The Center for Animal Research and Education (CARE) was founded as a non-profit in 2003 to provide a safe and loving forever home to big cats and other exotic animals no matter what their history or needs. Sitting on 20 acres in rural North Texas, CARE currently is home to 50 animals including mountain lions, African lions, tigers, black and spotted leopards, bobcats, ring-tail lemurs, llamas, and a coati. Our goal is to continue providing a home to animals in needed whenever we have the opportunity. Just in the past 5 years, CARE has taken in three bobcats, a coati, two llamas, six tigers, and 1 lemur.
Meet our most recent rescues who are thriving in their new home, being given the best food, husbandry, veterinary care, and housing possible - and of course, boundless love and respect.
Our Mission: To provide for a safe, permanent and loving home to exotic animals in need. CARE focuses on excellence in physical and emotional care, advocating animal welfare through education, and conducting minimally-invasive research that will improve living conditions for captive animal populations world-wide.
A New Home is Needed
After an extensive search, CARE, with it's long history of providing world class care to big cats, was asked by the Dallas Zoo to give two mountain lions a new, permanent home. However, in order for us to give them the perfect space to live, CARE must raise the funds to build something truly spectacular. We have less than 30 days to raise the funds needed to finish construction so we can welcome the cougars this fall!
Apollo and Lakai
Apollo and Lakai are estimated to be around 7 years old were both rescued as cubs in Canada. In fall 2009, Lakai’s mother was illegally shot in Alberta and he was taken from the wild when he was less than three months old. Prior to coming into human care, he developed frostbite on his right ear, causing him to lose most of it. In January 2010, at three months old, Apollo was found starving and alone on a back road in British Columbia. Apollo and Lakai were brought together in 2010 and have been inseparable ever since. They have lived many years, being lovingly cared for, at the Dallas Zoo. But, now it is time for them to retire to a more private, quiet home - here at CARE!
Lakai (left) and Apollo (right) - Photo courtesy of the Dallas Zoo
Building a Purrfect Home
We have planned for a truly amazing enclosure, specifically designed to meet the needs of the nine-year-old cougars. The enclosure will be 8,000 sq. ft. complete with spaces and bridges 20 feet off the ground to climb and run - things that mountain lions love to do! The unique structure will allow CAREtakers to view the boys from an elevated walkway running through the center of the structure, letting us to see to their well-being at all times. A waterfall and pool will cool the air in the enclosure, providing comfort to Apollo and Lakai in the hot Texas summer. The habitat will look out over miles of countryside where the boys will live out their lives in peace and tranquility.
On August 23rd, we broke ground on their new enclosure, starting with sinking the posts of the new structure. What a view they will have!
You Can Make A Difference
We cannot build this dream home for Apollo and Lakai without your help! We have done the planning, and crunched the numbers and are confident we can build Apollo and Lakai's new home for only $50,000.
Conceptual design courtesy of EIKON Consulting Group
Here's How We Will Thank You
You can choose one of our fantastic perks listed to receive a special thank you from CARE for your contribution!
You may also forgo a perk, ensuring that the most of your donation goes directly to the project!
No matter what you donate, everyone who contributes will be listed in a special thank you section on our website!
Join Our Team As A Fundraiser
If you'd like to fundraise on our behalf with your own fundraising page under our campaign, you can become a Team CARE member via the link below. To make it more fun, we are running a contest for our top fundraiser! The person that raises the most funds for CARE will win a one night stay in the Safari Suites with all of the amenities! Second place will win a one year adoption of any animal and third place will win a one year sponsorship.
Other Ways to Help
We know that as much as you want to, sometimes you just can’t financially contribute. That doesn't mean that we can’t use your help! Here are just a few ways that you can be a part of this project in other ways:
- Help us get the word out about our campaign. Tell your co-workers, friends, family, church, chess club, yoga class, everyone you know! Share CARE on any and every social media account you have access to - use the share links at the top of the page.
- Do you know companies that would be willing to donate some of the materials that we need or would want to sponsor the enclosure? Any help we can get will lower overall costs and will just mean we can do more with the money raised!
- If you do donate, make sure you check with your employer to see if they have a matching gift program. It could double the amount that you give!
Let's give Apollo and Lakai the best furrever home we can!
Photo courtesy of the Dallas Zoo