Meet the Animals

We house and support conservation of endangered species
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Foundation animals are totally dependant on donations. There is no State or Federal funding.

100% of donations go directly to animal care such as food and vet.

We are a 501(c) 3 Not for Profit Organization in the State of Florida.

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Meet Siri

Please adopt me. 100% of Donations go towards my care.

common name

Amur leopard

Scientific name

Panthera pardus orientalis

Height

25–31 in (Adult, At Shoulder)

Conservation status

Critically Endangered

rank

Species

lifespan

10-15 years and they may reach 20 years in captivity.

mass

71-106 lbs

did you know

Leopards are extremely strong and can carry 3X their body weight up a tree.

Born in 2012 at an animal ark in Kansas and came to us at 12 weeks old.  She is the world’s rarest cat, the northern most sub species of leopard.  There are only about 50 in the wild and less than a total of 200 in the world.  

We are waiting to find the most unrelated male to try and breed her and help save her species from imminent extinction.

Currently working on permits to import a male from Russia

Siri came to us in 2012 when she was just a kitten. She actually lived in our house, but when she started pulling the pictures off the walls, it was time for her to move into her big girl enclosure. Fun Fact: The Amur leopard is the rarest cat in the world with less than 50 individuals left in the wild!

Meet Henry

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common name

Indian rhinoceros

Scientific name

Rhinoceros unicornis

Height

5.58–6.10 ft (Adult, At Shoulder)

Conservation status

Vulnerable

rank

Species

lifespan

35 – 45 years (In the wild)

mass

Male: 4,600 lbs (Basel Zoo population), Female: 3,500 lbs (Basel Zoo population)

did you know

Chitwan National Park's population of greater one-horned rhinos is the second largest population of this species in the world.

Indian rhinos are often the victims of poachers, so Henry’s parents were taken from the wild and put in a zoo for safety. Henry is one of our most famous animals, as he is the leading sire of Indian rhinos in the United States and perhaps the world! He has fathered over 30 babies and dozens of grandchildren throughout his lifetime, but now he is too old to sire offspring. We are so proud to have been selected from numerous other facilities to house Henry in his retirement years.

Meet Koko, Gaby, Gator, Sunflower

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common name

Tiger

Scientific name

Panthera tigris

Height

Total length from 250 to 390 cm (8.2 to 12.8 ft)

Conservation status

Endangered (Population decreasing)

rank

Species

lifespan

16 – 18 years (In captivity)

mass

Male: 200 – 670 lbs (Large Adult), Female: 140 – 370 lbs (Large Adult)

did you know

The tiger is the largest species among the Felidae and classified in the genus Panthera.

Before coming to Carson Springs, they were used as photo cats and abandoned once they became too old, which is common for tigers and other animals. Each of them eat about 10 pounds of raw meat every day!

Meet Jericho, Jezebel, Penny, Raja

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common name

Striped Hyena

Scientific name

Hyaena hyaena

Height

2 – 2.6 ft. (Large Adult, At the withers)

Conservation status

Near Threatened (Population decreasing)

rank

Species

lifespan

24 years in captivity

mass

49 – 120 lbs (Large Adult)

did you know

When attacked, the striped hyena everts its rectum and sprays a pungent smelling liquid from its anal glands

About our striped hyenas...

Meet Sheena

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common name

Bobcat

Scientific name

Lynx rufus

Height

12 to 24 in (Adult, At Shoulder)

Conservation status

Least Concern (Population stable)

rank

Species

lifespan

7 years

mass

19 lbs (Large Adult)

did you know

Rabbits and hares make up 2/3 of the Bobcat's diet, the remainder consists of squirrels and mice.

Sheena was bought as a kitten to be a house pet for a family in Boston. When she started tearing up the furniture, she was moved to the basement. The authorities were eventually alerted and planned to euthanize her, but fortunately, she was rescued and brought to us on New Year's Eve in 2008.

Meet Fiona, Max, Niki, Rumba, Tango,Tia

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common name

Caracal

Scientific name

Caracal caracal

Height

16–20 in (Adult, At Shoulder)

Conservation status

Least Concern

rank

Species

lifespan

They have lived up to 19 years.

mass

males weigh 26–40 lb, females weigh 18–29 lb

did you know

It can leap higher than 4 m (12 ft) and catch birds in midair.

About our Caracals....

