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

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

PrideRock intern goes to Africa

PrideRock Wildlife Refuge intern Taylor Bankston has fond memories of her month-long stay in South Africa, where she traveled for two weeks, and spent two weeks working at the Ann Van Dyke Cheetah Center and the Glen Afric Rehabilitation Center.
Taylor traveled to Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique and Swaziland. She also visited a game ranch and went horseback riding. 
While at the cheetah center, Taylor thatched fences so the cheetahs could stay cool and other animals could not see them. She also painted and cleaned. While visiting the rehab center, Taylor received up-close interaction with giraffes, zebra, elephants, wildebeest and more.
PrideRock intern Taylor Bankston stands
next to an African elephant 

Taylor traveled with several college students from around the United States including five from Kent State, two from Texas, and one from New England and one from Montana.
"Seeing the culture and being with the cheetahs was the highlight of my trip," Taylor said.
Taylor plans on returning to Africa in the future.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Big Cat Jokes

What's a tiger running a copy machine called?  A copycat!

Why are tigers religious? Because they prey frequently and prey as a family!

Where does a lion sleep? Anywhere he wants to!

What does a lion do on a canoe? Use his roar!

What happened when the lion ate the comedian? He felt funny!

What do tigers sing at Christmas? Jungle Bells, Jungle Bells.

How do tigers describe themselves? Purr-fect!

On which day do tigers eat people? Chewsday!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

First day of cool weather at PrideRock

Keisha enjoying the 86 degree and cloudy weather this August 17
laying on her back with her feet sticking straight up in the air.
Many of us over the past several months have been wishing for cooler weather.We no longer want to drip with sweat when we walk outside and drink a pint or more of water. Our A/C bill will decrease and our plants and grass won't die.

But we aren't the only ones who were wishing for a cool down - PrideRock Wildlife Refuge residents were wishing for cooler weather, too. During hot weather, lions and tigers are hotter than you and I are. With their thick skin, fur and manes, the big cats aren't very active in hot weather. In fact, most of them take shelter from the sun in their cinder block dens that keep them cool or in front of the large fans that automatically come on at 90 degrees. If they can find a way to do both, they do.

Today, August 17, was a tigers dream. After a few days of rain, it is finally a comfortable temperature. It is "enjoy the outdoors" day. PrideRock residents are doing just that. Most of the wildlife are relaxing, enjoying the cool weather. They feel frisky, happy and playful.

Zoe relaxing in her hammock
Tiggy enjoys sitting on his platform
watching the going's-on at
PrideRock Wildlife Refuge
So, while walking around PrideRock grounds on my daily check of the animals, I found lots of cats outside enjoying the fact they are cats. Animals were relaxing on their hammocks, laying on the damp ground with the friends or brothers and sisters, and sitting on their platforms. I heard plenty of friendly chuffs and the lions, well, they are calling several times a day. Once one lion calls or roars, the others follow making a chorus of loud lion vocals. 

While on my daily cat check, I found Keisha, one of our lioness, on her back with all four feet sticking straight up in the air. I found tiger sisters Nia and Nikki cooling off on the damp ground, curled up with one another and I found Tiggy, "sitting on the dock of the platform" wastin' time.

And Leo and Cleo, our married lions, were sharing a moment on their platform as well.  And even Casey, our say cougar, was out and about saying hello to all the PrideRock staff. It is nice to see the entire cat instead of just the face that peeks out the den in the midst of a 100 degree weather day. Enjoy the comfortable weather while you can. Winter is just around the corner.

Even Casey, our shy cougar,
was out and about today.

Nia and Nikki enjoying each others
company on a cool, brisk day.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Additions to

With the new look of the PrideRock website came a bunch of additions as well. For instance, the PrideRock website now has a membership page, for those who wish to become Silver, Gold or Platinum members; a Partner's page for those who donate goods and service to PrideRock; and a Gift Shop filled with big cat items like purses, coin bags and more, as well as a Zazzle store, where you can shop for mugs, shirts, gift bags and more.
PrideRock has also started a Kids Club. For a $50 monthly donation, your child can download monthly worksheets, games, crafts and activities. He or she will also receive a one time packet including an 8" X 10" photo of a PrideRock animal, a gift shop item, a sheet of stickers, an animal facts card and access to our Kids Page.

For that special occasion or just any time, PrideRock residents will send a letter to your child and a photo of the animal they correspond with. Select a PrideRock resident, include a letter to that animal and $10, and the animal you wrote to will write you back. It's great fun and with email, texting and computers, kids will be thrilled to receive a letter in the mail!

Got pesky varmints? If your yard, garden or home is being invaded by squirrels, rabbits, deer, feral pigs, skunks, raccoon or other critters, you need some tiger poop! Yes, tiger poop and coincidentally, PrideRock happens have massive amounts of the sticky stuff. It seems, most rodents and other small animals hate the smell of cat scat. So, not only does it make great fertilizer, it will also ward off all those pesky critters ruining your garden, beautiful flowers and shrubs.

