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Volume 3, Issue 1, 02.06.2008
Join Us for the Big Night for Big Cats

It will be an evening of fun at the inaugural benefit gala for CPT. The evening calls for "Safari Formal"- your own mix of safari costume and/or formal dress. Hosted by NBC 17's Donald Jones, the night includes a scrumptious dinner, music and dancing, games and camaraderie.

When: Saturday, February 23rd, 7 - 11 pm
Where: Marbles Museum (formerly Exploris), Downtown Raleigh, NC
Tickets: $125 per person

Take a chance and bid for a week on the coast of Spain, a Carolina Panthers game and dinner package, a UNC basketball signed by Dean Smith and Roy Williams, spa packages, and much more in our live and silent auctions led by professional auctioneer, Matt Holiday. Space is limited, so get your friends together and make plans to attend the Big Night for Big Cats.


Get ready for The Great Human Race - for Big Cats!

Yes, the Great Human Race is back! Anyone who wants to raise money for the Carnivore Preservation Trust can ask friends, family, and co-workers to sponsor the CPT GHR team as they walk or run a 5K path through downtown Durham (you do not have to partipate in the race to recruit sponsors).

WHEN: Saturday, March 29th, 2008 at 9:30am
WHERE: Durham Bulls Athletic Park

Donate: Donate online at Active.com. If you prefer to mail a check, please see payment details on our GHR webpage.

Participate: Pick up a your GHR packet at CPT, or email Al Ummatov with a mailing address to receive your packet by mail. Approach your friends, family, and coworkers to sponsor your 5K. Return your packet with your collected donations to CPT by Monday, March 24th. Then join us in Durham on March 29th for race day!


Keepers Jennifer and Lauren on new transport crates.

Keepers n' Crates

New arrivals for the new year include two Cat Keepers, Jennifer Fuller and Lauren Humphries, and 2 transport crates. Jennifer recently graduated from NCSU, with a degree in Zoology and extensive experience in small animal medicine. Her interest in CPT comes from a passion for wildlife conservation, and look out- she carries a hunting knife! Lauren graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Wildlife Science and has completed multiple internships at exotic animal facilities. CPT is thrilled to welcome Jennifer and Lauren to the team!

The new year has also brought the long-awaited transport crates, thanks to the designated gift of a wonderful donor. The crates were specifically designed for CPT, providing functionality just right for our big cats. The timing is perfect as CPT completes its new quarantine facility and prepares to notify government agencies that we are ready for rescue!

Animal Memorials - Levra Leopard and Mocha Binturong

June 26, 1990- December 24, 2007 (17 yrs. old)

My first impression of Levra was snootiness. Here was a leopard that was possibly the only representative of her kind (the only known descendant of the Barbary Leopard, which graced the shield of Richard the Lion-Hearted), and SHE would not deign to recognize me. It took a full 6 months before I received a sense of acknowledgement from this regal duchess. I don't fully remember what that first sign of acknowledgement was, but in the last couple of years it was typically a half-grunt blown out one side of her mouth.

We lost Levra on Christmas Eve, 2007. CPT’s loss of Levra is that much more difficult because of her tremendous depth of character. No one who visited CPT could fail to be touched by the story and grace of this special leopard.


Mocha Binturong

Mocha Binturong was the largest binturong at CPT, at close to 70 pounds. She was friendly and relaxed, usually an afterthought when visitors were confronted with her growling cagemate, Rotten. But CPT staff and volunteers will always smile when they remember Mocha's "calls of love" on romantic binturong nights

New Arrival - Chewie Binturong

CPT welcomes back Chewie, a binturong that was born here at CPT (then known as "Bubba"), and was sent to Michigan to participate in a breeding program for binturongs. CPT picked up Chewie in West Virginia on December 22nd, and brought Chewie back to become the first animal quarantined in CPT's new quarantine facility- currently in its last stages of construction. Chewie has been a little grumpy, but is beginning to adjust, even without his favorite meal- spaghetti (ah, now he will be forced to adopt the CPT favored diet of bananas).

Chewie was transferred from quarantine to a permanent enclosure on January 15th. He has settled in comfortably, but is still very vocal.

Get Involved

Auction Items Needed
CPT has received some great donations for the Black Tie & Tails Ball Auction, but could still use a few specific items to complete some of the packages available. Items needed include:

  • Airfare or the cost of airfare (prepaid Visa or MC, approx. $1500) to the coast of Spain
  • UNC Basketball tickets
  • Quality bottles of wine
  • Limousine service

If you can help us with these items, please contact Pam Fulk at (919) 542-4684.

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CPT in Local Parades

This holiday the tables were turned- the animals were hunting the people! CPT's first ever parade float sported an African savannah where the serval chased a guinea hen, the caracal popped out of a basket, and the leopard looked on- all the way through downtown Pittsboro and Siler City.

French Connections, an import gift store in Pittsboro, supplied merchandise to serve as props on the "savannah", while the Bead Hive supplied African beads for the handouts along the parade route.


Current Events

February 23rd, 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Black Tie & Tails Ball

Join us for the Big Night for Big Cats!

March 29th
The Great Human Race
A 5K walk/run - for big cats!

New CPT Volunteers

CPT is grateful for the tremendous amount of assistance we receive from volunteers who donate their spare time to make a difference. We'd like to welcome our newest volunteers who have completed their orientations:
Jim Ulrick
Scott Miller
Jennifer Duncan
Becca Thigpen
Sylvia Toth
Rhonda Rockwell
Shraddha Ishwad
Dawn Maffucci
Robin Thomson
Jenny Edwards
Brett Donadeo
Kristin Donadeo
Jen Milikowsky
Becky Wright
Karen Kimbrell
Kristin DeMarco
Susannah English
LeeAnne Quattropani
Brian Sawyer

New Members - Welcome!
Lisa Gilbert
Dianne Reid
The Bastian Family
Gayle Grigson
The Bowers Family
The Powell Family
The Moran-Embry Family
Betty Schumacher
Robert Lasocki
The Maier-Kushner Family
The Hathaway-Smith Family
The Goodwin Family
Renee Siedlecky
The Byrd-Cousin Family
The Fennema Family
Lisa Kroll
Amelia Anthony
Carol Gerwitz
The Coin Family
Sandra Clapp
The Berner Family
The Stuhmer-Frazer Family
The Knouff Family
The Loyack Family
Jane Seely
Cristal Ramirez
The Nolte Family

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