“Lions and Tigers and Bears...OH! MY!” - Trip Advisor
“Lions and Tigers and Bears...OH! MY!” - Trip Advisor
“The is the place to see in Eureka springs” - Trip Advisor
“Thank Goodness This Place Exists” - Trip Advisor
“Will continue to come” - Trip Advisor
“Animal Rescuers' Dream” - Trip Advisor
“Be sure to stay here and hear the lions roar” - Trip Advisor
“Go on the walking tour” - Trip Advisor
“great rescue place for wild animals” - Trip Advisor
“Great time! Great place!” - Trip Advisor
“a must do in eureka” - Trip Advisor
“Simply AMAZING!” - Trip Advisor
“Fabulous experience” - Trip Advisor
Amanda Baker – California State University Stanislaus – BS Biology – May 2011
Hi, my name is Amanda Baker. I am from California, and I graduated from California State University Stanislaus, with a Bachelors of Science in Biology with a concentration in Zoology. I have been interested in working in the animal field since I was in grade school, and have worked towards reaching that goal ever since. My experience began in high school which included working with domestic animals in various rescue groups. Since graduating college, I have furthered my knowledge and training by interning at Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge where I worked with and gained experience with medical training of tigers, lions, cougars, leopards, and bobcats. Most recently I interned at Micke Grove Zoo where I gained experience working with birds of prey, and a variety of primates. I learned of the internship at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge through a zookeeper that I was fortunate enough to work with, and was tuned in to the great work being done at the facility. I hope to further my knowledge working with large cats, and I look forward to all of the experiences that will be coming my way.
David Enden – SUNY ESF – BS Conservation Biology – December 2012
My name is David Enden and I've recently graduated SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a degree in Conservation Biology. I have an innate passion for conservation; I consider it my life long goal to spread awareness on the actions that need to be taken right now. This is my first hands-on experience working with large carnivores, as I have spent the last 4 years conducting scientific research in various areas of conservation. After my experience in South Africa researching lions, leopards, and cheetah in the wild, I have solidified my focus on big cat behavior. During my studies at SUNY ESF, I was privileged enough to be welcomed into the world of the Six Nations. They live by the concept of the Seventh Generation; learning to live within the circle of life so that the resources and beauty of our planet can continue to be shared seven generations from now.
Michelle Flewitt – University of Virginia – BA Biology & Psychology – May 2013
My name is Michelle Flewitt and I am from Alexandria, Virginia. I have just graduated from the University of Virginia with a double major in Biology and Psychology. I have previously held an internship at Wolf Park, a non-profit behavioral research and public educational facility for gray wolves in Battle Ground, Indiana. While working there, I gained experience in caring for both adult wolves and puppies, as well as helping to educate the public about this misunderstood species. I am very excited and grateful to have the opportunity to intern at TCWR. I not only wish to learn more about working with different animal species and what it takes to care for them, but I think it is important to do my part to inform and educate the public about the exotic pet trade. I wish to pursue a career in zoo keeping of large carnivores, while ultimately working my way up to zoo administration. I also hope to focus on both animal behavior and public education. This internship will definitely challenge me both physically and mentally, but I know that I will learn and gain so much!
Sara Graul – Randolph College – BA Biology – May 2013
Hello! My name is Sara Graul and I am from Gilbertsville Pennsylvania. I recently obtained a bachelor's degree in biology with a minor in environmental studies from Randolph College. During college, I participated in internships with the Nature Zone of Lynchburg Virginia, the Randolph College Natural History Collection, and the Philadelphia Zoo. While completing my internship in animal behavior and environmental education at the Philadelphia Zoo, I realized that I definitely wanted to work with large mammals and was comfortable working with educating the public about them. I found the Turpentine Creek internship through the career development center at my college as a sophomore and have wanted to participate in this program ever since. I know that this experience will help lead me in the direction that I would love to go with my career. I am so happy to be a part of this team of caring and devoted individuals and to have the chance to make a difference in the lives of these animals while gaining valuable experience in the field that I would like to pursue.
