Ellie – Wolf Hybrid

Ellie – Wolf Hybrid

Ellie, born July 2017, is a female wolf hybrid, 95% wolf (Canis lupus) and 5% canine. She was illegally owned prior to joining the Foundation, and lived among 240 other animals. Due to her prior living conditions, she did not receive the care she needed and as such is unable to be released to the wild. Butte County and Fish and Wildlife brought her to us to provide a forever home with the love, care, and nutrition she needs. Ellie will live with us as an ambassador for her species to help educate the public about helping to keep wild animals in the wild. Wolves and other wild animals do not...

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Joyce – European Brown Bear

Joyce – European Brown Bear

Joyce is a female European Brown Bear (Ursus arctos arctos), born in early January 2018. Joyce was born with entropium, which caused her eyelid to turn inward and eyelashes to scratch her eye. Though she has recovered after corrective surgery, we will provide the care and attention that she deserves, and continue to monitor her. She is the full sister and playmate of Freedom, her enclosure mate. The European Brown Bear has brown fur, which can range from yellow-brownish to dark brown, red brown, and almost black in some cases; and even albinism has been recorded. Their fur is dense to...

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Freedom – European Brown Bear

Freedom – European Brown Bear

Freedom is a female European Brown Bear (Ursus arctos arctos), born early January 2018. She is the full sister and playmate for Joyce, her enclosure mate. Even though she has no health issues, her sister was born with entropium and shows that while the parents are a healthy breeding pair, there is an issue within the gene pool. She is a gift for the Foundation, as her previous facility gave her to us because she would have a permanent home and lifelong playmate. They were assured we would provide the best care and attention that they deserve. The European Brown Bear has brown fur, which can...

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Bobcat

Bobcat

This young male bobcat (Lynx rufus) was born in May 2018. Due to pre-existing health issues, the Foundation happily accepts him into our family and will provide him with specialized care, comfort, and love. He arrived weighing only 2 pounds, but after immediate veterinarian care, has since gained weight and has stabilized. The Bobcat, although it does not bear the family name, is a distinct species in the Lynx genus. In comparison with the Canadian Lynx the Bobcat is generally smaller and it can be differentiated from the Lynx in a number of ways. The Bobcat has less pronounced ear tufts and...

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Amur Leopard

Amur Leopard

This male Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) was born March 2018. He joins our family to be included in non-invasive research, and to provide companionship to our female Amur leopard. As an ambassador of his species, he will help to educate the public on the importance of conservation of his Amur leopards. The Amur leopard, also known as the Far Eastern leopard, show the strongest and most consistent divergence in pattern. The coat of the Amur leopard is fairly soft with long and dense hair and the color varies from a fairly light yellow to dense yellowish-red in winter and a brighter...

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White-Nosed Coatimundi

White-Nosed Coatimundi

This male coatimundi (Nasua narica) came to the Foundation because he was illegally owned. It is illegal to have this species as a pet in the state of California, and must be at a licensed facility or with a licensed individual. He cannot be released because he is not a native species to California. He will be a part of our educational program. He will receive the love and care that he deserves as a part of our family. There are four known species of coatimundi: South American (Nasua nasua), Brown or White-Nosed (Nasua narica), Eastern Mountain (Nasuella meridensis), and Western Mountain...

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Serval

Serval

This male Serval (Leptailurus serval) was born March 2018. We welcome him to our family, as a gift for our educational program. Servals are unique for having the longest legs and largest ears of any feline in comparison to body size. Their coat is golden-yellow with a black spot pattern which merges into stripes along its neck and back with horizontal stripes on the ears. The serval is able to purr as well as hiss, snarl, growl, and make high-pitched cries. The serval hunts rodents, lizards, and amphibians on the ground, but they can also climb trees to hunt birds. The large ears assist with...

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Isaac – Liliger

Isaac – Liliger

Isaac, a cross between a male lion (Panthera leo) and a female liger (lion/tiger -Panthera tigris- cross), was born in late October 2017. We at the Kirshner Wildlife Foundation believe every animal deserves a home. This one came to us to be part of our research program comparing ligers, tiligers, and liligers for behavior, animal nutrition, and growth. First born in 2013, liligers are extremely rare, with only eight known in the United States and an unknown amount in Russia. It is a crossbred species of a male lion and a female liger, not inbred. Liligers are 75% lion and 25% tiger. The...

