Keeping It Pawsitive

Finding The Good In Each Day

March 25, 2020

Every day, at the end of our workday, our animal care team goes around and talks about their daily pawsitive. They each share one thing that happened during the day that made them smile, laugh, cry tears of joy, or just helped them make a bad day great. Some days this is easy to do, others it can take a little extra effort to find a positive through tears of sorrow, but every single day they share that pawsitive no matter how big or small it might be.

Right now, we feel that everyone needs a little pawsitive in their lives. We encourage our supporters to spend each day searching for that pawsitive and then sharing it on social media, sticky notes, phone calls, or whatever media you wish, with your friends and family. When you look for that pawsitive, spend each day waiting and wanting that, it can help make even the most difficult days just a little brighter.

Now, most of the time, our pawsitives revolve around our big cats “Daniel played with the enrichment I made” “Abigail chuffed at me” “Selbit grumbled and rolled over when I said hello” but they can be other things too “Today I got to spend a little extra time talking to my best friend” “My cat Gizmo gave me headbuts when I was feeling a little lonely” “I found a beautiful rock that just sparkled so brightly in the sunshine”. Your pawsitive is your own and can be a range of things that make you happy.

We hope that you will join us in our daily pawsitives, and perhaps even share your pawsitive with us through social media; we would love to hear them! Pawsitives don’t have to be about Turpentine Creek to share them, they can be about your kids, pets, house, rocks, you name it, if it makes you smile we want to hear about it!

We will continue to bring you fun, engaging, enriching content while we are temporarily closed to the public. We hope that with this, we can make your day a little more fun and positive. Please consider helping us through this financial hardship by donating the cost of admission, $25, so that we can keep providing our animals the best care possible.

Temporary Closure

Protecting Our Animals And The Humans Who Care For Them

March 18, 2020

For the first time in 28 years, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge has shut our doors to the public. We will temporarily be closed at least until April 1, where we will reevaluate the situation and make the call whether we will reopen or continue to stay closed for another period of time. This was a very difficult decision for the Refuge to make. We are just coming out of winter, a time where we have few visitors and funds begin to run low. Usually, Spring Break visitors boost our funds to help us make it to the summer, when we have the most business. Over half of our income during March and April comes in through admissions and lodging. To shut our doors risks financial hardship during this time, but a larger risk is allowing visitors to come from all around the country and/or world and potentially expose our team to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Our top priority is caring for the 89 animals that call the Refuge home. Above everything else, we are a big cat rescue, that is our number one priority and it has to take precedence over all other things. If one person at the Refuge were to get the virus, the animals’ care would suffer and the entire team would be quarantined since we all interact in close quarters on a daily basis. If everyone were to get sick, who would care for the animals? Much like healthcare workers, we would continue to care for the animals despite our own health issues.

Luckily, big cats cannot get COVID-19, but it is unknown if Goober, our senior Rhesus Macaque monkey, could. Due to this we have placed Goober in quarantine and have only senior staff providing care for him. They are using every health and safety precaution possible to protect him from the potential of getting sick.

While we are closed to the public, our social media team, education team, and animal care team have been coming together to find ways to make sure our supporters get their daily dose of Turpentine Creek. We want all of our supporters to know that despite not being open to the public we are here and actively working to not only care for the animals but help make people’s days a little better.

Although we cannot come into your homes and fill it with boxes, scents, and spices, we are going to be offering digital visual enrichment for all of you in the form of extra videos on our social media accounts. This visual ‘enrichment’ should help make your time in quarantine and social isolation a little more engaging and fun. Feel free to join us and enjoy this human enrichment made by our team of enrichment experts.

At this point, most of the staff remains working on-site, if the situation progresses further we will move to remote work for the non-essential staff. If team members do get sick with the Coronavirus we will quarantine them to reduce the risk of exposure to the remaining staff and progress to a more restrictive schedule. No matter what, the animals will always receive the care that they need. They will be fed and watered daily. We are lucky enough to have a 60-day supply of food for our animal residents on-site and a reserve of food in a local cold-storage facility.

Together we will weather this storm, and we are lucky enough to have an amazing group of supporters who rally behind us when needed. They have already begun to step up and we know they will continue to support us to the best of their abilities until it is safe to reopen our doors. Thank you for your support, we will be seeing you virtually in the upcoming days and in-person once all of this settles down.

