Experience Live, Wild, Exotic Cats at Lindsay This Summer!
WALNUT CREEK — Get up-close to some of the world’s most amazing cats during “Wild Cats at Lindsay Wildlife” this summer! This exciting and unique event brings rare cats to Lindsay three days this summer; July 1, 25 and Aug. 22.
Barbara and Rob Dicely of Wild Cat Conservation and Education Fund (WCE&CF) are making this event possible by bringing their cat ambassadors to Lindsay. This North Bay organization educates the public about the decreasing population of wild cat species around the world, provides funding for worldwide wild cat conservation projects and offers safe refuge for captive wild cats.
Lindsay members will get the first chance to see the wild cats during “Wild Cat Wednesday,” a one-hour program at 10:30 a.m. July 1. This first showing is for Lindsay Wildlife members only, who will get an exclusive look at an endangered Fishing Cat that the rest of the public will not see during the second program of the day at 1:30 p.m.
“We at Lindsay Wildlife are so excited to host exotic cats and we wanted to share this exciting opportunity with our members first to thank them for all they do for Lindsay,” said Development Director Lizzie Coyle. “Lindsay is committed to providing new wildlife experiences to our community; I hope you will join us!”
Other wild cats set to strut their stuff include; a Cheetah, an Ocelot, a Geoffrey’s Cat and a young Black Leopard. This is all part of Lindsay’s “Summer of Cats — Felines: Fierce and Friendly!” which celebrates the majesty and ferocity of both wild and domestic cats. Lindsay Wildlife Experience is committed to saving California native animals and connecting the public to wildlife. We are excited that WCE&CF is joining us to help broaden this message to wild cats around the world.
Online free pre-registration is required for the 10:30 a.m. July 1 members only show. To register go to http://lindsaywildlife.org/event-category/special-events/
All other shows are open to the general public with paid admission at the door on the day of the event. There is limited space so arrive early because admission to the show is not guaranteed and tickets will be distributed on a first-come first-serve basis.
Other events for “Summer of Cats — Felines: Fierce and Friendly!” features:
June 6 – August 31
Wednesday – Sunday
Feline Fine: Art of Cats II – A traveling exhibit of 50 new paintings and sculptures by leading artists who specialize in the subject of cats, including domestic breeds and wild cats, in a variety of styles ranging from photo-realism to painterly impressionism, feline fantasy art and computer generated feline art. This exhibit follows the 2003 wildly popular Feline Fine: Art of the Cats. General admission: $8.50/adults; $6.50/children ages 2-17; $7.50/seniors age 65 and up, free for members. http://lindsaywildlife.org/general/summer-of-cats-felines-fierce-friendly/
Saturday, June 20
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
“SaturDay of Cats” – Cat activities, face painting, arts and crafts; cat adoptions from the Animal Rescue Foundation.
General admission: $8.50/adults; $6.50/children ages 2-17; $7.50/seniors age 65 and up, free for members.
Friday, June 26
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Family Friday Cat Night – families can meet and great animals, learn about bats, star gaze, and purchase treats Street Dog Food Truck and more. Cost: $15/adults ($10 for members); $5/children ages 2-17.
All Summer Long:
Lindsay is asking young visitors to take the “Purr-fect Pledge,” reinforcing our message to keep domestic cats inside to prevent injuries, disease and short life spans.
Children who wish to take the pledge can color a picture of a cat provided by Lindsay, or bring in a photo of their cat, and it will be hung up in the Lindsay Exhibit Hall. Families are also welcome to post pictures of their cats to Lindsay’s Instagram page with the hashtag #lindsaysummerofcats or on their Facebook page.
Where: Lindsay Wildlife Experience, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek, adjacent to Larkey Park.
For more information: Please call 925-935-1978 or visit www.lindsaywildlife.org.
About Lindsay Wildlife Experience:
Celebrating its 60th anniversary, Lindsay connects people with wildlife to inspire responsibility and respect for the world we share. It is a unique natural history and environmental education center where wild live animals are just inches away from visitors. It serves more than 100,000 children and adults and treats more than 5,000 animals each year, includes the first wildlife rehabilitation hospital established in the U.S. Lindsay is open Tuesday for Members Only and Wednesday through Sunday; general admission is $8.50/adults; $6.50/children ages 2-17; $7.50/seniors age 65 and up, free for members. Free parking. Check www.lindsaywildlife.org for hours and directions.
Media Contact: Elisabeth Nardi
Marketing and Development Project Manager
Lindsay Wildlife Experience
*Photos of the cats are available by request and sent through a drop box link.