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Amur the Amur Leopard

Amur the Amur Leopard

Amur is a unique female Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis), born May 11, 2017. She came to the Foundation as a gift for our education program to inspire our visitors to help ensure that animals like this will be around for future generations. The Amur leopard, also known as the Far Eastern leopard, show the strongest and most consistent divergence in pattern. The coat of the Amur leopard is fairly soft with long and dense hair and the color varies from a fairly light yellow to dense yellowish-red in winter and a brighter more vivid coloration in summer. The Amur leopard also has...

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Bow – Clouded Leopard

Bow – Clouded Leopard

This handsome male clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa), who was born in May 2017, came to the Foundation because he was born without part of his tail and the facility he was born at was concerned that the tail would cause balance problems. He is a welcomed addition to the Foundation because he will inspire our visitors that being different doesn’t have to hold you back. Clouded leopards are medium-sized cats because they normally weigh only around 40 pounds. In proportion to their body size, this species has the longest canines compared to body size of any living feline, so long that some...

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Fredrick – Snow Leopard

Fredrick – Snow Leopard

This handsome male snow leopard (Panthera uncia), who was born on May 13, 2017, came to the Foundation for observation and evaluation of a new genetic line of snow leopards. He will also join our education program to help visitors learn more about these allusive cats. At one point, the differences between snow leopards and other large cats were thought to be significant enough to place them in their own genus Uncia. Besides major differences in ecology, morphology, and behavior, one notable difference is their inability to roar like other large cats. Although it shares its name with the...

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Zeus – Caracal

Zeus – Caracal

Zeus is a male caracal (Caracal caracal) who was born in February 2016. He was given to the Foundation as a gift and he will join our educational program as an ambassador of his species. Caracals are slender moderately sized cats that are characterized by their robust build, short face, long canine teeth, long legs, and their tufted ears. The caracal has prominent facial features including long black tufts on each ear, two black stripes from its forehead to its nose, a black outlined mouth, and white patches surrounding the eyes and mouth. Caracals usually have a reddish tan or sandy coat...

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Ilea – Ring-Tailed Lemur

Ilea – Ring-Tailed Lemur

Ilea (eye-Leah) is a female ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) born June 2016. Ilea came to the Foundation from a facility that took excellent care of her, to be an ambassador of her species for our educational program. The ring-tailed lemur is a primate and the most recognized lemur due to its long, bushy tail with alternating black and white rings. Their dense fur is mostly gray with white on their stomach, chest and face. They have thick black rings around their yellow eyes and their paws are all black. Both male and female ring-tailed lemurs have scent glands which they use to mark their...

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Lucie the Lion

Lucie the Lion

Lucie, a cross between the Barbary lion and the African lion (Panthera leo leo), was born in October 2016. She came to the Foundation because she suffered a head trauma which caused cranial nerve damage. Due to the cranial nerve damage she is considered a choker because her brain is unable to properly tell her how to chew and swallow her food. She also had to be removed from her mother at one day of age because of her head trauma. Her previous facility took excellent care of her but felt the Foundation had more resources to help with her recovery. She will remain with us at the Foundation...

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Conures

Conures

Ricky, Lucy, and Fred, hybrid crosses between the sun conure (Aratinga solstitialis) and the nanday conure (Aratinga nenday), were born in 2014. They came to the Foundation from a facility that took excellent care of them to be a part of our educational program. They are healthy and love to greet all the guests who come to visit the Foundation. The sun conure, also known as the sun parakeet, is a medium-sized brightly colored parrot. Sun conures have predominantly golden-yellow plumage and their face and belly are orange with red around the ears. Young sun conures are predominantly green and...

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Macaws

Macaws

Tiki, Gizmo, Pauly, and Penny are blue-and-gold macaws, Andy and Gadget are catalina macaws, Elmo and Lucy are scarlet macaws, and Sergeant is a military macaw. Elmo is one of the Foundation’s special need residents. Elmo joined the Foundation because he was plucking out his own feathers. He has transitioned well and no longer plucks his feathers but he did permanent damage to the feather follicles and is missing most of his chest feathers. The scarlet, blue-and-gold, and military macaw are all naturally occurring macaw species. Catalina macaws are a hybrid cross between the blue-and-gold...

