PrideRock Wildlife Refuge lost its 28 year old mama lioness Dec. 14, 2016. She was the mother of Allie and Ruby. Mia lived with Keisha and they spent many hours together lazing in sun, or on their platform. Keisha has been in her den all day since Mia died. Animals grieve too.
Jamu and Kashmir (left to right) were brothers. They spent many days and night by each others’ side. They sometimes argued, like brothers do, but shared ther lives together. Jamu passed over the rainbow Dec. 16.
He was known as our little “conehead” due to the permanent bump on the top of his head. Kash is now alone at PrideRock and our staff and volunteers will do everything to help him through losing his brother. Jamu was 16 years old.
Golden was one of three Exxon Mobile tigers who arrived at PrideRock in 2004.
Golden died January 10 from unknows causes. She arrived with her sisters, Mia and Kelly, who preceded her in death from cancer. She was probably close to 20 years old.
Cherokee, or Cherry, was a special cougar. She didn’t particularly care for women but bonded immediately with our Operations Manager, Corey. Cherry died peacefully in her sleep March 18. She was 23 years old.
Tiggy arrived in 2013 with Tony from a resort in West Virginia. The two stayed together for the remainder of Tiggy’s life, and after getting used to their new surroundings they settled in happily in their new home. Tiggy passed on April 17th, 2017 at the age of 17.
This big, beautiful boy was with us many years and had quite a story. Some friends had to move him along with all their other exotic cats quickly because of a motorcycle gang that was threatening their safety. Prior to living with them, he had spent the first years of his life in a dark basement not ever knowing what daylight was. Needless to say, we were happy to take him and give him the best possible life with lots of room and plenty of sunshine. He brought us tons of joy through the years, and passed on April 24th, 2017 at the ripe age of 20.
This spectacular lioness crossed over the rainbow bridge in August of 2017. She spent her life with her mate Leo, whom she loved and looked after every day. She could often be found cleaning Leo’s face and showering him with affection. She and Leo came to us from the same location as Tony and Tiggy, and we feel so blessed to have given her a loving home in her later years. She passed at the age of 18, and we and Leo will miss her terribly.
We got Sinbad as a young tiger when we lost another beloved male tiger to help our broken hearts heal. Sinbad filled the void in a big way and went on to live out his life at PrideRock for the next 23 years. We were just starting our journey at the time so he was with us from the beginning. He came to be known fondly as Captain Sinbad by friends and volunteers through the years and had a very distinct personality. He had to get to know you before he warmed up much, but then he was full of chuffs. Sinbad passed away peacefully in May, 2018. He will always be missed and holds a very special place in our hearts.
Casey was one of four cougar cubs born at PrideRock due to an accidental breeding. We bottle fed him and his three sisters and bonded strongly with all of them. We lost his three sisters in recent years so Casey was the last to go after almost 20 years. He was a special, beautiful boy and could often be found lounging in his hammock or high shelf. He loved to stalk volunteers but did his share of purring too. Casey passed away peacefully in July, 2018. We miss Casey terribly and will always remember those four sweet baby cougars that we hand raised from ten days old.
Allie was born at PrideRock to Mia in 1998 along with Jake and Ruby, who sadly have passed on. It was a wonderful experience to bottle feed them and raise them in the house with us. We were the first things they saw when they opened their eyes so we were mom and dad. That time was one of the most rewarding of my life and something I’ll always remember. Allie has blessed our lives for many years and has grown into a big beautiful lioness with a wonderful disposition. She will be forever missed.
Pharaoh was a sweet lion that came as a cub from a breeder that had used him in shows. We kept him on the bottle for a long time, thus his strong bond to humans and sweet personality. He was very handsome boy.
Toro was a shy, beautiful soul who came to us with her siblings, Rowdy and Toro. The three of them taught us everything we know about bears. We are so grateful for the time we were able to share with her. Toro passed in the spring of 2019.