Tundra, a female Siberian Lynx was placed at our Center from a family when they found out that it was illegal to own exotic cats in their state. Owning exotic animals is illegal in many states. Exotic cats form strong bonds to their owners, making them difficult to transfer from owner to owner. We were fortunate to receive Tundra while she was still young enough to build a bond with her handlers. She is very large for her species, she weighs 70 pounds!
Born: 3/30/2002, Arrived: 8/26/2002
Whisper, an adult female Bobcat is a confiscated pet from Southern California, and is an excellent example of the growing trade of exotic and wild animals. Before arriving at Hawk Creek, someone had cut her canines. All of her canines had to be surgically removed after a severe infection set in. Unfortunately in the exotic pet trade, some animal dealers will cut the canines to reduce bite damage.
Born: 4/15/1998, Arrived: 7/12/1998
This male bobcat was born at Hawk Creek. Thunder is the offspring of Sinew and Shadow, two bobcats that were saved by Hawk Creek. They were illegally caged in a 5’ pet store window in New York City. Having no medical history on the parents, we were surprised one morning to find two kittens—Thunder and his sister. Captive bred bobcats cannot be returned to the wild. His sister and parents are now living at the Thompson Park Conservancy.
Born: 5/31/1999, Arrived: 5/31/1999
This captive-bred male caracal’s parents were rescued when they were kittens in South Africa. Though endangered in parts of their range, they are treated as vermin in South Africa, so Khan’s parents could not be released back into the wild. Instead, they were shipped to a breeder in the US to promote education about this rare and magnificent species.
Born: 6/26/2008, Arrived: 8/29/2008
JOURNEY, African Serval
This female African Serval was living in Long Island, New York with her brother, Phoenix, until their owner’s divorce made it impossible to keep the servals. She placed her beloved pets with us after they had lived in her care for several years. The large ears and long legs of these animals make them adept rodent hunters in their habitat of the grasslands in Africa.
Born: 7/1/1999, Arrived: 2/8/2003
PHOENIX, African Serval
This male African Serval was living in Long Island, New York, with his sister, Journey, until their owner’s divorce made it impossible to keep the servals. She placed her beloved pets with us after they had lived in her care for several years. Though legally protected, wild serval populations continue to decline due to poaching for their meat and pelts.
MEISHA, African Serval
Meisha, a female serval, was once an exotic pet. Due to personal circumstances, Meisha’s owner could no longer care for her properly, so he sought out a qualified home for his beloved companion. She loves to play and is quite active for an older wildcat. Although no longer legal in New York, the serval was once one of the more common exotic cat species kept as a pet.
Born: 5/10/2000, Arrived: 12/2/2014
LAGUNA, N. American Ocelot
Laguna came from the Carnivore Preservation Trust in North Carolina. Housing over 187 cats, hey were in desperate need of placing some cats after a hurricane destroyed many cages. Overcrowding produced an Ocelot kitten, Laguna. Habitat & research was being done in the US to help this severely endangered cat but at the time, there were no breeding or release programs. Fortunately, we were able to provide a home for this very rare cat.
Born: 8/13/2001, Arrived: 11/21/2001
KODIAK, Canada Lynx
Kodiak, a male Canada Lynx, came to Hawk Creek to be an ambassador for his vanishing family. As an endangered species, the Canada Lynx is quickly losing its paw hold on survival. Worldwide wildcat populations are in sharp decline and captive breeding, education on how humans and cats can live harmoniously and protection of wildcat habitat are the key to future survival of these magnificent predators.
Born: 5/04/2011 Arrived: 7/10/2011
KREE, Canada Lynx
Kree, a female Canada Lynx, came to Hawk Creek to join our male, Kodiak. The two wildcats have become fast friends and together they will help ensure the survival of their species for future generations. Kree and Kodiak are founders of our future captive breeding program for this endangered and elusive wildcat. Don’t worry – if you stop by to visit during an event they won’t be shy!
Born: 5/25/2013 Arrived: 6/24/2013
MESA, Geoffroy’s Cat
Mesa, a captive-bred female Geoffroy’s Cat, came to Hawk Creek to become an ambassador for disappearing small wildcats. Of the 37 species of wildcats in the world, most of them are small felids that are little known and rarely studied. Mesa’s playful personality and antics help us to inspire people and educate them about the dire need for small wildcat research and conservation.