Ricky & Savannah: Oklahoma County Sheriff Confiscation—These Siberian Tigers were forced to live in a horse trailer in Oklahoma until they were 5 years old; when local authorities ordered the owner to give them up or have them shot. They arrived at TWAS filthy and malnourished, and terrified of the great outdoors (after living in a tiny metal box for so many years) . With plenty of mental and physical rehabilitation and nourishment, they soon grew strong, healthy and happy!
Diesel & Kamal: Baton Rouge SPCA Confiscation—As cubs, Diesel and Kamal were confiscated from a man who was living in his car with them. They were being kept in airline crates, inside the car, and the man was using them in a money-for-photo with baby tiger scam.
Athos: Born to Rescued Tiger—Athos was born shortly after his mother was rescued and brought to TWAS. He was raised in the office with Eddy, the black Leopard, since our enclosures are not designed for cubs. We do not breed and therefore do not have a nursery, so the few that are born here—to newly rescued animals—are usually hand raised.
Orion & Jevie: USDA-Enforced Zoo Closure— Orion & Jevie were 2 of 18 animals facing an uncertain future when a Nebraska zoo was shut down by the USDA due to animal abuse and safety violations. Used as a breeding pair of Tigers, both were undernourished and underweight, and the local vet didn’t think they’d last through another cold Nebraska winter. Though not scheduled for rescue by TWAS, we took the vet’s advice and brought them back home. They are now thriving on good food, a sheltered enclosure, and lots of TLC!
Irwin: USDA Confiscation—Irwin came from an El Paso Texas truck stop where he was a roadside attraction. They were allowed to breed at random, and their cubs were sold to motorists who stopped to get gas. Irwin exchanged his small concrete cages in Texas for spacious indoor-outdoor enclosures at TWAS, plus time to roam and swim in the “Tiger Pool.” Now 24, Irwin is the oldest Tiger at TWAS.
Jimmy: USDA Confiscation—Jimmy, a Siberian-Bengal Tiger, was rescued in June, 2004 from Kansas. He lived with other animals in such tiny dilapidated cages that another Tiger broke out of his pen and got into an adjacent cage, killing a Leopard. Called on by the USDA for help, TWAS rescued Jimmy along with other Tigers.
Hannibal & Missy: USDA Confiscation—Hannibal and Missy were confiscated by the USDA from a person who got them as cubs, and then couldn’t take care of them when they became too large. They were taken to Birmingham Zoo for temporary holding until they were able to come to TWAS.
Jack & Lilly: USDA Confiscation—Born to a Tiger from the “Tiger Ranch” facility in Alamosa, CO, these Siberian siblings enjoy napping together, using each other as “pillows.” Jack is one of the biggest cats at TWAS, weighing over 800 lbs.
Shir Khan II & Frida: USDA Confiscation (Circus) -- Tigers Frida and Shirr Khan were rescued from a Mexican circus touring the United States in June, 2008. The USDA stepped in to get them a good home after one of the other animals in the group of seven died, and Frida had been hurt by the other adult Tigers in the circus. Frida and Shirr Khan are getting along great, and will eventually be transitioned to a habitat once they become part of a larger group of Tigers.
Goldberg: Ohio County Officials and USDA—Siberian Tiger, Goldberg was rescued from Ohio, where he suffered great abuse by the person that kept him—until the facility was shut down by USDA and Wildlife Officials. Goldberg was terrified of people upon his arrival at TWAS because of the abuse and maltreatment he had endured in his former facility. He has responded amazingly well to the love he gets at his new home in Colorado.
Selena: Washington County Officials Confiscation—This female Tiger was raised as a “pet” by a woman in the State of Washington. Local authorities passed ordinances prohibiting the ownership of dangerous animals after neighbors began complaining about caging and safety issues.
Tigger II: USDA Confiscation— Tigger II came from the “Tiger Ranch” facility in Alamosa, CO, where their owner walked off and abandoned 23 animals after realizing the expense and difficulty involved in caring for these animals. Siberian Tiger, Tigger II, is one of our larger tigers weighing over 850 lbs.
Tony: Houston SPCA and USDA Confiscation— As a result of new laws against owning Tigers as “pets”—Texas breeders began to abandon their animals because they could no longer make money from them. Tony was rescued from that dismal existence of living in a concrete and steel cage buried in the backwoods of Texas. He now has plenty of space and respect at TWAS. Azacar & Ssadab: Sanctuary Closure—These Siberian Tigers came from a Texas Sanctuary that could no longer stay open. The sanctuary was unable to meet its necessary budget to care for their animals. TWAS took most of their big cats.
Shela: Big Game Hunting Ranch Rescue—Shela was rescued from a Big Game Ranch in Minnesota by a woman who couldn’t bear to see her possibly hunted. She arrived with large fluid sacs on her elbows, as she had been kept in a tiny concrete and steel cage—which caused extreme joint irritation. Her elbows have now recovered after lots of TLC at TWAS!
Katy: USDA Confiscation—Katy is a Siberian Tiger, weighing 550 lbs. When just a tiny cub, she desperately needed a home, because the facility where she was born kept breeding animals even though they had no room for new ones. TWAS provided her that home and nicknamed her “Katydid,” as in “Katy did it!”
