Monthly Archives: October 2016

Biggest Rescue In Our History

TCWR Acquires 110 Animals From Colorado Facility

October 17, 2016


Khaleesi, Lakota, and Aurora are trying to enjoy the shade in Colorado.

On September 21, Turpentine Creek took on our largest rescue, possibly the largest big cat rescue in the USA, when we acquired 110 animals from a facility in Colorado.

The previous owner of the Colorado facility was diagnosed with Cancer, for two years he had diligently searched for a group to take on the care of his animals.

Finally, he found Turpentine Creek and reached out to us. After a brief visit to the facility, by Tanya, Scott, and Emily, we could not turn down the opportunity to take over the care of these animals.


Khaleesi, Lakota, and Aurora enjoy their pool, in their new habitat in Arkansas.

We are very lucky to have an extensive network of past interns who are dedicated to the Turpentine Creek mission and have volunteered their time to help us. Making sure that we have people on site to care for the animals.

Many of the animals in Colorado need immediate veterinary care and we need your help to make sure all the animals are taken care of properly. Please donate now to assist in the care for all of our new animals.

Turpentine Creek has partnered with Tigers in America to take on the monumental task of rescuing the 110 Colorado animals, and we need your help.


Four Volunteer Veterinarians, 3 of which are old interns, performed emergency eye surgery on two tigers in Colorado.

In a single day, the number of animals in our care more than doubled. Enclosures in Colorado are in desperate need for updates and animals are in need of veterinary care. So much needs to be done before the winter weather starts in Colorado.

We need your help to make sure all our animals live happy, healthy lives, please click here to donate now to help us, help them.



Habitat Release Michael and Popper

Habitat Release: Michael and Popper

Oct. 6th, 2016

Michael and Popper, two black bears, arrived at Turpentine Creek early on Friday, September 2nd. The two bears came from two different rescues and were delivered to TCWR’s doorstep by Lions, Tigers, and Bears, a big cat and exotic animal rescue located in Alpine, California.


Micahel Bear in his night house.

Michael and Popper immediate went into quarantine in the night houses of their shared habitat. Michael and Popper will be alternating days in their new habitat. Before we released either bear into their habitat we need to complete a project, building them a new three-tiered metal bench. Our team got so creative they also added a hammock chair for the new bears to enjoy.

The new bench and hammock chair were completed at the end of September and on Wednesday, Oct. 5th Michael took his first steps into their new habitat. His habitat release was broadcast live on Facebook for the world to witness. Click Here to View Video On Facebook

At first, Michael was hesitant to enter the strange new territory, but with a little bribing (sweet snacks) he ventured out into the unknown. Michael spent the whole day going in and out of his new habitat area.


Popper’s first steps into her habitat.

The following day, after securing Michael into his night house, it was Popper’s turn to explore their habitat. Popper was also a little reluctant at first but it took a lot less time and convincing to get her out into the grass.

Now that their quarantine period is up and their new bench is completed Popper and Michael will continue to alternate days using the habitat. These two beautiful bears will spend their days laying in the sunshine and enjoying all the enrichment that our team provides them.

We are so very glad that Popper and Michael are a part of the TCWR family. We need your help to take care of Popper and Michael as well as all the other rescues at TCWR. Please click here to visit our Sponsor and Adoption page to learn more about how you can help.