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Brenda 2 – Snow Leopard

Brenda 2 – Snow Leopard

Brenda 2 is a female snow leopard (Panthera uncia) born in August 2015. Brenda was given to us as a gift to be part of our non-invasive research program comparing how snow leopards adapt to their environments versus other big cats. As an ambassador, she will help educate the public on preservation efforts for her species. At one point, the differences between snow leopards and other large cats were thought to be significant enough to place them in their own genus Uncia. Besides major differences in ecology, morphology, and behavior, one notable difference is their inability to roar like...

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Tigger – Serval

Tigger – Serval

Tigger is a male Serval (Leptailurus serval) born August 21, 2015. Tigger was born with dietary complications and he has come to the Foundation to join our nutrition program. With help from our outstanding veterinarians, we are working to provide him with an excellent quality of life. He will remain at the Foundation so we can continue to evaluate his nutritional health. Servals are unique for having the longest legs and largest ears of any feline in comparison to body size. Their coat is golden-yellow with a black spot pattern which merges into stripes along its neck and back with...

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Walli – Wallaby

Walli – Wallaby

Walli, a cross between the Tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii) and the Bennett’s wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus), was born in early April 2016. Walli has come to the Foundation to be a companion to our older wallaby, Wentz. Wallabies are classified as marsupials because their young are carried in a pouch. They have coats ranging from gray to brown with black paws and muzzles. Wallabies have long, stout tails that are mostly used for balance and support as well as powerful hind limbs which are used for bounding at high speeds, jumping great heights, and administering vigorous kicks to fend off...

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Dana – Western Cougar

Dana – Western Cougar

Dana is a female Western Cougar (Puma concolor), born in late October, 2015. She came to the Foundation as a gift to be an ambassador to her species. Cougars are known by many names, including puma, panther, or mountain lion. The cougar has a small, broad head with small rounded ears, a powerful body with long hind legs and black-tipped tail. They use their coats as camouflage to keep them hidden from predators, and their color and size reflect the area they live in. Redder coat colors are common among darker soils such as mountainous areas, whereas the more beige coat colors are common with...

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David Alan II – Siberian Tiger

David Alan II – Siberian Tiger

David Alan II is a male Siberian Tiger (Panthera tigris), born in early December of 2015. David Alan II was given to us as a gift. Although he is healthy right now, we will continue to monitor him as he grows to keep watch for any abnormalities due to a head injury he had prior to joining us. Our former David Alan, named after a volunteer, has been sent to another facility to join their breeding program because he was completely healthy. Tigers have stripes that traverse beyond fur and are actually skin-deep. The stripes are unique to the individual and many researchers utilize the unique...

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Dewey – African Gray Parrot

Dewey – African Gray Parrot

Dewey is a male African Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus) who joined us in July, 2014, and was born around 1980. He came to us from a woman who had him as a pet but moved to a nursing home and couldn’t keep him. The African grey parrot is mostly grey, with a black bill, with red tail and undertail. Both males and females are similar in appearance; however juveniles will have dark grey to black eyes while adult eyes are greyish-yellow. Little is known about how these birds court each other in the wild, however they are known to be monogamous, and nest in the cavities of trees. After 3-5 eggs...

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Sherlock – African Gray Parrot

Sherlock – African Gray Parrot

Sherlock is a male African Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus) who joined us in 2010, and was born around 1997. Sherlock’s owner passed away and his family wasn’t able to keep him. We are happy to have him as part of our family. The African grey parrot is mostly grey, with a black bill, with red tail and undertail. Both males and females are similar in appearance; however juveniles will have dark grey to black eyes while adult eyes are greyish-yellow. Little is known about how these birds court each other in the wild, however they are known to be monogamous, and nest in the cavities of trees....

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Albino Burmese Python

Albino Burmese Python

This is an albino Burmese Python female (Python bivittatus). She was hand-picked to be part of our reptile educational programs, as an ambassador of her species. She is currently looking for a sponsor ($250 annually), to give her a name. The normal patterns on Burmese python shows brown blotches, bordered in black down the back, however there are several deviations from the normal pattern – amelanisitic, or lacking the black pigment melanin, with the pattern of yellow and orange. Being of the constrictor family, Burmese pythons do not have fangs – instead they have rear-pointing teeth, and...

