Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge re-homes tiger from Omaha
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge has
opened its doors to a new female white
tiger named Payson. Payson was rehomed
at Turpentine Creek from Omaha’s
Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
(OHDZA). OHDZA contacted TCWR
looking for a home for the 13-year-old
tiger after deciding to shift focus toward
its Amur tiger species survival program.
“We are very excited to offer Payson
a home with us! The OHDZA did what
was best for Payson and the tiger species
as a whole, since white tigers are
not viable genetic candidates for the
conservation of the species,” said Tanya
Smith, president of TCWR.
OHDZA decided to reach out to TCWR
during their search to re-home Payson,
knowing that TCWR would be able to offer
her the same quality health care, attention
and love that they had given her. On Feb.
7, Payson made the 430-mile journey to
her new home. She arrived in the afternoon
and with only a little hesitation, transferred
from her travel crate into her double night
house area. She will spend a few days secured
in the night house area for observation
before she is given access to the large
grassy habitat she will now call home.