3 In Your Town: Tigers for Tomorrow
In 1999, Tigers for Tomorrow was founded in Florida to provide a last stop home for predatory animals that were discarded when they were no longer wanted or could no longer work or earn money for their proprietors. In 2005 after tangling with 2 hurricanes, the board of directors secured property and moved Tigers for Tomorrow to a 140-acre mountainous preserve in Alabama at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.
"When Tigers for Tomorrow was first founded, I had done some animal media and I worked for some facilities that said they were not-profit and they really weren't doing non-profit work,” explains founder, Susan Steffens. “I wanted to do it right. I wanted to make sure that big cats were not ending up in the hands of private owners."
Tigers for Tomorrow at Untamed Mountain is a non-profit 501-c-3 Wild Animal Preserve and Environmental Educational Center, now home to over 160 animals including tigers, mountain lions, African lions, bears, wolves, black leopards and so many more animals.
Tigers for Tomorrow welcomes field trips, corporate parties, weekend visitors, or anyone with a desire, want or need to understand the value of all animals and to clear up any misconceptions we might have about them.
"We're not that much different from all of the animals,” says Steffens. “We can keep animals in captivity in our own homes, in our own backyards happy, respect them and give them dignity."