Issue 47, February 9, 2010
Attention: Kroger Plus Card
It has come to our attention that some people do not have the correct bar code for their Kroger Plus Card. The following barcode should be used for your Kroger Plus Card and this code is valid thru April 30, 2010.
INTERNATIONAL EXOTIC ANIMAL SANCTUARY
If you ever have a problem, or think that you may not have an updated bar code you can go to our website and click on the "How to Help" tab at the top of your screen. Scroll down until you find the Kroger Plus Card section and you will find the link that will take you to the current bar code. Also, we will always send out a notice in our newsletter when you Kroger Plus Card must be updated with a new bar code.
Winter Weather at IEAS
We've heard that this has been the coldest winter in North Texas in over 10 years, 20 years and even 30 years. We're not really sure which one is true but we do know one thing...it's been COLD! So what does it take to make it through the winter at the Sanctuary? First things first...wardrobe! You will need: wool socks, warm boots, thermals, waterproof gloves, a hat, neck gaiter, coveralls, and at least three layers of clothing plus a warm jacket. After you have put on your extra ten pounds of clothes, you are ready to go out and care for the animals.
Here at IEAS, we always prepare for the winter, which can take a lot of work. Hay is used to cover all of the water drains, and any other exposed piping is covered in insulation to prevent it from freezing and breaking. Heat lamps are used in all of the pool pump houses to keep pipes from busting. Also, one of the tigers, Makeen, cannot have hay in his house so he has a nice, cozy heat lamp in there to keep him warm through the winter. Propane torches are used to unfreeze all of the locks and steel bars are used to break all of the frozen waters. Some of the cats waters were actually frozen solid this year, so pails of water were filled up in the Nutrition Center and then placed in the animals' habitat to ensure that everyone had access to water. The hay in all of the animals' houses is checked daily to be sure that everyone will be nice and warm through the night. Even though you think your fingers and toes might fall off, you always remember that we are all here for the same reason...the animals!
Check out some of these pictures of the animals enjoying this winter! You can also check out what interns have to say about the Winter Session here at IEAS!
Female Bengal Tiger
Isabella will turn 17 years old this month. Here at the Sanctuary, in addition to the Emotional Enrichment and the Environmental Enrichment that the animals receive, we provide all different types of Behavioral Enrichment. We give the animals toys, such as pickles, boomer balls, tires and fire hose balls. We also treat them with seasonal items such as pumpkins in the fall and iceblocks in the summer. There are some animals here that just really don't care about kinds of things. Not Isabella though. She doesn't care what it is, she loves getting something new! This year, Isabella received a fire hose ball for the first time. As soon as she got it she carried it right to the pool to play (as she does with most of her toys!) Check out some videos and pictures of Isabella enjoying all of her enrichment items!
Male Black Bear
Bill will also be 17 years old this month. Bill has come such a long way since he first arrived back in 2007. Here at IEAS, we know how much the grizzly bears and all of the other black bears love special treats such as pumpkins and watermelons. Seeing how much they all have enjoyed these items, we would always try giving them to Bill to see if he would like them too. Initially, Bill wouldn't even be interested in eating these treats. We would place a pumpkin in his habitat and just watch it sit there for a couple of days and Bill wouldn't even go so far as to sniff it or see what it was. Even though Bill showed no interest in the past, the staff of IEAS would always still offer pumpkins and watermelons to him, just in case he changed his mind. This year, just that has happened. All of the sudden, Bill has decided that he LOVES pumpkins and watermelons and several other treats that he has so adamantly ignored in the past. Now Bill gets tasty treats whenever they are available, just like all of the other bears here at IEAS!
Pixie, Rascal and Rowdy
American Black Bears
It's been almost eight months since Pixie, Rascal and Rowdy came to IEAS after witnessing their mother's tragic death. Once scared, untrusting bears, they now enjoy their own five acre habitat that consists of a forest and meadow area, trees, a pond and dens to stay warm in. They have become happy little bears and are able to act just like wild bear cubs. They spend their time exploring every inch of their large habitat, wrestling with each other or napping in a tree together. This spring, we hope to start taking tours down to view the black bears of IEAS.