Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge re-homes tiger from Omaha

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

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.

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