Turpentine Creek Education Resources


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Fun Fact #1

There are over 40 names for cougars! Some you may have heard of are puma, mountain lion, and panther!

Fun Fact #2

If humans had ears like servals, they would be as large as dinner plates!

Fun Fact #3

There are 6 subspecies of tiger: Bengal, Indo-Chinese, Malayan, Siberian, South China, and Sumatran.

Fun Fact #4

Lions are the most social of the big cats! They live in prides of up to 30 individuals.

Fun Fact #5

Hyenas have over 10 different vocalizations, and they all mean different things!

Fun Fact #6

Black bears can be many different colors, including black, blonde, cinnamon, or even white!

Fun Fact #7

Cats have a second scent organ in their mouths, called Jacobson's Organ.

Fun Fact #8

Tigers make a noise called chuffing, which lets other tigers know that they want to be friendly.

Fun Fact #9

Brown bears have claws that are as long as an adult human's finger!

Fun Fact #10

Servals can jump 10-12 feet into the air in order to catch a bird!

Fun Fact #11

Bobcats are called mesopredators, meaning they are a predator in the middle of the food chain.

Fun Fact #12

Cats teeth will turn yellow as they get older!

Fun Fact #13

Our animals are big fans of having fun scents added to their toys, like kitchen spices, perfume, and catnip!

Fun Fact #14

Our older resident is a male tiger named Ty, who will be turning 25 in July!

Fun Fact #15

We have 89 animals here at Turpentine Creek, and 45 of them are tigers!

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.