Minnesota's Wildcat Sanctuary

People & Places Tom Weber · ·

1 Zeus the Bengal tiger. Tigers, lions and leopards are a few of the breeds housed at the Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone. 
2 These Bengal tigers are residents of the Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone, Minn. Residents here are animals that were kept as sideshows or even pets and rescued either by owner surrender or law enforcement action. Officials at the sanctuary say their goal is to go out of business. 
3 Sierra, a white Bengal tiger, was brought to the Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandtone, Minn. after being kept as a roadside attraction in Ohio. Like Ekaterina, she was chained and declawed to allow visitors to have their photos taken with them. 
4 Ekaterina the Bengal tiger was brought to the Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone, Minn after being kept as a roadside attraction in Ohio. She was chained and declawed to allow visitors to have their photos taken with them. 
5 Ekaterina the Bengal tiger eats her latest helping of raw meat at the Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone, Minn. 
6 The Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone, Minn. is home to a wide variety of cats, including domestic cats that officials say cannot be kept as pets because they were bred with some species of wild cat. Staff at the sanctuary say these cats aren't, for example, housebroken or 'good with people.' 
7 This caracal is one of the residents at the Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone, Minn. The caracal is an African wild cat, one of many African cats at the sanctuary. Staff note these animals are used to winters, though, because they were raised and rescued from non-African climates. 
8 This black panther is one of the many residents of the Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone, Minn. 
9 Zeus the Bengal tiger is a new resident of the Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone, Minn, after being rescued from a facility that's closing in Texas.