Friday, May 25, 2012

Another Fabulous Week at In-Sync Exotics!

Another fabulous week of reporting on In-Sync happenings comes to a close!  Let's recap this weeks' postings, shall we?

We started off Monday's posting with a question -- What do get when you mix about 30 animal-loving volunteers with tents and tigers?  Answer -- A really fun camp-out at In-Sync Exotics, of course!  Click here to read all about our special camp-out under the stars and to the the "soothing" sounds of our lions roaring together throughout the night!

We also provided an update on Franklin, our frisky feline!  Great news!  Our vet has cleared Franklin, so he can now resume his normal activities--sleeping and chasing bugs!

On Tuesday, we presented a humorous video of a few of our tigers splish-splashing in their tubs and pools!  If you haven't seen this video, then you MUST click here!

Baseball fever has struck at In-Sync Exotics!  On Wednesday, Chance demonstrated his athletic abilities in a fun video of Jasper and Chance!  Even if you don't like baseball, you'll love this adorable video of the two bobcats!  Click here to meet our new ball player! 

We posted a long overdue Who Am I animated picture of a beautiful cougar!  We asked our loyal viewing audience to guess the identity of our cougar and to answer two questions about this adorable cat. 

Well, right off the bat, one of In-Sync Exotics' board directors, Helen Truman, submitted the correct response!  Needless to say, she has the edge over many of our faithful readers, as she gets to see this lovely cougar often!

Then we received two more responses, literally one right after the other, from Cherokee K and Scott S, again, with the correct response!  Both individuals have bragging rights for giving the correct response, however, only Scott will receive the prize since he provided us with his address!  Congratulations Cherokee and Scott for guessing the identity of our cougar: 


So here are the answers to the questions about Cherokee:

#1: When I first arrived, I had a pronounced limp. What was the cause of my limp?
Answer:  Botched declawing job done with a pair scissors.

#2: What is my favorite toy?
Answer: She loves to play with her balls and dangling toys.

To learn more about Cherokee and the rest of the residents of In-Sync Exotics, please click hereWe'd like to thank everyone who particpated in yesterday's Who Am I!  Remember, don't be shy, submit your answer, and who knows, next time, you might be the one with bragging rights as the person who correctly identified our mystery animal! 

You don't have to have a google account to use the comment box below.  You can submit your response using the "annoymous" feature--just be sure to include your name!

And now, it's time to present you with progress pictures of the "Fast Track Habitat" for our cheetahs, Kodi and Sam!

Wonderful progress!

The cheetahs are going to love this large habitat!

It's really beginning to look like a habitat area!

You can even see the lockout areas taking shape!

We cannot thank everyone enough for donating towards the cheetahs' new home!  As you can see, your gifts truly make a difference in the lives of our animals.  We strive to be good stewards of your contributions; working hard to make a positive impact on the lives of the animals under our care!  Again, thank you for your kind and generous financial support!

Before closing, we wanted to give you an update on our Big Birthday Bash!  We are currently looking for a snow cone and hot dog vendors that would like to partner with us on our big day!  If you are a snow cone or hot dog vendor or if you know of a snow cone/hot dog vendor that would be interested in participating in our Big Birthday Bash, please contact Vicky Keahey at (972) 442-6888 or email her HERE

Aasha enjoying ice cream and
a meaty treat at last years'
Birthday Bash!
Oh, and don't forget--our big and small cats would love a birthday present from you this year!  You can find some great birthday gifts ideas from our Amazon "wish list" site.  Please click HERE for suggested birthday gifts!  So far, we have only received about three presents for over 50 wild cats!  Can you help make an exotic cat very happy this year?  Most of the Easter balls presented to the cats in April have been "well used" and are no longer serviceable!  It's amazing how much fun our cats can get out of their toys!  We thank you for your kind donations towards our animals' enrichment program!

For more details about our Big Birthday Bash event, please click HERE!

Well, that concludes this posting!  We hope that you have a safe and wonderful Memorial Day weekend!  Please take a moment to remember those soldiers who gave their lives so we could live free in a Nation with boundless opportunities!  Let's also salute the hard working military canines as they true heroes!  Miliary working dogs are truly amazing animals who perform extremely dangerous duties all around the globe!  We are truly blessed to have such hard working dogs caring for our soldiers!

We are open this Memorial Day weekend for tours, to include Monday (May 28th)!!  So bring the family and spend a special day with the animals of In-Sync Exotics!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Long Overdue Who Am I

It's been a while since we've posted a Who Am I contest! So, let's welcome this beautiful cougar to the animal wall (in this case book) of fame!

First person to identify and answer two questions about this exotic wild one wins a small prize and bragging rights. Simply send your response via the comment box and if you are the first person to respond and answer the questions correctly, you win! Please do not forget to include your name and mailing address so we can send you a prize, just in case you should win the challenge!

So, are you ready to figure out "Who Am I?"

