Turpentine Creek Education Resources

Unsponsored Animal of the Week

Teacher Resources

Fun Fact #1

Tiger researchers have said there to be roughly 3,500 to 4,000 tigers left in the wild today.

Fun Fact #2

A leopard can run up to 40 mph!

Fun Fact #3

A lion's heels don't touch the ground when they walk!

Fun Fact #4

A black bear's mating season peaks in May and June but they technically do not get pregnant till the Fall.

Fun Fact #5

Lions can live up to 25 years in captivity!

Fun Fact #6

Grizzly bears have long claws on their front feet to help them dig and climb.

Fun Fact #7

Male and female servals will spray their territory 20 to 40 times per hour!

Fun Fact #8

A bobcat is most active at dawn and at dusk!

Fun Fact #9

A coati is most commonly found in tropical woodlands and open forests in South and Central America.

Fun Fact #10

A cougar's tail is about 2 to 3 feet long!

Fun Fact #11

Even though we do not have any Tigons here at Turpentine, Tigons have a harder time making it past infancy than Ligers. (NOT A TIGON PHOTO)

Fun Fact #12

Leopards are excellent climbers, they will tote heavy kills up in trees to protect their kill from other animals.

Fun Fact #13

Hyenae have the strongest bite force in relation to size than any other mammal! (1,100 pounds per square inch)

Fun Fact #14

In the wild a grizzly bear will gorge themselves on moths, eating roughly 40,000 a day!

Fun Fact #15

In May of 2018, Turpentine went through an average of 511.23 pounds of meat per day from feeding the animals at the refuge.

Fun Fact #16

A hyena's heart is twice as large as that of a similar-sized mammal.

Fun Fact #17

All white tigers have crossed eyes, some just can be seen well on some compared to others.

Fun Fact #18

Servals have the longest legs and the largest ears for their body size than any other cat.

Our Mission

To provide lifetime refuge for abused and neglected “Big Cats” with emphasis on tigers, lions, leopards, and cougars. Through public education we work to end the Exotic Animal Trade, making sanctuaries like Turpentine Creek no longer necessary; together, we can preserve and protect these magnificent predators in the wild for our children’s future.