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Max & Fiona/ African Caracalrs

Max and Fiona came here needing a home when their owner was dying of cancer.


 



 


Zee / Siberian lynx

Zee was born here in at Carson Springs.


Rio and Ruby / Red river hogs

Rio originally came from a facility in Connecticut and Ruby came from Virginia, but we’re so glad they’re ours now. They may even have babies soon!


Ollie / Serval

Born in 2010, Ollie was bought as a house pet, but when he got too big, he was locked in a cage in the basement. Luckily, he was rescued and has found a new home here where he loves running around and eating tons of food.


Spirit, Cammie, and Richie / Cheetahs

Spirit, Cammie, and Richie are three of our cheetahs. We are hoping to to get some love connections going, but cheetah girls are very picky about their boyfriends!


Bagy / Sulcata tortoise or African spurred tortoise

When we got Bagy, he could fit in the palm of your hand!


Jericho and Jezebel / Striped hyena

When their Virginia zoo exhibit was being closed, Jericho and Jezebel were brought into the Carson Springs family. They were handled a lot when they were young and are very friendly as a result. They love cuddling with each other and the caregivers.



Xena & Isabel / Serval

Xena was rescued by a vet from a roadside animal show when she was very sick. She is now happy and healthy and loves her new life at Carson Springs!

Isabel was rescued from a backyard in Kentucky where she was originally bought as a house pet.

 


Sunflower / Generic tiger

Sunflower came to us as a very sick retired photo cat in 2010. She was having seizures and was dumped at a veterinarian's office to be euthanized. Luckily, the veterinarian called us!

 


 



Shenzi and Eddie / Spotted hyena

Shenzi and Eddie are the proud parents of Scarlett, who also lives here at Carson Springs!


Scarlett / Spotted hyena

Scarlett was born here at Carson Springs in 2014, but she had to be hand raised. If more than one female is born in a hyena litter, the dominant female will try to hurt the others, so when she was born with 2 other females, she needed to be taken away for her protection. She is a special favorite as she is very sweet and knows some commands. Our friends love checking out her videos on our Facebook page! Fun Fact: Spotted hyenas are born walking, eyes open, and with a full set of teeth!


Henry / Indian rhino

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.


Thor and Daisy / Kunekune 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!


Dakota / Puma, Cougar, Mountain lion, 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!


Koko and Kela / Generic tigers

Koko and Kela have been together their entire lives. 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!


Wilbur and Winnie / Warthogs

Move aside Usain Bolt! Wilbur and Winnie are the track stars of Carson Springs! Though they do more trotting than running, they love racing each each around their track. When they aren’t racing, you can find them munching on sweet treats like apples and grapes.


Sheena / Bobcat

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.


Abigail / Jaguar

Abigail is the baby of our family. As a Jaguar, she is the largest cat in the Americas and is extremely strong. When she gets older, we are hoping that she will help with the reintroduction of Jaguars into the southern United States through her offspring, so she is a very special cat!


Waylon and Patsy / Spotted hyenas

Waylon and Patsy were confiscated from a roadside zoo after being locked in tiny cages and held without proper licenses. After they came here, we discovered that their parents were originally imported from Tanzania!


Raja and Penny / Striped hyenas

Raja came from a zoo in Bahrain in 2014. He is extremely shy and gets very anxious around people he doesn’t know. Penny was raised in a zoo in Belgium where her brother died and her mother failed to raise her. She came here to be a mate for Raja in 2015. Early in 2017, her original caregiver traveled from Belgium to visit her, and even after two years, Penny cried in joy at the reunion.


Siri / Amur leopard

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!

Lynnie, Savannah and Ranger / Black backed jackals

These three rascals came all the way here from South Africa. They are Africa's version of a coyote. They pick fights with each other all the time, but we still love them!

 

Samantha and Horatio / Eurasian eagle owls

Samantha and Horatio are Eurasian eagle owls, which are one of the largest species of owls. They make an excellent couple, and we are hoping for babies from them someday!

