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National Cat Day

National Cat Day

10/29/2021

Come visit us at TCWR on October 29th and join us in celebrating International Cat Day! This is a day used to raise awareness for homeless domestic cats of all species and backgrounds, and to explore ways to help and protect them. Here at TCWR, we are a forever home to exotic cats. But, there is an ever growing problem of homeless domesticated cats in neighborhoods all around the world. Come join us in finding solutions to some of the issues that our feline friends, wild and domestic, are facing.

National Black Cat Day

National Black Cat Day

11/17/2021

Black cats, domestic and wild, are commonly thought to be bad luck or bad omens. Here at TCWR we are home to one black, or melanistic, leopard named Spyke. Come visit us to learn how to help black cats of all shapes and sizes, including Spyke!

World Wildlife Conservation Day

World Wildlife Conservation Day

12/04/2021

Come and join us at TCWR on Wildlife Conservation Day, December 4th. Did you know many species, from all over the world, are endangered due to harmful actions of humans; from hunting and wildlife trafficking to the destruction of their habitats. Through interactive programs, discover how you can help stop the number of endangered species from rising and how to help the ones whose numbers are already extremely low.

International Day of Animal Rights

International Day of Animal Rights

12/10/2021

Visit TCWR for National Animal Rights Day as we discover how we can help stop the abuse that wildlife endure from humans. This is a day dedicated to spread awareness on all wildlife established by the non-profit Our Planet. Theirs Too. Join TCWR staff as we explore different opportunities to become their voice and help stop their suffering.

Teacher Resources

Fun Fact #1

They can live to be up to 25 years old in captivity!

Fun Fact #2

A mom leopard can produce 1-3 cubs per litter!

Fun Fact #3

A lion cub will achieve hunting at the age of 2!

Fun Fact #4

From the tip of their nose to the tip of their tail, that is roughly 75 inches!

Fun Fact #5

A serval roughly weighs between 19 to 40 pounds!

Fun Fact #6

Bobcats may be small, but they can still take down a small deer!

Fun Fact #7

A lion's habitat in Africa ranges mostly in the grasslands.

Fun Fact #8

Brown bears tend to play fight to help establish the hierarchy among the young cubs.

Fun Fact #9

Coatis are very vocal and they will groom each other.

Fun Fact #10

A cougar cub's spots will start to fade at 6 months old and that is when they learn to hunt!

Fun Fact #11

We are a GFAS accredited Sanctuary which means we do not breed our animals together to create hybrids!

Fun Fact #12

A cub leopard will become independent at the ages of 13 to 18 months old.

Fun Fact #13

A Hyena's laugh can be heard up to 3 miles away and it is used in nervous excitement or to alert others of food.

Fun Fact #14

Bam-Bam gets a lot of food, but his favorite food has to be peanut butter! He enjoys getting peanut butter and honey sandwiches!

Fun Fact #15

In a litter of tigers, mom produces about 1-6 cubs, but there is mostly around 1-3 on average.

Fun Fact #16

A hyena weighs roughly 77 to 175 pounds!

Fun Fact #17

All white tigers have crossed eyes. Some may have severely crossed eyes while others do not have as bad.

Fun Fact #18

When a serval is ready to hunt, the mom typically drives them out, especially the males.

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.