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

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

Friday, October 14, 2016

Some benefits of having an office pet

Sammy (Samson)
Statistics show being a pet owner has many emotional and physical benefits which can improve a person's health. Those same benefits apply to having an office cat or dog but many offices and corporations do not allow owners to bring their pets to work or obtain a pet to stay in the office. PrideRock has an office cat named Sammy (what kind of cat sanctuary would we be without rescuing a domestic cat for the office?). 

So let's start off with the benefits:
  • lowers blood pressure and other stress-related ailments 
  • improved morale
  • reduces employee absenteeism (by bringing pet to work)
  • encourages employees to get exercise
  • increases productivity
  • makes time pass quicker
  • hard to get angry or agitated when a cute pet is around
  • entertainment
Now, are there any disadvantages to your health? If you are allergic, then an office pet may not be a good fit. 

Good things about pets in the office: cats purr, puppies play all the time, you can teach them tricks, when you have one else to talk to, they are there.

Drawbacks of an office pet? Yes. (However, the benefits far outweigh them). Let me show you some photos of Sammy so you get the idea.

Look high
and everywhere in between

Cats love hiding
from humans
and low...
 Cat takes over YOUR stuff


Be prepared, cats:
  • steal paperclips and anything else not bolted down
  • will unroll anything on a roll (toilet paper, paper towels
  • shed
But, on a scale of 1 to 10 (highest), we rate having an office cat a 10! 
WARNING: We are talking domestic cats or dogs, not lions, tigers and cougars. Wild cat species do not make good pets. Even PrideRock does not allow the big cats in the office.

Moving Day


A couple of water tubs sit on a trailer
waiting to be hauled off for the winter.
Now that fall is here and the weather is getting cooler, PrideRock staff must remove the water tubs from the tiger enclosures. (Lions don't like water so they are not given water tubs.) As you can imagine, the water tubs are heavy, even without water. The tubs are oval galvanized 169 gallon stock tanks which measure 6 feet long. If the tubs are left in the enclosures during ice or storm, the water will freeze over and could take months to thaw out. So, we remove them sometime in October, will store them on the property in a secluded space and then put them back in the tiger enclosures around May or June.

Each water tub is spray painted differently for each animal. Shana's tub is pink (below) with her name on one side and PrideRock on the other side.
Tigers losing their pools for the winter include Elijah, Kumal, Shana, Rambo, Bagherra, Tiggy and Tony, and Jamu and Kashmir.
Shana's water tub is painted pink with PrideRock
 on one side and Shana on the other.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

PrideRock Landscaping

A concrete lion sitting
on a log surrounded by a bed of rocks.
Although PrideRock Wildlife Refuge is not open to the public, the owners, Carol and Gary Holliman, keep the grounds in perfect condition. The grass is mowed and edged on a regular basis, the leaf litter and tree debris is raked and burned on a regular basis and the decorations are pretty amazing as well. All of the residents have a name plate on their enclosure and many tiger and lion decor surrounds every enclosure.

Enjoy relaxing on the yellow sing in the center of all the action.

PRWR gates out front decorated for Christmas.
A variety of plants and trees adorn the facility grounds and many paved stones and rocks make it easy to walk from one area to another. And, yes, there are areas - the Tiger House, Tiger Country, the Lion's Den and the Bear enclosures. Each with their own trees and tree bedding, plants, fence decorations and comfy places to sit.

PrideRock has many comfy chairs and swings to sit and relax.

The "N" Sisters name plates hanging
 on their enclosures.

On your break, day off or just out for a stroll, one can always find a resting place at PrideRock - maybe it is the hammock near the dog enclosures or the chairs by Leo and Cleo and Pharaoh and Allie, or a comfy swing over by Helena the Hyena.

Lion statue at PRWR

PRWR is also adorned with many tree signs saying "Lion Crossing," "Akita Crossing," "Tiger Crossing" or maybe "Forever in My Heart," honoring those that have lived and died at PrideRock. But wherever you go and whatever you see, you will always get the feeling that PrideRock, its mission, what is done here on a daily basis and its animal residents, are loved by owners, staff and volunteers alike. 

