Colorado Sanctuary Home to 39 Tigers Once Owned By Tiger King's Joe Exotic: They're 'Happier'

Colorado Sanctuary Home to 39 Tigers Once Owned By Tiger King's Joe Exotic: They're 'Happier'

While watching Netflix’s wildly-successful docu-series Tiger King, many may wonder ‘What happened to all of Joe Exotic’s animals?’

The first season of the show concludes with the G.W. Zoo’s former owner, Joseph Maldonado-Passage, who goes by the name Joe Exotic, in jail for a murder-for-hire plot and the zoo under the new ownership of Jeff Lowe, but little is said of the current state of the G.W. Zoo’s tigers.

Kent Drotar, the public relations director of the Wild Animal Sanctuary, has some answers. Thirty-nine of the tigers and three black bears formerly under Joe Exotic’s care are now living in the expansive habitats of Keenesburg, Colorado sanctuary.

The Wild Animal Sanctuary as a non-profit consists of two properties: The Wild Animal Sanctuary itself — the 40-year-old, 789-acre home for wild animals rescued from neglectful and often illegal situations — and the Wild Animal Refuge, a close to 10,000-acre property in a remote part of southeastern Colorado acquired 2 years ago to provide even more space for the sanctuary’s rescues. The Wild Animal Sanctuary and the Wild Animal Refuge do not breed their animals and do not allow guests or keepers to have hands-on contact with the animals.

Between the two locations, the Wild Animal Sanctuary is currently caring for around 550 animals.

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“We are almost the complete anthesis to what those other places do,” Drotar told PEOPLE, referring to the private zoos depicted in Tiger King. “We rescue and give permanent homes to animals that come from situations like that.”

According to Drotar, about 80% of the sanctuary’s residents, among them lions, jaguars, tigers, wolves, bears, ostriches and more, arrive there after being confiscated by a law enforcement agencies. Often this is by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) or U.S. Fish and Wildlife, which seize abused and/or illegally-owned wild animals and then place those animals in appropriate sanctuaries once the legal proceedings connected to the animal’s seizure are complete.

The other 20% are animals that are willfully surrendered by owners to the Wild Animal Sanctuary. Sometimes, owners moving to Colorad

Read more: https://people.com/pets/colorado-sanctuary-caring-for-tiger-king-joe-exotic-cats/

'An Opportunity to Be Our Best': Coronavirus Volunteers Rally Behind George H. W. Bush's Points of Light

'An Opportunity to Be Our Best': Coronavirus Volunteers Rally Behind George H. W. Bush's Points of Light

Local volunteers and organizations are rallying behind George H. W. Bush‘s foundation, Points of Light, to promote good works they’re doing in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“In less than one week, we have shifted our mission to meet the academic, emotional and nutritional needs of our students, their families and the most vulnerable members of the Brooklyn community,” said Dana Rachlin, the executive director of NYC Together, in an Instagram video posted on March 26. “We have been able to provide 15 students with devices for remote learning, along with hire local people who have been laid off to facilitate 15-plus hours a week of virtual tutoring. also provided care packages for meals while school is out.”

Rachlin tagged area businesses that provided food and resources as well as #LocalLight — the new volunteering initiative created by Points of Light.

Before the coronavirus brought much of the world to a standstill last month and and almost everyone was urged to stay indoors to avoid spreading the infection, the volunteerism-focused nonprofit planned to announce April as its first-ever “Global Volunteer Month.”

Now that the pandemic threatens the way of life for many people, the leaders at Points of Light, including Neil Bush, the late president’s son and chairman of the foundation, hope the initiative can help those made most vulnerable by the pandemic — including by promoting “virtual volunteerism.”

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@nyctogetherorg & @nypdpbbn has been busy. Extremely grateful for our donors that include: @jonnyshipes / @cinematicmusicgroup @jimmysdinerbrooklyn / @anellabk & @thinkcoffeenyc and all of the members of the community who contributed through 💰 💻 🥦! #brooklyn #community #coronavirus #LocalLight @pointsoflight

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Read more: https://people.com/politics/coronavirus-volunteers-rally-behind-george-h-w-bush-points-of-light/

Kourtney Kardashian Defends Her Work Ethic, Says 'Raising Children Is a Job' After KUWTK Fight

Kourtney Kardashian Defends Her Work Ethic, Says 'Raising Children Is a Job' After KUWTK Fight

Kourtney Kardashian is speaking out after her sisters, Kim Kardashian West and Khloé Kardashian, accused her of not having a strong work ethic on a recent episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

The reality star, 40, defended herself against the accusations in a series of tweets on Thursday ahead of the second part of the season 18 premiere, writing on Twitter, “I won’t be live tweeting #KUWTK tonight, as I’m spending time with my kids while they are on spring break.”

“I realize that a lot of the conversation right now surrounds my work ethic, and I feel like I need to just make one thing clear: raising children is a job as well,” she wrote. “In fact, it’s the hardest and most rewarding job that I have ever had. I’ve decided to put my focus on my kids and my lifestyle brand, Poosh, which is all about finding YOUR healthy balance for living your best life.”

