Frequently Asked Questions
WHERE DO THE ANIMALS COME FROM?
Private individuals, government agencies, zoos, and other refuge organizations. Once an animal comes to live at T&D's, it has a home at T&D's for life. T&D's opened for the public in 1990.
HOW DO PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS GET THESE ANIMALS?
Each state has different laws regarding private ownership of exotic animals. Most states are now requiring people to have experience/education with the species before issuing the person a permit. Still, in some states anyone can own these animals without the proper training. There are exotic animal auctions and breeders that will sell these animals. PA now requires experience before anyone is allowed to own an exotic animal.
WHAT PERMITS DOES T&D'S HAVE?
State and federal licenses are required to house and exhibit the animals. Permits need to be renewed each year and government officials inspect our facility several times a year.
WHAT DO THE CATS EAT?
12,000 pounds of meat each and every month! This is like eating 10-12 cows every month! Farmers donate cows, calves, or horses that have died from natural deaths. Road-killed deer are donated by the PA Game Commission. However, even with this help, chicken is also purchased for the animals. The carcass diet is more natural, nutritional, and provides enrichment for the animals. No animals are fed alive.
HOW IS T&D'S FUNDED?
Local, state, or federal governments do NOT fund the animals. T&D's is NOT funded by any business or organization. The owners use their pension and retirement monies to care for the animals. Donations are less than $400.00 per month. Admission fees help, but do not provide enough funding. You can help by making a donation, Sponsoring An Animal, donating materials (see wish list), volunteering your time or services, etc.
ARE THE ANIMALS TAME/DO YOU PLAY WITH THEM?
Wild animals will never be tame. A better word is "imprinted". An imprinted animal is not afraid of humans and may rely on humans for food/water/care, but they are still wild animals...you can never trust them. T&D's owners can carefully touch the large cats through the fence. They do NOT go into the pens with the cougars, tigers, lions, leopards or bears. These animals could kill someone just in playing. The animals do not realize their strength. Some of the animals were declawed and/or teeth have been removed prior to arriving at T&D's. We do not recommend such practices, it is very painful for the animal. They are still wild animals and still have the same strength (even if they don't have teeth or claws).
Veterinarians need special training to care for exotic animals. Our veterinarians are in State College, Watsontown, and Selinsgrove. T&D's owners and veterinarians also consult with other zoo veterinarians.