Many tree signs can be found at PrideRock.

"Forever in My Heart" sign hangs at the enterance to the tiger enclosures as a remembrance to those that lived their lives and died at PrideRock sanctuary.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Bears touch soil for first time


What a monumental and wonderful day it was for PrideRock staff and the three bears. Rowdy, Coco and Toro were saved from euthanasia in January from a closing sanctuary. PrideRock had only a few months to raise enough money to build three enclosures and finish them before Christmas. But we did it and then began Phase II - constructing the outdoor play pens. Again, we raised money, hired a construction crew, planned the layout and worked furiously to finish. We all anxiously awaited the day we could watch the bears take their first step onto soil. The bears were a little hesitant at first but by the end of the day where running, swimming, and touching nose-to-nose for the first time.
Needless to say, the PrideRock staff was thrilled, proud and overwhelmed with emotions.
Coco, splish-splashing in the pool for the first time in her life.

Toro, our shy bear, took a dive in the pool first. Coco decided to follow Toro and Rowdy is still apprehensive about the new liquid. Coco and Toro touched noses first and then Coco and Rowdy followed. The next morning, Coco ran in and out of her tube, going around in circles as if she had found the best toy in the world.
Toro checking out her new platform
All three bears thoroughly sniffed their hammocks, logs, and platforms, but so far, can't figure out what they are for or how to get on them. We'll post photos of them relaxing in their hammocks when as get them.
Toro discovering a ball.

Rowdy, tearing at the log tree in his play pen.
The PrideRock bears are special and fortunate. Not only did they escape an untimely death, but they ended up at PrideRock Wildlife Refuge which makes the animals a top priority and spares no expense to make the animals as happy as the can be. Rowdy, Coco and Toro are now enjoying the fresh air, soft soil on their feet, climbing tree logs and swimming. PrideRock Wildlife Refuge is blessed to have these three bears and know it is a rare privilege to share their lives with them.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Cool big cat wallpaper

 If you have an Android phone, you can download an app titled Zedge which will allow you to download all kinds of stuff like ringtones, photos for wallpaper and much more. Recently, I wanted to change my ringtone, so I downloaded the lions roaring ringtone. So then I thought, how about some wallpaper? This is what I found. 


Thursday, September 15, 2016

PrideRock in the news

PrideRock tiger Kashmir cools off in a tub of water.
The photo landed itself on the Dog Days of Summer on Channel 5 NBCDFW August 3.
This fantastic photo was taken by amateur photographer and PrideRock volunteer Annette Creekmore.

Did you know PrideRock Wildlife Refuge is often in the news? PRWR and its staff, interns and volunteers have been on TV, in the newspaper and featured in many magazines and Internet sites. The sanctuary has so many interesting and unusual events happening, that many media sources want to spread the word about what we do here. Our Operations Manager Corey Allison has been featured on several videos and just this month, PRWR's white tiger Nia was on Animal ER on the Nat Geo WILD channel and Teel Time's Teel Lunsford was on-site filming for her YouTube channel and Internet site PrideRock has also been featured in the Terrell Tribune, Terrell Living, The Monitor of Cedar Creek Lake, the Terrell Tribune Update, Kaufman County Life and Neighbors, a Dallang News Morning News publication, to name just a few.

The cover of Terrell Living Magazine January 2009.

And during all the hot weather, Kashmir found himself included in the photos for Dog Days of Summer while soaking in his water tub with his eyes closed. 
If you would like to read past articles about PrideRock, go to our In The News page.
And stay tuned, because you never know when PrideRock will be in the news again.
White tiger Nia was featured on Animal ER Sept. 10.

Teel Lunsford (right) came to PrideRock Wildlife Sanctuary to film
the animals for her YouTube channel
and Internet site