Working to protect the natural world
In 1981, Wolfram and Christa Klose adopted a male lion cub, named "Pasha". Within a few months, a young female tiger ("Contessa") and a lion ("Delilha") were acquired to keep him company. A large enclosure was built in the middle of their rural property to safely and comfortably house them.
Public interest encouraged the development of a formal zoo. After years of hard work, "Orono Exotic Cat World", which is now known as Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park, opened its doors to the public in 1985. By 1989, it was fully accredited by Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums.
What started out as a simple hobby, inspired by the Klose family's love for animals, has evolved into a renowned zoological park, known for its captive breeding program and environmental education programs, like Safari Zoo Camp.
Due to the ever-increasing degradation and destruction of the natural environment, threatening millions of species worldwide with extinction, zoo's have taken a leading role in helping protect, restore and conserve the many plants and animals we share this planet with. It is becoming increasingly obvious that humanity will suffer greatly over the upcoming decades if we continue to use the Earth's resources unsustainably, even risking the survival of future generations.
- Wolfram H. Klose
- Christa R. Klose
- Peter Klose
- Michael Klose
Our mission is to protect and conserve the natural world by offering the public engaging wildlife education programs and experiences with animals to help foster the necessary awareness, knowledge, skills and confidence to live in an environmentally responsible way. We hope to accomplish this by:
Environmental Socialization: Introducing and familiarizing people with our natural environment. This includes both experiences with wildlife in captivity and outdoor activities, such as hiking, caving and bird-watching, through our many educational programs.
Education: Generating awareness of the issues and offering solutions through educational programs at the zoo and interpretive displays.
Spread the Word: Using outreach programs and media outlets, such at television, to deliver the important message that we need to protect our environment.
Power of Example: Conducting our business in an environmental responsible manner. This includes hiring staff that are personally committed and live in an environmentally friendly way.
Professional Affiliations and Accreditations
Jungle Cat World is one of only a few zoological parks and aquariums in Canada that is fully accredited by Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA), a non-profit organization established to promote the welfare of animals and encourage the advancement of education, conservation and science. CAZA members host an estimated 11 million visitors annually, educating the public about wild species and spaces.
The International Species Information System (ISIS) is a non-profit organization that provides world-standard zoological data collection and sharing software to more than 800 member zoos, aquariums and related organizations in almost 80 countries. Today, zoos and aquariums are leaders in the effort to breed endangered animals, acting as a "gene bank" of the web of life. The ISIS global database for the zoological community contains information on approximately 2.4 million animals (10,000 species).
The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) was founded in 1935. Their mission is to guide, encourage and support the zoos, aquariums, and like-minded organisations of the world in animal care and welfare, environmental education and global conservation. More than 700 million visitors pass through the gates of the zoos and aquariums united in the WAZA network each year.
The American Association of Zoo Keepers is a nonprofit volunteer organization made up of professional zoo keepers and other interested persons dedicated to professional animal care and conservation. AAZK's purpose is to foster a professional attitude in animal keepers and aquarists by encouraging them to become active members of professional teams at today's zoos and aquariums. AAZK supports the promotion and implementation of zookeeper education and strives to make the general public aware of our concern for all deserving conservation projects and the need for the preservation of our natural resources and the species that depend on those resources.
Safari Zoo Camp is a fully accredited member of the Ontario Camps Association. OCA members adhere to the highest standards of safety, supervision and quality programming. Since 1934, the Ontario Camps Association has been recognized worldwide as a leader in organized camping.