|Volume 2, Issue 4, 9.16.2007|
Fall brings a lot of activity to CPT: the big-cat-friskies as the weather
cools, the last weeks with Albert and Wednesday kinkajous on tour (they
move inside for the winter), carved out pumpkins with treat surprises for
the animals, and even turkeys for the tigers on Thanksgiving! This fall is
no exception as a new tiger arrives, Raj tiger moves to Tiger Island where
he joins the tour route, and a plethora of events to make the animals part
of your season.
Cat on a New, Wood Roof!
CPT's summer campaign to
raise the money to replace the denbox lids in several animal enclosures
was a tremendous success, with over 20 denbox sponsorships! The cats (and
binturongs!) with new roofs would like to express their thanks!
Al Ummatov - Volunteer Coordinator
Al joined the CPT Staff on
July 30th as our new Volunteer Coordinator. Al grew up in central Asia,
part of the caracal's range! The Amu-Daryo tiger (aka Caspian or Persian
tiger), now extinct, is also from this area.
Logo T's are Back!
CPT has just received a shipment of our popular logo t-shirts, available in hunter green, grey, and white. We are also offering them for the first time in youth sizes (hunter green only). Be sure to get yours!
photo courtesy The Southport Times.
"Vincent", is a 10-year-old
tiger coming from a facility that closed down in Bolivia, NC. CPT staff
picked him up on September 6th to deliver him to "Tigger's Rest", the NC
Zoo quarantine facility. The length of his quarantine will depend on the
assessment of his health status, but CPT hopes to welcome him within a few
weeks. He will be placed in Rajaji's enclosure, as Raj has been
transferred to an enclosure on the front of Tiger Island.
September has dealt a
striking blow to CPT as some of our most beloved and well known animals
have left us in a short span of time. As staff were offsite tending to
Vince's transfer, the remaining staff struggled with the sudden loss of
Avalon leopard. Four days later another blow came, as Shalimar tiger
succumbed to cancer and Skylar binturong to heart disease. It is hard to
be losing so many of our friends, but our job is to give them as long and
as happy of a life as possible.
Shalimar reigned as the sophisticated queen of CPT. Dr. Bleyman himself orginally rescued Shalimar from a roadside zoo in Florida, where she had been declawed. Her temperment proved the perfect match for CPT's legendary tiger, Romeo, calmly keeping his dominance in check.
Avalon was the quintessential black leopard - smooth, sleek and smart. She usually greeted us with a deep growl that resonated through her chest and quivered the air. But, Avalon had another greeting that astounded us all. Avalon would say the word "hey" perfectly. Several volunteers, visitors and staffers heard her say it and actually responded - thinking another person was around! But it was just Avalon talking - on not such a growly day.
Skylar could be considered one of the world’s most perfect bints. She enjoyed all of a bints most beloved past times… eating food, napping in the sun and visiting with her two-legged friends. Though she was fond of bananas (as just about every bint is), she was never one to turn down a fig. As fond of food as she was, she was also just as happy for a little bit of company from her human friends.
for Event Volunteers
You can help CPT's
animals with your day to day shopping and errands.
Food Lion Shop and
September 14th - December 4th*- Holiday Raffle
What would you do with $1000? Take a chance (or buy a few) to win a $1000 Mastercard just in time for the holidays! Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at CPT, or online.
* Winner will be announced December 6th
October 2nd, 6-9pm - Burrito
The Tiolo Family
The Edwards Family
The Saylor Family
The Joshi Family
The Eckenrod Family