Keepers of the Wild founder Jonathan Kraft has always loved animals. As a child in Holland, he rehabilitated and released injured birds every winter. When he became a magician performing grand spectacles in Vegas, his affinity for animals led him to raise two baby tigers to integrate into his act, then eventually acquire and train more big cats. At first Kraft didn?t see the connection between his chosen career and the prevalence of animal mistreatment, but gradually he began to realize how cramped, stressed, and unhealthy his peers? animals tended to be. His first steps toward rescue weren?t ideal?he didn?t have the space to give each animal the sprawling habitat it craved. So the next step was Keepers of the Wild a place designed to rescue exotic creatures from inhumane conditions and let them roam both safely and freely.
The center, located on historic route 66, now hosts more than 175 animals that include lions, tigers, leopards, and monkeys. Walking and hiking trails lead to enclosures where cougars lie in the sun or wolves trot between bushes. Plenty of lookouts offer photo ops or a chance to spy on capuchin monkeys? poker games. Visitors can explore the grounds on their own or hop on a guided tour, where they?re shuttled to various habitats and can watch the predators feed.
What began more than 50 years ago as a single auto-repair outlet in Macon, Georgia, is known across America today as Midas. The trusted chain of car-repair shops spans 17 countries worldwide, and each location employs a skilled, reliable staff that strives to keep drivers and their families safe. This goal is perhaps best embodied by the Midas Touch Courtesy Check, a service during which technicians check fluid levels and tires for safety and check the area under the vehicle to make sure Robert De Niro isn’t trying to hitch a free ride. Once they've given vehicles the once-over, mechanics can then prescribe any necessary services to keep cars running smoothly, such as brake repair, filter changes, alignments, and engine tune-ups.
Autocall Auto Repair Center boasts a staff of ASE-certified technicians, ready to take care of whatever ails your car. The techs are trained to work on both foreign and domestic vehicles, and their service menu is as wide and deep as a fuel tanker's thirst for Gatorade?they offer everything from oil changes and transmission repairs to A/C and heater tune-ups and electrical repairs. And while your car is being brought back to peak performance, you can rest comfortably. Autocall offers 24/hour shuttle service, as well as a lounge with free refreshments, WiFi, TV, and even a work station with access to a printer, copier, and fax machine.
Each Auto Tech location is staffed with ASE-certified mechanics who've sworn an oath to never upsell on any service or repair. Customer service remains top priority, whether techs are performing routine maintenance such as tune-ups and oil changes or more advanced procedures such as transmission services, cooling-system maintenance, and diagnostic repairs. Seven locations sprinkled around the Las Vegas area make it easy for customers to find quick car care at the first sign of an engine rattle or after an unexpected run-in with a jaywalking cactus.
The family behind Capital Tint started out in their home garage in 2004. Eventually, they became powerful enough to invade Wigwam Parkway and claim its fertile asphalt for their very own auto shop. Today, customers can hang out and sign that shop’s wall while technicians cover their car windows with SunTek films (which are backed by a lifetime warranty) during tinting services, turn regular head- and taillights into smoked head- and taillights, or detail dirty vehicles.
Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Just Brakes has expanded from one auto shop to more than 160 outposts across eight states. At every location, ASE-certified technicians maintain vehicle safety with the standard brake service including a lifetime warranty on parts, labor and platonic love. Though their specialty is brakes, the techs also perform routine maintenance and repairs such as oil changes, factory maintenance services, batteries, belt replacement, and fluid services.