2018 Was a Wild Year!
Alabama Voters named Tigers For Tomorrow Best Zoo in Alabama. Thank you Alabama Magazine!
Untamed Wellness Center Is Progressing. The rains have slowed us down, but we hope to pour the cement slab for quarantine and have the 3 phase electric installed so that we can get the X-ray room completed next. We are thankful for our supporters who helped us get a matching grant from Advanced Imaging of Gadsden. We are especially grateful for the Thompson Foundation, The Faith and William Paulter Foundation and The Campbells for their contribution to the Wellness Center.
40 Foot Refrigeration Unit installed and operating. This unit allows us to store close to 50,000 pounds of frozen meat for our carnivores and omnivores. This was made possible by a grant from the Daniel Foundation of Alabama.
Monthly Community Environmental Education Tours. As promised we have offered these tours for the same price as admissions, so students and people of all ages can afford to visit the preserve to learn of animals’ behavior and instincts, conservation efforts, and how we can positively impact the world we share. Please watch our facebook page for more tours, workshops, and events.
International Rescue. In April we became involved in our second international rescue in Guatemala. In 2017 the country outlawed animals from performing in circuses. This left the country with close to 30 misplaced big cats. Tigers For Tomorrow, along with three other organizations, helped establish an animal care center in Guatemala, which at this time is acting as a quarantine holding area. We have also committed to providing a home for 6 tigers. Unfortunately the process is long and complicated. The application with US Fish and Wildlife Services was submitted in September and we now await for the application to be posted on the federal register for 30 days for public comments. During this time we have been sending financial support to these 6 tigers; costs are between $4500 and $6200 a month. Once importation of the tigers is approved, we will need to raise funds quickly for travel crates and the cost of a cargo transport from Guatemala to Atlanta airport. Due to the amount of rain here in Attalla during the past several months, our admissions and donations have been down making it very challenging to support our preserve and the circus tiger rescue.
Looking forward to 2019, Tigers For Tomorrow will be celebrating 20 years since our founding. Requests for true rescues of big cats have decreased, thankfully, since the Captive Wildlife Safety Act went into effect in September 2007. Much thought and planning is going into reevaluating our mission, goals, and where we are going to be in the next 20 years. Our board of directors decided to start joining enclosures to give our ambassadors more room to enjoy. We also have plans to build a bear playground adjacent to Yonah’s home. This will connect to three bear enclosures. 2019 will see an expansion of our educational programming as well as adding workshops and events for our guest to attend.
We cannot tell you all how much we appreciate your continued support all these years, and ask you to help continue to help the animals!
We will keep you updated as we move forward in 2019
Thank you for being part of the journey.
The Board of Directors
Tigers For Tomorrow Exotic Animal Preserve, Inc.