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    By Miriam Raftery

    December 23, 2017 (Alpine) – Bobbi Brink and her rescue team from Lions, Tigers and Bears in Alpine have spent much of December traveling to several southern states, rescuing five black bears and a white tiger cub. The white tiger cub will soon have a permanent new home at LTB in Alpine.

    According to Brink, the five-month-old white tiger cub had suffered severe neglect under a private owner in Louisiana, separated from its mother at far too early an age. “Despite her dire condition when first rescued, she has improved dramatically with proper veterinary care,’” Brink reports.  Watch her playful video here.

    Next, the team is headed to Alabama to pick up three black bears, one less than a year old, all being housed in very small enclosures. Then they rescued a Syrian brown bear and a black bear/grizzly bear hybrid in North Carolina.

    The bears were transported to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado, where they will enjoy open space to roam, some for the first time in their lives.

    To learn more or support the efforts of Lions, Tigers and Bears (a no-kill, no breed rescue facility), visit

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    By Miriam Raftery

    January 20, 2018 (Alpine) – Lions, Tigers in Bears in Alpine is having a contest to name its newest resident:  a recently rescued white tiger cub. 

    Here are the choices:

    NOLA: Short for New Orleans, Louisiana, where she was rescued from.

    MISSY: By chance, two of the women in Louisiana who were key in helping to rescue the cub are named Missy. We propose this name in their honor.

    ZOE: In honor of a longtime, dedicated supporter of LTB who works tirelessly on behalf of captive big cats and exotic animals. 

    CHARLIE: Suggested by LTB supporter Sundi, who won last year's auction package at Wild in the Country to join Bobbi on this life-saving rescue.

    SASSY: LTB volunteers use this word quite a bit to describe her playful, spunky nature!    

    How to Vote

    Simply make a donation of any amount to LTB and tell us your favorite name. Each vote equals $1, so if you make a $25 donation, that's 25 votes!

    Ways to Donate

    • Make a donation online of any amount, and include your name choice in the "Donation Note" field.
    • Call (619) 659-8078 x5 to vote by phone, and indicate which name you're voting for.
    • Mail a check to LTB at 24402 Martin Way, Alpine CA 91901, and include a note with your name choice

    Watch for updates on Facebook and upcoming e-newsletters to see which names are in the lead. Donate as often as you like, and as much as you like. The winning name will be announced on Valentine's Day, February 14th.

    Deadline to Vote

    Donations for votes must be received by Tuesday, February 13th at midnight. Votes will be applied based on all donations received by voting participants between January 11th and February 13th. Memberships, visits, or other purchases do not apply. 

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    By Miriam Raftery

    February 27, 2018 (Alpine) -- Bobbi Brink at Lions, Tigers and Bears posted photos of the exotic wildlife at her rescue sanctuary in Alpine reacting to today's heavy snowfall, including a pair of lions, a white tiger, and a rescued bobcat.

    Enjoy the views!


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    East County News Service

    January 30, 2018 (Alpine) - Lions Tigers & Bears, San Diego's only accredited big cat and exotic animal rescue, will host its annual springtime fundraiser, “Wild in the Country” on Saturday, May 19 from 3 to 7 p.m. This year's theme is Rock 'n' Roar.

    Located just outside Alpine on the edge of the Cleveland National Forest, the sanctuary is home to over 75 animals, 19 species in total, including African lions, Bengal tigers, American black bears, Himalayan black bears, grizzly bears, mountain lions, leopards, an African serval, bobcats and dozens of rescued ranch animals.

    Guests will enjoy al fresco dining in an idyllic country setting, plus live entertainment and the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime auction item experiences, all while in the company of the sanctuary's animals.

    This family-friendly event, the organization's largest fundraiser of the year, is open to the public and tickets are on sale now.

    What:            Wild in the Country: Rock 'n' Roar  

    When:           Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.  

    VIP reception: 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.  

    Where:          24402 Martin Way, Alpine, CA 91901 

    Tickets:         General Admission - $120

    VIP Admission - $300

    Children 12 and under - $45

    Tickets may be purchased online, or call (619) 659-8078 ext. 2. VIP tickets are sold through May 11, and include an exclusive reception hour and premier seating. General Admission tickets increase to $145 starting May 12. 

    Proceeds from Wild in the Country are a major source of funding to support the daily needs of the animals who live at Lions Tigers & Bears.

    About Lions Tigers & Bears

    Lions Tigers & Bears is a federally and state licensed 501(c)(3) nonprofit rescue facility dedicated to providing a safe haven to abused and abandoned exotic animals while inspiring an educational forum to end the exotic animal trade. Lions Tigers & Bears is a NO KILL, NO BREED and NO SELL facility that allows the animals in its care the opportunity to live out their lives with dignity in a caring and safe environment. Lions Tigers & Bears is one of the few sanctuaries in the United States with the highest level of accreditation from the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and the American Sanctuary Association.

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    By Miriam Raftery

    June 19, 2018 (Alpine) – Moka, a young rescued tiger, has arrived at the Lions, Tigers and Bears rescue facility in Alpine. The tiger was intercepted by Border Patrol agents when someone tired to smuggle him over the border and was temporarily cared for at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park before coming to the Alpine facility.

    <--break->Lions, Tigers and Bears is now raising funds for a new enclosure to house Moka and a white tiger cub, Nola, rescued recently from New Orleans and taken in by the rescue facility. You can donate here:

    Bobbi Brinks, founder of Lions, Tigers and Bears, provides details, along with this video of Moka’s first day, meeting keepers and catching a glimpse of Nola:

    It is a standard health practice for all new animals at LTB to be housed separately for a period of time before moving to one of the larger habitats. Moka is taking this time to settle in and get used to his new surroundings.

    He will be living the rest of his life here with our white tiger cub Nola, who was also rescued from the illegal animal trade. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made the decision to permanently transfer him to a sanctuary, since he is likely a hybrid of several tiger species, and therefore not a good candidate for the zoo's breeding program. Moka's story illustrates the importance of sanctuaries such as LTB, which are often an animal's last hope for safe refuge.

    This news comes as we launch our "No Place Like Home" campaign, and start to raise the needed funds to build the next habitat at LTB. This new multi-acre, open-air habitat will be complete with big cat creature comforts such as rocks, trees, large watering holes, natural rolling terrain, and wide-open space for Moka and Nola to romp around and relax in.

    We are grateful that Moka was one of the lucky ones to find his way to safety at a sanctuary. So many captive-bred animals are not this lucky, and that's why we work tirelessly to end the exotic animal trade and stop the unnecessary breeding, selling, suffering, and dumping of animals that come along with it.

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