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Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Eastern Kansas Works to Protect the “Big Cats”

Kima, a white tiger, came to Cedar Cove Feline Conservatory in Louisburg in 2009. (Photo from

The Netflix documentary "Tiger King" has brought renewed attention to big predator cats held in captivity by private individuals. The show features a cast of eccentric characters running small zoos and sanctuaries for big cats.  And it has many people wondering about the treatment of exotic animals held in such facilities. Most exotic animal sanctuaries, like Cedar Cove Feline Conservatory and Education Center in Louisburg, say they work hard to protect the animals while educating the public.  Reporter Anne Kniggendorf visited Cedar Cove to have a closer look. 

Cedar Cove Feline Conservatory is a non-profit education center dedicated to the preservation of endangered predator species.  

This story was originally produced by Anne Kniggendorf for KCUR Radio and shared with the Kansas News Service.   


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