Jeffrey Gross – University of Rhode Island – BS Wildlife & Conservation Biology – May 2013
Hello, my name is Jeff Gross. I have a bachelor's degree in Wildlife Conservation and Biology from the University of Rhode Island. I am very excited to be here in the mountains of Arkansas. This is absolutely beautiful country full of new and interesting critters I've never had the opportunity to see. I have previously interned with the Nature Conservancy/URI on the behaviors and breeding habits of the Northern Harrier, the US Fish and Wildlife service doing conservation work on the Piping Plover and the RI DEM surveying the beaver population of Rhode Island. It has been my dream to work with big cats, tigers in particular, since I was a teenager. Everything I have seen and experienced here at TCWR is amazing and I'm proud to have been chosen to be a part of this program.
Alexander Heller – SUNY Oswego – BS Zoology/BA Psychology – May 2013
My name is Alexander Heller and I just graduated from SUNY Oswego with a B.S. in Zoology and a B.A. in Psychology. I have always had a fascination with animals ever since I was a small child. For a long time I thought I wanted to be a field researcher but upon completing my junior year of college discovered that my interests lie not with research but with animal care. I volunteered at Swetbrair Nature Center in Smithtown, NY for a year where I worked with rescued raptors and reptiles. In the spring I interned at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, NY where I worked with reptiles and amphibians. I found Turpentine Creek on the American Association of Zookeepers website and thought it would be a fantastic opportunity. I was surprised to find the Emily not only knew one of the women I worked with in Syracuse but also that we graduated from the same university. So far I have had a lot of fun and gained some valuable experience and have high hopes for the next few months here at this amazing place.
Kristina Hernandez – Hardin-Simmons University – BS Biology – May 2012
Hi! My name is Kristina Hernandez; I have a BS in Biology from Hardin-Simmons University in Texas. I have always harbored a great love and respect for exotic animals, Big Cats in particular. My ultimate goal is to obtain a Keeper position at a zoo or a refuge working primarily with Big Cats. I completed two internships before joining the team of interns here at TCWR; with primates at the Houston Zoo, and mammals at the Abilene Zoo in Texas. At my previous internships I gained experience working with a diverse collection of exotic animals including lions, tigers, bears, zebras, orangutans, and giraffes. I have also worked at a vet clinic, and shadowed both exotic and domestic veterinarians. I am honored to be a part of the Fall 2013 team of Interns, and know this will be an experience of a lifetime. The staff here at Turpentine Creek is an amazing resource for others who are interested in working with exotic animals, and I am blessed to able to work with each one of them. While at TCWR I hope to acquire the knowledge and skills that I need in order to further my career in animal husbandry.
Sarah Holaday – Florida State University – BS Biology – May 2013
Hello! My name is Sarah Holaday. I recently graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Biology and a Minor in Chemistry. My previous experience with animals includes an internship with Shy Wolf Sanctuary dealing with wolves, wolf dog mixes, and some cat species. I interned this past summer at Naples Zoo as well, where I learned mostly about hoof stock and birds. Throughout my college career, I was able to volunteer with native Florida wildlife rehabilitation, and a local equine vet hospital. Interning here at Turpentine Creek will take me one step closer to my goal of becoming a zookeeper. I can't wait to be able to interact with big cats on a daily basis!
Miles Hughes – University of New England – BS Psychobiology – May 2013
My name is Miles and I graduated the University of New England in 2013. I studied animal behavior, as I have always been mystified about why animals behave the way they do and what they are able to understand. It was here at college that I had my first opportunity to work with animals in a behavioral neuroscience laboratory where I conducted novel. It was here that I was fully immersed into the world of animal behavior and I knew it was something that I would want to pursue for my career. When I found the internship at Turpentine Creek I was stoked at the thought of working with big cats. I am very thankful for this opportunity and looking forward for the next six months.
