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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Environment, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Sanctuaries

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: big cats, north American bears, African spotted hyena, wolf hybrids

Geographic areas served: Terrell, TX

Programs: promote 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 the rest of their lives after being abused, neglected or displaced by previous owners or breeders.

Community Stories

58 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Becca J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered here from 2009-2010, I had to move away for awhile am now back and WOW! Every donation to these animals went to such great use. We always try to keep the animals happy. Gary and Carol really are just trying to give these gorgeous animals a better life, and believe me, they are.
(pictures below are of other places I volunteered, or personal pets. I do love animals, and Gary and Carol treat their beloved animals in the best way possible)

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great location with knowledgeable and caring staff.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It takes a very special kind of person to devote their lives to caring for those others are willing to throw away. Carol and her crew go above and beyond to provide for the magnificent creatures. They are not just a mission to them they are a life choice. Carol treats all of them like they are her children and insists the same from her helpers. I have a respect for the people there that words can not express. Bless Carol and everyone involved with this wonderful organization.

3 Cindy97

Donor

Rating: 5

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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4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

4 Judy161

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

6 Brenda103

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

3 Cindy204

Donor

Rating: 5

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!!!

4 Andreia R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.