Monthly Archives: February 2021

Rambo’s New Beginning

This week, we had the privilege of welcoming a new animal resident to the Turpentine Creek family. This animal does not “carol,” “chuff,” or “hiss,” nor does he make any bear sounds (which is typically just the noise of destruction, anyway). Rambo is neither feline or canine; instead he belongs to the hyaenidae family. We are sure you can guess what that makes him! 

Our one and only hyena came to his forever home late Monday night and was released into a habitat at Rescue Ridge for quarantine Tuesday morning. He did not truly emerge from the roll cage until almost noon, despite being tempted with food. When he finally strutted into his habitat, Rambo began to explore and emit hyena “whoops” to our team. 

The road to rescue was a difficult one; while the process of loading Rambo and heading home with him was actually one of the simpler transfers we have done, we ran into multiple glitches along the way. Sunday night, as team members headed to South Arkansas, a wheel bearing went out on our trailer. After that was fixed, our GPS seemed confused about our destination. A few wrong turns later, we made it to Rambo’s former home. As we were greeting him, team members attempted to take photos to share with you all, but following a literal misstep, our camera ended up in the mud. As a “laughing hyena,” we are sure Rambo found the entire thing hilarious!

Rambo lived with his previous family for his entire life of 10 years. Sadly, the father of the family unexpectedly passed away in an automobile accident about two weeks ago. The family loved Rambo, and we respect them for contacting a true sanctuary to take care of him following the accident. We ask that you please keep them in your thoughts as they grieve the loss of their loved one. 

Currently, our new hyena friend seems to be in good health. We will post the findings of Dr. Kellyn’s wellness exam when they become available. You can follow his journey on our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube pages. 

Rambo is in need of symbolic adopters, as well as a sponsor. 

Even if you are unable to symbolically adopt or sponsor, Rambo welcomes all donations towards his care at his new home. Five dollars can help Rambo keep “laughing” as he starts his new life.


Subarctic Temperatures In The Ozarks

Blustering Cold Weather At Turpentine Creek

February 18, 2021

This week, a few of our big cats may be getting flashbacks of their ancestral home as an arctic front has lingered over much of the central United States.Temperatures, well below what Alaska is currently experiencing, have stalled in our area, bringing activity at the Refuge to a screeching halt. Although our African cats don’t like the cooler weather, many of our tigers can be found romping and playing, despite the freezing cold. Their thick winter coats and the option to snuggle up in a den that is much warmer than the outside air keeps them from feeling the chill.

Subzero temperatures with additional wind chills have our team walking a thin line; we must care for our animals, make sure they have food, warm bedding, and plenty of water, but with the steep hills and freezing temperatures it isn’t safe for our team to spend excessive time outdoors. The temperature and slick grounds have also given the additional hurdle that many of our vehicles will not start or cannot make it up the slippery slopes. So, we have had to get creative.

In addition we have a new dilemma, the freezing temperatures have frozen many of our water pipes and sadly a few have even burst! Bam Bam’s water pipes have been destroyed, water spigots have burst, and water lines to housing are frozen solid. Our maintenance team has been managing as much as possible, but this will be a large project to fix, once the temperatures begin to rise this weekend.

We also supply heating to our African and senior animals. Like many other people affected by the extreme weather, we are quickly depleting our gas supply and the electric bill will be much higher this month. All of this is on top of the fact that we have had to close and have lost lodging reservations due to the weather.

Please donate $10-$25 (the cost of an admission ticket) to help us recuperate some of our lost income and cover the additional expenses such as water pipe repair and higher utility bills. Your support is what allows us to keep our animals warm, fed, and watered during these extreme weather conditions.

Extreme Weather At TCWR

Keeping Everyone Safe When The Weather Gets Bad

February 10, 2021

These past few years, Turpentine Creek has been lucky enough to have mild winters with only some scattered snowfall and winter weather. This year, however, has been a little more eventful. We’ve had multiple snow days with inches of snow accumulating on the ground. These snowy play days are a lot of fun for the big cats and our team members. Snowmen, snowball fights, and snow piles are fun to romp in and rarely cause any issue. This week is a bit different. Our forecast was filled with freezing rain, sleet, slushy snow, and below freezing temperatures. This makes for a very cold, slick, work and living environment. Due to this, we have decided to suspend tours until at least Monday, February 15, 2021.

All week we’ve been battling with frozen locks, slippery hills, ice incrusted food bowls, and frozen water. Being outside, caring for the animals, in these extremes can be dangerous, and so to protect our people and animals we decided to stop tours for a few days. This will allow our team to quickly and safely care for the animals and get out of the weather as soon as possible.

Luckily, our big cats have very few issues with the cold temperatures. Senior animals and African animals all have heated dens to snuggle up in. The rest of our animals have warm bedding and dens that typically are 20 or more degrees warmer than the outside air. Their thick fur coats were made for cold temperatures and their dinners are served to them on a ‘silver’ platter so they don’t have to go out into the cold to hunt for food. They get fresh water multiple times a day so they also don’t have to worry about frozen over water dishes.

Please stay safe and warm during these blustering cold winter days. We appreciate your support and ask, if you can, to donate the price of an adult admission ticket $25 to help us recuperate the lost income from needing to be closed during one of our busiest winter weekends – Valentine’s Day. Have a fun and safe weekend!

Will You Be My Meow-lentine

TCWR Online Auction To Support The Animals

February 3, 2021

Join us this weekend for our annual online Valentine’s auction! Our Be My Meow-lentine auction gives you the opportunity to give a unique gift that has the added benefit of helping support the animals that call Turpentine Creek home!

Starting Friday, February 7, 2021, at 8 am CST the auction runs until Sunday, February 9, 2021, at 8 pm CST. 

The auction offers 145 unique and fun items to bid on ranging from key chains created by our big cats, unique art, collectibles, jewelry, and even an old tiger pool that has been turned into a bench with a cooler! Item bidding for most items starts at $0! You could take home something (or a few somethings) special for your Valentine!

We hope that you can join us for this feline fine Valentine’s online event!

Check Out The Auction Here!