My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Exotic Feline Breeding Compound, Inc., Rosamond, CA, USA
I first went up to the "Cathouse" almost twenty years ago - it was a small band of volunteers with a dream - to provide a place for the great cats of the world. The neat part was it was free, and anyone could join in and help. Well, I lived too far away, and didn't have the time or money. Then in 2003 I was reminded of this facility, and was pleased to hear they had survived. I had the means and the time now, and so I headed up to volunteer - current sight unseen. I was pleased and overwhelmed by the changes that people had made - not rich people, but just people. Students, elderly, boy scouts, infants, all pulled together to create an Oasis of hope in the high desert. Current admission is still very low, and the value is tremendous. It is cat nirvana.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
many ways. Captive breeding of endangered felines gives me hope - not just for the cats, but for people too. People care, and do the right thing - the EFBC-FCC is proof. With 31 of 36 wild cat species losing ground every year in the wild, the need for proper care, nutrition, and a safe place to procreate is an absolute neccessity in this day and age. They continue that high level of care to the oldest of the felines that live there too - even breaking a record for longevity of an Amur Leopard cat.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
open more of the same in as many places as I could find. Limited cage space limits the genetic pool. Only one wild cat species is currently considered "safe" in captivity. That makes 35 that are not, and many that are critically endangered in the wild have little hope if not for people that care for them directly. Captive conservation offers hope, but it requires people that care, 365 days a year, 24/7. The people of the EFBC-FCC inspire that in me, and I hope you too.