About the Cats
How many cats are at Panther Ridge?
At present, we have 18 cats, but the number fluctuates. The cats are with us for life, and it is inevitable that we will lose some of our dear old friends. That is when we open our hearts and accept new faces into the Panther Ridge fold.
What species live at Panther Ridge?
We currently have panthers, jaguars, leopards, clouded leopards, servals, ocelots, a caracal and a cheetah.
What do the cats eat?
Every cat has a diet that is specially formulated to enhance their health. We feed an assortment of meats including horse, beef, lamb, venison, rabbit, chicken and whole prey ( rats, mice and chicks ). All of our food comes from premium suppliers – we purchase all of our food. We NEVER feed live.
How much does it cost to keep the cats?
Food, veterinary care, and enclosure maintenance, are the biggest expenditures. We have only one employee and several excellent volunteers with an abundance of experience. Overall, it costs approximately $150,000 per year to keep Panther Ridge running. We have no administrative costs or salaries. All of the donations we receive go directly to the care of the animals.
How long do the cats live?
This varies by specie and the background of the cat before it came to Panther Ridge. Cheetahs, for example, generally do not have a long life span, and leopards can live into their 20’s. Basically, the cats live as long as our domestic cats do, and fall victim to all of the diseases that end their lives – kidney failure, liver failure, cancer, arthritic conditions etc. Needless to say, losing one is very sad.
Can I volunteer?
Yes, if you are 18 or over. We prefer volunteers who have had internships at zoos or other sanctuaries, but you can also help if you are good on the computer or enjoy landscaping. Please contact us for an application.
What else can I do to help?
There are several ways you can help our the cats of Panther Ridge.
Do you offer tours of Panther Ridge?
Yes we do. Panther Ridge is not open to the general public, but we do offer private tours for individuals and small groups. Check out our Tours page for more details. We look forward to seeing you.