Videos of our animals are featured on the Tiger and Lion pages.
MAJOR GRANTS FOR NEW POOLS!
The year is still young, and Safe Haven has already received three major grants. First, IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) granted $10,000 toward the construction of five in-ground pools for our big cats—then Newmont Mining matched that award with an additional $10,000! On March 27, a representative from NV Energy visited us and brought a check for $5,000 for the same project. Construction has now begun on the pools, which have a total cost of about $80,000.
Tigers love water, and these pools will be a tremendous improvement over the current 8-ft. troughs in each enclosure. Carli and Lily's pool, the first to be completed, is 22x28 ft.! The pool project is another green initiative in addition to our solar power. Our plans include recycling the pool water to start grassy areas in the enclosures, which will be a wonderful replacement for the hard soil that is natural to our area.
SPECIAL EVENTS IN 2015
Safe Haven's 8th Annual Fundraiser at the Winnemucca Convention Center will take place on May 16. Pricing for a table is $350 and includes dinner, entertainment, centerpiece gifts and inclusion in all publicity. Individual tickets are $35 and include dinner and entertainment. Music will be provided by Whiskey n' Wine.
The 2nd Tee Off For Tigers Golf Outing will be on Friday, August 21, at Wildcreek Golf Club in Sparks. Registration begins at noon, followed by a 1:30 scramble start. The cost is $125 per person and includes eighteen holes of golf, cart, t-shirt, dinner and auction. Contests and awards include longest drive and closest to the pin. There are many sponsorship oppportunities; this is a great way to market your business!
For reservations for either event ,or a golf registratoin/sponsorship form, contact us by phone (775-538-7093) or e-mail.
FUNDING FOR NEW TIGER ENCLOSURE
We are seeking donations toward the construction of a new enclosure for Siberian tiger Caroline (right). All of our big-cat enclosures are 10,000 sq. ft., but Caroline is still housed in a smaller interim enclosure. Tigers in America has agreed to provide a 50% match for donations made toward this project.
They require that your donation be made to Tigers in America, and specifying that it is for the Safe Haven Rescue Zoo project. Then they will donate the full amount, including their 50% match, to Safe Haven. Due to processing costs, Tigers in America requests that donations be at least $500 and no more than $5,000.
Donations can be made through the Tigers in America website. Donors will be acknowledged on a plaque at Safe Haven and in our newsletter.
Tigers in America is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that supports tiger rescues throughout the U.S. They have helped fund transportation for several Safe Haven rescues. We encourage our supporters to go to their website and learn more about how they help tigers in need of new homes.
Caroline's new enclosure will cost $11,000. We save substantially as our staff and volunteers do all of the labor. The sooner we can raise the funds, the sooner Caroline will have more space. Please help us meet our goal!
NEW LOCKOUTS FOR OUR BIG CATS!
In September Safe Haven hosted a visit from Dirk Christison and Ken Phelps from Yanke Machine Shop Inc. in Boise, Idaho. After touring the sanctuary and meeting our big cats and other residents, Christison and Phelps offered to construct five new lockouts for us at their facility.
One of our safety protocols is to provide shift areas for each of the big cats, enabling staff to separate the cat from any contact with their keepers. The shift areas are also an integral part of Safe Haven’s fire protocol. They can be detached and loaded into transport trailers to evacuate during a wildfire, or for transport to a veterinary hospital in a medical emergency. The shift areas include fabricated steel enclosures approximately 4 x 4 x 8 ft., bolted to rubber-tired wagon bases.
This project required welders with specialized skills, so this was a huge donation for Safe Haven. Thanks to Christison, Phelps, and all at Yanke Machine Shop who made this project possible! And thanks also to Patti Hoffmann, who donated one of the lockout bases in memory of African lion Kovu.
OTHER SAFE HAVEN NEWS
Be sure to see Guy Clifton's article and lovely video in the March 19, 2014 edition of the Reno-Gazette Journal: "Big cats find a forever home in Nevada's high desert." We hope you'll be tempted to come to Safe Haven and see us for yourselves!
Safe Haven was also featured in the July/August 2013 issue of Nevada Magazine, with a beautiful cover photo of our Siberian tiger Gage. See the complete story here.
Nevada Magazine visited Safe Haven for the first time on July 28, 2012. The resulting article appeared in the front editorial section of the September/October 2013 issue. The magazine has also posted a YouTube video with footage from their visit.
ARTIST FEATURES SAFE HAVEN RESIDENTS
Safe Haven has an exciting partnership with wildlife and landscape artist Taylor Nichczynski of Henderson, NV. She has created and sold several portraits of Safe Haven's animals, with 40% of the purchase price donated for the care of our resident wildlife.
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.
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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