What a difference a couple of months can make for two very ill tigers! When we picked up Mohan, he had such difficulty walking. With degenerative joint disease of the knees due to untreated cranial cruciate ligament injuries and with nails grown so long they’d embedded in his front paws, walking was so painful.  Look at … Read more

If Jeremy and Simon are our active adolescents, Callie’s socially silly, and Nikita’s radiantly resilient, that must mean Mohan is magnificently majestic!! We just picked up this big beautiful boy who came with many unanswered questions.  One being his age.  We heard he was 22 years old and also 12 years old.  That’s a significant … Read more

Cub petting is the practice of using baby animals, like tigers, as photo props for paying customers. These operations are deceptive because they prey on people’s affection toward baby animals, and exploit the desire to hold or care for them. This masks a secretive dark side, inherently dependent on animal cruelty for its very existence. … Read more

Note: This article is the second in a multi part series explaining cub petting. For the first part, go here. This tigress has had a tough life. Following the rescue of more than 100 big cats, including 75 tigers, from a cub petting operation, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) and Tigers in America (TIA) took over … Read more

This is a question we’re often asked when people find out our rescued tigers are neutered or spayed. The misconception is, if tigers are endangered in the wild, shouldn’t you allow captive tigers to breed? Four reasons accredited sanctuaries don’t breed captive tigers: 1. Tigers in the US in captivity have been overbred, inbred, and … Read more

We’re seeing more and more instances of ligers being intentionally bred by those who want to exploit wild animals for profit. So, what exactly is a liger? A cross between a female tiger and a male lion, ligers can grow to be around 900 pounds.  Contrast this to a lion weighing about 450 pounds and … Read more

The box read “Interstate Meat Dist., Inc.” This morning, I entered my office to find a large cardboard box with the words “Interstate Meat Dist., Inc.” on the side. It stopped me in my tracks.  As I approached, a wave of emotion came over me.  One so strong, it made my heart heavy, made it … Read more