Events, Lodging, and Ticket Information

All events have been canceled for the next 8 weeks, including Kite Festival and Cats at the Castle, both events will be rescheduled at a later date in the year. If you have lodging reservations with us please reach out to lodging at lodging@tcwr.org or 479-253-5841 ext 1 to reschedule your visit. If you purchased any time tickets they will be valid until your next visit. If you purchased Groupon tickets we will honor them after expiration. Thank you for being so understanding during this time.

Social Live Video Schedule

  • Monday – 9am Education Live, 12pm Live Behind the Scenes, 2pm Keeper Chat live, 3pm Live Premier Tour
  • Tuesday – 9am Curator Cat Chat Live, 12pm Live Behind the Scenes, 3pm Education Live
  • Wednesday – 9am Education Live, 12pm Live Behind the Scenes, 2pm Keeper Chat live, 3pm Live Premier Tour
  • Thursday – 9am Education Live, 12pm Live Behind the Scenes, 3pm Live Premier Tour
  • Friday – 9am Education Live, 12pm Live Behind the Scenes, 2pm Keeper Chat live, 3pm Live Premier Tour

Things you can do to support the Refuge from home:

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Spring Break At TCWR and COVID 19 Precautions

March 10, 2020

Heather Klatt, DO Board Certified in Internal Medicine

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is gearing up for Spring Break! Spring is the perfect time to visit, the weather is warming up, the animals are extremely active, and the Ozark’s bloom in a spectrum of colors! But, this year, many people are changing their plans because of the Coronavirus. As a nonprofit that relies on donations and visitors, we have been keeping a close eye on the spread of this disease. Luckily, we have a brand new board member who is a doctor. Dr. Heather Klatt has been keeping us up to date on the development of COVID 19 and advising us on the best way to keep our visitors healthy! But don’t take our word for it, Dr. Klatt has been kind enough to write a guest post specifically about COVID 19 and visiting the Refuge for spring break!

Hello TCWR friends and family. You may be wondering, with all the news about COVID 19, if it is safe to venture out of the house this Spring Break. Well, I have great news – a visit to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is just the thing to wipe away the winter blues and step into spring. You can have a safe, memorable visit if you follow some simple precautions.

The news and the internet are great resources. They help us communicate and receive information at a rapid rate. Unfortunately, it can also allow a lot of false news and sensationalized coverage to leak through. Sometimes, it can be very difficult to sift through all that news! The most recent news is COVID 19. What is true? What is the risk? Is it safe to travel? Here is some information to help you make the most of your Spring Break.

First of all, it is important to know that COVID 19 is a strain of the same virus that causes the common cold. It is a more virulent strain and is new in humans so it is getting a lot of attention. However, the method of transmission is the same as the common cold. COVID 19 has a mortality rate of between 1-2%. It is difficult to know exact numbers as individuals with mild cases are less likely to request medical care. It is a more serious illness than seasonal Influenza (the flu) but less severe than SARS (Medscape March 2020). Most fatalities have been in elderly people with multiple underlying medical conditions. (The Lancet, March 2020)

At this time, one person has been tested and is awaiting CDC results in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, which is over 233 miles away from Turpentine Creek. Twelve people have been tested and all have been negative. There are currently 100 individuals under observation. The states surrounding Arkansas have had a very small number of cases diagnosed (Centers of Disease Control, 3/9/2020). Should COVID-19 reach North West Arkansas, the following precautions can greatly reduce your risk of contracting COVID 19 should you come in contact with it:

  • The biggest precaution you can take is to wash your hands. It is recommended that you wash your hands after using the restroom, prior to eating or drinking, prior to taking medication or using eye drops, after sneezing or coughing and after being in a public setting. It is advised you wash with soap and warm water for a minimum of 20 seconds. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers, containing at least 60% alcohol, are the next best measure but soap and water remain the most effective method (Dr. Richard Watkins, MD, Infectious Disease).
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze and politely request others do the same.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • At this time, the CDC does not recommend wearing face masks unless you are already ill.
  • If you are ill, it is recommended you stay home as your immune system will be compromised making it harder for you to fight off illness, including COVID 19.

Overall, the risk of contracting COVID 19 during a visit to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is extremely low. It is an outdoor activity with plenty of fresh air and few indoor publicly shared surfaces or spaces. Even those areas are low risk with the precautions above. I hope you will make plans to come to see your favorite cat, bear, coatimundi or Rhesus Macaque! We look forward to seeing you!

Heather Klatt, DO Board Certified in Internal Medicine

Have you decided to just not take the risk to travel for your Spring Break? Please consider using a portion of your Spring Break budget to help the animals at the Refuge! Your donation goes 100% towards the care of our animals and helps keep the Refuge running! Donate the cost of admission ($25) and help us save lives!

