Animal Care Staff

Morgan Lazar

Morgan was born and raised in the small town of Sag Harbor, NY.  She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in biomedical sciences and a focus in pre-veterinary sciences. Morgan began her first TCWR internship out of college in Fall 2016, and was in her fourth internship when she was invited to join the animal care staff.

Per Morgan: “Since I was young I’ve had a strong connection with all creatures, big and small. I used to think the only way I could make a difference and help animals was through veterinary medicine. It wasn’t until I began my first internship that I realized there was so much I could do right here: we give direct animal care; we build and maintain a lifelong home for each animal; we spread our mission everyday in hopes of a future void of exploiting animals for human entertainment.”

“I love weed-eating the habitats! However, the best parts of my day are the moments when I see a cat enjoying their lives here at the refuge. Knowing the pasts of these animals, watching them experience certain happiness’s for the first time, and seeing their transformations has been indescribable.”

As enrichment coordinator, she is constantly changing forms of enrichment and searching for new (and safe) ideas for the cats to enjoy their lives. One of Morgan’s goals this summer is to create a natural form of “play” by designing a structure to mimic brush hunting and entice them to use their sense of smell. She is hoping she’ll get to try this with cougars Marissa and Louisa!

As animal care staff, her daily responsibilities include pain management and animal checks, habitat and ground maintenance/construction, and educational tours, along with teaching and working with the animal care interns.