Turpentine Creek Education Resources

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Fun Fact #1

A tiger's habitat includes tropical rain forests, snow-covered forests, swamps, & drier forested areas!

Fun Fact #2

Spyke, our black leopard, was born at Turpentine Creek in 2008!

Fun Fact #3

Lions can be up to 4 feet tall at the shoulder! A normal fridge can be approximately 5 feet and 8 inches!

Fun Fact #4

Bear cubs are born in the winter den and stay in the den with momma bear till the following year!

Fun Fact #5

A serval in captivity can live to be up to 20-23 years old!

Fun Fact #6

A bobcat can jump 10 feet up into the air onto its prey to deliver a fatal blow to the neck.

Fun Fact #7

In 1978, the Jackson family rescued their first lion cub, 8-month-old Bum.

Fun Fact #8

A brown bear can weigh anywhere from 700-1,500 pounds!

Fun Fact #9

A coati breeding season is from January to April!

Fun Fact #10

Cougars are ambush hunters, which means they will sneak up on their prey and attack it when it is least expecting!

Fun Fact #11

Ligers are all different, some like the water while others don't!

Fun Fact #12

Female leopards can weigh anywhere from 60-100 pounds!

Fun Fact #13

Jaguars love the water and can swim really well!

Fun Fact #14

Bam Bam was rescued in 2009 when he was 2 years old!

Fun Fact #15

In December of 1991, a breeder & black market dealer named Twiss dropped off 42 big cats crammed in 3 cattle trailers... that's how we began our journey to become Turpentine Creek.

Fun Fact #16

There are roughly 80 individuals in a clan of hyenas!

Fun Fact #17

White tigers are not snow tigers, albino tigers, or Siberian tigers.

Fun Fact #18

A male serval will be larger than a female. They can be about 23-36 inches in length.

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.