CLOSE ENCOUNTERS IS ALSO OFFERING AN EXOTIC ANIMAL ZOO / FEEDING ADVENTURE / PONY RIDES
BOOKING FOR 2016 CALL FOR DETAILS.
OUR EXOTIC BIG CATS WILL LEAP INTO YOUR HEARTS!
FOR 36 YEARS THE VON DUKE FAMILY HAS PROUDLY DEMONSTRATED FINE CARE AND TRAINING OF THE BIGGEST EXOTIC CATS IN THE WORLD.
COME TO A PERFORMANCE!
JOIN US DURING YOUR OWN CLOSE ENCOUNTER AT ONE OF OUR BIG CAT PERFORMANCES!
HAVING WORKED FOR OVER 36 YEARS AS EXOTIC ANIMAL TRAINERS,INCLUDING LIONS,TIGERS AND ELEPHANTS PROFESSIONALS VINCENT VON DUKE AND POM POM TRAVEL EVERY YEAR TO BRING THEIR BREATHTAKING AND COLORFUL BIG CAT PERFORMANCES TO YOUR CITY OR TOWN, IN CIRCUSES, COUNTY FAIRS AND OTHER SPECTACULAR EDUCATIONAL VENUES, SO THE PUBLIC AND CHILDREN CAN SPEND PERSONAL TIME WITH THEIR FAMILY OF BIG CATS!
We would love to come to your town so you can have an opportunity to enjoy and love our big cats just as we do!
BOOKINGS CAN CHANGE FREQUENTLY SO PLEASE RETURN TO OUR WEB SITE OFTEN.
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BOOKING FOR 2016-2017 2014 - 2015 IS BOOKED SOLID NO OPEN TIME , SORRY
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS IS BOOKING FOR (2016 - 2017) DON'T BOOK LATE, OUR SHOW IS VERY POPULAR YOU MUST BOOK 2 TO 3 YEARS IN ADVANCE
CERTAINLY THE KING: THE AFRICAN LION
Our big cat family starts its day with us, every day, in the arena exercise cage. They spend time lounging with and around us while we wake up with a hot cup of coffee and the daily paper.
Our bold and beautiful performing exotic big cats were born in captivity and hand raised and trained only by us. This means they are not animals that were forced out of their natural environment in their native countries; that is not legal to do. Captive big cats are fed a specialized diet to make certain their total nutritional requirements are met. They are exercised daily (with certain very short travel exceptions) in a big steel exercise arena, with and without us, and they have toys to play with like big logs to claw on, their favorite dietary treats frozen into frosty slippery ice cubes, and of course huge containers filled with water so they can splash and play. They also are provided with other comfort measures such as misters, huge fans, and they even like to lie on ice cubes when the weather is hot.
Our animals are supervised 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in person and on closed circuit camera. We watch them even when they are traveling. We were proud to participate in very specialized testing that reflected when traveling, in fact, performing big cats do not suffer from stress. Big cats that are calm, well fed, well exercised, and enjoy behavioral enrichment are healthy, happy big cats!
Enclosures and exercise are federally regulated and required by law. Our big cats are regularly inspected by our own professional veterinary specialists, USDA, USDI, states' Fish & Wildlife agencies, local animal control and in certain circumstances by local humane societies. Common sense would tell you that if you see our animals are shiny, sleek, unafraid, eating and playing - they are not mistreated. We would never mistreat our furry family members and when you come to visit us: you'll see this for yourself! We hope you will visit us at one of our performances in the very near future.