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March-ing into Spring at IEAS
International Exotic Animal Sanctuary

March, 2016

March 2016
 

Somebody woke up early!



 


This mild winter seemed to cut these bears’ winter nap short by about three weeks.  Our winter interns thought they would complete their internship before seeing these four sweet faces; however, two weeks ago, WilliePapa BearGeorgeand Wendy came out to stretch their legs.  At first we thought they may just be out for a short visit before retreating back to their cave, but once we saw them munching on some grass and splashing around in their water, we knew they were up for good. 
 

 
So now the wake up process begins for these guys.  Every year, when the brown bears come out of their winter nap, we start off their diet with grass and dandelions to mimic what they would eat in the wild.  This is a way to basically flush their system out and settle their stomach.  After a couple of weeks on this grass diet, we will slowly transition them back to their normal diet. This year, when we first gave them the grass, they were the same old funny bears. They rolled around in and played with their grass before eating it…as they always do.  Once their pool was filled, they wasted no time to take a quick dip and splash around!
 
Interested in seeing them and our other residents during these milder temperatures? Weather permitting, the current tours are roughly 2 hours long and a great way to spend some time.
Visit the Grizzlies and more... Click to Book a Tour
 

Doing some early planting?


Keep nuisances away with Big Cat Scat!



 
Spring is right around the corner, and many of you are probably thinking about your starting up your gardens especially since this winter has been so mild!  We want to help you keep your garden looking beautiful by keeping those pesky garden pests away.  A natural answer to your problem is Big Cat Scat

Researcher's have found that a predator's feces, like that of a tiger, may help to drive away garden pests such as deer, feral pigs, and goats. Just the smell of a predator is enough to keep them at bay. While we realize that you probably don't have much tiger poop laying around, here at IEAS, we've got plenty to share! We've got a fresh supply of tiger scat that we are ready to process for use in your yard. That all natural pest repellant is separated, dried, and packed safely in childproof buckets.

 
This spring, save your sapling, seedling, or garden AND support IEAS as all Big Cat Scat proceeds go directly to the animals!
0.5 Gallon Bucket    $8.00
1 Gallon Bucket    $15.00
2.5 Gallon Bucket    $35.00
5 Gallon Bucket    $50.00
 
(1 Gallon of Scat should be enough to cover 100 square feet)

Remember, we can SHIP the SCAT to you (please contact us to determine shipping and handling costs)!  To order, call: (940) 433-5091 or email us at richard@bigcat.org.  
 
Rainy weather
Anyone local to the area can attest to the recent rains. We've gotten several inches of rain and it's still falling.

As always, safety is our number one concern at the Sanctuary, and this is especially important during bad weather.

Here are a few pictures of what things are like currently:
 
The seasonal creek by the Dorfman Bear Orphanage has accumulated quite a lot of fast moving water from both the Sanctuary and upstream sources.
The pond in the habitat with Scooter, Scamp & Greta is currently overflowing with excess rain water. Some of the excess water flows down to the creek.
 
Curious how the animal residents take the weather?

Some of our bears prefer to stay more grounded during wet weather. Others prefer to get a bit higher up.

Here we can see Tommy (tree) and Tuffy(ground). Water continues to accumulate in the old creek bed that runs through their habitat. You can see some of the water in the background behind Tuffy.
 

Education Outreach

Bringing the Sanctuary to those that are unable to visit in person

Recently IEAS worked with the students at Four Mile Elementary through our Education Outreach Program. 

The 3rd grade students were learning about, and working on, a project where they had to plan and build a model rescue device for saving a tiger in a moat that used simple machines (wheel & axle, lever, etc). Such a project presented an excellent opportunity for the students to learn about a variety of topics from IEAS in reference to their project. Unfortunately, Four Mile Elementary is located in Iowa and couldn't come out directly to our facility. Thankfully through the use of Skype, we can bring the facility to them.

The students got to watch via a projector and microphone setup at their school as they were guided around the Sanctuary and taught about Emotional Enrichment, general animal care, transporting animals, safety and more. Using a tablet at the facility, students got to experience the facility in real time via a guided virtual tour. The students certainly had some excellent questions.

Here are some of the resulting rescue machines:
 
For the teachers and educators reading:
We also do Career Days, Presentations, etc. when possible. Though, we do highly recommend visiting the facility since seeing our residents in person is a memorable experience for everyone.
 
Louis, a young white tiger, plays with an enrichment item in his pool.
 
Birthdays
Asia
DOB: 3/10/2005
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Chrissy
DOB: 3/17/2008
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Crow
DOB: 3/28/2001
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Odin
DOB: 3/13/2013
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Puddin
DOB: 3/7/1993
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Scoundrel
DOB: 3/4/2011
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Toby
DOB: 3/1/1993
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