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Research

We value education and research that will positively impact the lives of animals around the world, whether they are in captivity or the wild. We partner with the largest research organizations and some of the most respected big cat experts in the country to search for causes and cures to common diseases and ailments and to gather a bank of information that will help us understand these animals better.

Our research methods are minimally invasive, meaning that they are observational, or we collect genetic material and data while animals are sedated for routine veterinary procedures, from shed whiskers, or post-mortem examination at the end of an animals' life. Sometimes the research is even fun for the animals, like getting to play with and bite on hard plastic bite-plates hidden in fire-hose to better understand how big cats kill prey. It is all meant to improve the health and care of big cats in the future. You can read more about our collaborations below and we will continue adding information as they grow.