Meet some of the gang!
All Photos were provided and professionally done by Tammy Hickman
Meet Feisty! Feisty is a Liger who found a home here with us at the animal sanctuary when she was ten months old. She is a sweetheart. She is part lion and part tiger, which means she has the color of a lion but the beautiful stripes of a tiger. She is truly one of a kind. The difference between a regular tiger’s stripes and her unique stripes, however, is that her stripes are black with a rosette-like tint, which is more noticeable on her side. Before she came to us, she was living with a man who unfortunately didn’t have the means to look after her. He tried to place her in multiple homes but couldn’t find the right fit. Luckily, he found our sanctuary, and we now have Feisty housed in an indoor enclosure. We are looking into building her an outdoor one as well.
Meet Travis. Travis is our Bengal tiger. Travis is a sweet tiger with a gentle soul, though the puppies better watch out when they are playing around him because he eyes those cute little buggers like lunch. Luckily for them, Travis is very well fed, of course! Meet our other Tiger. We think she might be part Bengal because her color is so bright, and a Bengal’s color is brighter than that of a Siberian. She is smaller than the rest of the tigers for being 4 years of age, but she definitely still has some growing to do. No worries though, she can definitely hold her own against her other tiger roommates.
Meet Azland. Just like the lion in The Chronicles of Narnia, our Azland is a magnificent and beautiful animal. He is a 4-year-old Barbary lion from Oklahoma. His previous owner was trying to bring back this particular species of lion since there are only 125 of their kind, but he couldn’t find a home for him. He ended up giving him over to us. We still work with the man who gave us Azland, and we are willing to continue breeding with Azland as long as they bring a female lion to the sanctuary. Normally, we neuter all of our animals, but we don’t believe in neutering Azland because he would lose his mane and all of his testosterone. Even though he is not neutered, he is still a sweetheart. Azland has short legs for his breed, but he is still not completely full grown. He is growing though, and that is primarily because he is on a strict diet of raw meat. We get anywhere from 1600- 2300 pounds of meat, but these animals are some hefty eaters and eat every scrap. We are proud to say that we are able to feed our animals enough to grow strong and healthy. Hunters even bring over Azland’s favorite meat; deer carcass that has been legally checked and field dressed.
These are our wolves. They are actually part-dog and part-wolf. They seem to be friendly like a dog, but do not be fooled; you definitely don’t want to touch these guys. They still have quite a bit of wild wolf in them. We are currently building wolf shelters that work for them as well as the tigers. These houses are extremely warm in the wintertime, and when facing south they can be waterproof. These guys love their meats just like the tigers and lions; just like them, the meat that we provide adheres to the USDA rules.
Meet our jungle cat, Ramses. Ramses is ¾ of the way grown and is from Asia. This breed of animal fits the definition of a wild cat, ready to attack at any moment. Many try to breed these animals thinking they can raise them as cats, but you can’t, and that is how we came into possession of Ramses. Jungle cats can be as tenacious as bobcats, but they are not predators of man. Jungle cats just attack when they feel cornered. Ramses likes to eat raw meat six days a week. He then fasts one day a week because his intestinal system needs rest. He also eats minerals and supplements so he can grow healthy and strong, especially since we only feed him lean meat. Ramses is very happy here, but we are hoping to find him a partner sometime this year. That way he can have a friend to play with!
Meet our birds! We have many different parrots and macaws here. After we started getting an influx of birds, we decided to put up aviaries because some have been stressed so badly they began to pick their feathers. The aviaries allow these birds to have a little more freedom and stretch out their beautiful wings. We are hoping to make them an even bigger home in the future. We hope to make a large glassed room for the wintertime so that they can stay warm. It would be like a large community for the birds. The parrots, although loud and messy at times, are one of our most beautiful birds. Almost all of our parrots can just chat your ear off. They love snacking on the sun seeds we provide as well as seeds mixed in with fruit. During the wintertime, the birds receive new roommates such as bunnies and guinea pigs, as well as two very large iguanas.
Meet our llamas! We took in 27 starvation llama cases from Montana this past February. They had 600 llamas, but we were only able to house the ones we had room for. It was really hard trying to bring back the llamas from the brink of starvation, but we were able to do it, and this happy llama is an example of the end result.
We also have an array of farm animals like turkeys, chickens, and ducks. We do not discriminate against non-exotic animals; we love them all! We also have geese and ducks that like to hang out around the farm. We take in pretty much anything that is thrown at us as long as we have a place to house them.
