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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: To provide educational information and tours to inform the public about the growing conservation needs of wild exotic cats. To provide a lifetime home and superior care for abandoned, neglected, or abused exotic felines.

Programs: Provided educational information and tours to the public informing them about the problems associated with captive exotic cats and the growing conservation needs of wild exotic cats. Operated a facility that provides lifetime homes and superior care to 15 previously abandoned, neglected or abused exotic felines.

Community Stories

81 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of touring Panther Ridge Conservation Center last week. The grounds are beautiful, and the two-acre enclosure that Charlie the Cheetah has to roam is particularly impressive. The tour was very up-close and informative about the history and unique characteristics of the nineteen exotic cats in Panther Ridge. My tour took place a few weeks after Hurricane Irma, and it was fascinating to learn about the extreme care and concern that the staff exercised to ensure the safety of all the cats throughout the hurricane. The owner, Judy, head-keeper, Sadie, and entire staff of Panther Ridge are obviously dedicated to these cats, and it was truly a great experience to tour such an excellent facility.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the chance to tour Panther Ridge recently and was beyond impressed. The grounds and enclosures were extremely well maintained. It was very clear that the keepers truly enjoy caring for each animal there. Jamie was highly knowledgable about each cat and the bond that she has with the animals was a wonderful thing to witness. I look forward to returning in the future and highly recommend anyone who is ever in the area to stop by for a tour.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Panther Ridge Conservation Center in Wellington Florida is an absolute Gem. Our visit there was truly amazing. The facility, grounds and enclosures are beautifully maintained. The tour lets a person experience the grandeur of these magnificent animals up close. Our tour guide, Jamie, was very charming and presented us with interesting facts an stories about each species we encountered.
It is very obvious when touring Panther Ridge the high quality of love and care the staff provides for it's residents. I encourage everyone to book a tour at Panther Ridge Conservation Center, it is an experience to be treasured.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I did a tour with Jamie. I have to say it was amazing to see all these cats up close and to see the zoo keeper interact with them. She was very knowledgeable about all the cats. You could tell immediately that it wasn't just a job to her. The facility was clean and the animals were very well taken care of. To watch how the cats responded to the staff told you they were all treated so well. I tell everyone about our trip here and recommend it for anyone who has a chance to visit. We will definitely go again the next time we are in Florida.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I had a lovely experience at panther ridge. The cats were so beautiful and well kept - you can tell they are extremely loved by all the staff members! It was amazing to see how clean the enclosures are - everything put away and not one woodchip out of place. The team was knowledgeable about the cats - from their species classification to silly stories of how Meeka still enjoys sucking on thumbs!

Definitely a grand experience and would recommend visiting if in the area.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I recently went on an amazing tour of Panther Ridge Conservation Center in Wellington, Florida. The big cats were beautiful and so well cared for. The enclosures were meticulously kept. The staff was knowledgeable and had great respect for these animals. We learned a lot about the background of each cat and interesting facts about the various breeds. My husband and I debated which was our favorite big cat, Charlie the cheetah or Mateo the jaguar, but realized we were taken with all of them. Thanks to all at Panther Ridge for providing such a fascinating tour. I would highly recommend this experience to everyone!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my tour at Panther Ridge Conservation Center. The staff is very knowledgeable and the cats are magnificent.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excellent staff and exceptional cats! You can really see the effort and dedication the employees/ staff put forth in caring for the majestic creatures! I would recommend them to anyone and everyone! Thank you again for an amazing time! Special shoutout to the petite brunette with the most amazing heart and eyes that cares for the cats and their homes! Keep up the excellent work!

1 Roya S.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Me and my family had a great experience at the panther ridge tour! The employees were knowledgeable and the tour was very informative and fascinating. We loved getting close to the panthers in a non zoo setting!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have visited Panther Ridge at least 15 times over the past 10 years and I must say that it's the most excellent wonderful place that I have EVER been to. It is immaculate! The cats are family and are treated like royalty. If you have the ability to donate ANY amount to Panther Ridge, your funds help to continue the care these animals deserve. Every dollar goes to feed and maintain this rescue. Vet bills are very expensive for these cats and they need all the help that you can give. Please donate today. Judy Behrens is one of the best people I know! She and her volunteers do a remarkable job!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just spent two days there taking a workshop. I was able to spend theme with the majestic cats and get to know their care givers. The people there led by Judy Beren, are dedicated and loving. They work tirelessly to insure the cats are physically healthy, mentally and emotionally healthy and the facility is impeccable. Please make regular donations and urge others to do so as well.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been coming down to Lake Worth to visit family for over 10 years and had no idea Panther Ridge existed until May 2016 when I read an article in The Grapevine, a community magazine, highlighting the Culture Club's tour of Panther Ridge Conservation Center, a 501 C(3) Not For Profit organization.

I was so impressed by what I read about Panther Ridge that I sent Judy Berens an email requesting an appointment for the Director's tour as soon as possible explaining how I was leaving FL within the week.

