Turpentine Creek raising funds for new well

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is taking the first step in its plans for expansion by fundraising for a new well and water system for the facility.

The project will cost an estimated $150,000. That estimate includes the cost to drill the well, install the chlorination system and construct a small building to house the system and water reservoir. A generous donor, C. Martin, has already offered a dollar for dollar matching donation for the first $40,000 raised.

"The only way we can continue to grow the mission of TCWR is with this new well," said TCWR president Tanya Smith. "We appreciate Mrs. Martin for putting up the $40,000 match to stretch your donated dollars. This is a great time to double your contribution. For every dollar you give, another is donated."

Turpentine Creek has been fighting against the exotic pet trade and providing a home for its survivors for 27 years. With increased efforts being made to end the trade, including federal legislation and a strong push on ethical tourism, Turpentine Creek believes the need for growth becomes more evident every day.

The refuge has hit a roadblock to the expansion of its facility because of the current well and water system that supplies water to both humans and animals throughout the property. With the current water system, lodging guests and staff members who live on-site experience water pressure plummets when animal pools are being filled. Turpentine Creek has reached the legal limit of how many individuals can use its current water supply system.

For the refuge to continue to secure its future and continue to expand, a new well and water system is necessary. The well is the first step toward creating the new Visitor Education Center and is a vital public safety feature for visitors, staff and interns. The new well will open opportunities for the refuge to continue to grow and expand for years to come.

The upcoming Visitor Education Center project offers the opportunity to expand the refuge's mission and help educate the public about the plight of big cats in captivity. It will include guest-requested features such as a cafe and large-scale gift shop while serving as an educational hub.

To donate to the project, visit www.TurpentineCreek.org/well.

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