Lions and Tigers and Leopards, Oh My!

I cannot stop gushing about the Exotic Feline Rescue Center! This world class rescue facility is a safe haven for exotic cats who have endured unspeakable living conditions while in captivity and can now exist in safe, loving, and comfortable surroundings. The center provides the very best in veterinary care, food, and habitat. It has worked with the USDA, and the Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife, as well as other organizations, to emancipate these majestic animals from abominable situations.

Founded in 1991 by Joe Taft, the EFRC has accommodated hundreds of exotic felines rescued from all over the country and has garnered international praise and visitors. The center is a registered 501(c)(3) that is volunteer driven and operates on monetary donations as well as building materials and food for it’s residents, contributed by local farms. There are also annual fundraisers to gather support for the center, including a motorcycle ride in September and silent auction in January.

The facility spans almost 110 acres and 200 cats call it home, including lions, tigers, leopards, cougars, bobcats, lynx, ocelots, and servals. The EFRC is open for tours from 10am – 5pm, seven days a week, and also offers overnight accommodations for those who desire a more in-depth experience with these magnificent creatures.

If you missed the segment on IN the Loop about The Exotic Feline Rescue Center_ check out the video below.  And don’t forget to watch me, Erica Stikeleather, every Sunday night at 11:30 on WISH-TV 8.  Keeping you IN the Loop of everything that is Indianapolis.

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Erica Stikeleather was born and raised in Indiana. Her studies brought her to Ohio where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Media from Cedarville University. She then interned in Washington, D.C. as a communications assistant with the civic education non-profit, Presidential Classroom, and also at Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, right here in Indianapolis. Erica has spent the last 3 years in Los Angeles, working in the entertainment industry, both in front of and behind the camera. While in LA, she walked in several fashion shows during LA Fashion week, for Macy’s on the RMS Queen Mary, and also in the Powertec Model & Fitness Competition for Elisabetta Rogiani at the W Hotel, Hollywood. She is a SAG-AFTRA actress with a passion for independent filmmaking. Some of her independent film work, Freerunner and Proxy, can be found on Netflix. She has acted in music videos with Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Chris Brown as well as in numerous television commercials. She can also be seen in the film, Gangster Squad, with Sean Penn. Erica’s studies have brought her back to her home state where she is currently enrolled at IUPUI as she prepares for veterinary school. She plans to combine her experience in filmmaking with veterinary medicine to create interactive documentaries about veterinary medicine around the world. Erica is thrilled to join IN The Loop and to show the world what the great city of Indianapolis has to offer. She loves fall in Indiana, farmer’s markets in the summer, horse-back riding, and seeing as many sporting events, live music, and museums as possible. If you see her out and about, come say hello, and let her know what you love about Indianapolis!

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