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Sponsor Ring-tailed Cats in Rehabilitation

WRR rescues and rehabilitates between 10 and 20 ring-tailed cats each year. This reclusive mammal is native to Central America and southern regions of the United States including South and Central Texas. In most cases, they arrive as babies who have been found after their mother was killed or as adults who have suffered injuries from a car collision. They are usually in care for about four to five months before they are ready for release. in this time, they are fed a specialized formula, given round-the-clock care, medical attention as needed, and learn all the skills needed to prepare for life in the wild.

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Sponsor the Elder Spider Monkeys in Sanctuary

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Two elderly spider monkeys reside at the WRR Sanctuary in Kendalia. The female is about 25 years old and is almost completely blind. The male is 43 years old. Both were victims of the wild animal “pet” trade. Here, they each live in large open-topped enclosures with many trees and natural terrain. They also receive the geriatric care needed to keep them comfortable in their old age including dietary supplements, arthritis medication, and a specialized diet.

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Sponsor a Mountain Lion in Sanctuary

Mountain lions, also called cougars, catamounts, or pumas, are reclusive native residents of the Texas Hill Country as well as far South and West Texas. Though rarely seen, mountain lions are the largest cat native to North America. For decades these magnificent and often misunderstood cats have been hunted for their skins and simply because they are a predator, causing their near extinction. It is believed that their populations are finally recovering, but federal protection is critical if we are to save this species.

The four mountain lions at WRR, like so many other wild animals, were victimized by the wild animal “pet” trade. They were declawed in an attempt to make them safe to be sold and they were confined in small cages or runs and even abandoned in boarded up houses. These majestic cats can never again go free but at WRR they do live in a wooded 4.5-acre enclosure that includes a rocky bluff that is perfect for climbing, hiding, and basking in the sun.

Cougars are solitary animals in the wild but at WRR the cougars enjoy the company of each other. In the wild the cubs remain with their mothers until they are over a year old; during this time, she teaches them all the skills they must have in order to hunt and survive on their own. Cougars climb trees easily but spend most of their time on the ground. They are extremely elusive animals, and even hikers who have covered hundreds of miles in their territories rarely see them.

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Sponsor a Bear in Sanctuary

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Over the many years that WRR has been in existence we have rescued several black bears. The eldest male bear now living at WRR is 16 and had been locked in dog runs with six other bears for over 11 years. The two other bears residing at WRR’s sanctuary were rescued from a small concrete enclosure at a road-side zoo in Pennsylvania where they had lived together for over 15 years.

All the bears rescued by WRR reside in a spacious, outdoor enclosure with trees, two above-ground cement pools with a constant supply of fresh water for drinking and soaking in, and plenty of fresh fruits, berries, and vegetables to eat. The bears now have the freedom to enjoy a healthy and peaceful existence in the WRR sanctuary, truly a second chance at life.

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Sponsor a Troop of Capuchins in Sanctuary

Primates who live at the Wildlife Rescue sanctuary have been rescued from one of three situations: they have been held and used in laboratories; kept in sub-standard conditions in roadside zoos; or inappropriately and often inhumanely kept as so-called “pets.”

This troop of capuchins is comprised of fifteen monkeys who each came to Wildlife Rescue after suffering in a laboratory or being kept as a “pet”. Once they arrive at WRR they are given time to acclimate to their new surroundings before being introduced to their new companions and new home. Their enclosure is about one acre in size, and is filled with trees, native grasses, rocks, and bushes that are part of the natural terrain. Like most of the enclosures at WRR, this one also has above-ground cement pools and fully heated buildings that the monkeys can access at-will during the winter months. In the spring and summer they often like to use them as private quarters to spend some time indoors.

This troop of capuchins is given a daily diet of fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts. They are also offered monkey chow biscuits and peanut butter sandwiches. Because of the size and natural settings in which they live, the monkeys always have access to roots, leaves, sprouts, insects, and other elements of interest.

The primates who live at WRR spend their days in the company of like or similar species, eating, climbing, swimming and sleeping. Like all wild animals at WRR they are never named nor do we attempt to interact with them or tame them. They are allowed to live a life that is as close to what they would have in the wild as we can provide.

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