonderful and the work her and her staff are doing is endless. Driving in and being greeted by Charlie (a cheetah) was was just the beginning of our great day. On a private tour we learned about each cat, how old they were,how they arrived there and Judy was in the inclosure with most of them. All the cats were eager to see us and we watched our son play hide-n-seek with a Jaguar. For anyone who loves big cats this is a must. Once you visit you'll want stay connected and get involved.

Visited September 2012
Thank Debi G
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Lake Park, Florida
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“Big cat sanctuary”
Reviewed April 12, 2012

Considering the space, it is well maintained and the staff very friendly. Nice to see a panther up close. Did not realise animal was that big!

Visited November 2011
Thank Agnes R
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Lake Worth, FL
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Reviewed February 2, 2012

We went to the Sanctuary in a small group of 10. Judy never let us actually pet the cats, although she had no qualms about getting in their cages. They are well taken care of, well fed, much loved, and absolutely gorgeous. The owner/manager also keeps a "house cat" - a full grown lion! who's a charmer. A very distinctive and informative tour by someone who obviously loves her wild cats.

Thank Sheila P
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Edgewater, Florida, United States
1 review
“Wow - what great cats!!!”
Reviewed January 20, 2012

Our visit to Panther Ridge was very enjoyable and informative. Judy's one on one relationship with her cats is absolutely spectacular. This is a nice opportunity to observe some of nature's most beautiful creatures up close and personal. If you enjoy larger cats and want a nice place to visit include Panther Ridge in your travel agenda. We won't ever forget Charly, Amos, Duma or Bella.

Visited December 2011
Thank Kristin W
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