Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary is a Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) Verified 501(c)3 non profit big cat rescue and educational facility that provides permanent lifelong care for abused, neglected or unwanted big cats. As a true sanctuary, we do not buy, sell, breed or trade any of our animals; we believe they deserve to live the rest of their lives in a healthy and caring environment. It is our goal to provide our animals with exceptional physical and mental care as well as educating the public about the growing captive wildlife crisis. We work to "Give Animals A Voice" by speaking up for animals, since they cannot speak for themselves. This is achieved through on and off-site presentations, tours, and education groups all to increase public awareness and inspire a change in the big cat crisis.
We believe the ideal home for wildlife is in the wild and that all animals, both in captivity and in their native habitats, deserve to be treated with respect.
Our mission is to provide lifelong sanctuary to abused, neglected or unwanted wild cats and inspire change to end the captive wildlife crisis.
Our vision is a world where wild cats thrive in their natural environments and the need for sanctuaries does not exist.
Many aspects of having wild animals in captivity, and how to care for them, are controversial. Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary has established positions that guide our decisions, clarify our message, and distinguish us from other facilities.
Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary is opposed to the private individual ownership of all wild cats and dangerous wild animals as pets for any other private purposes.
Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary believes that captive breeding is necessary and appropriate only when it can be used to save a species from facing extinction, and that it should only be done in accordance with Species Survival and Population Management Plans. Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary is opposed to captive breeding for any other purposes that do not promote the welfare of the species.
Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary is opposed to the use of wild animals for purposes, including but not limited to:
- Television and film
- Pay to play (cub petting for example)
- Traveling wild animal shows
Animals in Captivity
Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary believes that the ideal home for wildlife is in their natural habitat. Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary’s position is that captivity is necessary and appropriate only when:
- A wild animal has already been removed from their native habitat and cannot survive if returned.
- A wild animal has been abandoned or is injured and unable to survive unaided in their native habitat.
- Removing individuals from the wild becomes necessary for captive breeding in order to save the species from extinction.
- An individual was born or lives in captivity and cannot survive or be safely introduced into the wild.
Hybrids/Selective Breeding (ligers, white tigers, etc.)
Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary is opposed to breeding hybrid species such as the Liger (tiger/lion), designer animals such as the Savannah Cat, and the breeding of wildlife for color selection or other recessive traits, such as white tigers. It is often detrimental to the health of the animals produced. The creation of these animals depletes resources that might otherwise be devoted to rescuing other wildlife or working to save wildlife species in their native habitats.
De-clawing and De-fanging
Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary is opposed to de-clawing and de-fanging (which includes filling down teeth) of wild animals unless it becomes necessary for the health and welfare of the individual animal.
Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary is opposed to canned hunts.
Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary is opposed to trophy hunting of all wild cats and any species officially designated as Threatened or Endangered.
In the United States, Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary supports only sanctuaries that meet the federal definition of a wildlife sanctuary:
- Must be recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation
- May not buy, sell, or commercially trade in prohibited wildlife species, their offspring, parts, or products
- May not breed prohibited wildlife species
- Cannot allow direct contact between the public and prohibited species (lion, tiger, leopard, snow leopard, clouded leopard, cheetah, jaguar, cougar, and any subspecies and hybrid combination of any of these species).