After reading the many positive reviews on Trip Advisor, we decided to drive north and see what it was all about. It was about 20 minutes north of Panama City. We arrived and learned that the tours were by appointment only. So we called and arranged for a 1500hrs tour the following day with some others who had already booked a tour. The three-hour tour was well worth the two trips and the $50 per person suggested donation, we even bought a t-shirt! LOL. We had a fantastic experience at the Bear Creek Feline Center. The husband and wife owners and volunteers are devoted feline advocates and they were our tour guides.
Probably the rarest feline at the center, at least to see on this continent, was the Jaguarundi.
The Bear Creek Feline center has evolved from an “I think I’d like to have an Ocelot”, to a federally recognized feline rescue organization. Most of the felines in residence are abandoned or rescued felines who will live out the natural lives at the center.
If you are ever in the Panama City area it is certainly worth a visit.