Claire McElroy – Otterbein University – BS Biology – May 2012
Hi, I'm Claire McElroy. I have a degree in Biology from Otterbein University in Ohio. I have had internships at the Columbus Zoo in the Australasia department, as well as Brukner Nature Center rehabbing and teaching the public about native Ohio wildlife. I have also taught summer camps at the Toledo Zoo, and I look forward to the opportunity of interacting with the public with a focus on big cats here at Turpentine Creek. It is hard for me to believe that I have been given the chance to work with such amazing animals and people, and it is truly a dream come true. I have always wanted to work with animals, and when my time at TCWR is finished, I hope to become a zookeeper and continue my passion of working with wildlife.
Jacqueline Pieroni – University of Massachusetts Amherst – BS Pre-Veterinary Science – May 2013
Hi, I'm Jackie. I'm originally from New Jersey but have lived in Massachusetts for the past four years earning my Bachelor's in Pre-Veterinary Sciences at UMass Amherst. I am excited to now be part of the TCWR team! Although this is my first time working at a large mammal refuge, I've had many experiences attributing to animal care and husbandry. Through my education at UMass, I was exposed to animal care of livestock and have worked with large cows to become Dairy Artificial Insemination certified. Additionally, I've worked as an educator for my local county zoo and have completed internships at both a veterinary hospital and a humane society. Additionally, last summer I traveled to Kruger National Park in South Africa on a research internship to study "big cats". Most recently, I completed an externship at a wildlife rehabilitation and release facility where I gained clinical experiences such as radiographing, anesthetizing, and vaccinating the animals in our care. In the near future, I have hopes of becoming a wildlife veterinarian and continue working with large cats!
Stacy Selko – University of Nebraska-Lincoln – BS Animal Science – May 2013
Hi, my name is Stacy Selko. I recently graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Animal Science. My past experiences are mainly with domestic animals and include working for two different boarding facilities for dogs and cats where I held leadership positions. This past summer I worked at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as a student intern for Companion Animal Science. During this internship, I had the opportunity to be able to work with the 4-H youth program and help give educational clinics about domestic cats to the youth. I have always had a love for animals and have been eager to expand my knowledge with exotic animals. I am excited to have the opportunity to do so here at Turpentine Creek! My goal is to have a career as a zoo keeper, as well as, work in conservation education. I am excited to contribute to making a difference in these animals' lives and I look forward to everything I am going to learn and experience here at Turpentine Creek!
Danielle Zylstra - Iowa State University – BS Animal Science – May 2013
Hi! I'm Danielle Zylstra. I graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor's degree in Animal Science. I have experience interning with wildlife critters and working with domestic animals and livestock. I've always had an interest in working with animals and after hearing about Turpentine Creek, I knew this was the place to be. I would like to end up working in a sanctuary like TCWR or in a zoo, and I feel like this internship is a great place to start.
Samantha Bieck – Cornell University – BS Biology – May 2012 - Second Internship
Hi, my name is Samantha Bieck. I have a degree in Biology with a concentration in Animal Physiology from Cornell University. I have previously volunteered as an animal caretaker at the Cayuga Nature Center caring for a variety of wildlife animals. I have also spent time at a number of veterinary clinics working mostly with small animals and horses. I have always wanted to work with animals and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with big cats for the first time.
Kaitlin Anderson – Georgia Institute of Technology – BS Biology – May 2011 - Fourth Internship
My name is Katie Anderson and I have a degree in biology from Georgia Tech (Go Jackets!). Tigers are my favorite animal and it has been a dream of mine to work with them since I was a little girl. I previously interned at Zoo Atlanta in the carnivore department where I worked the big cats, sun bears, and other small carnivores. I arrived at TCWR in February of 2012 and have now been interning here a year and a half. I have learned so much during my time here and I cannot imagine leaving this wonderful place. Following my time as an intern, I hope to be hired on as full time staff at the refuge. TCWR has truly become my home and I look forward to continuing to make a difference in these animals' lives and allowing many more the chance to call this place their home as well.
