May we introduce...
Leon, Kel, Idris, and Kona. These four young tigers arrived at CARE in the fall of 2019 when they were teeny-tiny.
Now, they are almost six months old and growing fast (in their last weigh-in, they were 80+ pounds)! It's awesome that they are thriving, and we are committed to giving them the best lives we possibly can at CARE!
But there’s a problem
We knew when we agreed to take in these little ones that we didn't have any empty enclosures to house them in long-term - and that we would need to figure something out. Fortunately, we were already planning a HUGE new enclosure project, we just thought we had a little more time to get it done. But, with fast-growing tigers on our hands, our time has run out.
Here’s what we’re doing about it
Two of our grown tigers, brothers Boomer & Slade, desperately needed special enclosures built for their specific needs. They are some of the biggest and STRONGEST tigers we have ever seen - and need Jurassic sized spaces to contain them.
So, we started planning on what their enclosure would look like. We designed an amazing 20,000 square foot complex that could house both of them, plus Ezra (another male tiger who happens to be best friends with Slade). The enclosure will also have various platforms, housing, each cat will get their own pool and a shaded area for them and for visitors - complete with a rest area for our tour groups.
With these new spaces, we can move some other cats around and move the growing cubs from their temporary enclosure into an extra-large enclosure where they will have plenty of room to run, play, and grow.
The great news is that we have already started building! We have completed quite a bit, knowing we were racing the clock. But, we have quite a ways to go before this space is tiger-ready.
How you can help
Initially, the projected cost of this massive structure was going to be more than $70,000! But, after a very generous donation of materials from EnLink, and other donations and discounts, we only have $45,000 left to raise. We have already come a long way since we started planning. We are in the home stretch!
And here are some amazing perks for supporting us
We want to make sure you know how appreciated you are. You are DIRECTLY impacting the lives of these animals so we are offering several one-of-a-kind gifts like...
These paw prints from Kona, Leon, and Idris. The boys were recently neutered, and while they were still out, we got some cute "peet" prints from them. It is rare we get a chance to do this, so these really are limited edition items.
Check out the right side of the page for more amazing perks, or bypass the perk to make your donation stretch further. Just know that every single person that donates, no matter the amount, will be listed in a special thank you section on our website once the project is completed!
Create your own 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! Our top fundraiser will win a Cub Peet Painting of their very own. Our second most successful fundraiser will get to pick any one of the four Cub Paw Prints!
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.
- 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!
A little about CARE
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 over 50 animals including mountain lions, African lions, tigers, black and spotted leopards, bobcats, serval, ring-tail lemurs, llamas, tortoise, and a coati. Our goal is to continue providing a home to animals in need whenever we have the opportunity AND to provide them the best CARE we possibly can.
Learn more about us at carerescuetexas.com.