Big Cat Encounters
A once in a lifetime, edu-tainment experience.
One of the most unique tourist destinations in Pahrump is the Big Cat Encounters Ranch. Located in north Pahrump on twenty acres of grassland, the Ranch offers the opportunity for vistors to meet Karl and Kayla up close and personal.
Currently, the ranch has 8 rare tigers both white and tabby hetrozigous species, a liger and ten rescued stray dogs. The Ranch also offers a unique "Big Cat Educational Program". Karl and his wife, Kayla, are currently appearing on Nat Geo Wild's Animal Intervention--"Tigers on the Strip", and appeared on Animal Planet's "Fatal Attractions. An educational seminar can be scheduled with Karl and Kayla, and they will share their experiences of living with Bengal tigers.
Big Cat Encounters is a private shelter and not open to the public. Authorized by Nevada Revised Statute 574.055.
Karl Mitchell, owner and operator of Big Cat Encounters Ranch, started in the animal world 25 years ago when he trained his house cat to ride on his motorcycle with him. A veteran animal trainer was impressed and invited Karl to help him in his business. Eventually Mitchell became a sort of animal guru, able to train animals ranging from antelope to zebras. His real passion has become the big cats of Africa and tigers from India.