Issue 67, March 01, 2011
Hello from the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary!
Well, after a bit of a rough winter, we are all thawed out here at IEAS and we've begun to see some sure fire signs of springtime! We've seen lots of cats laying on their backs in the sun, warming their bellies, the Grizzly bears have been making appearances after a long winter hibernation and the grass is getting longer and turning greener! These clues all tell us that a new season is upon us and we need to get ready!
With the warm weather, comes the opportunity for lots of projects and need for lots of work! One of the most frequent summer activities involves grounds maintenance. It's hard to keep up with Texas grass and weeds but the staff at IEAS weed eats and mows our 17 acres about once a week in the hotter months. It is difficult work for sure but if everyone helps, we can get it done in just a few hours. In order for everyone to help, we need to have enough properly functioning weed eaters and mowers. However, the number we have is always in question, as the majority of our tools are rather old and many are far past their prime.
So, here's where YOU come in! Go out to your garage or shed and take look at that old mower or weed eater you've been piling things on for months. If it still works, we would be more than glad to have it! Your donation will without a doubt benefit every animal at IEAS and YOU, as it will be tax-deductible!
If you're looking for another way to donate, come out for a visit! Donations you make to take a tour are also tax deductible. The tours last about two hours and during your visit, you will get to see many of the animals who call IEAS home, hear their stories, and learn about the conservation efforts being made to help their species. We can promise that it is an experience you will never forget, especially in these warmer months, as the cats and bears here are sure to be out sunning and enjoying the weather, just like you!
A New Cave for Pecos!
Recently, we had some folks donate the resources to build a new cave for one of our bobcats, Pecos! The cave came out great and we are sure that Pecos is going to spend lots of time in it as soon as it's warm enough! The cave will keep him shaded and cool. Thanks to those who donated to help Pecos. Everyone here at the Sanctuary appreciates it - especially Pecos!
Domino turns 18 this year! He spends most of his time lounging on his favorite perch and has become quite attached to his big red boomer ball. All of our visitors mention that he is quite a good-looking guy and a fine example of a Texas native species!
Chrissy, a female bobcat, shares a birthday with Gedi on the 17th! She will be turning three this year! Chrissy shares a habitat with Tricia, another female bobcat. They really are the best of friends and most often, you can find them up high in their trees watching everyone around them. In the evenings, Chrissy becomes very friendly and enjoys a visit from a friend.
Gedi, a rambunctious female lion, will be 19 this year, but you'd never know it! She is as playful and active as a cub, rolling all over with her favorite enrichment items, her tires! When it's time for a nap, you will always find Gedi in the sun, sleeping with her tongue sticking out!
Ron will be 16 this year! Now, that the weather is warming up, Ron's mood has certainly improved, as it usually does in the spring! He, much like the staff of IEAS, prefers the warm sun to the snow and ice of winter! You can bet that on his birthday, he will be laying in the grass with his favorite tire in the sun!
N'Dito, a female cougar, will be 17 on March 27. Though N'dito was rescued and brought to IEAS when she was about a month old, she has maintained most of her natural predatory tendencies. She has the nature of wild cougar for sure and you can almost always see her stalking and watching those around her habitat!