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Panther Ridge Conservation Center

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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

102 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Gail H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing rescue organization -
Cats are well cared for and are obviously thriving - having been rescued from the pet trade, from illegal circuses or “simply” abused by those who were previously supposed to care for them! Some endangered species and hopefully some new cubs to continue the species before our grandchildren can only read about them! Many more people should visit and learn about these magnificent animals! Well done Panther Ridge!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome awesome place, beautiful cats and very well cared for.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a fun place! Love all the cats and the staff is super knowledgeable and friendly

Kyle S.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My girlfriend and I had the best experience.
The love and attention Lisa showed the cats was nothing other than inspiring. I reccomend a guided tour to everyone.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

An immaculate facility with some of the happiest animals I've ever seen!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Took a private tour here and was impressed by how well kept the grounds were and the enclosures. Very educational as Judy is a wealth of information about each and every cat. You can tell she loves these cats and they are her passion.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Panther Ridge was incredible! The staff are very knowledgeable and the cats are well taken care of! You can tell they are loved! Such a wonderful experience!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family visited Panther Ridge because our son has loved cheetahs and big cats for several years. This conservation center offered a tour with the head keeper, Sadie, that was exceptional! Her expertise in making sure we got to know each cats' story made this an inspirational and educational experience. It was abundantly clear that these cats are well cared for and loved! Judy, the owner, shared her time with us when we met Charlie, the ambassador cheetah. He was docile and seemed to enjoy seeing my son and his stuffed cheetah, Speedy. My son used his birthday money to adopt Charlie, and he hopes to adopt more of the big cats in the future! We were very grateful to have this experience and would highly recommend visiting Panther Ridge if you are in the South Florida area, and/or consider making a donation or adopting one of their amazing big cats! My son has asked us to frame his adoption certificate and beautiful photograph of Charlie to hang in his room. We will definitely do that very soon!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Panther Ridge is a one of a kind facility. All their exotic cats are so well taken care of and it shows through the dedication of Judy, her zookeepers and interns. If you love exotic cats you can’t miss this educational personal tour!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If I could give more than five stars, I certainly would. I highly recommend this facility to adults and children of all ages. The head keeper tour was intriguing and filled with a lot of great information about each cat. The facility is very well kept and the staff is very pleasant and personable. The cats obviously stole the show and this experience was like none other. You get an intimate experience and even have the option to meet some of the cats. I opted for the clouded leopard encounter and I would recommend it to anyone that asked. By far, one of the best things I've ever experienced and the photos that were taken for me were a huge plus. It was great to see how comfortable and happy the cats were and the love that Panther Ridge has for them. If you get the chance, book a tour and/or an encounter here. It will not disappoint! Thank you for all that you do Panther Ridge! I will be back sooner rather than later.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Panther Ridge is a wonderful facility, all of the cats are spoiled rotten, the staff is extremely knowledgeable and their operation is spotless.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Unforgettable experience that’s both fascinating and educational! Highly recommend!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Absolutely wonderful experience visiting this facility. They obviously put in much time and effort to ensure that all their residents are happy, healthy and entertained. The staff is amazing and you can tell by talking with them how much they love the cats and being able to spend time with them - which is reciprocated by the cats to the staff. They want to make sure you learn about each one and from where they came and about how they live, both there and in the wild, which I think is a good thing as education is what can lead to change. I fully enjoyed my time out there and look very much forward to visiting again.

Emory E H.

Donor

Rating: 5

Had the awesome privledge to visit Panther Ridge in Wellington FL! These are some of the finest facilities for the most majestic animals ever! All around grade A+ from teachers to owner of facility to just beautiful felines! I can't wait to go back and learn more!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Panther Ridge as an interspecies communicator. I have seen first hand the loving care these big cats are given. Their glossy coats and loving response to their care givers is proof that they are happy and well provided for. Judy Berens, owner, is dedicated to providing for them on all levels - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. She sees them as unique individuals who are deserving of being honored and well served. Their enclosures are immaculate, they have access to climbing, swimming, playing, etc. I consider myself fortunate to have experienced this unique facility.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Panther Ridge is not only a rescue and conservation, but a home and an amazing home at that! The cats that live on property are so obviously well taken care of and loved. I've personally been on multiple tours at this facility and every time I am amazed all over again by the hard work and dedication that goes into caring for these animals. I've never seen a more beautiful and clean environment. Defiantly an amazing experience. Great for all group ages and very reasonably priced!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This facility goes above and beyond in the care they give their animals. It's always very well maintained and you can tell how much the staff loves what they do.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Panther Ridge is a lovely facililty that is highly dedicated to the care of their felines. The cats here are given the best care possible and the cleanliness of this facility is immaculate. This facility is a great place to visit with friends, family, etc. for a fun yet informative experience. Guests get an up close view of each of the cats and a personal tour guide to provide information on each of the cats backgrounds and all about the cat species and conservation statuses. I would highly recommend touring Panther Ridge and supporting the work that takes place here.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Panther Ridge Conservation Center is a great place where the cats come first! The staff are friendly, passionate, and knowledgeable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Panther Ridge is an amazing facility to its resident felids. You can definitely tell a great amount of work and care goes into each cats well-being. The scheduled appointments allow for an intimate experience that you wouldn’t necessarily find at other facilities. I would highly recommend paying a visit to Panther Ridge.