Cat Tales Zoological Park, Mead

#87 of 142 in Wildlife in Washington State
Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
Cat Tales Wildlife Center formerly Cat Tales Zoological Park is a USDA Licensed - Class C - Exhibitor (all zoos fall under this classification) that helps rescue and protect big cats and Northwest wildlife. It is located in Mead, Washington. As the need for forever homes constantly changes 2020 increased the sanctuary count to twenty one various felines, including bobcat, lynx, puma, lion, Siberian tiger, Bengal tiger, and white tiger. Along with two black bears, and twelve various canines, including arctic fox, red fox, coyote, and wolfdog.

Cat Tales was founded in 1990 by Mike and Debbie Wyche and incorporated on July 27, 1991 as a 501(c)3 non-profit charity. Cat Tales Wildlife Academy is the sanctuary's vocational and zoological technology school, licensed by the Workforce Training and Education Board. Cat Tales is the only zoo in Spokane County. They are home to many animals that have troubled pasts and have been rescued from difficult situations or private owners, often placed at Cat Tales as a final home and safe sanctuary. Through outreach to the community via fairs, expos, classroom visits and otherwise, it is one of Cat Tales primary stated goals that they wish to educate the public about wildlife close to home and far away; their plights and need for support in the wild.

As of September 2019, one of Cat Tales original founders, Mike Wyche died after a long illness. As of his passing the park is run by his wife and head teacher of the zoological education center, Deborah Wyche, as well as his daughter, Lisa Wyche.

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  • Best trip yet! Sharaya was amazing and full of knowledge. Our family had the best trip there this time as we got to see her interact with the animals and we felt valued. She went above and beyond...  more »
  • This was my third trip there. you have to remember it is not a zoo. It is a rescue sanctuary for wild animals that should never have been pets, used for profit, and animals that have been injured...  more »
  • We went on a snowy day and had the entire place to ourselves. Staff was well educated and quite helpful. For an extra $10 you can safely feed lions, tiger, and bears. Where else are you going to be able to say you fed a bear? Yes, the animals are in small cages. But that is only due to lack of funding. This place operates solely on donations and, frankly, I find it amazing that they can do so much with a paltry budget of $200K/year....So when you visit, be generous and drop a few extra bucks in the donation box.
  • I have a 2 and 4 year old and this place is perfect. They actually get to see all the animals (unlike the huge zoos in Portland and Seattle) and you can see everything in under an hour which means it’s not an all day commitment and you’re not exhausted when you’re done. We often just come in the morning for 45 minutes to get out of the house and the kids love it. Great place and their mission of animal rescue with community help and involvement is superb.
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