Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Lions and Tigers, No Bears, Oh My!


Osprey Cove RV Park
US Naval Station -- Mayport
Mayport, FL
GPS: 30.378405, -81.404034

Today saw a trip to Camping World in Jacksonville, where I tried unsuccessfully to buy a motor and switch for the bathroom fan. They do not stock this part but can order it with about a one week turn around. We were able to use our $25 gift certificate to buy a new cover for the spare tire on the Cougar. Most RVs are now combinations of tan, gray, and black. Spare tire covers are however still white or black -- white if you want anything on it. This is what we got:


Our real adventure was in the evening. Looking around the web for 'different' things to do in the Jacksonville area uncovered the Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary. Here are the particulars:

Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary
1860 Starratt Road
Jacksonville, FL 32226
904.757.3603
GPS: 30.493166, -81.587501

Catty Shack Ranch is an all volunteer organization. The animals are all rescued from other organizations. None are taken from the wild. An interesting fact is that there are now more tigers in captivity that living in the wild. They keep somewhat unusual hours, dictated by feeding time for the cats and availability of volunteers. If this post motivates you to visit, be sure to check their website for hours. We visited during the evening tour and feeding (6 PM to 8 PM).

During out visit, I took 152 pictures, so I decided to try something new with this post. I am going to put the photos in an album in Google Photos. I have included just a few pictures here. Then I am going to try to link this post to the album in Google Photos. I have no idea how it will work out. I would appreciate hearing from you about the success or failure of the experiment.


CATTY SHACK RANCH CAST OF CHARACTERS


Visit Sarah


Athena, Aphrodite, and Hercules, siblings, are lifelong residents



Sprout, Star, & Runty. Three siblings from Wisconsin that get along well


Monterey, Colby & Brie. Three cheeseheads from Wisconsin that get along well


That's enough. There are many more big cats and other critters at this sanctuary. See them yourself or check out the Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary website.

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