You can also visit the Rogers -Lowell Chamber of Commerce Page for information about how surrounding communities are monitoring the virus in our area. 

Remington and Luna Update

Settling In and Wellness Exam

March 5, 2020

Remington and Luna were rescued by Turpentine Creek and PETA arriving at their forever home on January 16th, after three years of waiting in legal limbo. These beautiful tigers spent the first few months of their lives being forced to swim with people for money.

The dynamic duo has spent the last month exploring their habitat, learning the new daily routine, and being spoiled with plenty of treats and fun enrichment. The team reports that both Remington and Luna are thriving here at the Refuge.

Luna loves to say hi to visitors, especially children, stalking and chuffing happily as they pass by. She also has a fascination with her new bear neighbor, Thunder, who she will stalk every chance she gets, spending large portions of her day at the top of the habitat where she can observe him. She enjoys her provided enrichment but also likes to find her own enrichment through sticks, which are plentiful in her tree-filled habitat.

Remington is a big fan of treats and meals. He makes sure to never miss one and will come running as soon as he hears the truck that brings him dinner. He also enjoys enrichment and taking naps on his new bench.

Both Remington and Luna have a clean bill of health, are fully up on their vaccinations, and are eating well. Our Animal Curator, Emily, has been closely observing the pair and is still hopeful that we might be able to introduce them eventually.

On Sunday, the animal care team took Remington down to our on-site veterinary hospital for a checkup and to neuter him, the first necessary step if we ever want to attempt an introduction.

The neutering went well and gave us the opportunity to do a full wellness exam on Remington. Overall, he is a very healthy male white tiger. As he heals from the surgery he will be confined in his night house. This allows us to keep a closer eye on his surgical site for infection and make sure he has a clean area away from dirt during his healing process. After about a week, he will be let back into his habitat.

We are excited to have Remington and Luna here with us, where they will finally get the chance to be real tigers and enjoy their own little piece of freedom. It is only with your help we can continue to provide a lifetime of care for animals like Remington and Luna.

Offering Better Accessability

Newest “Crash The Compound” Project

February 27, 2020

Area Behind Gift Shop in 2015 after being bulldozed.

In late 2015, Turpentine Creek moved the last animal out of the original metal cages located behind the gift shop, dubbed as the “compound” by our team members. Shortly thereafter, bulldozers came in and demolished this smaller caging. That was the first stage in “Crash the Compound”, we then proceeded to build two large grassy habitats for six tigers rescued during our Colorado Project, which was the next stage in the process. For five years, we’ve let the land settle and made plans, but finally, we’ve begun the final stage of the compound crash.

Next time you visit the Refuge, the Discovery Area will look completely different! As of yesterday, February 26, 2020, construction has begun on the area for our new pavilion and paved pathways in the Discovery area!

Work on the actual wooden pavilion started weeks ago. Sal Wilson Timber Construction’s team of timber framers began cutting, sanding, treating, and preparing all the wood elements so that they are ready to be assembled after the cement has been poured and set.

Today, a team of workers are leveling the ground throughout the central part of the Discovery area so that they can pour a beautiful cement pathway running between Bam Bam, Kizmin/Tanya, and Lakota/Joey/Khaleesi/Aurora. Then it will turn and run in front of the Bobcat habitat and Goober’s habitat. They will then construct the sizeable wooden pavilion in the area between Goober and Lakota/Joey/Khaleesi/Aurora’s habitats.

This is stage one of our project to enhance our visitor experience in the Discovery area. We hope to have this completed before Spring Break starts mid-March. After Spring Break, we plan to move to stage two of this project and pave paths throughout the remainder of our discovery area, including down the bear tunnel.

Stage one is estimated to cost approximately $65,000 for the cement and pavilion construction. Supporter M. Whitt kicked off this project by offering a $20,836 match, leaving us $44,164 to fundraise to fund this stage of the project entirely. We will be fundraising for this stage of the project from now until NWA Gives Day on April 2, 2020. For NWA Gives Day, we will be fundraising for whatever amount is left for this project, and possibly for the second stage of the project if, as usual, our amazing supporters rally behind us and get this stage funded early. We encourage everyone to join us for NWA Gives Day for a day filled with fun and fundraising!

We are estimating that phase two will be approximately $55,000, and we will try to begin working on this stage of the project in late April.

