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Mission: The CENTRAL FLORIDA ANIMAL RESERVE (CFAR) is a big cat & wildlife sanctuary focused on effective stewardship and meaningful relationships with our animal residents and educating the public at large.

Results: Improved financial stability by lowering expenses and increasing operating capital. Partnered with meat recycling vendors to lower one of our largest variable expenses. Collaborated with educational institutions of higher learning to provide on-site experiences for students.

Target demographics: Anyone who has looked at a big cat with awe and wonder.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 48 animal residents (lions, tigers, leopards, cougars)

Geographic areas served: Florida Region (on-site) Nationwide (education/consulting)

Programs: Animal Husbandry Education (multiple levels) Volunteer Program

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

I've been working with CFAR for two years. This is one of the most dedicated-nonstop-all for the animals groups I've ever worked with -- these 48 lions, tigers, cougars, and other big cats were rescued from a bad situation with their previous owner. All involved are volunteers faced with a huge challenge -- securing funding and moving the cats to a new location because the current location was rezoned residential. This group is on call 24/7.


Rating: 5

I have been with the previous organization and the "New and Improved" version, we have become for over 13 years. Working with these cats and my fellow volunteers has allowed me to see the world in a different light. This is a very dedicated group, which has the best interest of these cats and their "cousins" in the wild at heart. Getting to know the cats individually is an experience that can not be compared. Each species is unique. And within that each cat is unique. I find myself saying "this one is my favorite... and this one is my favorite..." How do you chose between your children. They are ALL my favorite. The cats, and the staff are "my family. I can't imagine life without CFAR.