Tigger and Shana arrived late in the afternoon of February 23rd, 2012 delivered by Terri Werner from Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge in Tyler, Texas.
The cats had not suffered physical abuse prior to their stay at Tiger Creek, rather a failed commitment to their upkeep and homing. Tigger (m) and Shana (f), both around 12 years old, were owned by an individual in Virginia who held a USDA Exhibitors license. The financial burden required to keep the big cats became too great however and about a year ago he decided to get rid of them. Failing to find them a new home he approached Tiger Creek and asked for their help which he received for several months. Finally he was at the point of saying that if they couldn't be placed by the end of February 2012, they would be put down.
Tiger Creek contacted us and we agreed to take the tigers providing transportation from Virginia to Texas could be arranged. We were able to accept this commitment because two of our cats; Shealee and Damien had sadly passed away, leaving recently refurbished enclosures.
Aside from being treated for worms, the tigers are in good health and now enjoying their forever homes at PrideRock.
PrideRock Wildlife Refuge is a safe haven for Big Cats that have been abused, abandoned, confiscated or that can no longer be properly cared for by their previous owners for whatever reason. The Refuge is located on 9 acres, thirty miles east of Dallas in Kaufman county, Texas.
PrideRock is a non-profit corporation, ASA accredited, and a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt publicly supported organization.
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.