Not only will this project make our property more accessible for everyone, but the new pavilion space will also give us an area to conduct our educational presentations, offer a reprieve from the weather for visitors, a beautiful event area, and picnic area near the animals. With the pavilion, we will be able to expand on our education and advocacy programs, creating a better future for the animals that we rescue.

We are very excited to be able to offer this beautiful new space for our visitors. This is another step towards expanding our educational offerings and making our Refuge a leader in the animal and environmental education community.

Thank you for your support, please pardon our mess while construction is ongoing. During construction tours, maybe rerouted around the construction site, but at this time, we plan to continue business as usual. We invite everyone to plan a trip out to not only see the animals but the beautiful new pavilion area this spring!

We look forward to seeing you here!

Donate Now for the new pavilion and pavement project.

Or join us for NWA Gives Day!

Time Marches On

Planning Ahead For Your Spring Break With TCWR

February 18, 2020

As February wraps up and March quickly approaches, we remind our supporters to plan ahead if you wish to spend your spring break at the Refuge. Not only are the animals more active in the cooler spring months, but we also have new residents to meet, events to attend, and plenty of kid friendly activities to enjoy! Spending an hour, day, weekend, or week at the Refuge is the ‘purrfect’ way to celebrate spring!

Mark your calendars, we have changes and upcoming events you should keep in mind when making your upcoming seasonal plans.

On March 1, 2020, Ticket prices rise $5 per ticket (Adults $25, Teens (13-19) $20, Kids (4-12)/Seniors (65+)/Military -$15, children under 3 still free). If you are already making your plans, you can still purchase any time tickets online for the current prices and use them when you come to visit, they will still be valid! This is a great way to save a little money on your upcoming trip.

March 8, 2020, will be the first day of our summer hours. We will be open from 9 am until 6 pm with tours running every hour on the hour from 10 am until 4 pm. Taking a tour is a great way to meet our newest residents, who live on our tour path. You can also sign up for one of our behind the scenes tours. The Carnivore Caravan tour is now offered every day of the week for $100 a person (which includes general entry), and our Coffee with the Curator tours are now offered every single Saturday! These are great ways to see all the animals at the Refuge and get a private tour by one of our highly trained animal caretakers. Learn more and book today at tcwr.org/visit-us/exclusive-tours/.

March 23, 25, and 27, your children ages 6-12 can participate in an educational Fun Day at Turpentine Creek! Cost for our Fun Days is $30 per child and pre-registration is required. It is a wonderful way to celebrate spring break and help your children learn more about the amazing animals that call Turpentine Creek home! Registration is now open at tcwr.org/kidscamp. If you want to stay on-property while your children participate, we suggest booking a room now before they are full!

Spend a beautiful day at the Refuge during our annual Kite Festival, which will be held on March 28 from 10 am until 4 pm. Fly a kite with your family in our front event field. You can participate in Kite Festival for free, but if you want to visit with the animals you have to pay regular admission prices. This family-friendly event is a great way to enjoy a beautiful spring day at the Refuge. Make a kite with your kids, enjoy one of the many vendors, listen to music, and spend time in the great outdoors!

Spring is also a wonderful time to get creative in supporting the Refuge- especially if you want to help our mission but can’t donate money. You could open a lemonade stand, host a rummage sale, or even organize a 5K or “fun run” to support our animal residents. These activities are great ways to participate in the 2020 pledge through our campaign, 2020 Vision: Your Focus, Their Future!

And finally, if you are wanting to make your spring break a volunteer vacation we still have some space available for volunteer groups during spring break! Reach out to our volunteer coordinator Carly@tcwr.org to schedule your group today and make a difference during your spring break vacation!

Love Is In The Air

Spring Is Coming

February 12, 2020

Valentine’s Day is Friday and love is in the air! This romance includes native U.S. wildlife, like bobcats and cougars. Although we spay or neuter our animals to prevent breeding, their wild cousins are entering mating season. When breeding season is in full swing, animals who are usually solitary, like cats, become more social. This socialization increases the chance for them to be sighted more frequently. Just because they may be seen doesn’t mean they are a threat; they are most likely just looking for a mate. Depending on the species, there are certain mating behaviors that occur. Once mating is over, the animals go back into hiding to start preparing for their babies to be born.

At Turpentine Creek, we spay our female cougars to prevent wild suiters from entering our property. Female cougars will call out to males, when in heat. This sound can travel for miles. It sounds a lot like a woman screaming at the top of her lungs and can be very unnerving to hear. For our safety, and peace of mind, it is better to spay our female cougars than to let them go into heat every year.

