Feline Conservation Federation re-accredits Jungle Encounters

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The latest facility to be re-accredited by the FCF accreditation committee is Jungle Encounters, owned and operated by Debi Willoughby.

bobcat and Geoffroy's cat enclosures

Outdoor enclosures attach to a inside room

Jungle Encounters continues to be included in the distinguished group of accredited facilities that meet the FCF high standards of facility design and husbandry.

The latest facility to be re-accredited by the FCF accreditation committee is Jungle Encounters, owned and operated by Debi Willoughby. Jungle Encounters is an outreach wildlife educational service located in Massachusetts. The facility’s wild felines include a pair of bobcats and a Geoffroy’s cat, and also two domestic hybrids, a Savannah cat and a Bengal cat.

Accreditation board chairperson Christa Donofrio expressed admiration for the facility saying, “The enclosures are great for the size of the felines and are well-built with a lot of emphasis on enrichment.”

Jungle Encounters is situated on eight rural acres, offering plenty of privacy, and room for expansion. All of the cat habitats are enclosed by chain link perimeter fencing.

Cat enclosures have both an outside area and a room inside a building. There are a variety of platforms, ramps and bunks giving the cats ample opportunities to enjoy elevated perspectives and opportunities to go vertical. Places for lounging and basking in the sun have been provided. There is also a “kitty” pool and deck area to cool off in on hot days. Enclosures are furnished with items geared towards the species’ physiological and psychological well-being.

During Jungle Encounter shows, the Geoffroy’s cat walks on a table and demonstrates his climbing and jumping ability on a scratching post with multi-tiered platforms. The bobcats prefer to walk on the floor and engage the audience with their beauty and stealth.

FCF Executive Director Lynn Culver welcomes this re-accreditation saying, “Jungle Encounters continues to be included in the distinguished group of accredited facilities that meet the FCF high standards of facility design and husbandry.”

The Feline Conservation Federation] is a self-regulating group of exotic feline owners and handlers with an established group of professional members and inspected and accredited facilities. FCF is both an important genetic resource as well as a key resource of ambassador animals used in conservation education.

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