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Panther Ridge Conservation Center
January 10, 2011

Panther Ridge is a rescue / retirement home for big cats. I visited Panther Ridge several times before becoming a volunteer there. I learned about the animals and their history, as well as their ailments. As an amateur photographer, I've arranged several outings for a local group of over 800 members to Panther Ridge.

The one thing I have noticed about Panther Ridge is how clean all the habitats are. I have never seen a sanctuary this clean. The enclosures are cleaned daily by use of a lock-out. The animals are fed in their lock-out while trained volunteers can go in and clean. The next thing you notice is how happy the animals are. There is a true love bond between the owner and the animals and with the volunteers. You know you've made it into their heart, when a cougar chirps as you approach the habitat.

The animals have enrichment toys that always draws laughter from visitors. I consider it a true honor to volunteer there.


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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Wellington, Florida.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them promote their causes and get the word out of their existence. They are truly a hidden treasure of Florida.

More feedback

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It taught me a lot of big cats, and how they communicate.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

You cannot put a price on the experience. When you are in proximity of these amazing animals, you cannot help but to feel great.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I arranged photography tours, and helped promote support adoptions.