Videos of our animals are featured on the Tiger and Lion pages.
ARTIST FEATURES SAFE HAVEN RESIDENTS
We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with wildlife and landscape artist Taylor Nichczynski of Henderson, NV. Five of her paintings will be displayed for sale at Safe Haven, with 40% of the purchase price donated for the care of our resident wildlife. Three of the five have already been sold.
Two paintings are still available. Tender Moment (a portrait of our cougar, Max, at right) is 20x16, and Balance of the Pride (lions Ifaw and Kuvo, below right) is 16x20. Both are oil on canvas. Each has a purchase price of $240. We hope to have more paintings to show you soon!
We are delighted that this noteworthy young artist has taken such an interest in our animals. For more information, see Taylor's biography and artist statement and her Facebook page. You may contact Taylor for more information about her Safe Haven paintings.
TIGER DASH—OCTOBER 12
You are invited to Safe Haven's second annual Tiger Dash 5K Run/Walk on October 12! In addition to our morning race, we have an afternoon filled with fun activities for everyone, including silent auction and raffle, guided tours of the facility, and animal enrichment with pumpkin presentations. Raffle/auction items include animal “finger paintings,” annual sponsorship, and merchandise baskets. Halloween costumes are optional!
- Pre-registered adults: $25
- Kids 11-17: $18
- Kids 10 and under: $10
- Team registration (4): $80 (additional members $15 each)
- Event-day registration: $5 extra
- General admission: $15
- Vendor reservation: $75
- Pre-ordered lunch: $6 (Tarragon Chicken Wrap from Trader Joe’s—must order before October 1)
- Beverages available for purchase at the event
Pre-registered runners receive an admissions discount, free T-shirt, parking, and raffle ticket.
Local camping options are available, including a site on Safe Haven property, for only $30 (must be able to provide own water/power).
Please download the Tiger Dash flyer for more details. You may also download the runner registration form and the vendor registration form. Please mail your completed form to Safe Haven Rescue Zoo, P.O. Box 184, Imlay, NV 89418, or e-mail your information to email@example.com.
SAFE HAVEN EARNS PRESTIGIOUS GFAS VERIFICATION
The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Verified status to Safe Haven on April 15.
Verification means that Safe Haven meets the criteria of a true sanctuary and is providing humane and responsible care of the animals. To be awarded Verified status, an organization must meet GFAS's rigorous and peer-reviewed animal care standards which are confirmed by a site visit and they must also adhere to a demanding set of ethical and operational principles.
"Safe Haven Rescue Zoo is an important sanctuary," said Patty Finch, GFAS Director. "There simply aren’t enough legitimate, safe and humane sanctuaries for the kinds of species housed there, including tigers and African lions. Safe Haven Rescue Zoo thankfully has put in place financial planning for the future, so that these animals have a permanent and, indeed, safe haven for the rest of their lives."
See the complete press release here.
MID-JUNE GRANT UPDATE
Barrick ($18,500), Newmont Mining ($10,000), NV Energy ($5,000), and Coeur Rochester ($8,000) have awarded grants to upgrade of our electrical system. GoldCorp has donated the use of a Caterpillar 320 Excavator and a D6 Cat to trench 3,500 ft. to bury the cable; this in-kind donation is estimated at $20 - 25,000. The electrical upgrade will enable us to use grid power during the night and cloudy days, supplementing our solar panels.
This year we are constructing a bobcat enclosure and two coyote enclosures. We have received three grants for the bobcat enclosure, from Hycroft Resources & Development (parent company Allied Nevada Gold Corp,$10,000), the Thelma B. and Thomas P. Hart Foundation ($4,000), and GoldCorp ($2,500). The Robert Z Hawkins Foundation is supporting the construction projects with a grant of $5,000.
Finally, we have also received a $500 grant from On Shore Foundation.
Several of these grantors have supported Safe Haven in the past, and we are grateful for their continuing interest in our mission and our projects. And we welcome the support of Hycroft Resources & Development (Allied Nevada Gold Corp) for their generous participation in our new construction and our spring dinner!
At the end of March, Safe Haven's director, Lynda Sugasa, testified before the State Senate Natural Resources Committee on a bill that would put stricter regulations on the ownership of "dangerous animals" in Nevada. See the coverage on KTVN Channel 2 News.
Erin Breen of KTVA also featured Safe Haven on March 25 and April 1. See the story and video here.
Amanda Sanchez of KOLO-TV8 also interviewed Ms. Sugasa, in February. See the interview here (video in the far right column on the page).
Nevada Magazine visited Safe Haven for the first time on July 28, 2012. The resulting article appears in the front editorial section of the September/October issue. The magazine has also posted a YouTube video with footage from their visit.
NWF PHOTO CONTEST
Safe Haven's Director of Enrichment, Susan Gardner, has submitted a number of photos of our beautiful wild residents to the National Wildlife Federation's photo contest. We invite you to visit the NWF's contest page, register as a voter, and vote for your favorites in the People's Choice competition. (You may log in using Facebook, or submit a quick registration form.)
The top four photos each week go on to the finals. There is no monetary prize—this is just for fun. The NWF will publish the winning photo.
To find Safe Haven's photos, search using the keyword "safe haven wildlife" on the photo page. The contest continues until the middle of July, and you can vote every day. (Susan's "Stairstep Elephants" photo is already a finalist for the award! To see it, search first name "susan" and last name "gardner.")
JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT SAFE HAVEN
To learn about our three-month and six-month internships, see the job listing posted by the American Association of Zoo Keepers.
Safe Haven Rescue Zoo
P.O. Box 184
Imlay, NV 89418
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