In the upcoming months, while outdoors, you might see some of these cute cat-like babies, such as bobcat and cougar kittens, “hiding” in bushes or tall grass.

If you see them, do not touch them or move them. It is very likely that their mom only left for a short time to hunt or forage and will be back soon to get them! They may also be heard from a distance yowling. Though they may sound distressed, do not go closer to them! They are calling for their mom and if people are near she will not return, leaving her babies alone even longer. Interfering with kittens of wild cats can end up hurting them in the long run, especially if they get used to people being around.

As the season of love ends, young wildlife will start appearing. Though they are cute, they are still wild animals who play an important role in the environment.

Click Here To Learn More About Mountain Lions

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Saving Lives With Help From Our Friends

Rescuing Luna and Remington Took Teamwork

January 28, 2019

The magnitude of the Big Cat Trade can seem overwhelming at times. With the Trade’s network reaching corners that likely aren’t even on anyone’s radar yet and the vast number of “scam-suaries,” pay-to-play schemes, circuses, and roadside zoos outweighing the number of true sanctuaries and ethical organizations, we need all the help we can get in the fight for the future of big cats. Thankfully, these animals don’t have to rely on a single person or entity to be saved. They have supporters from all over the world banding together to stop the abuse, neglect, and exploitation they face. In the rescue of Luna and Remington, we were reminded that no matter how relentless the battle may seem, we do not have to go it alone.

Luna and Remington are two white tigers who have been waiting to come home to Turpentine Creek since 2016. Their road to freedom began with People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) filing a lawsuit against Dade City Wild Things (DCWT) alleging the pay-to-play business violated the Endangered Species Act by warehousing tigers in small cages and prematurely separating cubs from their mothers. Dade City was known for its popular, “swim-with-the-tigers” attraction, which forced cubs to spend hours swimming with people past the point of exhaustion, chlorination stinging their sensitive eyes. Meanwhile, DCWT earned a nice profit.

DCWT illegally relocated the tigers to another shady operation in 2017 to avoid PETA’s court-ordered inspection of their facility, resulting in the deaths of 5 tigers, two of which named Rory and Raja, were supposed to be rescued by TCWR. The three other tigers that died were cubs who overheated at birth during transport as DCWT smuggled them to Oklahoma in an inadequately ventilated trailer. DCWT’s entire history with tigers was despicable, and as the court battle droned on and on, we sat waiting to be given the clear to swoop in and bring Luna and Remington home.

Since we do not have the legal authority to confiscate animals, another organization must make the first move. As we sat with our hands tied, PETA was battling it out in the courts with DCWT. Finally, in January of this year, we were able to make the drive to Florida to pick up our newest animal residents.

We knew to make the out-of-state trip would cost money and staff; not only was the drive long, but it was going to take multiple pairs of hands to safely execute the rescue. With a relatively small team taking care of our 90 plus animals back at the Refuge, being short even by a small amount of staff is sorely felt. Thankfully, we have a network of trusted wildlife warriors to reach out to in times of need. PETA covered the cost of transporting Luna and Remington from Florida (which also means all funds raised in their honor can go directly to their lifetime care) and through the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance, we were able to connect with Forest Animal Rescue (FAR) in Florida, whose team members and volunteers selflessly offered their time at no cost to us in order to smoothly move Luna and Remington from their small cages at the rescue site to the transport trailer.

We have worked with our friends at FAR in the past. During the Colorado Rescue of 2016, which is a prime example of an undertaking that required teamwork from across the country, a portion of the 115 animals who were squeezed into the 12 acres of the pseudo-sanctuary/cub-petting operation found their forever homes with FAR. In fact, the Colorado Project, which required multiple reputable sanctuaries to come together in order to facilitate the largest exotic animal rescue in U.S. history, spurred the creation of the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance. Members of the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance have come through for one another, multiple times since then to rescue animals and are continuously working together behind-the-scenes, making plans for the betterment of the future of big cats.

We were actually able to stop by and say “hello,” to yet another member of the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance, Big Cat Rescue (BCR). This organization also gave sanctuary to animals from the Colorado Rescue. In fact, we had the pleasure of seeing Priya the tiger, the mother of TCWR animal residents, Poncho and Montana, on our visit. With the horrors that meet our eyes when we are away from TCWR, our place of peace, during rescues, it’s refreshing to take a moment to visit facilities like BCR and FAR to revel in the wonderful work they are doing and exceptional care they are providing to survivors of the Big Cat Trade. It’s a positive reminder that TCWR is not in this fight alone.

