Jungle Cat World is a wildlife park opened in 1982 and is located in Orono (close to Oshawa), approximately 45 minutes east of Toronto, Canada.
It is open 7 days a week from 10am to 6pm. There is a Bed and Breakfast Lodge on site (for those wishing to stay overnight), a residential summer camp, and a place to have lunch during your visit.
Each day, there is a feeding tour at 1:30pm where you can join the zookeeper as they feed the animals and provide educational information about the various species. It is best to arrive early if you want to join the feeding tour as it can take a while to find parking, especially on busy days. Also, we advise wearing boots or shoes that you don’t care about while visiting, as the ground in the park tends to be muddy in the spring.
Below are the admission fees for daily visits, but they sometimes have Groupon promotions:
This zoo has been accredited by the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a non-profit organization that promotes animals’ welfare established and encourages the advancement of education, conservation and science. Jungle Cat World is also a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The wildlife park is also supported by the Endangered Species Fund of Canada.
Jungle Cat World is home to various exotic animals, including wild cats, wolves, alpacas, birds and more. For detailed information about the animals at the park, you can check out their “The Animals” section of their website.
Let’s start with the king of the jungle:
This lion was such a beautiful sight. He roared loudly and looked so majestic and almost unreal. He looked healthy and well groomed and we were very happy to actually hear him roar, as it showed that he is active and not tranquillized (as some may think happens in some wildlife parks/safaris).
Alpacas were our personal favorites for the simple fact that they never failed to put a huge smile on everybody’s face. They were the rockstars of the party, as they posed and smiled for endless pictures.
We had no idea that the alpacas would be so friendly and actually allow contact. They smirked at us with such winning grins. How can you resist taking a selfie with such a positive individual?
The tigers were so beautiful. The zoo has both Amur Tigers, as well as Bengal Tigers on site.
We were so surprised to see wolves at Jungle Cat World, almost as surprised as when we encountered the alpacas. These Timber Wolves were a rare sight and we loved reading about their stories. Their names are Cheyenne, Wotan, Eve and Teddy. They seem comfortable in their environment as they were hand raised, but do not mess with them or their alpha pack. As cute and fuzzy as they appear, they are still wild animals . Timber wolves are the largest wild members of the canid family.
This hyena was nervously pacing back and forth in its enclosure when we arrived. We were not sure whether it is just nervous or maybe just very bored in its limited space.
The Red Kangaroo is the largest living marsupial, the males growing to a height of about 2 meters. This kangaroo’s name was Sheila and she came from a small zoo in Quebec and has been hand raised.
Todd and Rufus were an adorable pair, who are part of The Jungle Cat World Wildlife Educational Program. Despite being names “red foxes, the species often includes other colourings.
There are various animals at this zoo and we may not have covered all of them, but here are some more of the ones we photographed during our visit:
Overall, the visit to Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park was pleasant and interesting. The staff was helpful and very friendly and open to answering questions.
Although we are not fans of wild animals being captive in any way, shape or form, we were happy to see that they all appeared to be well groomed, well fed and pretty active and expressive. Most of the animals here were hand raised and definitely not as nervous around people as wild animals would normally be, but it is still a good idea to be cautious and careful when around them.
We also loved the fact that Jungle Cat World provides various educational activities to inform visitors about the animals, endangered species and wildlife preservation.
Photos were taken with an Olympus E-M10