Dana – Western Cougar

Dana – Western Cougar

Dana is a female Western Cougar (Puma concolor), born in late October, 2015. She came to us as a gift to be a companion to our other cougar. Cougars are also known as a Pumas, Panthers, or Mountain Lions. The cougar hunts alone by day or night, and will hide its food, if large enough, in dense undergrowth, and return to it over several days. Its prey consists of large animals such as deer, and smaller mammals including mice, squirrels, porcupines, raccoons, rabbits, and beavers. It is big enough to tackle larger prey such as domestic cattle and horses, for which it has earned a bad...

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Alamea – Western Cougar

Alamea – Western Cougar

Alamea is a female Western Cougar (Puma concolor), born in late June 2015. Her name means precious in Hawaiian. She is in need of minor surgery and needed permanent a home. We gladly welcome her to our family where she will receive excellent care. Cougars are also known as a Pumas, Panthers, or Mountain Lions. The cougar hunts alone by day or night, and will hide its food, if large enough, in dense undergrowth, and return to it over several days. Its prey consists of large animals such as deer, and smaller mammals including mice, squirrels, porcupines, raccoons, rabbits, and beavers. It is...

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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 in from another wildlife facility. Due to his injury at birth, he cannot be released back into the wild. He is living out his life here, at Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary, where he is receiving excellent care alongside his enclosure companions Wentz (Wallaby) and Toby (black-tailed deer). This companionship fulfills all species’ instinctual need to be part of a social structure, either that of a herd (a group of deer) or of a mob (a group of wallabies) and keeps all three species at ease. The...

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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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Glenda – Black Bear

Glenda – Black Bear

Glenda is a female Black Bear (Ursus americanus) who is estimated to have been born in late 2013. She was found in a Glendora, CA backyard. After several attempts by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to relocate her, they brought her to our facility to be a companion to our other Black Bears. We are continually trying to integrate her with Winston and Dori, and in the meantime have created a new enclosure for her. She receives excellent food and care at the foundation that she would struggle to get in the wild. The Black Bear is North America’s smallest and most common species...

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Michael – Western Cougar

Michael – Western Cougar

Michael is a male Western Cougar (Puma concolor), born in 2005. Michael came to us from Oregon and was named in memory of Michael Chestnut Jr., his lifetime sponsor. He underwent two surgeries to help correct his birth defects, and is doing very well. Though he may appear to walk around his enclosure with irregular movements, he is pain free. The Foundation is committed to providing everything he needs to have quality of life. Cougars are also known as a Pumas, Panthers, or Mountain Lions. The cougar hunts alone by day or night, and will hide its food, if large enough, in dense undergrowth,...

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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 is a volunteer firefighter and has helped the foundation tremendously. California Fish and Wildlife brought him to us because he was illegally owned which lead to him being imprinted by humans. Imprinting is a biological phenomenon that occurs in mammals and birds when they are babies. In nature, young animals are raise by their mothers, developing a proper concept of their own identity. In captivity, this can develop with humans. When an animal is imprinted by humans they lose their natural...

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Wylie – Coyote

Wylie – Coyote

Wylie is a female coyote (Canis latrans), born in 2001. 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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Winston – Black Bear

Winston – Black Bear

Winston is a male black bear (Ursus americanus) born in January 2010. As a young bear cub he ran into a pole while chasing a ball at another facility. His resulting head injury created motor skill problems. The other facility didn’t have the resources to help him, but we were able to bring him into our family and provide him with an enrichment program to treat his injuries. We provided obstacles for him including ropes, logs, balls, and rocks that he would have to maneuver around to receive food and treats, as well as companionship from Dori who pushed him to health by assisting him through...

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Olli – Great Horned Owl

Olli – Great Horned Owl

This is OLLI, a Great Horned Owl. We believe Olli is a male, native to our area, and is about 3-4 years old. Olli came to us with an injured wing. He is a joy, and will be an ambassador of his species. Due to his injury, he is non-releasable. He will be a wonderful addition to our educational programs, and we are delighted to have him here in his permanent home! The Great Horned Owl is one of the most common birds of prey and lives throughout the Americas year round. There are a large number of subspecies, whose main differences are mainly in color and size. Olli is a California Great Horned...

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Dori – Black Bear

Dori – Black Bear

Dori is a female Black Bear (Ursus americanus) born in January 2010. The facility where she was at burned down, and we were happy to bring her into our family! Dori is named after her sponsor who fell in love with her playful antics and spunky personality. Dori spends many hours splashing in the water tank and loves to play with her toys. She even stands up and walks around on her hind legs and shows off by spinning in circles. 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. They...

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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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Buitre – Turkey Vulture

Buitre – Turkey Vulture

This is Buitre (boo-ee-tray), a female Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura), who came to us in 2012. She was born in Summer 2011. She is non-releasable because she was hit by a car, which required surgery on her wing. She will be an ambassador of her species. We are very pleased to have her here at the Foundation. The turkey vulture’s head is bald and red. Its plumage is primarily dark brown. Males and females appear identical. Turkey vultures have weak, chicken-like feet, which are suitable for running on the ground but not for grasping. These vultures cannot lift or carry food with their...

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Alex – American Alligator

Alex – American Alligator

Alex is a female American Alligator (Alligator Mississippiensis), born in 2006. Alex came to us through Butte County Fish and Wildlife. She was found in Butte Creek, either escaping from or discarded by her owner. She is now a permanent resident and animal ambassador in our educational programs and will live out a full and healthy life while receiving excellent care at our facility. Both males and females have an “armored” body with a muscular flat tail. The skin on the back is armored with embedded bony plates called osteoderms or scutes. They have four short legs; the front legs have five...

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