Luna and Remington lost no time in discovering the joys of a large grass habitat at the Refuge. They are assaulting team members with an endless flood of “chuffs” and cheerful groans. Professionally-speaking, both are acting like complete goofballs: they roll on their backs and get distracted by a leaf-covered limb which spurs them to gnaw on it before realizing it tastes weird then getting distracted by the barrel lying across their habitat, the perfect unsuspecting prey, but on their way to take it down for the kill, they get distracted by a log and go to dig their claws in but halfway through that task, something else catches their eye and so on… It is hilarious and heartwarming because, for the first time, they are allowed to create their own schedule and choose what to do next and, well, they want to do everything! It’s as if they are reliving the cubhood they never got to have.

We want to thank PETA and FAR for working with us to give Remington and Luna the life they deserve. We also want to remind everyone to choose #EthicalTourism. FAR and BCR are the direct opposite of organizations like DCWT. You can find information on them and other BCSA-approved refuges at https://www.bigcatalliance.org/our-members/. Perhaps make it your goal to visit each one that is open to the public! 

Now we turn to you, our dear friends. Please help us feed our two new hungry mouths and provide all the toys they can get their child-like paws on. You can make a donation directly at tcwr.org/donate or be the first to adopt and sponsor Remington and Luna at tcwr.org/adoptions-sponsorship.

Springing Into 2020

Big Changes Coming This Year At TCWR

January 22, 2020

Due to popular demand, we now offer Carnivore Caravan tours every day of the week. You can book a Carnivore Caravan tour for you and up to four friends for only $100 each to get a private look at what goes on behind-the-scenes at the Refuge! Take a trip down to see your favorite animal at Rescue Ridge or visit our new bear habitats. These exclusive tours are a great way to support our mission and see parts of the Refuge that are usually off-limits to the public.

We have begun planning our annual Cats at the Castle event and tickets are now available for purchase! Space is limited so make sure to purchase yours before its too late! This year’s event will take place Saturday, April 18, at the beautiful Castle Rogue’s Manor with the theme, “Roaring Twenties.” We encourage our attendees to dress in themed outfits! It will be a fun evening of fundraising for the Refuge. Learn more and reserve your spot at TCWR.org/cats-at-the-castle.

We would like to also let our supporters know that as of March 1st , admission prices will be raising by $5 for each ticket. Pricing will be $25 for adults (ages 20+), $20 for teenagers (ages 13-19), $15 for kids (ages 4-12), Seniors (ages 65+), and military; children under 3 are still free. This raise in entry fees reflects the higher costs of caring for the animals that call our Refuge home, as well as costs to run and maintain our facility. To make sure 100% of all donations go towards the animals, we use admission, lodging, and other non-donation sources of revenue to pay non-animal related expenses. Tickets purchased through our online ticketing system before March 1st at current prices will be honored beyond the March 1st pricing change.

We look forward to what other changes and improvements will come around in 2020. Thank you for being part of our growth and supporting our 2020 Vision. Please stay tuned because we have some big announcements on rescues coming in the next week!

Big Cat Callouts

Gifts That Make A Difference

January 15, 2020

Turpentine Creek is always looking for ways to improve the lives of our animal residents and create fun ways for our supporters to help them. Over the years, we have had multiple requests for personalized enrichment to send messages. In the past, we’ve accommodated those requests as much as possible, typically presented when people come to visit. But we’ve also had requests for remote enrichment.

To fulfill these requests we came up with Big Cat Callouts, personalized enrichment given to certain animals! These fun messages are usually painted on boxes and given to animals approved for box enrichment. The non-toxic paint entices the animals and creates a fun and memorable way to send a message!

The program was tentatively created a few years ago but was fully launched this past December. So far, feedback from our supporters has been amazing! Everyone loves seeing the animals enjoy enrichment. We offer different options for the messages to be delivered: in-person, Youtube video link, or live via Facebook.

The “cost” of the Big Cat Callouts ranges from $100 to $150 depending on how the callout is delivered, but all that money is put right back into the enrichment fund!

So, not only is your callout providing enrichment for your chosen animals, but it helps fund enrichment for ALL who call the Refuge home! You can make your birthday wishes, proposals, congratulations, and so much more extra special through our Big Cat Callout program!

Does a Big Cat Callout sound like something you want to do? Head over to our new Big Cat Callout page and put in your request!

*We will do our best to accommodate your request but please be aware dates or animals might not be available. Some of our animals are on enrichment restrictions, but we will email you to confirm the Big Cat Callout request and let you know if anything needs to be changed.