"When it comes to big cats, it's about vision."





As a volunteer of the CENTRAL FLORIDA ANIMAL RESERVE, you get a ground-level look at the tremendous effort it takes to manage captive wildlife. Working closely with experienced handlers, you’ll be reborn into an amazing world. With access to up-to-date information about big cats, you’ll embark on a journey of mind and body full of discovery.  Volunteering at CFAR is an exciting, rewarding venture. Volunteers come from all walks of life and bring their many diverse talents to the organization. We take a ‘whole village’ approach to the stewardship of our creatures. There are many opportunities to help, both at the facility and in the community.

“To enrich your life by experiencing these big cats and their personalities is far beyond what I could have ever imagined.”Joanna

“There is no feeling like the first time a 500 lb. tiger chuffs “Good Morning” to you, because HE’S happy to see YOU!”Phyllis



Want to know more? E-mail volunteer@cflar.org

We Need Help With


  • Construction Trades (electricians, welders, etc.)

    Volunteers helping with maintenance at the facility.

  • Internet/Web Development
  • Graphic design
  • Business relations
  • Research
  • Performing arts (music/acting/vocal)
  • Media Relations
  • Booking and Scheduling
  • Print productions
  • Any other talents that can help!



Volunteer Requirements

  1. Completion of the Online Interest Survey as the first step in the application process.
  2. Participate in an interview with a member of the Volunteer Council.
  3. Must attend Volunteer Orientation.
  4. You must be over 18 years of age.
  5. You will be required to sign a consent to come on the property.
  6. Volunteers must be able to work well with people, take direction, and receive evaluation openly.
  7. You must exhibit strong attention to detail and be able to read, process, and execute directions both spoken and written in English.
  8. Be able to show initiative to perform tasks as assigned to their full completion.
  9. Be free of unsafe physical or psychological limitations.
  10. Maintain a good attitude.

Volunteers must demonstrate the ability to work with people before they can work with other species.

Volunteers will NOT be in direct contact with the animals. 



Keeper’s Corner

Enrichment time is always my favorite. Giving cats new and different things to experience stimulates their curiosity. One of my favorites is when we give our cats pumpkins at Halloween. Sometimes, it takes a little while for them to warm up to the idea that there is some new, crazy-smelling object in their enclosure. However, eventually, their natural curiosity takes over and the poor pumpkin will never be the same. I have seen our cats roll, kick, smash, bite, and even try to drown a pumpkin. The only negative to the whole experience is that we have to clean up the aftermath. It may be messy, but it is so worth it!

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