Our Mission is to uphold the highest standards of care and respect for native and exotic animals in need of secure permanent homes. As a wild animal preserve and rescue we are open to the community as an environmental education learning center and recreational destination for the entire family.

We want to help and create a better world

Our two-fold educational goal is to make exotic animals and habitats more familiar and worth conserving, and to elevate the level of native wildlife in our backyard so that we avoid taking it for granted.  Throughout the exhibits and dynamic educational activities, people are part of the picture.  Subtle balances in natural habitats, the connections between human consumption and lifestyle, and survival of species and natural systems are the compelling real-life dramas explored at the Preserve.  The Preserve makes relevant to everyone that the economic and cultural prosperity of our own species is inextricably linked to the richness of life on earth.

The Preserves educational philosophy is based on the belief that the earlier children are exposed to nature, the earlier they can develop an understanding and appreciation for the world’s wildlife. Recreational, educational and social activities give children the opportunity to learn and master skills, pursue their interests and talents and broaden their social and cultural experiences.  Growing up with this understanding will help them to make informed decisions as adults on issues relating to wildlife conservation and renewable resources.  That is why the Preserve’s education programs begin with preschool aged children.  This belief is broad based in that it applies not only to children, but adults, too, as you are never too old to learn about conservation.  Preserve Educators empower both children and adults to make decisions and take action for the good of the planet. 


We have designed quality education programs that are innovative and enjoyable to visitors of all ages.  Offering a variety of informal and formal programs for our visitors by appointment Wednesday -Friday.  On weekends we offer educational exhibit talks and spontaneous interactions with our animals that allow our visitors the opportunity to feel unique and appreciated.  The majority of these encounters are presented by our education staff, keepers and volunteers throughout the day.  All of our programs have been designed to educate visitors about wildlife, habitats, and conservation.  We also provide animal enrichment encounters at exhibits, educating visitors on how enrichment and animal welfare is an important part of the preserve's responsibility in the field of animal care. Call about an educational experience today.

Sue Steffens- Founder

Donnie James Director

Paul Modica- Director

Alexis Weisbrot Director

Wilbur James McCauley- President

Our Board Of Directors

Our Board of Directors consist of a group of like minded environmentalist with open minds and open hearts for all animals

Donald Knapp- VP

Cathy Steffens- Director


years caring for big cats and predator's

30,000 plus 

visitors educated annualy


conservation organizations annually supported

Our Commitment to Conservation 

At Untamed Mountain the Home of Tigers For Tomorrow we are committed to conservation and believe that is is important to contribute to NGO's helping animals around the world remain in the wild.

Geoffey Cat Working Group

A global network of conservationists, researchers and enthusiasts committed to preserving the Geoffroys Cat.

Vital Ground

The Vital Ground Foundation is a land trust that conserves and connects habitat for grizzly bears and other wildlife. We also team up with communities to prevent conflicts between bears and people.

Antiqua Exotics, Guatemala

Antiqua Exotics, Guatemala a Wild and Exotic Fauna Rescue Center, we fight for conservation and protection.


S.P.E.C.I.E.S. - The Society for the Preservation of Endangered Carnivores and their International
Ecological Study - is the only organization completely dedicated to the world’s “carnivores”, and the
habitats they depend upon. These include wild cats and dogs – large and small, bears, hyenas and
almost 200 other species that have very specific conservation needs which set them apart from
many other species.


Support Tiger Recovery

Tiger recovery in Karen State is part of a critical program to secure the remaining tiger population that remains in Karen State. With substantial habitat and a secure prey base still harboured in this region there is an opportunity for significant growth of the tiger population, greatly enhancing tiger conservation efforts across this region.

Second Chance Shelter

And of course Who doesn't love Dogs! Our favorite local no Kill Shelter. This husband and wife team does a great job of caring for and rehoming over 200 canines. 
Second Chance Shelter is a 501(c) (3) non-profit, no-kill dog shelter and we obtain most of our dogs the day they are to be euthanized. We save their life and provide them with a temporary home until we find a forever home for them. We are currently at our maximum capacity and are unable to help more dogs until we find homes for the ones we have now. At Second Chance, we believe every dog has a story and every story deserves a happy ending! 

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