Dive into the heart of nature at Cat Tales Wildlife Academy, nestled amidst the serene four-acre woodlands in the quaint rural suburb of Mead, just north of Spokane, Washington. Our academy is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, designed with accessible pathways that weave through naturalistic exhibits, allowing you an up-close and immersive experience with our majestic residents.

Our Campus

At Cat Tales, learning transcends the conventional classroom. Our expansive outdoor Wildlife Center is your classroom, where hands-on experiences and observation of animals in their near-natural habitats forge the core of our educational philosophy. Our in-person instruction is unparalleled whether in the vibrant outdoors or our fully-equipped main support building—which houses a comprehensive computer/records room, a fascinating natural history museum, and dedicated animal support areas, including dietary prep zones.


The Cat Tales Wildlife Academy boasts a modern facility equipped with a reception area, a computer and animal records room, and a multi-purpose room. With a full suite of training equipment, including a dynamic Zoological Park home to large carnivores and native wildlife, we provide all necessary tools and supplies for the utmost care, training, and maintenance of the zoo grounds.

For the convenience of our students, we have a break room with a microwave, refrigerator, sink, and seating area. Both male and female lavatories are available. Our facility is ADA accessible, with handicapped ramps and lavatories. We also have ample parking space. Please note that we are located 5 miles from the closest public transit.

For your peace of mind, our entire zoo property is safeguarded with Audio & Video Surveillance Equipment, guaranteeing a secure learning environment for all.

Learning Experience

Our intimate class sizes, capped at 10, ensure personalized attention, fostering a rich learning environment with a student/teacher ratio 10:1.


Cat Tales Wildlife Academy is not only a place of learning but also a testament to our commitment to animal welfare and education, proudly licensed by the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board of Washington State, the USDA under the Animal Welfare Act, and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife as a rehabilitation center. As a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation and a cherished Washington State charitable institution, we are dedicated to the conservation and rehabilitation of native species.

Join us at Cat Tales Wildlife Academy, where education meets passion and becomes a part of our mission to protect and understand wildlife. Together, we can make a difference, one animal at a time.