Meet Ollie, Xena

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common name

SERVAL

Scientific name

Leptailurus serval

Height

21–24 in (Adult, At Shoulder)

Conservation status

Least Concern (Population stable)

rank

Species

lifespan

Up to 23 years

mass

26 lbs (Large Adult)

did you know

Servals have a hunting success rate of 50%.

About our servals...

Meet Dozer, Massey, Zee

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common name

Siberian lynx

Scientific name

Lynx lynx

Height

24–30 in (Adult, At Shoulder)

Conservation status

Least Concern

rank

Species

lifespan

can live to over 20 in captivity, but usually just to their teens in the wild

mass

Males weigh 40 to 66 lb and females 18 to 46 lb

did you know

Their large paws are also furry and hit the ground with a spreading toe motion that makes them function as natural snowshoes.

About our Siberian lynxes ...

Meet Dakota

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common name

Puma

Scientific name

Puma concolor

Height

Adult males can reach around 7.9 feet from nose to tip of tail

Conservation status

Least Concern (Population stable)

rank

Species

lifespan

up to 25 years in captivity

mass

Males 115 to 220 lbs; Females 64 to 141 lbs

did you know

Because these cats were found in so many places, local tribes or explorers had their own name for the large felines, including cougar, mountain lion, Florida panther and catamount.

Born in July 2015, Dakota came to us from Texas at 3 months old. She was rejected by her mother as she was the only cub in her litter, which is very common for pumas. Dakota is a very spoiled girl and loves making a fuss when she doesn’t get her way!

Meet Eddie, Patsy, Rhett, Scarlett, Shenzi, Waylin

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common name

Spotted Hyena

Scientific name

Crocuta crocuta

Height

2.3 – 3 ft. (Large Adult, At the withers)

Conservation status

Least Concern (Population stable)

rank

Species

lifespan

12 years (In Zoo)

mass

Female: 98 – 140 lbs; Male: 89 – 120 lbs

did you know

Spotted hyenas are social animals that live in large communities (referred to as "clans") which can consist of at most 80 individuals.

Scarlett was born here in 2014.  She was being attacked by her little mate so we took over and hand raised her.  She is one of the special ones.  Knows commands that Christine gives her and has a wonderful sweet disposition around her close people family, the people she knew growing up and who raised her. 

Wild animals form very close bonds with their care givers but are much more wary around strangers and can get aggressive and defensive in a split second.

You are visiting their homes and they cannot run away so they defend their territory when unsure or frightened.

She was bottle fed for 5 months which is normal for hyena babies.  There are many cute videos of her on our Facebook page.

She loves neck and chest scratches.

 

Meet the Thor and Daisy

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common name

Kunekune

Scientific name

Sus scrofa domesticus

Height

stands about 60 cm (24 in) tall

Conservation status

Rare

rank

Breed

lifespan

15 - 20 years

mass

adult kunekune can weigh between 130 and 450 lbs

did you know

The Kunekune sows are excellent mothers, and their litters vary in size, averaging around 7 piglets.

Originally from New Zealand, pronounced “koo-nee koo-nee,” and translated to “fat and round,” these pigs are very similar to pet pot-bellied pigs.

Thor and Daisy are some very special pigs! They are actually a rare breed from New Zealand that had only 50 individuals left until a breeding program was started to save them. They are extremely docile and sweet, and they love munching on all the grass they can get their hooves on!

Meet Doodle, Dexter & Song

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common name

Clouded leopard

Scientific name

Neofelis nebulosa

Height

2.7 ft. (Adult)

Conservation status

Vulnerable (Population decreasing)

rank

Species

lifespan

12 to 15 years

mass

25 – 51 lbs

did you know

The Rukai people of Taiwan considered the hunting of clouded leopards a taboo

About Doodle….

Meet Benji, Jassman, Prancer, Robbie

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common name

Geoffroy's cat

Scientific name

Leopardus geoffroyi

Height

size is about 60 cm (24 in)

Conservation status

Near Threatened (Population decreasing)

rank

Species

lifespan

18 years

mass

8.8 lbs (Adult)

did you know

The claws are deadly-sharp, and this is for two reasons. First, to be able to climb, and second, to be used for stabbing its prey.

Geoffroy’s cat is named after the 19th century French zoologist Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire (1772–1844).

A young / baby of a Geoffroy is called a ‘kitten’. The females are called ‘queen’ and males ‘tom ‘. A Geoffroy group is called a ‘clowder, clutter, pounce, kindle (young), embarrassment (young),’.

