Feline Conservation Center

Willow the Bobcat gets some sun rays at the Feline Conservation Center in Rosamond. The compound will conduct a special “Red Light Tour” on Saturday.

ROSAMOND — Visitors on Saturday will have the opportunity to witness the nocturnal habits of wild cats during a special “Red Light Tour” at the Exotic Feline Breed­ing Compound’s Feline Con­ser­vation Center, 3718 60th St. West.

These guided tours through the exhibit area will show the cats’ night­time activity, under the cover of darkness. Tour guides will use red “night vision” flashlights to show the cats. A fascinating fact of feline anatomy is that they lack the eye receptors to distinguish red light, which makes it harder for them to see visitors peering in for a view.

Outside light sources, including flash photography and light-up shoes, are prohibited on the tours.

The 45-minute tours begin at 4:30 p.m., before it is completely dark, continuing until the last tour departs at 6:30 p.m.

The tours are not recommended for children under the age of 5.

Tickets are $15 per person and may be purchased in advance at www.eventbrite.com, searching for “red light tour.” Advance purchase is recommended.

Parking is free and the gift shop will be open.

In addition to the tours, members of the Antelope Valley Astronomy Club will provide telescopes so visitors may view stars and other celestial sights.

The Exotic Feline Breeding Compound’s Feline Conservation Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of endangered wild feline species.

The center houses more than 60 rare felines representing 17 wild feline species, from large and familiar animals like jaguars and leopards to smaller and lesser known species like Southeast Asian fishing cats and sand cats.

The compound’s normal hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily except Wednesdays. For details about the center, including directions, call (661) 256-3793 or visit www.wildcatzoo.org.

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