In light of the recent lion attack in North Carolina, we visited the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Center Point to learn about safety at their facility.
The center’s founder and director says safety is something they take very seriously and they have a strict system they follow.
Anytime keepers need to enter an animal’s area, the cats are sectioned off behind a locked, sliding gate.
A supervisor checks everything before the keepers enter, and again when they leave, to make sure everything is secure.
“While a lot of them are quite friendly and quite well-socialized, that never means that they’re not dangerous and we do everything we can to prevent an accident,” says Joe Taft.
All of the keepers working at the center are professionals with backgrounds in biology or zoology.
A sidenote – the center is in need of straw, so if you have any to donate they’d be happy to take it off your hands.