Taj is our only male tiger. He came to live with us in December of 2006. He came from a circus. They originally thought that he was blind and because of that his only options were either euthanasia or to come here. So, we took him in and it turns out he is not blind at all! He just had some eye problems when he was younger. He is 13 years old. Turning 14 yrs old in December.
She came from a roadside photoshoot. The man who had her would inject her with sedatives to keep her lethargic so she would pose for pictures that people would pay for. He would also abuse her. Good Samaritans eventually contacted Forever Wild and we rushed over to Colorado to obtain her. She now lives a very comfortable life here with her boyfriend Taj. Despite her past, Sakia is the sweetest cat we have here. She is 19 years old.
Mishka came from another facility that thought she was a male. They even named her Gus. Eventually, they found out she was not a male and transferred her over here. Mishka is very nosy, she likes to get in everyone's business, especially when we try to clean her. She is 11 years old.
Shiva was kept privately by a man who did not provide sufficient care for her. She was taken in by another facility before us who noticed that she was malnourished, she had barely any hair, and she weighed extremely less than what she should have been. However, now that she is here she is a happy chubby little sausage. Shiva loves to play with her toys and play in the water. Shiva is 4 years old.
Rajalla was a previous photoshoot cat. She eventually grew over the weight and age restrictions so they transferred her over here. She is a very rambunctious tiger. She loves to play with her keepers and sneak up on them. Rajalla is 4 years old.
We got Ayesha from a breeding facility. She got her name from Ayesha king, who is the wife of Kerry king from the band Slayer. They held a fundraiser at their house on New Year’s Eve to get Ayesha a bigger enclosure and to get her spayed. Ayesha is 9 years old. She is a very vocal cat and she likes everyone around her to know how she is feeling.
Jade came to us from a breeding facility. She was originally bred to be a Golden Tabby Tiger. Which means she was supposed to come out with light stripes. Since she came out with darker stripes they rehomed her here. Jade is the princess here at the sanctuary. She loves to act like a little baby. She mostly prefers men. Jade is 19 years old.
Came to us from the entertainment industry. They did not abuse her in any way. When she got on set, she was terrified of all the cameras, boom mics, lights, etc. So, they knew she was not going to be a good working cat for that industry. She officially retired at the age of 2 years. She is 14 years old now.
Zuni came from a person who had her illegally as a pet. She is 2 years old. Mountain lions go by many names, some of which include Puma, cougar, catamount, and panther. It is all the same cat. They are native to western North America, and most of South America. A very small population exists in Florida.
Zorro came to us from a magic show. He was declawed, but luckily Zorro got reconstructive surgery through the Paw Project. Zorro is 15 years old.
The cinnamon bear (Ursus americanus cinnamomum) is both a color phase and subspecies of the American black bear. Honey came to us from another facility. She was with other bears and was being a bully so she was sent to us. She is a silly bear who loves her sweets!
Yarah came to us from another facility in Oregon. She is 2 years old, and the sweetest little bear. Her ears look like Winnie the Pooh.
At one time there were around 50,000 grizzly bears, but due to western expansion those numbers were quickly depleted. Now, under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, there are about 1,500 bears living in the contiguous United States.
They are native to most of North America. Raccoons only live 2-3 years in the wild. However, in captivity, they can live up to 20 years. A group of raccoons is called a nursery. Raccoons tend to wash their food before eating it. Even if there is no water, they will still rub the food to make sure no debris is on it.