Big cats at Cat Haven
"Lions, Tigers.... but no Bears" reads the sign as you climb into the mountains on Highway 180. You are approaching Cat Haven, a conservation organization aimed at preserving the world's big cats.
Based in the foothills in Dunlap (about 20 minutes from fivespot), Cat Haven is home to jaguars, native bobcats, endangered Clouded Leopards, and the marvelous Serval shown in the photo. Tours are available year-round. I suggest a visit in the spring or fall when the sun isn't so intense, to better enjoy your outing to one of the area's most engaging, and surprising, attractions.