She continued, “I don’t judge anyone who chooses a different route, and I hope that everyone can appreciate my choices as well.”

it’s the hardest and most rewarding job that I have ever had. I’ve decided to put my focus on my kids and my lifestyle brand, Poosh, which is all about finding YOUR healthy balance for living your best life.

— Kourtney Kardashian (@kourtneykardash) April 3, 2020

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I don’t judge anyone who chooses a different route, and I hope that everyone can appreciate my choices as well. With love, Kourt

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Kourtney is mom to daughter Penelope Scotland, 7, and sons Mason Dash, 10, and Reign Aston, 5, with whom she shares with ex Scott Disick.

During the season 18 premiere of KUWTK, Kourtney and her sister Kim, 39, got into an aggressive altercation over long-simmering tensions about the Poosh creator’s boundaries when it comes to filming their reality show. After Kim accused her sister of not having a strong work ethic, the fight escalated.

Earlier this week, Kim admitted that their argument got “pretty intense” and the two had to take a break from fi

Read more: https://people.com/parents/kourtney-kardashian-defends-work-ethic-says-raising-children-is-a-job/

Drew Barrymore Hilariously Tries Stella McCartney's Staircase Challenge: 'I Will Try Anything'

Drew Barrymore Hilariously Tries Stella McCartney's Staircase Challenge: 'I Will Try Anything'

Drew Barrymore is always up for a good challenge!

The actress and Flower Beauty founder, 45, shared a video of herself trying out designer Stella McCartney‘s staircase challenge on Instagram on Thursday.

Wrapping herself in a colorful shag run, Barrymore hilariously attempted to slide down her staircase in much the same way that McCartney, 48, did in her own video.

“@stellamccartney for you, I will try anything… #StellaStaircase challenge! @jimmyfallon I nominate you to try next!
#StellaCommUnity #Stellavision,” Barrymore wrote in the caption.

But as Barrymore began the process she found she couldn’t quite get a smooth slide down the stairs.

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@stellamccartney for you, I will try anything… #StellaStaircase challenge! @jimmyfallon I nominate you to try next! #StellaCommUnity #Stellavision

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DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME! My staircase is keeping me occupied… what are you guys doing to fill the time? x Stella #StellaCommUnity #Stellavision #StellaMcCartney #StellaStaircase

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“This isn’t going well,” she said. “I don’t think this is the way it’s supposed to look. Why do you always look so cool?”

As she slid a bit farther down, Barrymore’s face peeked out from her rug as she said, “I hope this satisfies.”

Barrymore challenged her good friend Jimmy Fallon to post his own video.

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The actress has been busy at home as she’s quarantined in her California home. Barrymore has begun to frequently share Instagram videos of her beauty discoveries.

Earlier this month, Barrymore took a moment to check in with her followers following the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I can’t sleep. I’m puffy; I’m swollen; I’m confused; I’m stressed; I’m nervous; I’m watching the news,” she said on Instagram. “I’m reminded of all the craziness, and I think I would be embarrassed not to acknowledge how every

Read more: https://people.com/movies/drew-barrymore-tries-stella-mccartneys-staircase-challenge/

Prince Charles Has a Sweet Nod to Prince George in His Home Office — and It Almost Went Unnoticed!

Prince Charles Has a Sweet Nod to Prince George in His Home Office — and It Almost Went Unnoticed!

Eagle-eyed royal watchers got a special treat while viewing a new video of Prince Charles speaking from his private office at his Birkhall home in Scotland: a throwback photo of his first grandchild, Prince George.

The royal heir released the video message on Wednesday, just two days after coming out of self-isolation following his positive coronavirus diagnosis last week. As the prince paid tribute to healthcare workers and shared solidarity with those finding the enforced isolation difficult, fans got a glimpse of a few personal family photos around the room.

In addition to a framed shot of his mother Queen Elizabeth, father Prince Philip and late grandmother the Queen Mother, the royal also has a sweet snap of little George on display.

The photo behind Charles’s right shoulder shows the young royal in a blue and white jumper and a white sun hat — the same outfit that was first seen in another royal address from the future King.

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While promoting Earth Hour (a global grassroots movement uniting people to take action on environmental issues and protect the planet) in 2015, Charles released a video message that included a previously-unseen photo of the Prince of Wales tenderly holding a baby Prince George, who looked as cute as ever.

The two heirs to the throne have a special relationship. Charles has been sharing his green thumb with his grandson. The duo planted trees at Charles’s home, Highgrove House, in 2015.

While filming the documentary, Elizabeth at 90, in 2016, Prince William and Prince Harry noted a key similarity between Prince George and grandfather Prince Charles.

“He walks just like George!” Harry said to William as they watched footage of their father as a toddler striding across the lawn at Windsor, almost marching in style.

“Or George walks like him!” added Harry, to which William noted: “It’s a purposeful walk!”

George and his siblings Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, who turns 2 on April 23, have joined the rest of the royal family in showing their support to healthcare workers on the front lines of the coronavirus. Kate Middleton and Prince William‘s three

Read more: https://people.com/royals/prince-charles-has-a-sweet-nod-to-prince-george-in-his-home-office-and-it-almost-went-unnoticed/

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