At PrideRock Wildlife Refuge, providing a permanent sanctuary and shelter for mistreated and unwanted lions, tigers and cougars is our guiding mission.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


Sammy with a toy underneath his back scratcher
PrideRock staff doesn't like to see any of their animals feeling neglected, so we try to spoil them as much as possible - especially Sammy - no, he is not a tiger or bear, he is our office cat. And he is a true attention HOG!! He gets plenty of food, has plenty of toys, sleeps where he wants and still...he begs for attention. Samson was found by our Operations Manager Corey Allison who brought him to PrideRock. Sammy soon made himself comfortable in the feed kitchen and doesn't miss an opportunity to dart out the door when he thinks he has a chance of making it to the outdoors. Here are some photos of Sammy's "rough" life at PrideRock Wildlife Refuge.

Sammy laying on top of a box of stuffed animals
Sammy laying in a purse
Sammy hinting he is hungry
Sammy watching the wifi guys
in a box they just emptied
Sammy not realizing whatever is in the pan
gets fed to the tigers and lions
Sammy taking over the office desk
Relaxing underneath a shade tree on a nice day
Sammy even helps us promo our fundraisers
Sammy sleeping on the lap of the
PrideRock Media Relations Specialist
Robyn Wheeler

Again, Sammy in a box

Friday, November 11, 2016

Building Stuff at PrideRock Wildlife Rescue

At Left: PrideRock staff creating an outdoor log 
stair case for our smallest bear, Coco.
Below: PrideRock keeper speaks about 
rebuilding a large cat enclosure.

PrideRock's fantastic staff and interns are constantly repairing broken/old items and/or building new facilities. Most wouldn't imagine the many chores that need to be done around the sanctuary but our crew is always working. After feeding and cleaning enclosures, and mopping and sterilizing the kitchen, the odd-job work begins. Here's a few photos of our crew hard at work making PrideRock 
the excellent facility it is today.
Repairing a broken hammock

Moving a hammock from one pen to another

PrideRock teams work during the hot, sweaty summer and the cold, freezing winter. They are a rough and tumble crew who give it their all to make PrideRock the best wildlife sanctuary ever. They are dedicated, knowledgeable who will do anything for the animals!

Building the platforms around the bear pools
Jim DeCourley installing new flourescent lights
outside maintenance crew
cutting down dead tree

Constructing a new platform
on which to place a water tub 

Putting in a webcam
outside maintenance crew
cutting down a dead tree

first steps in building
 a large cat enclosure

installing more wifi
for the webcams

almost done

Finishing the
waterfall pool for "the N" sisters

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

King Cheetahs

South African cheetah
Although PrideRock Wildlife Refuge currently does not care for cheetahs, all of us love big cats of any kind. Cheetahs are sleek, fast and spotted all over, which contributes to the fascination and love of cheetahs. The South African Cheetah, like the one pictured above is probably the most well-known of all species. Other species of cheetahs include the Sudan, Tanzanian, and the Asian. But the most beautiful and rarest of all the cheetahs is the King.
Sudan cheetah
Tanzanian cheetah
 The King Cheetah is very recognizable because of its large, blotchy spots and three dark wide stripes down its neck, back and tail.

King Cheetah (back)
The King Cheetah is also called the Cooper's Cheetah because it was discovered by Major A. Cooper in 1926.
The King Cheetah has only been spotted about six times in the wild. They are known to live in Zimbabwe, Botswana and northern Transvaal.

King Cheetah (side)

Frankly, I'm waiting for the day PrideRock rescues a King Cheetah (but I'll settle for the South African Cheetah!).

(Information and photos taken from By Gaurav P - Originally uploaded to Flickr as Most beautiful of all cats, uploaded to, CC BY 2.5,

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

All Souls' Day

Today, November 2, is All Souls' Day. This is a day to honor your deceased loved ones and say prayers for them. Here at PrideRock, our beloved animals have a home for eternity even after their bodies are no longer here. We remember and cherish our animal friends and rejoice in the many years we shared with them and all the ways they touched our lives.

"If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I would walk right up to Heaven and bring you home again."

The PrideRock cemetery is a beautiful piece of land with crosses, statues, nameplates, marble decorations and more beside every grave. It is a peaceful and beautiful way to pay tribute to the special cats and dogs who have called PrideRock Wildlife Refuge their home for the past 20 years.

We miss and love you forever!

Prayer for the Animals
by Albert Schweitzer
Hear our humble prayer, O God, for our friends, the animals.
Especially for animals who are suffering; for any that are
hunted or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry;
for all that must be put to death.
We entreat for them all Thy mercy and pity,
and for those who deal with them, we ask a
a heart of compassion and gentle hands and kindly words.
Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to animals,
and so to share the blessings of the merciful.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Lioness receives biopsy

Trailer ready to go
PrideRock Wildlife Refuge (PRWR) staff and volunteers monitor its residents daily, checking for illness or injury.  PRWR had been keeping an eye on a growth on Allie's second eyelid for some time. Allie is one of only four lioness at PrideRock and is a very treasured and loved girl. So, PRWR staff decided it was time to take Allie to the veterinarian for a tissue biopsy. On October 20, Allie was loaded into a travel crate and then rolled into a livestock trailer. Allie was driven to the Terrell Animal Clinic  for an examination and biopsy by Dr. B.
After Allie returned to PrideRock, she was allowed to rest and was given medication in her eye. Try putting eye drops in a lions is not easy!
Dr. B and Corey (in plaid)
 tending to Allie
Allie ready for biopsy

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Happy Halloween from PrideRock

Although PrideRock Wildlife Refuge is not open to the public, we still like to decorate for the holidays. In fact, Christmas is the owner's favorite holiday, so she goes big for Christmas. But this year, I took a shot at the decorating, and believe me, I'm no decorator, but at least we have a few pumpkins and such to make PrideRock look a little festive for the fall season. As I'm rummaging through the boxes of Halloween decorations, I'm thinking "With all these plastic pumpkins and pumpkin stakes to put in the ground, this should be a snap!" NOT!! Decorating was actually very tough because I had nine acres to decide where to put all of it! So I loaded up a wheelbarrow full with pumpkins and other items and began at the front gate and worked my way back. I found specific places to put all the decor but it wasn't easy picking the perfect, okay "purrfect" spot. And although my decorating prowess might not be the best in the world, I think Halloween is still represented nicely. Have a Spook-tacular Halloween!

Thought I'd share some photos with you.

Friday, October 21, 2016

PrideRock children's presentations available

Public and private schools, and youth groups in or near the Dallas/Fort Worth area can book a school presentation at their campus by going Click on the Education tab for more information. We teach students about lions, tigers, bears, what they eat, where they live, how to protect their diminishing numbers and much more. Students will hear vocalizations of all the animals and view real whiskers and claws as well as some of the large toys these cats play with. Lots of student participation. Perfect for large or small groups. Your students will have a ROARING good time! PrideRock Wildlife Refuge is NOT open to the public so let us bring the sanctuary to you. (Live animals are not brought to presentations for obvious reasons.) Go to