Q.  How do I schedule a visit to the Wild Felid Advocacy Center?
A: Visiting the Center is easy, and scheduling is done entirely online. You will be scheduling your visit through our reservation partner.

Q: Do I have to purchase a reservation in advance?
A: Yes. Please do not arrive without making a reservation.  The Center is only open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Q: Where is the Wild Felid Advocacy Center located?
A: We have a Shelton, WA address - however we are located on the northern end of Harstine Island.  Our address is:  3111 E Harstine Island Rd N.  We suggest that you do not rely on GPS.

Q: Can my organization receive free tickets for a raffle or auction?
A: The Wild Felid Advocacy Center is a nonprofit organization that receives no state or government funding. In order to provide high-quality care for our residents, we depend on every dollar
we earn through our  tours and programs. We appreciate your understanding that we are therefore unable to provide free tour tickets.

Q: Can my group or organization get a special discount?
A: The Wild Felid Advocacy Center is a nonprofit organization that receives no state or government funding. In order to provide high-quality care for our residents, we depend on every dollar
we earn through our  tours and programs. We appreciate your understanding that we are therefore unable to provide special discounts.

Q: Can I make a donation?
A: Of course!   Did you know it costs $15.00 to feed a tiger for a day? Caring for our animals is no small job, and the Wild Felid Advocacy Center receives no government funding. All gifts are
greatly appreciated. The Conservators Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN# 38-3771133) and all donations are tax deductible. Learn more about donating

Q: What should I wear?
A: The Wild Felid Advocacy Center is an outdoor facility that was built, first and foremost, with the care and well-being of our animal residents in mind. We have an unpaved, barked pathways.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. Please check the weather before your visit, and dress appropriately for the temperature.

Q: Can I take photos and videos of the animals?
A: No.  You can purchase one of our USBs with over 150 outstanding professional photos taken at the Center.

Q: Does anyone have hands-on contact with your animals? Can I touch them?
A: Guests are not permitted to touch or handle our animals at any point on their tour. We are serious about safety; any visitor who touches or makes an attempt to touch any of our animals will
be asked to leave.

Animal-handling responsibility is left to a small number of highly trained staff who maintain an appropriate level of contact with certain animals that allows them to provide for husbandry needs.
For the big cats, this allows our keepers to accomplish medical care through the fence (this is called “protected contact”) in a manner that reduces stress to the animal, negating the need for
unnecessary anesthesia or tranquilizing to achieve simple but critical husbandry goals, like administering oral medicine and vaccines. Some staff members are trained for full contact with
smaller species, which also allows them to provide basic medical care without putting an animal under anesthesia.

Q: What happens if it rains or snows?
A: Our tours are rain or shine.  Tickets are non-refundable.

Q: Are there any age restrictions?
A: No. However, if you are bringing a small child, please keep their attention span, energy level, and general needs (such as meals and naps) in mind when you select a tour time. Please plan
to be considerate of our other guests if your child becomes disruptive.

Q: Are the animals in enclosures, or do we drive through the facility?
A: The Center is not a drive-through facility with animals that roam. Our residents are housed in habitats that are constructed and outfitted to meet the specific needs of the residents housed
within. There are barriers on our path
s to remind you to maintain an appropriate distance.

Q: How much walking is involved?
A: Our tour path meanders over approximately 5 acres.  These paths are covered in soft bark.  Terrain is generally flat.  There are 'rest stops' along the way.

Q: Can I bring a stroller, wheelchair or scooter?
A: No.  We do not allow these inside the park.  Our tour paths are soft natural bark, which would make for a very difficult ride with risks of tipping or getting stuck.

Q: Are there bathrooms along the way?
A: Restrooms are available outside the entrance gates. We do not have any scheduled bathroom stops along the tour, but if you need to step out in the middle of your tour, we can
accommodate you.

Q: Can I bring my pet?
A: We do not allow any unauthorized animals on the premises, which includes our driveway and parking lot. Please leave all dogs, cats, and other furry critters at home. If you are traveling with
a pet and intend to visit our facility, please consider boarding them in a local kennel for the duration of your tour. We will not tolerate animals being left unattended inside vehicles on our
property at any time of year. We thank you for your cooperation!

Q: Why do you have guided tours instead of just letting me look at animals on my own?
A: The Wild Felid Advocacy Center is not a zoo. It was created, first and foremost, to meet the needs of the residents. You will see wild animals up close (as little as 5 feet). That means we
always require guides to ensure the safety of our residents and our guests. Also, our tours are fun! You will learn a lot from your guide, who has been specially trained to lead this tour so they
can tell you great stories and answer all kinds of questions.

Q: Will I see every animal along the tour path?
A: Although your guides make every effort to encourage our residents to greet tour groups, you may not see every animal along the tour path. We never try to force our animals to perform or
show themselves to tour groups; they decide how visible they want to be. Most are happy to see visitors, but a few disappear into their den boxes at certain times of day.
 An excellent way to
see them all is to schedule a "Feeding The Wild Cats" visit.

Q: Can I buy a gift certificate?
A: Yes! This is a popular option for holidays and special occasions.  Please ask your guide.

Q: Do you offer private tours?
A: Yes! Premium Experiences are a popular option for those who want to design their own private adventure. With this option, couples, families, and groups of friends have their own guide to
cater their experience to their interests.
 This type of tour is best scheduled by calling the Center:  (360) 427-4466
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