Employee of the Quarter

“I know these people & Carol has loved, worked with & saved animals her whole life. This is her passion,love & purpose! I have made donations here & will continue to. The work they do is not easy & not everyone is cut out for it. It takes a large amount of time, patients & money for this to work.These magnificent animals come to them needing love,attention,medical attention & understanding. Through donations it can continue to flourish & these wonderful beast can live without fear of being abused, or neglected. Honor someone, or in memory of someone by donating or do so because you love animals!!!”
Cindy204, donor, May 2016

Intern of the Quarter- January through March 2016

Taylor rakes fallen leaves and debris while cleaning an empty cat enclosure.

Taylor, a little leery about holding a snake, finally gets up the nerve to take on the challenge.

Taylor mixed up the meat in the morning before feeding time.

Taylor Bankston of Burleson, Texas, has been a PrideRock Wildlife Refuge inten since February 2016.  She is facing the end of her internship February 2017 and will pursue a career working with big cats. Taylor graduated from Tarlton State University in December 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a concentration in wildlife. Taylor says the best things about interning at PrideRock are being close to the gorgeous animals and hearing the lions roar at night while living in the on-site intern house. Taylor traveled to South Africa for 28 days in June and July 2016 where she spent two weeks at the Ann Van Dyke Cheetah Center and spend time at a rehabilitation center with giraffe, zebra and elephants. Taylor plans on returning to African but doen’st know when. As an intern at PrideRock, Taylor fed the animals, raked and cleaning the animal enclosures, mopped the kitchen floor, disinfected the countertops and washed the feeding pans. She also went on meat and vegetable runs, assisted in facility maintenance and took part in every opportunity presented to her. Taylor will be missed by staff, volunteers and the cats, bears and other residents here at the refuge. Good luck Taylor!

October-December 2016

PrideRock Wildlife Refuge Media Relations Specialist Robyn Wheeler gives educational presentations to youth groups, schools, libraries and civic organizations. She can be reached at (972) 345-8544 or rwheeler@priderock.org.

​PrideRock Wildlife Refuge Media Relations Specialist Robyn Wheeler is our Employee of the Quarter for October-December 2016. Robyn was hired in May to increase donations, social media awareness and local and national awareness about PrideRock, their mission and why sanctuaries of this nature are needed in Texas and the United States.
Robyn is responsible for posting on social media, blogging, promoting North Texas Giving Day and other fundraisers, finding new volunteers and interns, creating monthly newsletters, updating the organization’s website, attending local meetings and expos, giving presentations to schools and civic groups, taking photos and videos of the daily activities at PrideRock as well as coming up with new ideas for promoting and increasing efficiency, and much more.
Some of Robyn’s accomplishments during her six months at the cat sanctuary include creating a donor data base, developing a presentation for schools and other youth groups, and assisting with PrideRock verification for the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. The PrideRock website has also expanded with the development of a Kid’s Club, Pen Pal letter program, selling Cat Scat, and the CatCams page, where lions, tigers and bears can be seen in real-time, in their real settings.
PrideRock also received a $1,000 grant from Trinity Valley Electric Co-op for supplies and materials for developing the children’s educational program.
“I love what I do. It is very rewarding to see formerly unwanted or abused animals living peacefully in a loving home. I want to help PrideRock care for these magnificent animals and be a part of their mission,” Robyn said.
To book a presentation for your youth group or civic organization, or to learn more about the PrideRock’s volunteer or intern program, contact Robyn at (972) 345-8544 or rwheeler@priderock.org.

July-September 2016

Jim DeCourley is this month’s Employee of the Quarter for July – September 2016. Jim has a Navy background having been a Navy diver as well as a sonar technician, specifically on nuclear submarines.

Jim has been with PrideRock now several months and his passion is bears, which lucky for him, we acquired some black bears last Fall after having primarily big cats for over 20 years. He is now Rowdy, Coco and Toro’s primary caretaker and maintains their facilities while giving them lots of TLC. He is also responsible for their diets and nutrition and manages to make sure the get lots of treats like nutter butter cookies, peanut brittle and honey on weekends. I think they love him as much as he loves them. Jim works hard to make sure these special bears are given lots of love and attention and the best possible lives, and we are glad that he has found his place with us at PrideRock!