Catching Up Blog Post #2: Tigers for Tomorrow

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Summary: On Saturday, April 2, Sarah, Maryam, and I went to see Tigers for Tomorrow down in Dekalb county. This is a briefish write up.

BLOT: (10 Apr 2016 - 12:09:09 PM)

Catching Up Blog Post #2: Tigers for Tomorrow

It will make sense why this is "catching up #2" when I get around to posting #1, hopefully tomorrow. Just wanted to go back and fill in some gaps I would have, any year before this year, written about and make sure there is some record of them. On April 2, two Saturdays ago, I went down to see Tigers for Tomorrow, in Dekalb County, with Sarah and Maryam. Maryam wanted to see tigers, and I remembered that place being close by. I had no idea what to expect, frankly, but it seemed like it would be fun. We opted for a Private Tour, which is more expensive but allows you to take photographs and have a guide. They do not want you to share photos of the animals, mind you, so I will only share this one, which is a pretty good summation of the day: Maryam (closest to the camera) looking towards the big cats [in this case, a lion], Sarah (furtherest from the camera) talking shop with the tour guide, and me behind the camera sort of doing my own thing and drifting around.

Three women against a fence looking at an off-camera lion

They have a good number of tigers, a trio of lions, a couple of ligers, a few bears [mostly black with one grizzly], some wolves, and a few other assorted animals. Many of the animals are either rescue animals or animals raised in captivity that were transferred to the place where they can have an easier, cared-for life. It is not quite a zoo in a number of ways, but it is also not exactly not-a-zoo. You cannot pet the animals, besides a few goats and a pig and a cow, but you can spend some time looking at them. Some of the animals like to put on a show - the grizzly bear especially - but most kind of do their own thing. If you are looking for an exciting trip with lots of action from the animals, maybe this isn't the place for you, but if you like to go and just appreciate big cats and such, then it is nice.

I don't have much else to say about it, besides that I would recommend it if you are in the area. The non-tour version only costs about $15, I think. I would still recommend you upgrading to the more expensive private tour ($30 per person, minimum of $120) if you are the kind of person who wants to ask about the animals and take photos while in the park. There is also a gift shop you can visit and pick up some souvenirs or make a donation.

To share my four favorite memories, they would be this:

If I go again, it will probably be a not-private-tour style, so I can spend more time just wandering my own path. I have enough photos to remember it well by. I will honor their wishes for me to not post them publicly, but if you know me, and have a chance to look at them, just ask. I'll show them to you.


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