Dade City’s Wild Things, American tigers are part of a national genetic study to preserve the species here in America

Our American tigers are not born wild but are loved, Respected and protected. Presence and future. Enrichment and education is imperative to raise well adjusted American Tigers for there life here in America.

You have to understand no tigers are coming from the wild into US illegally. All American tigers are born in US and they are part of genetic studies to understand and to help keep bloodlines pure to protect them.

These conservation efforts of our American tigers are most likely going to be the last tigers left. Hunting is not the top predatorily concerns but habitat destruction and inbreeding. Latest maps show the wild tigers are so fragmented to the point of being not viable for survival and too many people between the pockets of wild tigers that are left creating inbreeding and early death.

The US is full of extinctionist, who want to ban all animals in the US to extinction and there rhetoric is full of lies and no scientific studies. The American Tigers are the future of all tigers. Shame that extinctionist form rhetoric opinions and become delusionst instead of being informed about American animal protectors.

We need bigger outcry to stop the corporations who are eliminating there habitats in the wild and make way for more captive areas within there wild ranges to protect them.

Our need to preserve these awesome animals, does not mean the US should fail in its duty to preserve quality genetics for its Some cubs are born here and they stay with us or go to a USDA approved facility.

And in the US to continue with our conservation efforts to keep the American tiger alive in case we are unsuccessful in saving the wild species.



Critics say the only place animals belong is in the wild, but those boundaries are shrinking each day. Having traveled the world, the only places I consider truly “wild” are Antarctica, parts of the Amazon and some places in Africa. Even in Africa, the “wild” places tend to be national parks with guarded boundaries. Animals face many challenges, including habitat loss, poaching, severe weather, and war. The “wild” is not necessarily the idyllic place people imagine. Poaching has decimated the northern white rhino population—the last known male has his own personal 24-hour security to ensure he isn’t poached for his horn.

Our mission includes raising awareness about the challenges faced by animals around the world. We know animals have the power to touch our hearts, and when this happens, it opens the door to education that can inspire people to participate in protecting animals and conserving their environments. As worldwide animal populations continue to decline and children have less face-to-face experiences with animals, it’s my hope that all animal advocates—zoos, researchers, scientists, activists, philanthropists, the media, and animal lovers everywhere—will join forces to make a difference.


The goal of wildlife rehabilitation is to provide professional care to sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals so ultimately they can be returned to their natural habitat.

Dade City's Wild Things has been working with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission for over 30 years to help rehabilitate animals, all at the full cost of the Zoo.

 Because of our training, as wildlife rehabilitators we can help concerned people decide whether an animal truly needs help. Young birds and mammals should be returned to their families if at all possible; even well trained rehabilitators are not equivalent replacements for biological parents.   Rehabilitators can provide instructions on how to reunite wildlife families, keeping the safety of the animals and the rescuers in mind, and they can suggest humane, long-term solutions when conflicts arise between humans and their wild neighbors.

American Captive Exotic Feline Repository

American Captive Exotic Feline Repository

Dade City's Wild Things is proud to be a contributor to the American Captive Exotic feline Repository.  

 ACEFR is a multi-institutional distributed bank that receives and curates tissue and genetic samples in combination with health data for animals present in captivity within the United States, as well as information from subsequent scientific endeavors.  

 Captive conservation and management programs play an increasingly vital role in a world where habitat destruction and human encroachment continues to threaten many populations of endangered wild felids. International in-country species conservation efforts focus on preserving habitat and diversity in the wild in partnership with local communities.

Species Survivals Genetic Diversity Critical Status

Endangered Species Conservation Fund

Endangered Species Conservation Fund​ provides funds for infield conservation efforts and education on the plight of endangered animals.

Help The Florida Panthers

Florida Panther with Cub

Help researchers learn about the Florida Panthers in more detail so that we can better understand how to protect them.

Genetic Testing

Understanding the genetic identity of exotic animals is needed now more than ever to protect the species from extinction.

The Animals

Help educate the native people on the importance of wild cats to the ecosystem and monitor the movements and quantities of the wild cats in the wild.