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

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 eyes...it 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 towww.priderock.org. 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 www.priderock.org.




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
Computer
Lap

Desk

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

video

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.