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Bearded Dragons

Bearded Dragons

This male bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps) came to us with several others from a facility that had to close down its breeding program. Because his tail had been injured by the other dragons, he was unlikely to be adopted out and we happily accepted him.           These two arrived with our other dragon to be part of our educational program. They are healthy and enjoy the interaction with our visitors and volunteer staff.   The most common of the Pogona family is the Central Bearded (P. vitticeps) but there are several members of this family: Pogona barbata-...

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Sweetheart – Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Sweetheart – Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Sweetheart is a female Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) who arrived the foundation in the summer of 2013, and we believe her to be born sometime in 2008. She came to the foundation because she was ill, due to losing her beak and being malnourished. Thanks to the foundations resources for the first few months here, she received 24-hour care with lots of love, creative enrichment to help with her nutrition, and was trained to use her beak as a shovel. Her diet consisted of a smoothie made of fruits and vegetables, bird starter food and many supplements. She is now able to eat more...

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Nebula – Clouded Leopard

Nebula – Clouded Leopard

Nebula is a female clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) born in March 2015. Her namesake comes from the beautiful interstellar clouds of dust and ionized gases. Nebula has come to the Foundation to help us learn more about the behavior, health, nutrition, and soundness of these elusive animals. Clouded leopards are medium-sized cats because they normally weigh only around 40 pounds. In proportion to their body size, this species has the longest canines compared to body size of any living feline, so long that some people have compared them to the extinct saber-toothed tigers. The upper canines...

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Maji – Eurasian Lynx

Maji – Eurasian Lynx

Maji is a male Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx) born in April 2015. Due to ongoing debate about reclassification of the Lynx species, there are many subspecies grouped in with the Eurasian Lynx, including the Siberian Lynx. The more common subspecies are: • Lynx lynx lynx, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Western Siberia • Lynx lynx carpathicus, Carpathian Mountains, Central Europe • Lynx lynx martinoi, Balkans • Lynx lynx dinniki, Caucasus • Lynx lynx wardi, Altai Mountains • Lynx lynx wrangeli, Eastern Siberia • Lynx lynx isabellinus, Central Asia • Lynx lynx kozlovi, Central Siberia • Lynx lynx...

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Topaz – Tiliger

Topaz – Tiliger

Topaz is a female tiliger, a cross between a male tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) and a female liger (tiger/lion -panthera leo- cross), born in early December 2014. Like the beautiful potpourri of colors of her namesake gem, Topaz has a medley of tiger and lion genes. She came to us for animal behavior and nutrition research. She will live a full, happy, and healthy life here at the Foundation and become an important part of our educational programs. The tiliger is extremely rare. It is the offspring of a male tiger and a female liger. Tiligers are 75% tiger and 25% lion. There are...

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Ani – Barbary Lion

Ani – Barbary Lion

Ani is a female Barbary Lioness (Panthera leo leo), born July 17, 2013. She came to the Foundation to aid in her sister’s physical therapy. She is completely healthy and is a great companion to her sister, Northgate. The Barbary lion, also known as the Atlas lion or Nubian lion, are the largest of the lion species. Characteristics of the Barbary lion include longer hair around the neck and throat, back of the front legs and around the belly, as well as a huge mane covering the head, neck and shoulders of the males. They are also usually a darker color than African lions but the only way to...

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Cliff – Black-Tailed Deer

Cliff – Black-Tailed Deer

Cliff is a male black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus) who was injured at birth and brought to the Foundation from another wildlife facility. Due to his injury at birth, he cannot be released back into the wild. Cliff will remain at the Foundation with his enclosure companions Wentz and Toby and be an ambassador to his species. The black-tailed deer’s diet changes based on season. In winter and early spring, they forage on lichens, red huckleberries, western red cedar, and deer fern. In late spring and fall, they forage on grasses, blackberries, apples, and maple. Black-tailed deer have...

