BENEFITING: Conservators' Center
Matthai’s Pride consists of Matthai Lion and his three lionesses: Daisy, Maggie, and Serabi. These older ladies came to the Conservators’ Center with 11 other big cats in 2004 from a breeding facility that was finally closed after receiving citations for more than 900 violations of the animal welfare act, including poor safety procedures, unsanitary conditions, insufficient food supply, and inadequate veterinary care.
Matthai and his ladies have lived together for many years in a grassy enclosure with hammocks, platforms, and a huge denbox to protect them from the elements.
This denbox has three large rooms and is more than spacious enough to accommodate all four lions, and up to this point, the housing has been sufficient for the pride. However, we have noticed recently that one or more lionesses are being denied the warmth and safety of the denbox whenever the third female is in heat. It is not unusual for pride dynamics to shift over time, and unfortunately, Matthai’s personality is not conducive to mediating the natural issues that arise between his females. As the temperatures drop, we are seeing a new pattern within this pride whenever one of his ladies attempts to enter a space where she is currently unwelcome.
To ensure that there is a warm, safe place for all of Matthai’s girls in the winter months, and to eliminate any unnecessary conflict between this otherwise loving and peaceful pride, we are asking $2,000 to build an extra denbox for Matthai’s Pride. Denboxes require a large investment of material and labor to withstand the wear and tear of big cats and weather extremes over many years of use.
We are dedicated to providing these residents with the highest possible quality of care, especially when it comes to protecting each one of them from inclement weather. Please give what you can to this special cause. We encourage you to come visit us, meet Matthai and his ladies, and awaken your wild side!
The Conservators’ Center in Burlington, North Carolina is home to nearly 100 exotic animals representing 19 species – including more than 30 lions and tigers. This haven for wild animals in need of a home has a 3-part mission: education, conservation, and rescue.
*The estimated cost of this project includes material and labor. Any funds raised above the amount shown will go directly to our Animal Care Fund.
*** Maggie Lion's lifetime adopters, Mike Desposito and Shelley Benson, have committed to match each donation made to Matthai's fund. This means that when $25 is donated, they will donate an additional $25. Thank you Mike and Shelley for your generosity!