Through my CD, Urban Monk and supporting various fundraising efforts to raise awareness about the plight of endangered tigers, I am grateful to know Bear Creek Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary, which was founded in 1989 by Werner Ebner. They are a volunteer driven Private Foundation registered charity dedicated to the survival of rare and endangered species. Werner’s partner Mary and her heroic crew are also involved in humane wildlife rescue and rehabilitation of animals involved in public concerns, and they provide a safe haven for unwanted, abused and injured exotic and zoo surplus animals. At Bear Creek they house over 100 animals, some of which are the most beautiful and most rare species from around the world. These animals require enormous care and resources, all of which are provided by Mary and her selfless army of angel volunteers. Some of these volunteers are my closest friends and I am humbled by their efforts and sacrifices for the support of animals and giving them a better quality of life.

Bear Creek is not only currently housing and caring for animals, they are also educating and raising awareness about the plight of indigenous, exotic and endangered species. The greater the knowlege we have of the creatures we share the land with, the better chance we have of preserving our way of life. Part of this enormous undertaking is the education of our children to understand and respect the value of the creatures around us. For many of the animals, Bear Creek was the last resort prior to euthanasia. None of the animals in any of the photos were the baby tigers abused, tranqullized etc. These pictures are for promoting awareness - not to abuse the animal and not for blind amusement. Of course baby tigers are incredibly cute we know they are not house cats. These baby tigers are being taken care of and giving them love and playing with them at this stage in their lives is a blessing for them as much as it is for us and their caretakers. 
Some have suggested that we are supporting the raising of baby tigers as pets - that is far from the case. This is not a circus either. If Bear Creek did not take these animals in, they would likely die, be mistreated, or euthanized. Yes, our ultimate goal would be for every animal to live in its natural habitat, that is our vision. In the interim, there are animals that will die if they were not taken in. 

You can support Bear Creek Sanctuary by visiting their website or contact me if you would like a tour for a donation to the centre. I am always free to make that happen, the Bear Creek team are incredible and every penny donated gets used for the animals and their care.

I am also working with others to continue learning more about the plight of tigers worldwide and hoping that we can raise the awareness to the point where these amazing creatures can live a dignified life in their ideal habitat and are no longer an endangered species.

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