Alfred: Houston SPCA and USDA Confiscation— As a result of new laws against owning Tigers as “pets”—Texas breeders began to abandon their animals because they could no longer make money from them. Alfred was rescued from that dismal existence of living in concrete and steel cages. When Alfred first arrived at TWAS he was unable to walk because his elbows had formed enormous fluid sacs to cushion the joints. After plenty of TLC at TWAS, Alfred now walks again!
Halloween : Houston SPCA and USDA Confiscation—As a result of new laws against owning Tigers as “pets”—Texas breeders began to abandon their animals because they could no longer make money from them. Siberian Tiger, Halloween, was rescued from that dismal existence of living in concrete and steel cages. He is very friendly and very sweet now, and Halloween takes the prize of being the Sanctuary’s largest cat at 850 lbs!
Hamilton: North Texas Humane Society Confiscation—Hamilton was found being kept in a cage on the back porch of a lady’s house. The neighbors had called the Humane Society because of the tiger’s living conditions, as well as being afraid he would escape. It turned out to be a valid concern—as a few days after Hamilton was rescued—a tornado tore through the area and destroyed the lady’s house.
Simon, Simone & Sophie: Born to Rescued Tiger—Shortly after their mother was rescued and brought to TWAS, these three cubs were born, and were raised at the Sanctuary.
Angel, Anna, Bazooka, Cricket, Lamar, Leche, Lil’ Shada, Olga, Reggie, & Tyrone: CA Fish & Game and USDA Confiscation—These Tigers came from “Tiger Rescue” in Colton, CA, when it was shut down in 2003. Bred without regard for the welfare of parents or offspring…they were born in 2003, and brought to TWAS shortly after their birth. They are the lucky ones though, as authorities found 58 dead tiger cubs when they raided the facility.
Silly: Sanctuary Closure—This Siberian Tiger came from a Texas Sanctuary that could no longer stay open. The sanctuary was unable to meet its necessary budget to care for their animals, so TWAS stepped in to help and took most of their big cats.
T.J., Ivan & Tahoe: MN State & County Confiscation—These Tigers were seized from a man in Minnesota when one person was killed, and a second was severely injured, after he allowed visitors to go in the Tiger’s cage.
Alena (aka Daisy), Gary & Natalya (aka Jasmine): CA Fish & Game Confiscation— These Tigers came from “Tiger Rescue” in Colton, CA, when it was shut down in 2003. They were being kept in appalling conditions until authorities and TWAS stepped in. Now these Tigers enjoy a large acreage habitat!
Mary Jane: USDA Confiscation— This is one of seven tigers found crammed in tiny cages by the gas pumps at a truck stop in Texas. The owner thought that having tigers by the gas pumps would help sell gas… and he was also selling cubs that had been taken from their mothers to people when they went in to pay for their fuel!
Sierra: USDA Confiscation—Sierra was the “pet” of a Chicago gang member who had been convicted of animal abuse. She now lives a worry free life with 20 acres of land to play in.
Rajah, Simba, Nala, Mowgli & Kiara: Idaho State Court Ordered Surrender - These Tigers were being kept by an exotic animal breeder in the State of Idaho. They were kept and moved from county to county by a man that was avoiding new regulations that were being put in place to stop him and other people from breeding an selling exotic animals as pets. Finally, state authorities stepped in and obtained a court order shutting down the operation. All of the Tigers now live freely at the Sanctuary, and enjoy the company of other rescued Tigers.
Tajah & Meeka: Minnesota Law Enforcement Seizure - Tajah and her daughter Meeka were confiscated after being found with chains on their necks in the back yard of a house in Minnesota. The man keeping them had ignored the state’s law banning the ownership of tigers, and so authorities had to confiscate them and seek out a proper home for them. They contacted our Sanctuary and a rescue team immediately went to Minnesota to bring Tajah and Meeka to their new home.
Chase: Private Surrender - Chase was purchased by a couple who wanted a pet Tiger when he was only three days old. He lived alone in a small cage in the backyard of a house in Missouri for seven years. Now at TWAS, Chase is learning how to be a Tiger again and is making new friends with the other Tigers so he can one day roam freely on wild open spaces.
Lilly II: US Fish & Wildlife Confiscation - Lilly was confiscated after being found in the backyard of a house in Washington. The man keeping Lilly had ignored the state’s law banning the ownership of Tigers, and so authorities had to confiscate her and seek out a proper home for Lilly. They contacted TWAS and a rescue team immediately went to Washington to bring Lilly to her new home. She now lives the happy life of a Tiger, which is what she truly deserves!
Azacar: Sanctuary closure - Azacar is a Siberian Tiger that came from a Texas Sanctuary that could no longer stay open. Unfortunately, fundraising for all non-profits has been declining ever since the tragic events of 9/11. The sanctuary was unable to meet its necessary budget to care for their animals—they had seven Tigers and one African lion, along with many hoofed animals. The Wild Animal Sanctuary took in all of the large cats.