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A Better View Than The Zoo

Get super close to exotic cats

Zoos are really fun for toddlers. When they can actually spot the animals. For guaranteed sightings, we like In-Sync Exotics, a wild cat refuge in Wylie. It's a bit of a hike from town, but worth the drive for up-close viewings of lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, bobcats, lynx, and cougars—including Buttons and Charley, who were rescued earlier this month from a filthy and unfit facility in Kansas.

In-Sync is open on weekends, from 11am to 6pm. All admission fees ($12 for adults, $9 for children, free for babies and toddlers) go toward funding the rescue and rehabilitation of abused and neglected exotic cats—and are tax deductible, to boot. Strollers are not allowed (they might scare the cats); so plan on baby-wearing or shoulder rides. And pay close attention to the driving directions—their location is kind of obscure, and easy to miss.

In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue & Education Center
3430 Skyview Dr.; Wylie, TX
972.442.6888; insyncexotics.com