Cougar & Friends Encounter in Cleveland

42 Ratings


per person
Do carnivores fascinate you? Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with a Cougar? Sign up and visit with our Lynx, Sarai the cougar, more wildcats, and other predators!
Duration:  45mins - 1hr 30mins
Cancellation:  No refunds for cancelled bookings
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  • Meet and interact with wild cats and other predators
  • Learn about these magnificent creatures as you get up close and personal with them
  • Perfect for any lovers of big cats!

What's Included

  • Introduction and interaction with the animals

Additional Information

  • The time of an animal encounter may need to be adjusted or delayed when an animal has become over-stimulated or needs rest or playtime. If you schedule an encounter, please be patient.
  • Due to an animal’s age or its temperament at the time of an encounter, we cannot guarantee that on any encounter you will be able to hold the animal. With patience, we will give you the best encounter possible and assure the well-being of our animals.
  • For the safety of the guest and animals all guests will have to sanitize their hands before and after each encounter.
  • To help us better serve you, please notify us of any illnesses, limitations or disabilities.


  • Must be 8 years or older to do this encounter, ages 8-11 must be accompanied by a paying adult
  • Must wear long pants with close-toed flat-heeled shoes
  • No dangling jewelry permitted
  • Do not wear perfume or cologne
  • Long hair must be tied up in a bun
  • No selfie sticks are permitted

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42 Ratings
5 Star
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4 Star
14 %
3 Star
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2 Star
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1 Star
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Dec 12, 2021
Oct 19, 2021
I ranked it very satisfied, because the encounter with Miriam was absolutely delightful. The keepers were very knowledgeable about all of the felines. My daughter and I had a wonderful time. We love all cats and this experience was amazing. ***I also want to add my review of the Wildlife Walk, as that link was broken and wouldn't let me put my review. The only problem I had at all with the felines, was that there was a Wildlife Walk going on during our experience, and the guide was VERY loud. I believe he had a microphone. Anyway, it interrupted our session, and everyone crowded behind us to see the cats. It would have been better if the tour had not been going on during our experience. Also, there were too many people on the Wildlife Walk when we took ours. My daughter and I just hung out at the end of the group, because there were so many people and our guide wasn't loud enough for everyone to hear. With so many people on our tour, we didn't hear most of what she said about the animals. If we hadn't done the Feline & Friends Experience, we wouldn't have heard anything about any of those animals. So NO problems with the feline experience, but the Wildlife Walks could be a little better planned out.***
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Jun 1, 2021
Ashley did a great job but it was disappointing that we got to physically interact with only one cat. She mentioned there would be another "carnivore" they we would get to meet but that didn't happen. The experience was much like the normal zoo tour with the exception of the lynx for a lot more money. Lastly but most importantly it really upset me to see how small the animals' enclosures are. I saw many animals pacing which is a clear sign on distress in animals in captivity. They all had very small enclosures especially for the size animals they were like the wolves. Even the small animals were going stir crazy. It broke my heart and made me nauseous. Another thing I can't shake it the 'primate building'. Are you all keeping primates in small cages in the dark?? This is certainly what it looks like from the outside. I pray to God I'm wrong but something tells me I'm not. I will not be supporting this establishment in the future because of what feels to me to be very cruel conditions for the animals.


Meeting location:  2912 Paradise Valley Rd


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