Videos of our animals are featured on the Tiger and Lion pages.
WELCOME, CHRISTOPHER & CAROLINE!
In early November Safe Haven received two new tigers, Christopher and Caroline. Christopher, age 8, is our first white tiger. Caroline is 9 years old.
This rescue effort was a collaboration between Tigers in America, Big Cat Rescue, the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare—with a very special thanks to Turpentine Creek. Transportation was provided by Loving Friends Transport; their Facebook page includes several photos from the journey.
Christopher and Caroline were privately owned in Missouri. Their owner was no longer able to care for them and agreed to place them with Safe Haven. Originally they were privately owned by a Missouri breeder, so this is their third and final home. We are glad that these beautiful animals have finally found a safe haven—for life—with us.
FULL MOON TOUR
We are taking reservations for our Full Moon Tour on Sunday, November 17. This is a special opportunity to enjoy our facility and our animals bathed in the beauty and mystery of moonlight. Please call 775-538-7093 or e-mail Safe Haven for reservations ($15 per person).
CFWN GRANT AWARDED
Safe Haven has received a grant of $8,000 from the Community Foundation of Western Nevada. Barrick Mining has donated matching of funds of $8,000. This dollar-for-dollar match was a requirement of the grant, and we thank Barrick for their support. Funding will support the construction of a pavilion and handicap-accessible restrooms for participants in our education programs.
Our school field trips and presentations to church groups, senior groups, visitors with physical and mental challenges, and others have become very popular. We lack sufficient seating for lunches, lectures, and other activities, and the pavilion will fulfill this need.
As you may imagine, it is difficult to host large groups—as many as eighty children, teachers, and parents—with only one restroom on site. To make matters even more challenging, the only rest area close to our location on I-80 was closed for the summer! The addition of a restroom with four commercial toilets will improve the tour experience for our visitors.
With the rapid growth of our programs—we hosted 2,000 visitors in 2012, compared with just over 1,000 in 2011—the need for these facilities has become critical.
The total cost of the project is over $22,000, so additional donations are still welcome. 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.
TIGER HOODIE & 2014 CALENDAR ON SALE
New Safe Haven merchandise is now available. Our black hooded sweatshirts with tiger Sybre's picture are available for $30 (plus shipping) each in sizes S, M, L and XL.
Our 2014 calendars, featuring beautiful portrats of our resident wildlife, are only $15 each. The price includes shipping, and a gift card will be included if requested.
To order, please call 775-538-7093 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
SAFE HAVEN ON THE COVER OF NEVADA MAGAZINE
Safe Haven is featured in the July/August 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 issue. The magazine has also posted a YouTube video with footage from their visit.
In other recent news:
This spring 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 KTVN 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..
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.
SUMMER 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!
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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