See big cats, bears at Tigers for Tomorrow

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ATTALLA, Ala. – Nonprofit Tigers for Tomorrow at Untamed Mountain in Attalla has extended its hours during the holidays, providing the opportunity for families to take a short trip to Attalla to see the animals. Through Jan. 5, Tigers for Tomorrow will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with the last admission one hour before closing. It is located at 708 County Road 345, Attalla, Alabama 35954.

Tigers for Tomorrow opened in 1999 and is now home to several exotic species of animals including lions, tigers and bears.

The nonprofit’s mission is “to uphold the highest standards of care and respect for native and exotic animals in need of secure permanent homes. As a wild animal preserve and rescue, we are open to the community as an environmental education learning center and recreational destination for the entire family.”

The animals who call the Attalla park home were no longer wanted of able to be cared for in their previous situations. The animals are now permanently “rehomed” and cared for by the dedicated staff at the 140-acre preserve.

According to the Tigers for Tomorrow website, “The non-breeding preserve is now a permanent home to over 175 animals, 90 of which are predators, big cats, bears and wolves.”

The park was excited to welcome two white lions, Bakari and Kamani, to their new home in 2019.

The park welcomes visitors throughout the year but cautions it isn’t a traditional zoo. Guests are expected to remain respectful as they make their way through the animals’ habitats. Yelling, running or any behavior that could upset or disturb the animals is not tolerated.

Wilbur McCauley, president and director of animal care, explained in a statement, “The animals will always come first no matter what. The care and quality of their lives are what matter the most and this will always take precedence over what others feel in any given area. The animals’ lives are our responsibility. Any decision made must benefit and protect the animals and their care. This includes protecting them from people and outside organizations that could cause harm. This includes volunteers, interns, employees, visitors, board members and family members.”

General admission to the park is $15 for adults and $7.50 for children ages 4-11. Children ages 3 and younger are free. Strollers are welcome, but the paths are gravel. The park is spread out, so the staff recommends wearing comfortable shoes. Umbrellas are not allowed inside the park.

This Saturday, Jan. 4 from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. will be the Claws, Paws, and Unicorns Holiday Leftovers event.

Tigers for Tomorrow described the event:

Recycle your holiday gift paper, bags, boxes, bows and ribbons by making them into toys for the tigers. Terrific for all ages.

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Come out and help create and paint goodies for the animals. Some toys will be put in with animals during the community tour.

1-2:30 p.m. Community Tour- $7.50 a person and kids younger than 3 are free.

The rest of the toys will stay at Tigers for Tomorrow for the keepers to give out to the animals throughout the month.

We are also having a Make Your Unicorn Contest. Make your unicorn at home with papier mache (Elmer’s glue or flour), boxes, masking tape and other paper products and bring it in on the 4th for the event. We will be picking winners! The animals will be very thankful for your unicorn present.

We are doing preorders for lunches. You can also pack your own lunch and snacks if you wish.

*If you’d like to order a box lunch please let us know before the 2nd as they must be preordered.

Box Lunches are $10 which include choice of entrée, one water or soda and a cookie dessert.

Entrée Choice:  BBQ and chips or potato wedges, Chicken Fingers and chips or potato wedges, Hot Dog and Chips or Hamburger and fries

Please RSVP to Wendy with your name, number of people in your party, and if you choose to preorder a box lunch, what box lunch choice you’d like to
UntamedEnrichment@gmail.com.

Tigers for Tomorrow also offers private, educational and group tours and birthday parties. For more information on tours and a complete list of park rules, visit www.tigersfortomorrow.org or www.facebook.com/tftatuntamedmountain.

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Christy Perry

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