Turpentine Creek Education Resources

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Teacher Resources

Fun Fact #1

There are 9 different subspecies of Tigers, 3 of which are extinct: Javan, Caspian, and Bali Tigers.

Fun Fact #2

Spyke is 13 years old and is our only Black Leopard!

Fun Fact #3

Male lions weigh up to 420 pounds and can eat up to 10-25 pounds of meat a day!

Fun Fact #4

Bears at TCWR will get fed normally once a day in the winter, but twice a day from Spring to Fall!

Fun Fact #5

A female serval will stay a little longer with mom than a male serval.

Fun Fact #6

A bobcat is a solitary animal and are very territorial!

Fun Fact #7

Sheila was the Jacksons 2nd lion that was rescued in 1982.

Fun Fact #8

Tanya Smith, TCWR current president, was just a little girl when her parents, Hilda and Don Jackson rescued their first lion cub. She today still works endlessly to make sure every animal will have a home!

Fun Fact #9

A cougar will live to be roughly 8-10 years old in the wild, but up to 20 years old in captivity.

Fun Fact #10

Ligers can get gigantism because both of their parents lack a growth inhibitor gene to stop them from growing!

Fun Fact #11

Female leopards will be pregnant for roughly 90-100 days!

Fun Fact #12

Jaguars can get up to 6 feet in length!

Fun Fact #13

Grizzly bears get their name because of the white-tipped hair they have that makes them look grizzled.

Fun Fact #14

Hyenas are one of Africa's top predators, they have more direct kills than lions.

Fun Fact #15

All white tigers will have crossed-eyes, some are just more severe than others.

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.