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PrideRock Wildlife Refuge

Rating: 4.82 stars   55 reviews 2,703

Address:

17194 CR 329 Terrell TX 75161 USA

Mission:

PrideRock Wildlife Refuge's mission is to provide a safe haven for as many big cats and other abused, abandoned, neglected, or confiscated as it is financially able to support. PrideRock is providing quality healthcare, nutrition, and a stimulating environment for the life of any animal it has taken in.

Target demographics:

the big cats

Geographic areas served:

Terrell, TX

Programs:

promoting awareness of the importance of having facilities such as ours to provide housing, space, enrichment, species specific diets, a comfortable and safe environment and the peace of knowing that these magnificent big cats will have a place to live out the rest of their lives after being abused, neglected or dispaced by previous owners or breeders.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Gary and Carol Holliman have the biggest hearts to take in these beautiful creatures. The lions, tigers, cougars, bears, wolves and even the many dogs they have adopted that make up this refuge are loved and well taken care of.

 
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Carol, Gary and all the other workers and volunteers have made this facility and the animals they care for a wonderful place. There is so much love and dedication to their animals.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure they received funding to continue the love and dedication.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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2 people found this review helpful

PrideRock is an amazing place where lions, tigers, mountain lions, bears and a hyena now call their forever home. I was fortunate to get to see this wonderful place up close when I attended an animal related workshop being held there. Many of these animals were used by humans to make a profit or kept as an exotic pet by people who didn't know how to care for them properly. Many of them have very sad, tragic stories. These animals should never have been taken out of the wild to begin with. Since they can not be released, having no knowledge of how to hunt for food, sanctuaries like this are a must. The love that I felt the day I was there from both the animals and the caregivers was amazing. These animals are well cared for and lead enriching lives. There wasn't the pacing etc you often see in zoos. The atmosphere was different. I heard noises coming from the cats and saw behaviors one never sees when they are held in captivity on display for humans. It is a beautiful place and deserves as much support as they can get, so they can build better bigger enclosures and feed all these wonderful critters who have been fortunate enough to come and live here.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I had only been to zoos to see any wild animal. Then, I met Carol. I went to PrideRock in 2009 for the first time. I was blown away and in awe of these magnificent creatures, especially the tigers. I met Damien (RIP) and all the others in an afternoon that I didn't want to end. The sheer power of their private "calls" to one another and their large presence just astounded me. I learned what happens when you neuter a Lion, he looses his mane plus many more things I didn't know. Although they can never return to the wild they seem to be quite at home and understand this. You can hear the roars when you get closer and it it awesome! I have been back 2 more times and hope to visit many more. Brenda Blake, Dallas, TX

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I know these people & Carol has loved, worked with & saved animals her whole life. This is her passion,love & purpose! I have made donations here & will continue to. The work they do is not easy & not everyone is cut out for it. It takes a large amount of time, patients & money for this to work.These magnificent animals come to them needing love,attention,medical attention & understanding. Through donations it can continue to flourish & these wonderful beast can live without fear of being abused, or neglected. Honor someone, or in memory of someone by donating or do so because you love animals!!!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I have seen this group again and again volunteer to take in large cats and other wild animals to give them a safe environment to live in. Last year, they took in a li-liger cub that developed a serious illness probably due to the cross breeding. Their dedication night and day to trying to save the cub's life was truly inspirirational. The cub did not survive but it was not due to a lack of care on the part of this great staff.
The knowledge and love of wild animals of these people had inspired in me a desire to do more to save our beautiful amazing wildlife. Pride Rock is a refuge that also works to educate the public. Something that is truly needed

 
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Carol and crew are absolutely amazing! The love and concern that they provide each one of their fur babies, is stupendous! Love this place and these folks!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

The only way for me to describe PrideRock is complete serenity and peace...It is breath taking from the moment I pull onto the property. Truly, good for my soul and hands down one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. One of my longest best friends (with permission from Carol) gave me the opportunity to volunteer and clean enclosures (aka scoop poop) and join her for enrichment. I have been back to volunteer every week since. I was told there will be my "favorites" and "they will choose you"; all true and Diego (Baby D-Lion) and Toro (the "shy" black bear) have stolen my heart. I love them all in their mighty greatness and will continue too, as often as possible and allowed. Grateful, honored and humble.

 
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Carol and Gary have dedicated their lives to these magnificent animals. My wife and I have been supporting their refuge for over 20 years and plan on continuing to do so. Anyone passing by this area should plan on visiting the animals. It will be an experience that you will remember for the rest of your life. Bring a Camera as there will be photo opportunities every where you look. If I could, I'd give it a ten star rating.

 
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6 people found this review helpful

My wife and I first went to Priderock some 20 years ago. It was such a pleasant experience that we returned as often as possible,bringing family members and friends over the years.One friend even became a volunteer. The animals are healthy and beautiful to see.The photography opportunities for cat lovers are so abundant, that it's hard to keep from running out of film. We've been assisting financially as often as we can,as it's a big expense to feed so many hungry animals. Anyone who might read this note,don't pass up an opportunity to go see the cats. You'll never forget the the day you were there.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

PrideRock is an important refuge for big cats that need a permanent home. Carol's and Gary's commitment to these wonderful animals is unwavering and they are very fortunate to have found PrideRock as their home. It is hard to image a more worthwhile cause to support.

 
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4 people found this review helpful

I highly endorse PrideRock as it is one of the best nonprofits I have ever supported. The work they do with their animals is very important. They care for each PrideRock resident as if they were their children and love them all very much. It is hard to find two more devoted people than Carol and Gary. as they

 
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4 people found this review helpful

PrideRock Wildlife Refuge is one of those rare nonprofits where 100% of their focus ( and funds received) is dedicated to its stated mission. Gary and Carol's commitment to these wonder big cats is inspiring as they put them first over all else.

Long before they received hardly any donations they were working full time jobs to support the animals and then coming home to work another full time job to care for them. I have be a friend of Pride Rock's for over 15 years both as a volunteer and donor and can say it is one of the most worthy nonprofits I have come across.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find more opportunities to raise more money so they could do more good.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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2 people found this review helpful

PrideRock is an amazing sanctuary for the animals to live in. Gary and Carol have given so much to these animals, and they continue to be their passion. I have had the privilege of volunteering there, and know the animals are treated with the utmost care and love. Although I do not go out there anymore, the animals will always have a special place in my heart.

 
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