T & D's Cats of the World

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T & D's Cats of the World
4.5
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jln1992
Pennsylvania28 contributions
Off the beaten path
Oct 2020
Great santuary with lots of animals big and small to see. Staff took time to tell you the animals stories and how they came to be a part of this place. Was a nice day and had a nice experience, would recommend.
Written 10 September 2021
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Lori F
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Victoria's Birthday Gathering
Sep 2020
I especially loved Thor The Lion -- and his roar that could be heard throughout the land, and all the animals responding!
Written 29 September 2020
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Terry B
Lock Haven, PA31 contributions
Surprising collection in a nice environment with good staff.
Aug 2019 • Family
The facility specializes in providing a safe environment for WILD animals that have been stolen from their natural environment and an attempt was made to raise them as pets. It works for a while, but as the animals mature they stop being pets and often become too wild and rambunctious to keep as pets. But too used to humans and often physically abused so they cannot be returned to the wild. I think they do a really nice job of providing an environment where the animals can if not thrive be left alone but still give us the chance to observe them up close. NO joke, lions, tigers, bears “oh My”, and foxes, bobcats, Linux, serval, coyotes, wolf dog hybrids, a nice selection of monkeys and several types of lemur. Aviary not open the day we visited but worth a trip back for thAt. They do a really great job and I left happy to see that someone is trying to help these animals.
Written 3 August 2019
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oliveremily
Elkins Park, PA133 contributions
What a wonderful place!
Jul 2019 • Family
We visited T & D’s with our 6 year old and some adult friends. Everyone was delighted with the tour. This is a true refuge that puts the welfare of all the animals there before everything else. Our fantastic guide, Jennifer, was a member of the family that founded the refuge and she made each animal’s quirks and charms come to light. In some cases she was able to share the story of an animal’s life before the came to T & D’s. We were lucky to visit on a cloudy morning when lots of animals (including the bears, tigers, and one of the lions) were up and active. We also got to hear the lion roaring, which was unforgettable!
Written 7 July 2019
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J F
Millmont, PA18 contributions
A place to visit for all ages
Jun 2018 • Couples
Wonderfully peaceful walk through a natural setting with the ability to see many exotic animals up close. This is a sanctuary for over 300 mammals and hundreds of birds who were abused, unwanted or illegally owned.
Written 7 May 2019
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Philip G
Hershey, PA109 contributions
Loved it but get some Human Training
May 2019 • Family
Place was wonderful and would recomend and we would go again but the staff has got to stop yelling at 6 year olds and maybe address their parents first. And we thought our kids, yes 6 were age appropriate and excited. We want to come to you, dont give us a reason not to. Your place, commitment and animals are amazing just get those human ones to be the same!
Written 4 May 2019
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CoachKim
PA35 contributions
Enjoyeded sanctuary but guide was bit rude!
Aug 2018 • Family
We (daughter and I) for weekday tour, the weather kept many of the animals out of sight (shade, in enclosures) but enjoyed those that were out. The guide was knowledgeable and enjoyed hearing how T & D aquired many of the animals. There are some simple rules to follow which led to a confrontation with a woman there with her son. The woman was taking a picture of a coyote and waving (not exaggerated but just waving) and talking to the coyote and the guide started yelling at her to stop "clicking" at the animal and making noises. The woman tried to defend herself but the guide talked over her and I know the woman was embarrassed and did not say another word or try to take another picture. I tried to reassure her but damage was done. I understand the rules and why they are in place but the woman's actions were not even acknowledged by the animal and did not seem over the line to the rest of us. The tour felt a bit like we were in elementary school, "don't walk ahead/in front of me", "no talking while I am speaking" and couldn't check out another animal near the one she was talking about. Maybe this guide was having a bad day and if not should maybe tone it down a bit to make the guests feel more comfortable. The efforts of this santuary are to be commended and hearing the animals stories made it etter than a trip to your average zoo. If you are an animal lover, check it out.
Written 17 August 2018
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laurhoff
Shamokin, PA13 contributions
Bill
Aug 2018 • Family
Awesome place to spend an afternoon! It’s an opportunity to see a variety of rescued wildlife at close proximity and learn about the animals from the friendly staff.
Written 6 August 2018
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Mom0nga
Pennsylvania40 contributions
A True Hidden Gem for Animals in Need
Jun 2018 • Family
With so many fake "sanctuaries" and roadside zoos out there, I am very picky about the animal attractions I visit. Fortunately, T&D's is the real deal! They are one of the only facilities in the state that truly provides a caring lifelong home to exotic animals that were abused, abandoned, confiscated, or otherwise left homeless.

Despite the name, T&D’s is home to more than just cats. Lions, tigers, otters, foxes, lemurs, monkeys, wolves, birds, bears, and binturong are just a few of the species living at the sanctuary. Most of the big cats and bears have natural, multi-acre enclosures which make for great photos -- it really looks like they're in their natural habitats! The animals are so at ease in their surroundings that they'll often rest right next to the fence, allowing you to safely get within 4 feet of a tiger, lion, etc.

I visit T&D's every year and it’s amazing to watch these animals heal. For example, Thor the lion arrived from a private zoo as a gravely ill, malnourished cub. Thanks to T&D's excellent vet care, today he's a healthy, happy lion with a magnificent mane, a loud roar, and a pride of lioness companions.

While T&D’s is a wonderful place to visit, it’s not a zoo. As a true sanctuary, the animals always come first, not the humans. Enclosures are left “natural” with lots of brush and tall grass, so you really have to look for the animals, just like a real safari. All animals always have access to an indoor den, so you may not see every animal on every visit. Running, yelling, and horseplay are strictly prohibited for the well-being of the animals, and the paths can be muddy or rough at times. Because many of the animals have had traumatic pasts, some display stereotypical behaviors, and the newer residents may still be frightened or recovering from illness or injury. This can be difficult to see, but is a powerful reminder that these animals should never have been kept as “pets” or exploited for profit in the first place.

Other than these caveats, the visitor experience is wonderful. Unlike many places, you're welcome to bring your own lunch to eat in a picnic area outside. They have a great gift shop with unique animal-themed gifts for all ages, with proceeds benefiting the animals. T&D's receives no government funding, so it relies almost completely on donations and proceeds from admission/gift shop sales.

Overall, a wonderful place to view exotic wildlife while supporting a legitimate animal sanctuary!
Written 24 June 2018
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KTB55
Allentown, PA17 contributions
My Favorite Place in the World
Sep 2017 • Couples
My husband & I have been volunteering at T&D's for over 20 years when we are able. It's TRULY all about the animals at their Forever Home. We've come to know the family and they are wholeheartedly dedicated to this mission. We've been there in every season and their devotion holds strong in Mother's most extreme conditions. The animals are SO well cared for - physically, mentally, and emotionally. My favorites are always the tigers, but the variety of the population is constantly growing and Terry, Jen and TJ see to it that everyone has the best environment. Please visit and see this wonderful place and support their efforts!
Written 28 April 2018
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