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Kitty – Leopard Tortiose

Kitty – Leopard Tortiose

This is Kitty, a Leopard Tortoise.  She was born in 2000. The Leopard Tortoise is the fourth largest tortoise in the world. Its carapace is high and domed, sometimes with pyramid shaped scutes. Juveniles and young adults are attractively marked, with each individual having unique markings. As the tortoise matures, the markings tend to fade to a nondescript brown or grey. Like most tortoises, they retract their head and feet into their shell when threatened. Also like all tortoises and turtles, their mouth is a “beak.” The rear legs are very trunk-like, the front legs are almost...

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Bernie Mundi – White-Nosed Coatimundi

Bernie Mundi – White-Nosed Coatimundi

Bernie Mundi is a female White-Nosed Coatimundi (Nasua narica), also known as coati (kuh-wah-tee), born in May 2014. She was given to us to be a companion for our other coati, Nina. There are four known species of coatimundi: South American (Nasua nasua), Brown or White-Nosed (Nasua narica), Eastern Mountain (Nasuella meridensis), and Western Mountain (Nasuella olivacea). A coatimundi is often confused with a raccoon because of the rings on its tail or an anteater because of its long slender nose. While Nina and Bernie Mundi are not raccoons, they are from the same family, Procyonidae....

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Gargantua – Sulcata Tortiose

Gargantua – Sulcata Tortiose

This is Gargantua, a Sulcata Tortoise. He was born in 1951, and weighs about 80 pounds. Sulcata Tortoises inhabit the southern edge of the Sahara desert in Northern Africa in the countries of Burkina Faso, Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sudan. In these arid regions, the tortoise excavates burrows in the ground to get to areas with higher moisture levels, and spends the hottest part of the day in these burrows. Burrows may average 30 inches in depth; some dig tunnel systems extending 10 feet or more underground. The Sulcata Tortoise is the third largest...

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Addie – Ringtail

Addie – Ringtail

Addie is a female Ringtail (Bassariscus astutus) born around 2011. She was found by the public and kept at a local facility, before Fish and Wildlife brought her to us. Because she has been imprinted by humans, she cannot be released back into the wild, as she would not be able to take care of herself. Addie is a great treasure to our native species program, allowing our guests to see this elusive yet beautiful animal. The ringtail is also known as ring-tailed cat, miner’s cat (due to their use as a mouser), or civet cat because of their pungent secretion from anal glands. Although they are...

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Lapua – Bengal Tiger

Lapua – Bengal Tiger

Lapua is a male Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) born summer 2013. He is rare in the fact that he carries traits of both the white and orange Bengal tiger. He initially came to the Foundation for training and is completely healthy. After training he was supposed to continue on to a new facility but they could no longer take him and we are happy to keep him as part of our family. Bengal tigers are the only tigers that can be born with color variations. As a matter of fact, there are three distinct color varieties: orange and black, white and black, and snow white and black. All have the...

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Kaia – Fishing Cat

Kaia – Fishing Cat

Kaia is a female Fishing Cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) born in December, 2013. She is healthy and is a wonderful addition to our educational program. She came to us in hopes that we will be able to provide more in-depth information to other licensed facilities who also house these beautiful cats. She is an extremely active individual who keeps us on our toes as well as adds smiles to our day. She has a unique personality and has a strong bond with her keeper, you may hear her chirp when her keeper is around. She is one of the lucky residences to have a sponsor, which we hope will inspire our...

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Austin – Ring-Tailed Lemur

Austin – Ring-Tailed Lemur

Austin is a male ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta), born February 2013. He came to the Foundation to be a companion to our other ring-tailed lemur, Chez. Both Austin and Chez are intact males, which is very rare to have two intact males get along as well as they do. The credit of the two getting along so well is because the Foundation took great care in the introduction and enrichment provided to Austin and Chez. The ring-tailed lemur is a primate and the most recognized lemur due to its long, bushy tail with alternating black and white rings. Their dense fur is mostly gray with white on their...

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Glenda – Black Bear

Glenda – Black Bear

Glenda is a female Black Bear (Ursus americanus) who is estimated to have been born in late 2013. Glenda was found in a backyard in Glendora, California. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife attempted to relocate her several times but she kept returning to the same area. Glenda was considered a non-releasable bear and she was brought to the Foundation to join our native species educational program. The black bear is North America’s smallest and most common species of bear. Black bears are omnivores, with their diets varying greatly depending on the season and location. The black...

