Species: Lion (Panthera leo) DOB: October 11, 2004 Sex: Female Arrival Date: October 11, 2016
Rescue Story: In 2016, the owner of a Colorado based cub petting and breeding operation was diagnosed with cancer, and could no longer run his profitable business. Turpentine Creek acquired the 12-acre closed-down exhibition facility to enable our rescue of the 115 animals onsite. There, we found big cats suffering in cramped cages with flimsy plywood dens that were dangerously exposed to public areas. Onsite records showed very little history of veterinary care, but revealed that the owner had ties to Joe Exotic, and was breeding his big cats to supply other entities within the cub petting and entertainment industries.
TCWR staff and interns spent six months both onsite caring for the animals, and in the relocation of every animal to accredited sanctuaries throughout the nation. After 6 months, and many miles traveled, all animals were placed in forever homes for a second chance at life and 34 of those animals came to Turpentine Creek. Chloe is one of those 34 animals.
More about Chloe: Chloe’s favorite place to be is at the very bottom of her habitat so that she gets a better view of all of the interesting visitors that walk by. She is also exceptionally fond of pumpkins, which are used as an enrichment tool at TCWR. They are something that can easily be crunched, stomped, kicked, and smashed, keeping all of the animals - including Chloe, thoroughly engaged. Chloe doesn’t shy away from caroling with the other lions and will sometimes be the one to get the last word in!