Prancer and Jassman are proud parents to numerous litters despite the fact that they are extremely aggressive. Two of their sons, Benji and Robbie, live here at Carson Springs right by the Gift Shop!

Meet Bandit, Batman, Nala, Robin, Remy

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common name

Bat-eared fox

Scientific name

Otocyon megalotis

Height

1.8 ft. (Adult)

Conservation status

Least Concern (Population stable)

rank

Species

lifespan

6 to 14 years in captivity

mass

9 lbs (Adult)

did you know

A single fox can eat up to 1.15 million termites each year.

They have an incredible sense of hearing — their large ears can hear beetle larvae hatching from dung balls. To escape from predators, they rely on their incredible agility and speed. They have an impeccable ability to dodge predators and they are able to reverse directions at a flat run without ever losing speed.

Bandit is the son of Batman and Robin, and Nala’s parents were imported from Tanzania. We are hoping they will give us some more babies in the future so we can make sure this species doesn’t become endangered.

Meet Camie, Matt, Ritchie, Spirit, Tuesday

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common name

Cheetah

Scientific name

Acinonyx jubatus

Height

2.3 – 3 ft. (Adult, At Shoulder)

Conservation status

Vulnerable (Population decreasing)

rank

Species

lifespan

10 to 12 years in the wild

mass

46 – 160 lbs (Adult)

did you know

The average speed is 65 – 75 mph (In Short Bursts, Running)

About Sheena....

Meet Mara, Sugar Bear

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common name

Red ruffed lemur

Scientific name

Varecia rubra

Height

about 53 cm (21 in) long, with a 60 cm (24 in) tail

Conservation status

Critically Endangered (Population decreasing)

rank

Species

lifespan

15 to 20 years in the wild; longer in captivity

mass

8.5 lbs (Adult)

did you know

Red-ruffed lemurs are restricted to the northeastern part of Madagascar; they can be found in the forests of the Masoala Peninsula near Maroantsetra.

The word ‘lemur’ comes from ‘lemures’, which means ‘ghosts’ or ‘spirits’.

Red ruffed lemurs love fruit. But they love figs the best. They will even fight over them!

Red ruffed lemurs have six bottom teeth known as a “tooth comb”. They use it to groom, or comb, their fur and to help pull the skin off fruit.

Red ruffed lemurs have a long claw on the second toe of their back leg which they use for brushing their fluffy coats. Though Sugar Bear and Mara are exact opposites in personality, they have parented numerous babies together including 2 sets of triplets! Mara is a devoted mother while Sugar Bear is much more independent. All lemurs are critically endangered.

Though Sugar Bear and Mara are exact opposites in personality, they have parented numerous babies together including 2 sets of triplets! Mara is a devoted mother while Sugar Bear is much more independent. All lemurs are critically endangered.

Meet Horatio & Samantha

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common name

Eurasion Eagle Owl

Scientific name

Bubo bubo

Wingspan

5-6 feet

Conservation status

Least Concern (Population decreasing)

rank

Species

lifespan

upto 60 years in captivity; 20 in the wild

mass

3-9 pounds

did you know

They are among the world's largest owls and can soar up drafts similar to our red tailed hawks. They have bright orange eyes. Feathers ear tuffs and talons.

They were born in 2013. They are a breeding pair and we hope to have them nest.

They have one of the largest ranges being found throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Russia. Though they are endangered in many parts of their range.

Their diet is typically small mammals but will eat most anything including birds and reptiles.

They came to us from different facilities who thought they had a make and female but turned out to have two of the same sex.

Meet Wilbur & Winnie

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common name

Warthog

Scientific name

Phacochoerus africanus

Height

2.1 – 2.8 ft. (Adult, At Shoulder)

Conservation status

Least Concern (Population stable)

rank

Species

lifespan

7 to 11 years but have been known to live upto 18 years

mass

Male: 130 – 330 lbs (Adult), Female: 99 – 170 lbs (Adult)

did you know

The warthog's large tusks are unusual: The two upper ones emerge from the sides of the snout to form a semicircle; the lower tusks at the base of the uppers are worn to a sharp cutting edge

Winnie and Wilbur have a were born in 2014 (though they are unrelated).

They have a unique habit of grazing on their knees.

They are very fast when they need to be, up to 30+ miles per hour.

they are sensitive to heat and cold having no fur and very little body fat.  For this reason they have a heated house here in the winter and shade and mud holes in the summer.

They usually have babies every spring.  Winnie is very protective of her piglets.  

They love to do their race and get treats at the end.

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