Meet Hannah, our Emu! Many have heard that emus are feisty animals, but not our Hannah. She is a kind animal. Hannah is noticed by a distinct drumming noise that she makes in her chest. Hannah and the rest of our emus came to us came from various people. Our mission is to find homes for each of them that have facilities to house them and keep them well fed. Before we send them to new homes, we try to get them back to a healthy weight since a lot of them, sadly, are throwaways. Luckily, we have been successful on getting these emus back to good health, including our cute Hannah.
Meet our Red Foxes! These are Missouri Red Foxes but have a recessive gene of white foxes, which is why they have a white coat. We got these guys from the Conservation Department. They were originally from an area north of Kansas City, but we were able to get them because we have the proper permits to house them permanently. It was sad sight when they came to us at the brink of death and starvation after living on farms where their owners were raising them for their coats. They lived on our front porch for about two weeks, and at one point, one was lying on its side almost dead, and the other wasn’t that far behind it. Luckily though, we got them back to health, and they have been living here ever since. We’ve had them for two or three years now, and their coats and tails have grown back to a healthy thickness in the wintertime.
Meet Tia! She is one of our bobcats. Tia is one of our older animals as she is between 13 and 14 years old. The people that owned her before us had her under someone else’s permit. She was extremely hungry when we got her, and she’s just now coming back to health. We found our other bobcat in a barn that a family owned and decided to raise him as a house cat. This happens a lot with wild animals. People want to raise them as pets, but as they get older they become more dangerous. The people realized they couldn’t raise him properly, so they called the Conservation Department. The Conservation Department informed the family that it is highly illegal in Missouri to raise wild animals, so they gave him to us. The Conservation Department allowed us to use him as an educational animal because he is too imprinted to go into the wild. Both bobcats are doing really well and are great additions.
Meet our mountain lions, Bonnie and Lucy! Bonnie is an old mountain lion that we got from Iowa. She was only fed and watered one day a week because her owner wasn’t informed of their proper eating habits. Due to this, she was in really bad shape when we received her. She limps because of a bad leg due to the malnutrition she suffered, but she is back on a normal eating regiment and is healthy now. Lucy is our younger female, and she interacts well with her friend Bonnie. They both play on an obstacle course that was won from a McDonald’s auction. A fraternity from the University of Missouri spent all day putting it together. Now, Bonnie and Lucy can play together whenever they want!
These are our coatis. We have five of them right now. They are basically South American raccoons that live in groups. We have three of them that are old and two of them that are young. They hate the cold, so in the winter we house them in a room that is 70 degrees. They have a very musky smell and are very active, so we built a play land for them to frolic whenever they want! Most of them came here because families wanted to keep them as pets, but like the other animals, they don’t know their nutritional needs. They either come to us extremely thin and/or un-socialized. When they come to us like this we have to feed them foods that are good for them like high protein foods that resemble dog food. Boy, do they love their treats of watermelons, grapes, and eggs!
Meet Honey! She is our Siberian Tiger. She is between 3 and 4 years old and is very large for her age. She and Travis the Bengal Tiger are actually from New York and were being used on the David Letterman show for commercial reasons. After they were done with her on the show, she came over to us and we have had her ever since! She is super nice and under supreme care. We are able to walk in and pet her from time to time. We are able to do this strictly because of respect. Respect for the animal and respect for us in return. They are sweet and we really love these tigers, but we also know the risk and will not let anyone put themselves in that type or harm.
Meet Kenya! Kenya is our Canadian Lynx, she is about 14 years old. Kenya arrived here completely knocked out. When she first arrived, she was so wild that she couldn’t be touched; we couldn’t get anywhere near her. This was because she was scared to death. She was knocked out because the lady who brought her in said she didn’t want her to be stressed. She woke up two days later, which is an unhealthy amount of time to be knocked out, and when she came to she was like the Tasmanian devil. This was because she was completely blind due to malnutrition. The lady who had her before took her to the veterinarian when she was a kitten. The vet warned her that if she kept feeding her poor quality food, she would go blind. However, the woman didn’t listen and poor Kenya lost her sight. It took months to be able to touch her again, but we kept working with her and placing her food in the same spot. Eventually she became more docile. Kenya has her own little ramp so she can go up into her playhouse. She knows where her house is and where her food is every day. Kenya has become the sweetest thing, and we just love her to death.