Since I know that I have several readers in the Illinois/Indiana area…
This weekend, Angela and I went to visit the Exotic Feline Rescue Center, in Center Point, Indian (near Terre Haute). It was pretty awesome. The place takes in exotic cats (mostly tigers, lions, and pumas – but there were also leopards, bobcats, and servals) that are abandoned or rescued from people who can’t care for them properly. Some come from closed-down circuses. Some come from drug dealers. Some come from petting zoos (bad idea?). Many are former pets.
You can go and get a tour of the place. It lasts about an hour and you see about 100 cats. Then, if you don’t have kids with you, you can wander around some more on your own. They don’t let children wander around without a guide… in part because nothing separates you from the tigers and such besides chain link that you can walk right up to.
The place is really neat. I recommend checking it out if you are in the area.
Also, we got charged by a tiger that was feeling pissy.