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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: Tiger Missing Link Foundation''s mission is to conserve genetic diversity while preserving captive tigers and educating people to provide sustainability for these endangered species.

Programs: The foundation is working in Tiger Conservation, Education, and Animal Welfare serves internationally with a strong focus within the USA. The conservation is to help save tigers from extinction by conserving genetic diversity and eliminate all inbreeding. This is being accomplished by convincing wildlife conservation groups, zoos' and the private breeders of tigers that DNA testing is needed. Our organization has implemented a frame work for proper captive management of tigers. These programs will assist in strengthening the genetic pool of all captive tigers, both in zoos and the NGO sector by bringing all tiger and tiger owners together under one umbrella.The Foundation provides an educational program known as "S.T.R.I.P.E" Saving Tigers through Research Involving Public Education and is for schools, civic groups and fraternal organizations to learn all about the tigers and their plight. There is an on-line resource known as the Tiger Learning Center at (www.tigerlink.org). The agency is also working with in the East Texas Region to facilitate, cultivate or stimulate youth of all ages with a focus on disadvantaged youth to pursue science as a major for professional fields.The third-role that is served is the rescue and rehabilitation of big cats that have been displaced, abused or neglected, this service is through our Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge (www.tigercreek.org) which is a division of Tiger Missing Link Foundation (www.tigerlink.org) as a registered DBA (assumed name) operating in Smith County Texas.Future direction includes a Tiger Response Unit to assist with medical and dental needs of captive tigers and related husbandry concerns and genetic testing.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Brian167

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Awesome Charity, great work from a grassroots organization

Review from Guidestar

1

Former staff

Rating: 1

How can anyone say "awesome charity" when the executive director has borrowed over $500,000 (along with his salary) while some of the cats continue to wait on larger habitats? That money could have went a long way. Please do your research and request current financials before making a decision regarding this charity.

Review from Guidestar

Advisor

Rating: 5

Awesome Charity, the executive director is VERY transparent when approached in person. Clearly being attacked by cyber trolls with untruths!!!

Review from Guidestar

Previous Stories
7

Board Member

Rating: 5

Has anyone here commenting on salaries asked why the salaries are so high? No

But to answer this question: For the first 10-years the Werner's did not draw a salary, it was collected or reflected on the books / financials but never drawn.
Well despite this the IRS expects to tax and collect 941-employment taxes on salaries including deferred compensation.
So no matter what the Werner's drew or left or donated back the IRS still taxes and thus it’s an accounting measure reflected on the financials despite what the Werner's donate back.

People are quick to judge!

2 Susan482

Donor

Rating: 1

I would advise that people read over the form 990's. Take a look at salaries but then also look at the section on loans to key employees. For the fiscal year of 2014 a key employee owed the non-profit $595,563. His salary reported on that form is $323,973.

Another question I would recommend asking, is why aren't the habitats, mentioned in the review from 3/2015 below, finished YET?

That they allow the key employees to have outstanding loans of half a million dollars (at least in 2014) and have not completed an important project like habitats for the cats, is the reason I rate this non-profit as only one star. My "role" should be listed as "Former Donor"

Review from Guidestar

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Exciting work at Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge for 2014-2015. We've just completed a capital expansion of more than $1 million. This includes the construction of the last 6 habitats, the staff should be able to complete them over the next 12 months. Now the 1st phase of development is that much closer to completion. Additional improvements for 2015 include paved walk ways for guest, clearing land for the new veterinarian science center and the future visitors orientation center as well as much needed parking space that was tested with more than 2,000 park visitors during Spring Break.

Great job tiger staff,

B. Werner
Executive Director

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wonderful and exciting growth, new developments are looking amazing. New habitats, new buildings, new public access areas.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

I had the honor of meeting the executive director and his wife, my planned short visit turned into a 2-hour sit down. I have never seen anyone more dedicated to animals in my entire life. This man had a wealth of knowledge and insight to the issues involving big cats especially tigers. And I could instantly see in his eyes and expression how compassionate he is about his work. Like the old saying goes, Still Waters Run Deep; I could tell that this man is gifted and he clearly works around the clock because he instantly responded to a personal thank you email that I sent out to him at 2:30 am.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've actually seen Tiger Creek in-person. And its new structures are amazing. Here's the real question that everyone should be asking: If I was a big cat in the USA where would I want to live? And hands down, I can honestly say Tiger Creek. Go see for yourself!

Review from Guidestar

3 Cheryl67

Donor

Rating: 4

I have been a donor for many years and I am very happy with Mr. Werner. I think he is doing an amazing job. I will continue to donate for years to come.

13

Donor

Rating: 1

As a current member, and someone who has donated several hundred dollars in the last five years, I am rather stunned to find out about the excessive salaries taken by the top positions of the organization.

Deferred compensation or not, the numbers indicate that TMLF/TCWR is not quite the "Labor of Love" professed publicly by this charity's administrators.

I won't be renewing my membership when it expires in 2014.