Judy called me the next day to schedule my tour which I took the following day. Judy was very pleasant and willing to accommodate my time frame.

I read a lot about Panther Ridge before my tour as I've always been an animal lover with a long history of having had many, many cats over the years and I was interested in seeing and learning more about the exotic and endangered cats at Panther Ridge.

While driving to Panther Ridge I couldn't help but notice that Panther Ridge Conservation Center is in the heart of horse country in Wellington, FL. The beautiful ride to Panther Ridge was surpassed when I drove through the metal gate onto the magnificent grounds of Panther Ridge.

The $100 Director's tour gave me the history of Panther Ridge and an education about each of the resident exotic cats. It's amazing how much Judy knows about each cat, the level of her commitment to taking care of these cats for life and her determination to help save the endangered Cheetahs.

I was so impressed with Judy, her mission and Panther Ridge that I gave a donation in addition to paying for the Director's tour.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

First of all I have to say that my Father was a zoo vet back in the 1960s, so I have been visiting zoos for decades wherever I can find them and I have a sense of when animals are well cared for and happy. I have never seen big cats so well-cared for as those at Panther Ridge.

To begin with, although close to several large towns,Panther Ridge is secluded enough that there is peace and quite for the animals. The grounds are immaculately maintained and the animals' enclosures are in great shape and very clean. Each has been built to to provide its inhabitants with opportunities for enrichment - sufficient space to move, explore, play - all done with largely natural materials - there are bushes to hide in, trees to climb, and for some a stream and pool to play in.

The first cat we met was "Charlie" the Cheetah - ok, so the name is a little hokey, but Charlie is a people cat. Stand by his multi-acre enclosure and he comes over to see the tourists and then he starts purring! He is just so happy to have visitors that he purrs and purrs and purrs and sits to be admired.

The care that these animals receive shows in their physical condition - they are sleek and their coats gleam. Amos,the black leopard is a magnificent animal whose coat almost glows! It's almost as if he is wearing a coat of black oil because he is so shiny.

In many zoos and sanctuaries the animals exhibit signs of boredom - rubbing or grooming themselves raw or pacing. Panther Ridge's cats show no sign of these negative or nervous behaviors - while they spend time resting, as do big cats in the wild, they are alert and visible. They seem to be almost as interested in the humans who come to see them as are the humans. They show no signs of being abused or of learned fear of humans. It seems clear that these animals are well-cared for and treated with the respect that they deserve.

The staff is very knowledgeable. Ask a them a question and you get a response that is appropriate to the level of interest. Ask a follow-up question and you get more information. The Executive Director, Judy Berens, is a walking encyclopedia of big cat information all delivered pleasantly.

This place is a jewel and anyone interested in observing the beauty of big cats or interested in helping these animals survive should visit.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Absolutely breathtaking rescue of exotic big cats! My family enjoyed watched each of the cats be fed on the tour. Thank God for Judy who finds a large place in her heart for these beautiful creatures. The facility is spotless and the animals extremely well cared for. Jamie, our tour guide, was very knowledgable and sweet. We will definitely be back. I highly recommend it!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great place be sure to visit on your next trip to Florida! You can tell the animals at this facility are well-cared for and loved. The two staff members that gave us the tour were very informative and you could tell they cared very much for all the cats. The cats are given plenty of room to roam in their spaces. It is really a unique experience to be able to get so close to these beautiful animals. You are much closer than you would ever get at a regular zoo. Not to be missed!

(A tip- you will pull up to a gate where you will see a house and you will need to call/text to get the passcode to enter ..but you are in the right place)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Beautiful facility with lots of landscaping & shade, super clean, with happy cats, each with a well suited enclosure that includes toys, fans, and sometimes a roommate!
Would recommend a tour!
My husband & I toured it today & learned a lot about members of the large cat family. Very educational for all ages!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great place to visit. Beautiful well kept animals. Educational tour with knowledgeable team.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Panther Ridge Conservation Center is is beautiful facility and the cats are clearly very well cared for. The tours provide you with an up close view of several species along with each individual's story. Visiting Panther Ridge is a great experience for animal lovers!

Sophia11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing private tour! Sadie our tour guide was so knowledgeable and went the extra mile to give us information. All of the cats were well taken care of and it was amazing to see them up close and watch them play. Amazing experience!!

1 Chris225

Donor

Rating: 5

My Wife's fascination with big cats lead us to a tour of Panther Ridge on a recent visit to Florida. I was personally blown away by this place and the staff. This isn't just a place for this incredible animals to exists, it's a staff and environment that I think would well exceed anyones expectations of care and love for this cats. The cats live better than I do. The grounds are immaculate. The cats are not only incredible to see up close but the depth of knowledge and caring from Judy and her staff including interns Alexis and Sadie was impressive. I HIGHLY recommend you visit this place if your in South Florida.