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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

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Lori16


Rating: 5

To me CFAR (Central Florida Animal Reserve) is an organization that exists to provide homes for animals (primarily big cats) which selfish people have taken on as babies and then once they tire of the responsibility or the cat (per se) becomes too big for them to adequately maintain, then they decide they don't want it any longer (thereby shirking the responsibility they originally signed up for). These CFAR folks work their tails off and do what they can for these abandoned and / abused animals with donation money they receive from folks like you and me. Many thanks to the affiliates of CFAR for all that they do for the animals.

WillingSpirit H.


Rating: 5

I became aware of CFAR years ago when my dear friend The late Johnny Gammone volunteered there.
I lived the experience through his eyes as he was there almost daily.
My son grew up on the photos of the animals and the stories about them. This made a difference in our life. Since his passing I donate what little I can.
While encouraging others to donate also.

When it comes to things in life that matter,
CFAR is one of them.

Jeanmarie B Willingspirit

Frances R.


Rating: 5

The Central Florida Animal Reserve (CFAR) is dedicated to helping and caring for big cats. This non-profit facility helps big cats from life-threatening situations, exploitation, and inappropriate living conditions.
These cats are in need of donations to move to a new facility before time runs out on their current location. Their care givers are awesome and very helpful. I am a current member and went to their appreciation day in January and loved seeing and hearing about the big cats. They are truely magnificent creatures and could use our help. Visit them at http://www.cflar.org/ and see how you can help. No donation or help is too small or too big. Hugs and love to all


Rating: 5

CFAR is great. I so hope they can move to Forever Florida, I think it would be a great location. I love being a member and the open-houses are superb.


Rating: 5

CFAR is a great non profit group taking care of rescued Big Cats. The animals are very well cared for and loved. The volunteers donate their time and money to see that everything is done for the great cats. They are needing to move the Big Cats to a new location in September 2012 and need money to build the cages the Cats will live in. Please endorse CFAR in this endeavor.