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Samson – African Lion

Samson – African Lion

Samson is a male African Lion (Panthera leo) born in the summer of 2012 with Osteogenesis imperfecta, known as brittle bone disease. Osteogenesis imperfecta is a condition that causes the bones to be extremely fragile. This condition also affects humans, many who come to visit Samson at the Foundation. There is not a known cure for this condition; however, Samson made a miraculous turn around. The Foundation is the first facility to do any research with exotic big cats regarding this condition. All of the research we have and are acquiring will be shared with other facilities. We are very...

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Buster Pawsey – Red Fox

Buster Pawsey – Red Fox

Buster Pawsey is a female Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) born in early 2013. Fish and Wildlife brought her to the Foundation after she was illegally owned. Since the red fox is an invasive species, she cannot be released back into the wild. She will remain at the Foundation with her companion Luna and be an ambassador to her species. Even though red foxes are assumed to have red fur due to their name, there are actually three color variations: red, silver, and black. The red fox’s ears are sensitive enough to hear prey from a distance, as well as, help dissipate heat from their bodies, similar to...

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Adara – Bengal Tiger

Adara – Bengal Tiger

Adara is a female Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris) born around April, 2013. Adara’s name comes from the Greek word meaning beautiful. She was donated to the Foundation for our educational program after a gentleman in Florida heard that two of our female tigers had recently passed away. This generous man sent her to us, all expenses paid, as a gift. She is a wonderful addition to our educational program. With her help we will be able to educate the public about these big cats and hope to protect them for our future generations. Bengal tigers are the only tigers that can be born with color...

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Chez – Lemur

Chez – Lemur

Chez is a male ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta), born in 2006. Chez came to us from a colony at another facility because he suffered an eye injury. Due to his injury being inoperable, he can no longer live in a colony, and now resides at the Foundation with his enclosure mate, Austin. He is pain free and his eye does not cause him any issues at the Foundation. Both Austin and Chez are intact males, which is very rare to have two intact males get along as well as they do. The credit of the two getting along so well is because the Foundation took great care in the introduction and enrichment...

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Luna – Red Fox

Luna – Red Fox

Luna is a female Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) born in early 2009. Butte County Animal Control brought her to the Foundation after she was hit by a car. Even though she has healed from her injuries, she cannot be released back into the wild because red foxes are an invasive species. She will remain at the Foundation with her companion Buster Pawsey and be an ambassador to her species. Even though red foxes are assumed to have red fur due to their name, there are actually three color variations: red, silver, and black. The red fox’s ears are sensitive enough to hear prey from a distance, as well...

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Toby – Black-Tailed Deer

Toby – Black-Tailed Deer

Toby is a male black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus) who was named after one of our volunteers who has helped the Foundation tremendously. Toby was brought to the Foundation by California Fish and Wildlife because he was illegally owned and imprinted by humans. When an animal is imprinted by humans they lose their natural fear of humans and may wander too close to humans and risk putting both animal and human in danger. It is very difficult and in several cases impossible to reverse imprinting and therefore the animal is unable to be released back into the wild. Toby will remain at the...

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Everest – Snow Leopard

Everest – Snow Leopard

Everest is a male snow leopard (Panthera uncia) born in summer 2013. He was brought here to become part of our educational and behavioral research program. A 100% healthy cat, we look forward to providing him with all that he needs to live a quality life. At one point, the differences between snow leopards and other large cats were thought to be significant enough to place them in their own genus- Uncia. Besides major differences in ecology, morphology, and behavior, one notable difference is their inability to roar like other large cats. Although it shares its name with the common leopard...

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Northgate – Barbary Lion

Northgate – Barbary Lion

Northgate is a female Barbary Lioness (Panthera leo leo), born July 17, 2013. She came to the Foundation when she was 11 days old from a facility that lacked the resources that she needed. Northgate was born with her kneecap out of place and her leg fused in the position it is now which leaves her leg four inches shorter than the others. With proper nutrition, veterinary care, and consistent physical therapy provided by playing with her sister Ani, she has no pain and has developed her own way of getting around. The Barbary lion, also known as the Atlas lion or Nubian lion, are the largest...