John Chavez – Texas A&M University-Kingsville – BS Wildlife Management – May 2010 - Fourth Internship
My name is John Chavez; I received my degree in Range & Wildlife management and a minor in Field Biology from Texas A&M University -Kingsville. I previously worked with a large variety of venomous snakes at the National Natural Toxic Research Center. Right before graduating and after a few promotions, I was granted a full time job with the Computing and Information Services department. After a year at my full time job, by chance, I checked my old student email and saw the opportunity with TCWR. I made the decision to drop everything and travel out to Arkansas to train, learn and work in efforts to help out these amazing animals at the Refuge.
Kelly Farrell – George Mason University – BS Biology – May 2012 - Second Internship
Hannah Corbin – Central College – BA Biology – December 2012
Alaistra Harper – University of Arizona – BS Wildlife Conservation & Management – May 2010
Natalie Wertz – University of Nebraska-Lincoln – BS Animal Science – December 2012
Samantha Bieck – Cornell University BS Biology – May 2012
Bonnie Glover –University of Massachusetts – BS Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation – May 2010 - Second Internship
Madeline Benson – University of Minnesota – BS Fisheries and Wildlife – December 2011 - Second Internship
Katie Robertson – University of New Hampshire – BS Zoology – December 2009 - Second Internship
Elena Yaunke – University of Wisconsin-Steven's Point – BS Biology – May 2012
John Chavez – Texas A&M University-Kingsville – BS Wildlife Management – May 2010 - Third Internship
Marcela Mejia – Texas A&M University-Kingsville – BS Animal Science – December 2012
Kaitlin Anderson – Georgia Institute of Technology – BS Biology – May 2011 - Third Internship
Amanda Kinnon – Lycoming College – BS Biology – December 2012
Brianna Ogas – Union College — BS Biology – June 2012 - Second Internship
Natasha Bretz – SUNY ESF – BS Conservation Biology – May 2011 - Second Internship
Mike Redig – Luther College – BS Biology – May 2012 - Second Internship
Mike Redig – Luther College – BS Biology – May 2012
Sureni Beckford – The College of Wooster – BA Biochemistry/Molecular Biology – May 2012
Katie Widrick – SUNY Oswego – BS Zoology – May 2012
Jaimie Howard – Abilene Christian University – BS Animal Science – May 2012
John Chavez – Texas A&M University – Kingsville – BS Wildlife Management – May 2010 - Second Internship
Alexa Godfrey – University of Oregon – BS General Studies/Biology – June 2011
Brianna Ogάs – Union College – BS Biology – June 2012
Bonnie Glover – University of Massachusetts – BS Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation – May 2010
Kaitlin Anderson – Georgia Institute of Technology – BS Biology – May 2011 - Second Internship
Kelly Farrell – George Mason University – BS Biology – May 2012
Jessica Rebman – North Carolina State University – BS Zoology – May 2011 - Second Internship
Rebecca Mitchell – University of Maryland – BS Animal Science & Ecology/Evolution – May 2012
Sarah LaVallee – University of Tennessee – BS Ecology/Evolutionary Biology – May 2012
Jenna Johnson - Missouri State U. - BS Wildlife Conservation & Mgmt - December 2009
Anna mantooth - Western Kentucky University - BS Biology - May 2011 - 2nd Internship
Kaitlin Anderson - Georgia Institute of Technology - BS Biology - May 2011
Katie Robertson - University of New Hampshire - BS Zoology - December 2009
Natasha Bretz - SUNY ESF - BS Conservation Biology - May 2011
Stephanie Scott - Truman State University - BA Biology - May 2011
Jessica Rebman - North Carolina Stated University - BS Zoology - May 2011
Dianne Mohr - U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - BS Integrative Biology - May 2011 - 2nd Internship
Ken Riley - Northeastern University - BS Biology - June 2011