 

Mias and Cleo / Jungle cats

Both Mias and Cleo traveled far and wide to join our family. Mias from born in Belgium and Cleo is originally from the Czech Republic. They are the only breeding pair of jungle cats in the United States and are quite rare in Europe too. They may seem familiar because they are the same species that were mummified and buried with the pharaohs in ancient Egypt.


New Caracals / Caracals

The newest additions to the Carson Springs family are these two caracals. They are a beloved couple originally from South Africa. They have already had one litter during their short time here, and we’re hoping for more!


Gaby / Generic tiger

Gaby was born in a very poorly maintained sanctuary and ended up working in a traveling circus. After 2 years, she was rescued and has been here ever since. She’s our troublemaker and loves to spray urine (up to 8 feet!) onto unsuspecting visitors and keepers if she gets a chance.


Gator / Generic tiger

Gator was born in 2011 at a cub petting facility in Florida. During his time there, he was treated poorly and given very little food, so he was severely underweight and had a lot of health defects. Many veterinarians said he would never make it, but Gator fought through, and we’re so lucky to have him still with us today.


Samer and Lea / African lions

Both Samer and Lea spent many years alone and mistreated before they came to us. Once they met, they formed an immediate connection and have been a happy couple ever since! Though they are older lions, we are hopeful for some babies in their future.


Waylon and Patsy / Spotted hyenas

Waylon and Patsy were confiscated from a roadside zoo after being locked in tiny cages and held without proper licenses. After they came here, we discovered that their parents were originally imported from Tanzania!


Raja and Penny / Striped hyenas

Raja came from a zoo in Bahrain in 2014. He is extremely shy and gets very anxious around people he doesn’t know. Penny was raised in a zoo in Belgium where her brother died and her mother failed to raise her. She came here to be a mate for Raja in 2015. Early in 2017, her original caregiver traveled from Belgium to visit her, and even after two years, Penny cried in joy at the reunion.

 

Jay Cougar

 

Mocha / Puma, Cougar, Mountain lion, Catamount

The old lady of the bunch, Mocha is 18 years old, which is very old for a puma. Before she came to us, she was kept as a pet for many years with poor housing and very little care. She was also declawed as a baby, so it’s very painful when she walks. Now, Mocha has a very happy live here at Carson Springs! Fun Fact: Pumas, cougars, mountain lions, and catamounts are all the same animal. The naming just depends on what part of the country you are in!

 

Sheena / American Bobcat.

She is 7 and was living in a basement in Boston when her owners were told she was to be confiscated by the police and euthanized. To their credit they rushed to find our foundation and save her life. She was originally a house pet but moved to the basement when she started tearing up the furniture.

 

Matt

Matt/ South African Cheetah

Matt was born in South Africa in 2004 and came to us 5 years later. A very independent male and a little bit of a grouch, Matt happily lives alone and enjoys his privacy.

 

 

 

 

GracieSugar Bear and Major / Red Ruffed Lemurs

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.

 

Missy and Simon/ Black and White Ruffed Lemurs

Missy and Simon are both black and white ruffed lemurs, which are a critically endangered species.

 

 

 

Lucy and Juno / Red ruffed lemurs

When Lucy was born, she was taken from her mother too early. Though she’s had a few babies, she is unable to raise them as she was never able to learn from her mother. She has one baby here named Juno, who is our miracle baby. Though he was small and weak when he was born, he made it through and is a happy part of our family.

 

Thai and Trina / Asian fishing cats

Thai and Trina have a special bond and balance out each other. Trina is extremely fierce and fiery, while Thai is much sweeter.


Batman and Robin / Bat eared foxes

Born in 2012 in South Africa, Batman and Robin are some of our bat eared foxes! This species is slowly becoming endangered and is in desperate need of conservation support.


Bandit and Nala / Bat eared foxes

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.


Prancer and Jazzman / Geoffroy's cats

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!

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Tours

 

We only offer guided tours by advanced appointment. NO general admission.

Suggested donation $25 per adult , $8 under 12.

Private tours available starting at $250.

Field trips, group tours, events, corporate outings and weddings also available.

Also see our upcoming events.

 

Closed on Sunday.

 

To schedule a tour, email contact@cswildlife.org

 

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