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TCWR Newsletter

Spring 2014 Newsletter Page 1

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TCWR Documentary

A brief documentary about the people and wildlife at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and its history of providing lifetime sanctuary to hundreds of exotic animals.
by: Charles Ragsdell, II

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A Stable Home Makes All the Difference

Emily McCormack - Curator - Spring 2014

As another group of interns departs, reflection of character and growth comes to mind. Each intern becomes an important staple of everyday life and progress at the refuge. In the past six months TCWR has had continued development. Due to our supporters and amazing team, we were able to revamp a habitat for Willy, finish Bam Bam's habitat, and opened the 16th habitat at Rescue Ridge to date. Pieces of freedom built, revealed personality changes and defined characters.

The expansion at Rescue Ridge has been phenomenal in the last 6 months. More importantly, the animals dispositions have changed immensely. When the RTS rescue began, the cats were scared as any new resident would be adjusting to their surroundings. After arriving at Rescue Ridge, most of the tigers were tucked away in their dens, unsure of trusting. Construction, the humming of welders, and unfamiliar people took time for them to absorb. But slowly, some of them were seen slinking around their enclosures. As we recently drove the final pipe in the ground, Grumpet was restfully sleeping on her bench in her yard. It is amazing and uplifting to now see all the cats at Rescue Ridge enjoying their habitats and peaceful new home. The change from seeing them hiding in their dens to watching the cats gain trust and await our arrival each morning is truly fulfilling.

I would like to thank the Fall, 2013, interns for their dedication to the animals and the facility. You each played a part in changing lives. All of your hard work truly shines. Good luck to each of you and dream big!

Welcome to the Spring, 2014, intern group. Break out the boots and gloves as we accomplish more growth and success for all the amazing animals at Turpentine Creek. Brace yourself for the time of your life!

Thank you to all of our supporters who believe and support this incredible sanctuary. I am so excited to see what we will do together in 2014!

Your Support Saves Lives

Finishing Rescue Ridge and Planning for Three More Habitats

Tanya Smith - Founder / President - Spring 2014

As I am writing this I am looking out my office window to a Winter Wonderland with lots of tigers, lions, and bears that need to have care everyday. This is always the time of year when we get snow and ice and have to endure freezing temps. For the past 22 years we have survived and are learning to thrive through the winters when there is no business as far as customers. It is always a challenge, but our team does their jobs extremely well. Even as cold as it is I am seeing smiles. Our new group of interns started on Feb.1st. They seem to be a great addition to our team. Training new people, especially in this freezing weather, is not an easy task. Emily McCormack, TCWR Curator, and the team she has assembled to give the daily care to the animals have my upmost respect. I am grateful everyday for the love I see and care they give to our animals. Thank you!

Lots of changes happening this year; WE DID IT! WE DID IT! Thanks for your help. I am so proud of YOUR support! TCWR will build 3 new enclosures for tigers THANKS to YOUR contribution. Weather dependent, and with lots of volunteers, we should be able to start this project by summer. We are finishing up construction on Rescue Ridge. Only 4 more extension yards left to build* onto the 20 cages that we built in one of our lower pastures. This area was built to save 28 Big Cats from Mountainburg, AR. We started that rescue in November of 2012. Due to YOUR support, 128 days later, we had all 27 tigers and 1 cougar moved. A great accomplishment....

Tigers In America has been so generous to match your donations by 50%. Their part equaled more than $22,000 which equals 1 habitat. Through your donations we raised more than $44,000, which should build two large enclosures, making it three habitats in total. Our ultimate goal is to get every rescued cat/animal in a grassy area with trees and lots of enrichment on the 459 acres currently reside. TCWR plans to tear down our main compound and rebuild it into larger enclosures. The rare times when we do receive complaints it is always due to the small cages when the visitors first walk in; most don't realize how many animals' lives those cages saved. We are so grateful that we are growing and getting the animals out on to the grass.

TCWR is working on a master plan to build a new entrance area, education room, gift shop, café, and veterinarian clinic (tear down current compound and rebuild). To do this we have to get all the cats out of the current cages. Due to nice weather last week, we were able to move 4 of the cats out of the compound and spread them around in the current habitats. Cougars, Bud and Buttons, and tigers, Ty and Christa, love their new areas. This leaves 18 cats in the small cages.

Please continue to do what you can to help us provide the best life possible for these magnificent, unfortunate creatures. Our ultimate goal is that there would be no need for a Big Cat refuge like TCWR. But until laws change and people stop breeding and selling these animals the need for refuges like ours IS necessary. Our goal is to be a shining example of how to care for these animals while educating interns and the general public about the proper way to help. Let me know if I can be of further assistance. Come visit when you can. Thanks again. Until next time...

* Rescue Ridge should be completely finished within a week.  - 3/18/2014

Mission Statement

To provide lifetime refuge for abandoned, abused, and neglected "Big Cats" with emphasis on Tigers, Lions, Leopards, and Cougars.

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