N. Calif. facility houses tigers, snow leopard, other big cats

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Oroville Sunrise Rotarians took YMCA kids on a tour of Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife area in Durham followed by a barbecue picnic at the Forebay. A 9-year-old, 520 lb., Bengal Tigress named “Chuffy” plays with a big ball. White tigers are an endangered species and are rare in the wild.

The Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation is a non-profit founded in 1994 in Durham. Its mission is to educate the public about the care and preservation of wildlife. The wildlife area also houses a mountain Lion, two bobcats, a black Leopard, a spotted Leopard, a Bengal Tiger, a Sumatran Tiger, two white Bengal Tigers, two African Lions, two Servals, a Caracal, a Snow Leopard, two Clouded Leopards, two Lynxes and two Ocelots, a coatimundi, two Fennec Foxes, a Wallaby and an assortment of exotic birds and reptiles, including a Giant Burmese Python and Desert Tortoises. Everyone on staff is a volunteer. The wildlife area is open seven days a week by appointment from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations are welcome. Call 530-345-1700 for more information. The Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation is located behind Durham Park, on Laura Lane. Send mail to: P. O. Box 841, Durham, CA 95938. For more information, see: www.kirshner.org.


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