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Wentz – Tammar/Bennett’s Wallaby

Wentz – Tammar/Bennett’s Wallaby

Wentz, a cross between the Tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii) and the Bennett’s wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus), was born in 2000. Wentz was brought to the Foundation in August 2002 because she had a crimp in her lower intestine caused by falling out of her mother’s pouch. Instead of surgery, she was fed a gruel every 45 minutes for several months which stretched her lower intestine allowing food to pass. Wentz is the only wallaby this treatment has been used on and has been successful. We continue to monitor her digestive health on a daily basis and she is doing very well. Wentz was named...

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Zuri – Bengal Tiger

Zuri – Bengal Tiger

Zuri is a female white Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris) born May 27, 2012. She was donated to become part of the Foundation’s non-invasive behavioral and nutritional research program. Born with Strabismus (the medical term for crossed eyes), Zuri has no depth perception. She has no discomfort and to assist her growth and help her learn to cope with her special need, we keep objects and events that might startle her away from in and around her enclosure. Her enclosure is also sprayed with the strong scents of peppermint and cayenne pepper to help her navigate the environment around her better...

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Savara – Siberian Tiger

Savara – Siberian Tiger

Savara is a Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris), born in the summer of 2010. She came to the Foundation because she was blind in one eye and had a head injury. She has regained sight because of the veterinary care and a specialized vitamin regimen she has received at the Foundation. She is pain free and she will remain at the Foundation as an ambassador of her species. Tigers have stripes that traverse beyond fur and are actually skin-deep. The stripes are unique to the individual and many researchers utilize the unique markings to identify individuals. Tigers are a rarity among cats, as they...

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Outlaw – Liger

Outlaw – Liger

Outlaw is a female liger (½ Panthera leo – ½ Panthera tigris) September 2010. She was given to the Foundation to join our behavioral research project. She is in excellent health and will help us learn more about these extraordinary animals. The liger is the largest cat on the planet because ligers lack both copies of the growth inhibitor genes inherited from the parents. In lions the females carry this gene, and in tigers it is carried by the males. When a male lion and female tiger mate, neither of them is able to supply the growth inhibitor gene, which means that ligers continue to...

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Nan – Siberian Lynx

Nan – Siberian Lynx

Nan is a female Siberian Lynx (Lynx lynx), born April 21, 2012. She came to the Foundation to be an ambassador of her species, as well as to join our animal behavior and enrichment program. Due to ongoing debate about reclassification of the Lynx species, there are many subspecies grouped in with the Eurasian Lynx, including the Siberian Lynx. The more common subspecies are: • Lynx lynx lynx, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Western Siberia • Lynx lynx carpathicus, Carpathian Mountains, Central Europe • Lynx lynx martinoi, Balkans • Lynx lynx dinniki, Caucasus • Lynx lynx wardi, Altai Mountains...

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Dana – Bengal Tiger

Dana – Bengal Tiger

Tiger Trivia: All white tigers have blue eyes. Dana is a female white Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) born in early 2006. In 2008, she was sent to us after her facility was shut down and she was extremely aggressive. Within hours of her arrival, the director believed she was in pain rather than aggressive and rushed her to the vet where they took x-rays. From the x-rays they saw a foreign matter and underwent emergency surgery where they removed a towel that was deteriorating in her stomach, the vet believed the towel had been in her stomach for some time. She arrived weighing only 110...

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Rosie – Clouded Leopard

Rosie – Clouded Leopard

Rosie is a female clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) born in July 2011. She is healthy, and was donated to be part of an animal behavior research project. Clouded leopards are medium-sized cats because they normally weigh only around 40 pounds. In proportion to their body size, this species has the longest canines compared to body size of any living feline, so long that some people have compared them to the extinct saber-toothed tigers. The upper canines may measure 4.0 cm or longer. The clouded leopard is named for its distinctive cloud-shaped markings. They are excellent climbers due to...

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Prince – Ball Python

Prince – Ball Python

Prince is a Ball Python (python regius) who came to the foundation from an individual who had him as a pet and was no longer able to give him the care and attention he needs. Now Prince is a part of our educational programs and loves going to off-site programs to educate people about Ball Pythons. Ball Pythons are native to Western and Central Africa. They usually inhabit dry brushland or open grassland. They can be found either in trees or on the ground. They are most comfortable in temperatures ranging from 80-90 degrees and enjoy basking in temperatures up to 95 degrees. These snakes can...

