Published: Jan 21, 2011 8:26 PM EST
Updated: Jan 21, 2011 5:26 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The owner of a Florida wildlife rescue center is spending an entire month in a cage with two lions. The fundraising stunt has riled other animal rescue groups and shows just how hard it is to keep wildlife sanctuaries afloat.

James Jablon with Wildlife Rehabilitation is halfway through his month of eating, sleeping and otherwise hanging out with the carnivorous cats in their pen in Hernando County.

 Those in the animal sanctuary world say it's extremely expensive to raise and care for exotic animals - a single tiger can eat upward of 60 pounds of meat a week.

Some fellow animal keepers say Jablon is taking a needless risk by putting himself in harm's way. He says he'll be OK because the young lions have known him since they were cubs.

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