Videos of our animals are featured on the Tiger and Lion pages.
NEW LOCKOUTS FOR OUR BIG CATS!
We are giving a huge roar, chuff and yip to the folks at Yanke Machine Shop in Boise, ID! Employees came out on a recent visit and offered to construct five new lockouts for us at their facility. These lockouts are critical as a means of shifting our big cats. They can also be used to load our big cats into a transport trailer for evacuation in the case of a wildfire or veterinary care. They require welders with specialized skills, so this is a huge donation for Safe Haven.
If you would like to contribute to materials for this project, please visit our Amazon Wishlist. Be sure to send the materials directly to Yanke Machine Ship in Boise, ID. The address is listed with the materials needed. Supporter Patti Hoffmann has already offered to donate one of the lockout bases in memory of African lion Kovu.
As always, thank you for your continued support of our mission to provide a permanent home for these magnificent animals!
JULY 2014 GRANT UPDATE
Safe Haven has received several grants toward the construction of a pavilion and handicap-accessible restrooms for participants in our education programs. We extend our thanks to:
- NV Tourism ($12,245)
- John Ben Snow Memorial Trust ($12,000)
- Community Foundation of Western Nevada ($8,000)
- Barrick Gold of North America ($8,000)
- Newmont Mining Corp. ($5,000)
- NV Energy ($5,000)
- Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation ($5,000)
- Coeur Rochester ($2,000)
Our school field trips and presentations to church groups, senior groups, visitors with physical and mental challenges, and others have become very popular. We hosted 2,250 visitors in 2013, compared with just over 1,000 in 2011. We lack sufficient seating for lunches, lectures, and other activities, and the pavilion will fulfill this need. It is difficult to host large groups—as many as eighty children, teachers, and parents—with only one restroom on site. The addition of a restroom with four commercial toilets will improve the tour experience for our visitors. We are pleased that this project has the backing of long-time supporters as well as first-time donors, including the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust.
In addition, in June we received an $8,000 marketing grant from NV Tourism, to assist us with advertising in Nevada Magazine and the 2015 edition of the Travel Nevada visitors guide. This project will enhance our ability to draw tourists to our sanctuary and to other area attractions and businesses.
And finally, in June we also received $1,000 from the Humane Society of the United States and $3,000 from the International Fund for Animal Welfare, toward the initial veterinary care of recently-rescued tigers Carli and Lili. (This was an important rescue, saving these animals from dreadful conditions. See their story below.)
The total cost of the pavilion project is over $60,000, so additional donations are welcome. We are now seeking funds for tables, chairs, and a storage shed for the pavilion furnishings and equipments. Please visit our Donations page to donate via PayPal, Razoo, or mail. Safe Haven is a 501(c)3 organization, and all donations are tax-deductible. For more information please e-mail our Executive Director, Lynda Sugasa.
CARLI AND LILY IN THE NEWS
Our newest Siberian tigers, Carli (left) and Lily (below), were featured in a Reno-Gazette Journal article and video on September 22.
These beautiful animals were two among many that were confiscated in May 2014 by the Department of Environmental Conservation in New York State, from a facility that had lost its license. This was an urgent rescue, as conditions at the facility had deteriorated rapidly, and the animals apparently had been without food and water for several days.
In addition to Carli and Lily, nine other tigers, three lions, three bears, and two wolves were transported to Big Cat Rescue (Florida), Wild Animal Sanctuary (Colorado), In-Sync Exotics (Texas), the Exotic Feline Rescue Center (Indiana), and the Wolf Sanctuary of Pennsylvania. We particularly thank Wild Animal Sanctuary for transporting Carli and Lily to Safe Haven.
Carli and Lily had been together for twelve years, and we are thrilled to be able to keep them together at their forever home at Safe Haven.
OTHER SAFE HAVEN NEWS
Be sure to see Guy Clifton's article and lovely video in the March 19 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.
Two new paintings are now available. A Shy Face (right) is a portrait of Siberian tiger Christopher. This is a framed oil on linen, size 24x12 inches, and the price is $240. The portrait of African serval Jasper (left) is 12x16 inches, and the price is $200. As always, 40% of the proceeds are donated to Safe Haven.
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.
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, 2013.
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.
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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