Animal Care Staff
Originally from Carrollton, Texas, Ivy was a sophomore at Harding University when she and her mother visited Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge for the first time. She credits her mother with instilling in her a deep appreciation for and fascination with big cats (her mom’s favorite animal!). After that first visit to TCWR, Ivy fell in love.
Throughout her final years of college, she would receive the Big Cat Chronicles newsletter from the Refuge and eagerly await an opportunity to apply to the intern program. That opportunity came when she graduated with a B.S. in Biology in 2006. In August of that year, she began her adventure with the Refuge and after completing a second internship was offered a full-time animal care staff position — “The rest,” Ivy says, “was history!”
Having always loved animals, working at Turpentine Creek has given Ivy the chance to help care for animals who need help every single day. Ivy loves all cats and has a hard time picking favorites — if you twist her arm, however, she will admit to being drawn to leopards the most.
Currently, Ivy is a member of the animal care staff and also serves as TCWR’s Training and Volunteer Coordinator.