Want to help the cats play everyday? Go to the Wildlife Toy Box page to check out all the great, unique and fascinating toys our cats, bears and other wildlife will totally love. They have back scratchers, jolly balls, wobble balls, teeter tunnels, looky-lou feeders and more.
Wildlife ToyBox has many fascinating and stimulating
toys for big cats and other wildlife.

Thank you for visiting We appreciate your support and the cats are grateful as well.

For further information about our website, contact Robyn Wheeler at (972) 345-8544 or

Friday, August 12, 2016

As happy as a cat in a brown paper bag

Ball of yarn (yarn really doesn't make good cat toys).

Toy mouse for domestic cat
Many of us have cats that like to play with toys. The plastic ball that rolls on the floor, the fuzzy mice, the ball of yarn (not good for cats to play with by the way. The fibers come off and choke the cat or creates a ball in their intestine), a brown paper bag, house key ring or the bird on a string. But...what about lions, tigers and cougars?  What do they like to play with?

Enrichment for wild animals in captivity is very important. It keeps their mind sharp and occupies their time. Here at PrideRock Wildlife Refuge the cats receive various types of enrichment almost every day. But their toys are a little bigger than a toy mouse or ball of yard. They play with old tires, jolly balls of any size and cardboard boxes. They also like to swim in pools, soak in a tub of water and even play with other cats. Yes, cats love to play. PrideRock is always in need of toys for our lovable kitties. If you would like to donate a toy to PrideRock, bring us your old plastic jugs or balls, old cardboard boxes, gallon jugs or go to They have a large variety of wildlife toys to keep large cats busy for a long time.
A cougar playing with a rubber ball and a watermelon.

A tiger investigating an old tire.

We hope you enjoy these photos of the PrideRock cats playing. They are free everyday to do whatever they want. So they roll around, play dead, beg for attention and pretty much behave just like a house cat. Although, domestic cats don't much like water. These guys, love water and stand their ground to not have to share their pool or bath tub.
They also like to play dead, have their ears and chin
scratched and be lazy 20 hours out of 24.
Give them plastic barrels, or constructions
 cones and they are as happy as a cat 
in a brown paper bag. 
Oh no, we can't make a brown paper
bag big enough for these guys!

Word of advice: never try to take 

away a tiger's toy!

Tigers love to splish-splash in the tub.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

PrideRock Volunteer Makes Cast of Lion Paw Print

PrideRock Wildlife Refuge volunteers do more than just clean. Sometimes they think of something unique and fun to do. Like Kelly Moore who found a perfect paw print of African lion Diego while cleaning his enclosure. She decided to make a mold of it to add to her shadow box of animal souvenirs including a bird nest made of lion mane and a few lion and tiger whiskers. First Kelly dug out all the hair, leaves and other unwanted items out of the print. Then, Kelly made a very thick plaster which had to be stirred for quite a while until all the lumps were gone. Then she poured the mold inside the paw print, let set for about 30 minutes and then pulled the mold out of the print. And then Kelly pulled off the pieces of the mold that were on the edges and not part of the paw print. And then, a perfect mold was made. We hope it looks great in Kelly's shadow box.

Diego's paw print

Plaster paw print cast

Adding plaster into the paw print to hopefully
make a nice paw print cast.
Kelly Moore's shadowbox were she will
display Diego's paw print cast.

Tiger paints abstract art

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

North Texas Giving Day is September 22, 2016

North Texas Giving Day is September 22, 2016 and PrideRock Wildlife Refuge hopes to raise at least $20,000 to help us continue with our mission of providing safe and permanent homes for abused wildlife. All PrideRock supporters can give Sept. 22 from 6 a.m. to midnight at   All gifts made Sept. 22 go to help PrideRock care for more than 60 wildlife who call PrideRock home.

Every gift made through increases our changes of winning prizes throughout the day ranging from $500 to $5,000. And who doesn't like prizes, right?

Please help PrideRock reach its goal for 2016. Donations will help with daily care, projects, maintenance and much more. Current projects PrideRock hopes to complete are the outdoor bear play pen, converting wooden dens to cinder block for better climate control and creating a pasture for the cats with rock formations, pools and plenty of room to run and romp.

PrideRock Wildlife Refuge appreciates all who support this worthy cause and we hope we are excited to be a part of the PrideRock family. PrideRock cannot continue without generous supporters like you.

North Texas Giving Day is September 22. Remember to Get Up & Give.

Monday, August 1, 2016

PrideRock volunteers go to Africa

PrideRock Wildlife Refuge volunteers go to Africa

PrideRock Wildlife Refuge volunteers Liz Young and Dave Burton (two on left in photo) traveled more than 9,100 miles to Africa in December 2015 where they spent two weeks at Keven Rickardson's Wildlife Sanctuary. They were immersed in daily duties caring for lions, leopards, and hyenas that call the sanctuary home. While it was hard work, it was an experience of a lifetime and they have a new-found love of Africa. 

Liz an Dave have already planned their next trip for November 2016. Dave and Liz are photographed above with sanctuary employee Elbe Visser and two other volunteers Sophie Baz of the U.K. and Candice DeJager of Austrailia. 

Dave and Liz began volunteering at PrideRock in April 2015 and prior to that, volunteered for InSync Exotics for three years.