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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Kaholo & Ilea – Ring-Tailed Lemurs

Kaholo & Ilea – Ring-Tailed Lemurs

Kaholo is a male ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) born June 2016 and Ilea is a female ring-tailed lemur born June 2016. In Hawaiian, Kaholo means light feet and Ilea means the gift. Kaholo and Ilea are brother and sister and they came to the Foundation from a facility that took excellent care of them to be ambassadors of their 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...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Makana – Asian / African / Barbary Lion

Makana – Asian / African / Barbary Lion

Makana is a male Asian/African/Barbary Lion (Panthera leo persica/Panthera leo leo), born in August 2011. He is developing the physical characteristics of the Barbary Lion. Like our other Asian/African/Barbary Lion, Makana is a budding star! He has been on the Jay Leno show, and was featured in the December issue of the magazine Upgraded Living. The lion is unusual amongst the cat species because it lives in organized social groups called prides. The pride can consist of as many as 30-40 lions, the majority being females and their young, along with a small number of resident males. It is...

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