• PrideRock Wildlife Refuge - Big Cat
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  • PrideRock Wildlife Refuge - Tiger

At PrideRock Wildlife Refuge, providing a permanent sanctuary and shelter for mistreated and unwanted lions, tigers and cougars is our guiding mission.

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Refuge center focuses efforts on providing a sanctuary for big cats... (Summer 2014 /Vol. 4 Issue 2)

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It started as a passion to have a big cat in my world because of my fascination with lions and tigers at zoos as a child, but through the years it has quickly became apparent that if there were any reservations about raising wild animals, they simply didn't matter as I have come to realize that their survival now depends on facilities like PrideRock and it is an honor to provide that for them.

Sadly, years back, our first big cat, a lion named Gabe, was found through an ad in the Dallas Morning News with a price tag lower than a lot of pure bred puppies. Statistics will show that the exotic animal trade is second only to the drug trade with billions of dollars exchanged and the motive being profit. The cats pay the price being contained in filthy conditions and not properly fed with no vet care.

PrideRock - Carol Holliman holding a baby tiger=Carol Holliman holding a baby cougar

With much needed legislation constantly changing and greater control being brought to an unregulated practice of breeding, buying and selling these wild animals as pets that will likely be confiscated or abandoned, it will then become necessary to make certain that facilities like PrideRock exist to provide the life-long care and existence that these magnificent creatures deserve and need.

There are also a growing number of people that buy these cats as cubs never thinking of the size they become or the commitment and responsibilities involved with ownership. It is a lifelong dedication that comes with hours of hard work and expense.

My husband Gary and I have strived to do the best we can throughout our 20 plus year life with them, and have sacrificed in many ways to make sure they have had the best possible life. It is our prayer and hope that we can continue this dream that was started with a lion named Gabe that left a legacy of love and taught me so much about life, love, people and that dreams really do come true. It has been an honor and that's WHY WE ARE HERE.


A Dream Come True...

"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."

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Carol Holliman

THANK YOU! Our Grateful thanks to all who help and support PrideRock.

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PrideRock Wildlife Refuge is situated on nine acres of land located about 30 miles east of Dallas, in Kaufman County, Texas. PrideRock is aTexas non-profit corporation and a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization which relies exclusively on public funding. The Refuge has been accredited by the American Sanctuary Association.