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Read About Our Breeding Program

Some of our cats are in Bulgarie, Thailand, Korea & many zoos around the U.S.

It seems there are a lot of questions out there, and people who don't know the right answers are answering for us. So, here are the right answers. In 2005 we grew away from the word "Sanctuary" and went to a not-for-profit Educational Zoological Park. Why? Because everyone wanted to dictate how you run a business as a Sanctuary, but no one wanted to help pay the bills. However, we still do take in unwanted animals. Most of the time we are the only ones who will step up to the call, and subsequently we still take in more animals each year than anyone else.

While they are at our facility, we search for good homes for them in other zoos that can care for them. This allows us to always have empty cages for emergency re-homes or rescues. The move to an educational zoo and the creation of our breeding program allowed us to file for grants to preserve a species. We are very happy with the choice we have made, and our animals live in much nicer compounds and are much happier as now we can afford to build more thanks to more money from grants and larger supporters. All of which still gives us the opportunity to re-home or rescue more animals around the country.

In 2003, former Park Director Joe Schreibvogel was performing magic shows with tigers to help fund the park. In 2004 he made his own choice to not use anything but rabbits, doves, and people in his magic show. This was his own choice, and he was not pressured by any animal rights groups to make this choice. Along with any of the animals born at the park, not one has been dumped on another facility that did not come to the park and ask if we had one to spare. All of our animals born are either still at the park or have been forwarded on to another zoo by request of that zoo. Today more and more zoos are asking for young animals to grow up in their zoos instead of shipping in adult animals or wild caught animals. Why? Growing up in their zoo makes the animal more comfortable, safer and easier to work with. Shipping in adult animals makes them dangerous, less easy to work with, and very stressful to the animal itself. If it was not for zoos and the breeding of some species, the species would be extinct and you would never see them again.

Currently, all six remaining species of tigers are considered endangered

Three of the original nine species are already extinct. Without proper breeding programs in captivity, these tigers will not exist in the next 20 years. That honestly could mean that your grandkids might not ever see a real tiger. Some might argue that tigers should be sent back to the wild. Besides the fact that a Federal Law prevents this, what "wild" do you believe there is anymore? With the world population approaching seven billion, rampant poaching and hunting, and the animal's natural habitat being destroyed to create new urbanized areas, there will be no place these animals can live outside of captivity.

Furthermore, within the past decade alone, the estimated area known to be occupied by tigers has declined 41 percent. Ten years ago, you could go just about anywhere that dealt in exotic animals and you could buy a baby tiger as a pet for about $400. Backyard breeders and irresponsible people looking to make a quick dollar were rampant; a baby tiger, after only 6 months to a year, can become so strong and dangerous that it would become neglected, uncared for, and unwanted. Sanctuaries were built all around the country for these animals to go, but that didn't solve the problem.

We donate baby tigers to reputable zoos around the world

First off, it's much safer for the animal and the handlers, as the cub will grow up in the same familiar atmosphere and surroundings. Secondly, since we freely donate cubs to zoos, the backyard breeders of the country have almost completely vanished. Today, you cannot buy a baby tiger anywhere -- because when a zoo could get one for free, why spend money to support a shady operation? Exactly.

 

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