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January E-News from the EFRC
January E-News from the EFRC
Jan 5, 2013
As we look back on 2012 we celebrate the rescue of seventeen cats. We began in April with a trip to Kentucky’s Wolf Run Wildlife Refuge to pick up Singa, female lion and Surabi, male lion. In late May we rescued four tigers, one lion, one bobcat and one Puma from a northern Indiana facility. Three months later we were on the road again to rescue four lions, two tigers, one serval and one bobcat from a Pennsylvania facility that was closing its doors. These cats now have a forever home at the EFRC to live where they will never want for food, fresh water, shelter or medical care. Three of the amazing cats are currently on the public tour. Mr. Bigglesworth, male serval, occupies the first enclosure you visit. Missy, female lion, resides with Sam, male lion, near the start of the tour while Kiera, female tiger, is located near the end of the tour. On your next visit, take some time to get to know our new residents.
CAT TALES FROM THE EFRC
When you visit the EFRC you will meet Felix, a male tiger. Felix lived in an appalling Pennsylvania facility that was shut down in 2000. Felix was then sent to a respectable Mississippi rescue facility. Unfortunately, this placement did not go as planned because Felix began to display extremely aggressive behavior. He damaged his cage and posed a safety threat to his caretakers and his enclosure mate. Because of this behavior, the facility director contacted the EFRC and asked if we could take Felix in. Arriving at the EFRC on September 9, 2000, Felix was finally able to begin his journey to becoming the awesome tiger he so deserved to be. When you arrive at his enclosure, we are sure he will greet you with a friendly chuff.
This month we highlight one of our hard-working keepers, Jennifer Hall. Jennifer began volunteering at the center in August 2001 and became a full-time employee in April 2009. One of her most enjoyable activities at the center is to “frolic” with Thor, male lion. Because Thor enjoys Jennifer’s attention, he waits in the corner of his enclosure for her visit. When he spies her walking towards his enclosure, he jumps from the corner and proceeds to do a jump/run/hop combination down the fence line. Because Jennifer wants to return Thor’s joyful exuberance, she does her own jump/run/hop combination. Needless to say, Jennifer never thought she would experience such a unique opportunity to bond with a male lion or to see Thor’s transformation from a severely neglected lion to a rambunctious, silly boy who loves to “frolic”!!
(See Cat Tales; May 2010)
SAVING THE BIG CATS CHARITY AUCTION NEWS
The sixth annual Saving the Big Cats Charity Auction is scheduled for January 19, 2013 at the Irsay Pavilion in Carmel, Indiana. The activities commence at 3:00 pm and continue until 7:00 pm. Hospitality Adminstration-Culinary Arts at Ivy Tech will provide an elegant buffet for your dining pleasure. There will be lively entertainment along with a silent and live auction. We hope everyone can attend and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon all to benefit the resident felines of the Exotic Feline Rescue Center.
Thank-you for your continued support!
2221 E. Ashboro Road, Center Point, IN 47840
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