So here are the questions:

#1:  When I first arrived, I had a pronounced limp.  What was the cause of my limp?
#2:  What is my favorite toy?

So, Who Am I?

Oh and don't forget...Big Party Next Month!  You are invited!

Plus!! Green Source DFW wrote an article on us titled "Inside the World of In-Sync" by Rita Cook:  
“If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man. All things are connected.”
It’s a popular quote credited to Chief Seattle of the Suwamish Tribe in a letter to President Franklin Pierce.  For many folks this quote holds true, but even more so for people like Vicky Keahey.  Keahey is the President of In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue & Educational Center in Wylie, Texas, a big cat rescue center established in March of 2000.  Read more here.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Our New Ball Player!

Now that Jasper has settled into his new home at In-Sync Exotics, we are starting to see a whole new side to this frisky animal!

We just have one question for this "rookie":  Does he have the right stuff to play first base on Team In-Sync this year?  Thank you Beth Cinadr for submitting today's video!

Our frisky cats (and Nugget) are looking forward to seeing you next month at our Birthday Bash!  For details, click HERE!

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Editorial note:  Blog writers needs more coffee or glasses because the cat playing ball is actually Chance!  Both bobcats, Chance and Jasper, are adorable, wouldn't you agree! 

For more fun videos from In-Sync Exotics check out our our Youtube Channel by clicking HERE!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Cats Don't Like Water! Or Do They....

With temperatures climbing into the 90's in Texas, we starting hearing the familiar sounds of...SPLASH!

We hope you enjoy some of last years videos (with the exception of Harley's video--that was taken last week) of our tigers enjoying themselves in the water!

Stay tuned for new videos and pictures of our wild ones "splishing and a splashing" in their tubs and pools!

Our frisky cats (and Nugget) are looking forward to seeing you next month at our Birthday Bash!  For details, click HERE!

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Monday, May 21, 2012

A Unique Camp-Out at In-Sync Exotics!

What do get when you mix about 30 animal-loving volunteers with tents and tigers? A camp-out at In-Sync Exotics, of course!  Every year, our volunteers come out to In-Sync Exotics for a pot luck dinner and then stay overnight, listening to the sounds of the lions roaring and cats catterwalling throughout the night.

Early in the evening, after everyone pitched their tents, it was time to enjoy some volunteer camaraderie; sampling the dishes brought especially for the big potluck dinner.  But there was no rest for our happy campers for after dinner it was time to feed the animals.  You never want to keep a big cat waiting for his dinner--even on camp-out night!

At the end of the evening, into the wee early morning hours, the volunteers took a tour of the sanctuary and then spent some quality time together sharing lots cat stories and laughs before retiring for the evening.  Many of the volunteers have never seen or heard the animals at night, so this was a special treat for them.  In-sync Exotics comes alive at night as many of the big cats like to play--splashing in tubs or pools or chasing their enrichment balls.  

Eventually, everyone settle-in to the sounds of the lions' serenade.

The volunteer camp-out is a much anticipated event each year as it gives our volunteers a chance to meet new members of the Team In-Sync, and it gives other team members a change to become reacquainted with some of our long-time volunteers they may not have seen for quite some time.

Ever thought of joining Team In-Sync?  We run almost entirely on volunteer labor and assistance is always welcome! There are many ways you can help, including, but not limited to:
  • ·         Washing Bowls and Buckets
  • ·         Cleaning enclosures
  • ·         Preparing animal diets
  • ·         Helping with special events
  • ·         Fund raising
  • ·         Building new enclosures
Age requirements:
Age 13-15 - may volunteer with a responsible adult and with parental consent.
Age 16-17 - must have parental consent.

Washing, cleaning, and preparing animal meals may not sound like glamorous work, but the satisfaction you'll feel after volunteering at In-Sync Exotics and the memories you will make with our other volunteers as you care for our wild ones, are simply priceless.  If you are ready to make a difference in the lives of our tigers, lions, cougars, etc., please click HERE for details on our volunteer program!  For more information about our volunteer program, please email Chemyn Reaney. Thank you!

Animal Updates!

Last month, you may recall our posting on Franklin, one of our domestic cats, went to the vet because he was feeling poorly.  Franklin's blood test results indicated that he had a parasitic infection in his blood that may have been responsible for the inflammation of his heart.  

Good news! Franklin's vet has given him a clean bill of health--no more parasites in his blood and there is no inflammation of his heart!  Franklin does have a slight heart murmur and will remain on medication for the rest of his life.  Thankfully, it is only a slight heart murmur and it will not limit our Franklin's ability to play, eat, and rest!

Can you tell what is missing from our bobcat, Jasper?

If you guessed "his collar is missing," you'd be correct!

We are very happy to report that the cheetahs' "Fast Track Habitat" construction is proceeding right on schedule.  All the main posts are in the ground and we are now assembling the top rails.  We'll keep you informed of our progress!

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