I think PrideRock has been a dream of mine since I was a kid. I remember my parents taking me to zoos and I would sneak away and sit in front of the lions and tigers in awe, watching them pace back and forth in front of me probably knowing how much they impressed me. I loved them then and I love them now and all my dreams have come true. Our story begins in 1992, in Terrell, Texas... The work is hard and the days are long, but we are blessed beyond measure to have the opportunity to share our lives with these big cats.
Tiggy, Tony (tigers), Leo and Chloe (lions) came from a park in West Virginia that was having to part with the exotic animals. Gary had to make two trips because our trailer would only hold two cats so he spent about three days of travel each time. Long, hard trips but definitely worth it to get them back to Texas to start their lives with us at PrideRock. They have settled in and have much more room and seem very happy and are already very loved! They are ready for some cooler weather though. :-)
We are honored that Courtney Dunn, a Master's student at the University of Central Arkansas, and a volunteer biologist at the National Tiger Sanctuary and many zoological institutions across the country has included PrideRock in her thesis project centered on understanding the unique vocalizations that individual tigers have. The aim is to create a better censuring method for wild tigers which will be the basis of protecting and preserving them for future generations. The best part is within just a month of the study we used our recorded vocalizations to help relocate a wild tiger safely out of a city! The recorders are in place now and being moved every three days. We will be anxious to hear the results.