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Tshuma – African Leopard

Tshuma – African Leopard

Tshuma is a male African leopard (Panthera pardus) born in December 2009. In Swahili, Tshuma means “money maker”. In his youth, he was a budding actor. He appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as well as the Chelsea Lately show, and Animal Planet. Tshuma really enjoyed traveling but he has settled into his retirement and has become an ambassador to his species at the Foundation. The leopard is the smallest of the five ‘big cats’ of the genus Panthera, with the Asiatic leopard being smaller than its African counterpart. The African leopard has relatively short legs and a long body with...

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Dr. Dallas – Barbary Lion

Dr. Dallas – Barbary Lion

Dr. Dallas is a female Barbary Lioness (Panthera leo leo), born in September 2009. Dallas is named after an amazing volunteer, Dr. Dallas Wentz, who has been with us since she was 13 years old and is now a licensed veterinarian in Butte County and still a part of the family at our foundation. Dallas, better known as Dally, loves to play with her big red ball by putting it in her water, and then spins it with her paw. She has an extremely playful temperament. Dr. Dallas is a part of our behavioral research program, so that we may learn more about the Barbary subspecies of lion and share this...

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Nina – White-Nosed Coatimundi

Nina – White-Nosed Coatimundi

Nina is a female White-Nosed Coatimundi (Nasua narica), also known as Coati (kuh-wah-tee), born in April 2007. Nina injured her tail as a baby, and her breeder was unable to place her. Nina required constant monitoring until her injury was fully healed because coatimundis are known to re-injure themselves. Nina and her companion, Bernie Mundi, have joined our educational program as ambassadors of their species. There are four known species of coatimundi: South American (Nasua nasua), Brown or White-Nosed (Nasua narica), Eastern Mountain (Nasuella meridensis), and Western Mountain (Nasuella...

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Gabriela – Ocelot

Gabriela – Ocelot

Gabriela is a female Ocelot (Felis pardalis), born on April 6, 2002. Gabriela, nicknamed Gabby for her talkative nature, was given to the Foundation as a gift for some of the work that we do with nutrition. She’s a joy, and we’re happy to have her! The ocelot’s fur gives this medium-sized cat a very distinctive appearance, with its dark brown irregular shaped spots and stripes, edged with black on a yellow/tawny background. No two patterns are alike, and this can be used to identify individuals like a fingerprint on humans. The underlying coloration varies with its habitat, with the base fur...

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Wylie – Coyote

Wylie – Coyote

Wylie is a female coyote (Canis latrans) born in 1999. Wylie joined the Foundation after she was hit by a semi truck and required treatment for her injuries. She is pain free but due to her injuries she is not able to be released back into the wild. She will remain at the Foundation and be an ambassador to her species. The size of the coyote is larger than a fox but smaller than a wolf. The fur coloration varies from grayish brown to yellowish gray with a white throat and belly. Their tails are generally half the length of their body and have a black tip on the end. They often hold their...

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Tenacity – Coyote

Tenacity – Coyote

Tenacity is a female coyote (Canis latrans), born in 2010. She came to us from another rehabilitation facility that was unable to keep her. We are happy to have her join the Foundation and be an ambassador to her species. The size of the coyote is larger than a fox but smaller than a wolf. The fur coloration varies from grayish brown to yellowish gray with a white throat and belly. Their tails are generally half the length of their body and have a black tip on the end. They often hold their tail low especially while running. The coyote’s ears are pointed and sit upright. Although the coyote...

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Alex – American Alligator

Alex – American Alligator

Alex is a female American Alligator (Alligator Mississippiensis), born in 2001. Alex came to the Foundation through Butte County Fish and Wildlife. She was found in Butte Creek, either escaping from or released by her owner who had her illegally. Alex will remain at the Foundation as an ambassador to her species in our educational program. The American alligator ranges from long and slender to short and robust based on the area they live in. Alligators have broad snouts and an ‘armored’ body with a muscular flat tail. They have four short legs; the front legs have five toes while the back...

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