Jimmi – Serval

Jimmi – Serval

Jimmi is a male serval (Leptailurus serval), named in memory of Dr. Jim Edwards, a veterinarian and friend to the foundation. Jimmi was born March 23, 2016, and is a main character in a children’s book currently being written. Servals are unique for having the longest legs and largest ears of any feline in comparison to body size. Their fur is yellow, gold, and reddish, and the black spot pattern merges into stripes along its neck and back with horizontal stripes on the ears. Serval noises consist of high-pitched cries, snarls, growls, and spits, as well as purrs. The serval hunts rodents,...

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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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Toothless – Uromastyx

Toothless – Uromastyx

Toothless is a male Black Niger Uromastyx lizard who was born in 2013. He is a very rare species of lizard and has joined our reptile education program as an ambassador of his species. Uromastyx is a genus of lizard in the agamid family, the same family as the bearded dragon. The Uromastyx is commonly known as the spiny-tailed agamid, aptly named for the 10 to 30 rings of spiked scales covering its tail. The Uromastyx lizard comes in a variety of colors including brown, black, blue, green, yellow, red and combinations of colors like black with green or blue with yellow. Uromastyx Trivia: To...

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Carlee – Caracal

Carlee – Caracal

Carlee is a male caracal (Caracal caracal) born in early January, 2015. He will be an integral part of research the foundation is collecting for a book on behavior, health, nutrition, and soundness. We are excited to welcome this handsome guy to our family. He is still looking for a sponsor to name him! The caracal is known for its remarkable leaping ability, and is possibly the fastest cat of its size. It looks similar to the lynx but is smaller and has a longer tail. The body of the caracal is slender, with reddish brown fur on every area except the chin, throat and belly, which is white....

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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 us to help her sister’s physical therapy. She is completely healthy, and is a great companion to her sister. Panthera leo leo is the scientific name for the Barbary lion, also known as the Atlas lion or Nubian lion. Some researchers recognize 6 subspecies of lion, while others recognize only the African and the Asiatic based on genetic analysis. Prior to the 1920’s, the Barbary lion roamed North Africa, but has since been considered extinct in its natural habitat. Nowadays its existence appears to be...

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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 us as an 11-day-old cub from a facility that lacked the resources that we provide, needed to care for her. This lioness was born with her kneecap out of place and her knee fused, leaving her leg four inches shorter than the others. She is not in any pain, and with tremendous amounts of physical therapy provided by playing with her sister Ani, proper nutrition, and veterinary care, our goal is to give her the best quality of life we can. Panthera leo leo is the scientific name for the Barbary lion, also...

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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). His name means “money maker” in Swahili. He was born in December 2009. He has become a budding actor. So far he has done the Tonight show with Jay Leno, as well as the Chelsea Lately show, and Animal Planet. This leopard really enjoys traveling and is one of our ambassadors for our new facility. The leopard is the smallest of the five ‘big cats’ of the genus Panthera, with the Asiatic leopard being smaller than its African counterparts. It has relatively short legs and a long body with a large skull. Their fur patterns are often confused...

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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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