CLaRF Report 2003 - 2006
I'm Bettina Krone, president of CLaRF, and I am going to share with
you some of our recent activities. We have been quite busy, so we are
combining our last three years of work in this report.
Several times we have mentioned two young panthers, Nacoche and
Chobee, who were nicknamed the "Mozart Kittens". Well, they are
definitely no kittens anymore! In fact, we estimate that both of them
are now about 30 inches at their shoulders. Nacoche weighs about 110
lbs, and Chobee approximately 140 lbs. We were gratified that CLaRF was
recognized in the museum's newsletter for putting up their playground
(see report 2002). The two panthers are thriving and have been using
the play structure so intensely that it needs maintenance. ClaRF is
going to sponsor maintenance to the structure as well as an addition to
it this year.
In Memoriam Hayetv, 1985 - 2003
In our first report in 2000 we introduced the enrichment program at
the Tlh Museum. One of the featured panthers (the one with the ball!)
was Hayetv. She passed away in August of 2003 after a good, long life.
She was such a sweet, gentle old soul - I shall always remember her.
Her spirit lives on in the lives of all the people who had the honor of
Hayetv, 1985 - 2003
The museum not only has two panthers, Nacoche and Chobee, but also
four bobcats: Paula, the only female, Jinx and Shotgun (the oldies) and
Robby, who has Addison's disease. CLaRF has been paying for all of the
cat's medical expenses and dietary supplements since 2004 will continue
to do so.
The museum has been in need of a facility where animals can be
examined and treated on the premises. The planning for this veterinary
room has been in the works for a while, and we are looking forward to
see it happen. CLaRF provided a contribution for this treatment
Our connection with the TLH Museum is a strong and lasting one. We
wish to thank Mike Jones, the Animal Curator, for his friendship and
continuous support of CLaRF. We also wish to thank the Executive
Director, Russell Daws, for letting CLaRF help with the cats' expenses.
And of course, we are also grateful for all the employees and
volunteers - their teamwork, friendship and continued support of CLaRF
have been part of why our work at the museum is such a rewarding
Prairie Wind Animal Refuge
In the 2000 report I mentioned that CLaRF supplied a grant to them
for the cat food. However, when we heard from them again in December
2004 we were informed that one of the directors, Michael Jurich, had an
accident and needed urgent help for hiring someone to care for the
cats. CLaRF was glad to provide them with an additional grant to
provide for another caretaker. I wish them all the best and hope
everything is working out. I you wish to contact them, write to:
Prairie Wind Animal Refuge, 22111 County Road 150, Agate, CO 80101.
(They are a 501(c)(3) organization).
International Exotic Feline Sanctuary (IEFS)
In 2003, I visited the International Exotic Feline Sanctuary in
Boyd, TX. I was quite impressed, finding it to be an interesting, well
maintained and spacious sanctuary, accredited by the American
Association of Zoos and Aquariums. They do a great job welcoming their
student interns, even providing them with a little guest house.
And when I met with Richard Gilbreth, the director, he told me about
a new enrichment program for the students. So we were happy to
reinforce their efforts by providing a grant to further support the
student's work. Below is the article in their newsletter about the
program. Please feel free to contact CLaRF if you would like additional
information, as complete reports are available.
In January of 2004 CLaRF paid for the food for a bobcat kitten,
brought to the Florida Wild Mammal Association. As part of his care, he
was taught some of the basic skills for living in the wild, and has
been successfully rehabilitated and released.
That was about two months before his release - he looks great!
- In 2003, Cat Life and Research Foundation became an member
of the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Since then, we
have attended two of their annual conferences, and made some very
- Please feel free to contact CLaRF if you would like to
receive more information on any of the items in this update, as we
usually have a full report available.
- Financial information is also available for the asking. You can
send a letter or an email, and we will respond promptly.
Cat Life Foundation
P.O. Box 16126
Tallahassee, FL 32317-6126
Phone: (850) 491-1300
Web Site: www.catlifefoundation.org