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We value education and research that will positively impact the lives of animals around the world, whether they are in captivity or the wild. We have an intensive internship program that provides training to the next generation of animal caregivers. We provide educational tours to the public, with a concentration on the dangers of exotic animal ownership and the creation of animal advocates who will champion these animals’ place on the planet. We collaborate with veterinarians and animal welfare/husbandry professionals to work on ways to improve captive animal care and medical treatment. We partner with the largest research organizations in the country to search for causes and cures to common diseases and ailments. We are working diligently on projects that are taking us steps closer to finding the cure for cancer in big cats, and in humans. Our research methods are minimally invasive, meaning that they are observational, or we collect genetic material and data while animals are sedated for routine veterinary procedures, from shed whiskers, or post-mortem examination at the end of an animals' life. Sometimes the research is even fun for the animals, like getting to play with and bite on hard plastic bite-plates hidden in fire-hose to better understand how big cats kill prey. It is all meant to improve the health and care of big cats in the future. You can read more about our collaborations below and we will continue adding infomation as they grow.