Weekly Update


5 Bears, 2 Habitats, and 1 Way You Can Help

March 28, 2017

Arkansas Gives: A Day of Giving

April 6, 2017, is Arkansas Gives Day. This is a day to show your support to your favorite Arkansas-based non-profit.

Anyone can participate in Arkansas Gives Day. It isn’t about where you live; it is where the non-profit is located.

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is an Arkansas-based non-profit, and we are participating in Arkansas Gives Day again this year.

Participating Non-profits will ‘compete’ to earn Bonus Dollars and prize money for raising the most money in a single day.

The more you donate, the more Turpentine can ‘earn.’ Your donations will go further on April 6, 2017, then on a normal day.

To qualify for bonus dollars or towards prize levels, you will have to donate through the Arkansas Gives website www.ArkansasGives.org on April 6, 2017. Donations made through our website, by phone, or through the mail will not qualify for bonus dollars but will still be accepted.

Joins us for a fun fundraising day full of fundraising updates and our amazing animal residents.

Click Here To Learn More About Arkansas Gives Day

Cat Of The Week: Spyke

In May of 2008, TCWR staff members returned from Hoosick Falls, New York, with four new cats – two tigers and two leopards – from a zoo which had temporarily lost its license.

The leopards, Zambo, a black leopard, and Santania, a spotted leopard, had been a breeding pair for years. Zambo was neutered his second day at TCWR, but Santania was already pregnant.

On August 15, 2008, Santania gave birth to two little cubs, one spotted, one black. The spotted one died soon after birth, sadly Santania rejected Spyke so we had to remove him but the team worked hard, and hand raised Spyke. He grew quickly and turned into a beautiful leopard.

Spyke is a very playful cat and loves to stalk, chase, and pounce at certain staff members. He has been a participant in the Behavioral Training Program, implemented in January of 2016, and enjoys playing with his enrichment tube.

Many of the animal residents are still in need of Sponsors and Adopters. Spyke luckily has Sponsor, but many of the other animals are still in need of your support.

Click Here To Learn More About Our Adoption and Sponsorship Programs

Building the Bear Necessities For Our Newest Residents

We are working hard to get the two new bear habitats built. It is a lot of work, but we are confident with your support we should be able to finish the habitats in the next few months.

We’ve already raised over $34,000, but we still have a long way to go to get to our goal of $150,000. These are our largest two habitats built to date, and we are excited to be able to give our bear two large spaces where they can be bears.

These habitats will have large pools, lots of trees, plenty of natural enrichment, and space to enjoy life as close to freedom as we can provide in captivity.

We need your help, we’ve already begun construction with the funds we’ve already received, we cannot finish these habitats until we’ve raised the whole amount.

Every little bit helps, please donate $5, $10, $50, or event $100 towards the goal. If everyone who received this email just donated $10, then we would be at our goal already. Please help us, help them donate now.

Click Here To Donate Towards Getting The “Bear Necessities” For Our Newest Bears

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 6, 2017, All Day. Join us for Arkansas Gives day. Everyone is invited to join us for a day of online fun and fundraising for TCWR. Click Here For More Info On Arkansas Gives Day

Saturday, April 22, 2017, starting at 6:30 pm, join us for Cats at the Castle, an evening of fun, food, drinks, fundraising, and festivities. Spend time with the TCWR team and help us, help them. SOLD OUT!

Sunday, April 23, 2017, starting at 9 am join us for our 25-year anniversary celebration! We will be having a light breakfast, commemorative t-shirts, a habitat opening, fun, games, and intern Olympics. Click Here for more information about our 25-year Anniversary and to get your tickets now