Meet Our Founder 


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CHRISTIN ANNE BURFORD
FOUNDER/DIRECTOR

Christin has worked with and cared for animals all of her life. In 1985, she started working with large predators as the personal assistant to a big cat trainer. She worked hands-on with lions, tigers, pumas, and leopards.

In 1989, she took over management of Gator Jungle (now called Jungle Adventures) in Christmas, Florida. She developed and facilitated various wildlife shows where she interacted hands-on with big cats, venomous snakes, alligators and crocodiles. In 1992, she left Gator Jungle to work as an exotic animal consultant and trainer for various groups, with a focus on helping handle animals with special behavioral issues and needs. That same year, Christin started her “Native Florida Wildlife Program,” which exists to this day to educate children and adults about the value and importance of our native wildlife.

In 1996, she founded The CARE Foundation (Creating Animal Respect Education) in order to provide a home for non-releasable exotic animals that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to place. Christin now dedicates her life to caring for the over 200 animals residing on CARE’s 10-acre property located in Apopka, Florida, and passionately continues her quest to educate the public about wildlife and conservation issues.

Based on her years of experience and her care for each of our resident animals, Christin developed The CARE Foundation’s hands-on policy. For more information, click here.