ALPINE–Lions Tigers and Bears rescued two African servals from Arizona this week after the animal sanctuary’s founder, Bobbi Brink received a call pleading for help.
Junior and Miss Kitty are settling into their quarantine habitat and getting to know their new keepers at Lions Tigers and Bears, and the sanctuary is asking for help to fund habitat improvements and lifelong care for the former privately-owned animals.
Tragically, one of the servals’ owners passed away suddenly, and the spouse was left with two exotic wild cats and no means to care for them. Forced to move out of their family home, the surviving spouse had nowhere to house Junior and Miss Kitty and had run out of options.
Lions Tigers and Bears was founded to help animals just like this. For over 15 years, the rescue and education center has been saving animals and providing lifelong refuge to big cats, bears and other exotic animals with no place left to turn. Junior and Miss Kitty, join previously-rescued serval Denali – who was also a former privately-owned animals – at the sanctuary, bringing Lions Tigers and Bears’ serval population to three.
The cats are approximately eight to nine years old. They’ve already received a veterinary assessment and will both have a complete physical examination soon. Additionally, new dens must be constructed and habitat features added – including fencing, roofing, and a shade structure to accommodate both cats once they complete their quarantine.
Lions Tigers and Bears is working to raise $25,000 this week to help Junior and Miss Kitty.
Any funds raised in excess of the amount required for individual campaigns will be used where most needed.
Servals, like all wild cats have extremely high mental and physical needs, that are difficult to meet in private ownership. They should not be kept as pets.
Located in Alpine, California on the edge of the Cleveland National Forest, the sanctuary is home to over 60 animals representing 19 different species, including African lions, tigers, American black bears, Himalayan black bears, grizzly bears, mountain lions, leopards, African servals, bobcats and dozens of rescued ranch animals.