Sydney Kessler - University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - BS Biology - December 2011
Caitlin Bregitzer - Miami University - BA Zoology & Botany - December 2010
Madeline Benson - University of Minnesota - BS Fisheries and Wildlife - December 2011
Dinesh Erram -Southeast Missouri State University - Masters Natural Science - May 2011
John Chavez - Texas A&M University - Kingsville - BS Wildlife Management - May 2010
Jennie Pham - University of California Davis - BS Animal Biology - July 2011
Kara Anderson - West Texas A&M University - BS Wildlife Biology - May 2011
Dianne Mohr - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - BS Integrative Biology - May 2011
Chelsea Reyes - SUNY ESF - BS Wildlife Science - May 2011
Samantha Coccia - SUNY ESF - BS Conservation Biology - May 2011
Bethany Baran - Ohio State University - BS Zoology - June 2011
Adam Dewey - University of Michigan - BA Biological Anthropolgy - December 2010
Anna Mantooth - Western Kentucky University - BS Biology - May 2011
Melissa Kerzner - North Eastern Illinois University - BS Biology - December 2010 - Second Internship
Kathryn Croft - Wake Forest University - BA Biology - May 2010 - Second Internship
Justin Perry - Western Carolina University - BS Biology - May 2009
Sarah Loutsch - Salisbury University - BS Biology - May 2010 - Second Internship
Allison Shell - Kent State University - BS Zoology - December 2010
Kyle Jorgensen - Humboldt State University - BS Zoology - May 2009 - Third Internship
Elizabeth Goodenough - California Polytechnic University - BS Biology - December 2010
Alex Hauenstein - Miami University - BA Zoology - May 2010
Katie Del Rosso - SUNY University at Geneseo - BA Biology - December 2010
Kathryn Croft - Wake Forest University - BA Biology - May 2010
Melissa Kerzner - North Eastern Illinois University - BS Biology - December 2010
Jaime Appleton - University of New Hampshire - BS Wildlife Biology - December 2010
Katie Overholser - Case Western Reserve University - BA Biology - May 2009
Kelly Jo Carroll - SUNY University at Buffalo - BS Environmental Science - February 2010
Trevor Guidinger - Washington State University - BS Zoology/Psychology - May 2010
Kyle Jorgensen - Humboldt State University - BS Zoology - May 2009 - Second Internship
Sylvester Martinez - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - BS Integrative Biology - Dec 2008
Elise Johnston - Loyola University Chicago - BS Anthropology - May 2010
Kurt Carney - Iowa State University - BS Animal Ecology - May 2010
Diana Hollingsworth - Southern Illinois University - BS Zoology - Dec 2009 - Second Internship
Matthew Sellers - Oaklahoma State University - BS Animal Science - May 2010
Melissa Shelton - Wright State University - BS Biology - May 2010
Jennifer Brenneman - Missouri Western State University - BS Biology - May 2009
Sarah Loutsch - Salisbury University - BS Biology - May 2010
Jordana Todd - Salisbury University - BS Biology - May 2010
Melanie Kuse - Eastern Illinois University - BS Zoology - December 2009
Diana Hollingsworth - Southern Illinois University - BS Zoology - December 2009
Kelly Tardif - University of New Hampshire - BS Zoology - May 2008
Rachele Peterson - University of New England - BS Psychobiology - May 2008
Jonathan Murray - SUNY Oswego - BA Zoology - May 2009
Kyle Jorgensen - Humboldt State University - BS Zoology - May 2009
Izzy Beers - University of California Santa Cruz - BS Marine Biology - May 2009
Kellyn Kearney - Manhattan College - BS Biology - May 2008 - Third Internship
Craig Conklin - North Carolina State University - BS Zoology - December 2009
Jennifer Eros - Colorodo State University - BS Zoology - Auguse 2009
Jarrett Sweeley - Coastal Carolina University - BS Marine Science/Biology - May 2008 - Third Internship
Chelsea Davis - University of California Davis - BS Animal Science - June 2009