|A Letter from the President
When the phone rang late one evening
in April of 95, little did know that my lifes direction
was about to change. The caller from Florida had heard I was looking
for a cat to use in a magic show and was offering two three-month
old lion cubs. I was most startled and unprepared for I had only
been considering for a few weeks. Upon their arrival I noticed
that one had bowed legs. The veterinarian verified two broken
legs caused by a severe calcium deficiency from improper feeding.
Rejecting the recommendation to put her down, I gave Sheba mega-doses
of calcium and other vitamins and did not allow her to walk for
two weeks. Most of the time I carried her in my arms or across
my shoulders, or she was placed in a small carrier. Sheba healed
and is now my most loving and favorite cat. This brought the plight
of exotic cats and their needs to my attention.
Addressing this with my wife, Dr. Marge
Maxwell, the decision was made to do something. We created
Project Noah, Inc., a tax-exempt nonprofit Kentucky corporation,
to educate as many people as possible that together we can all
make a difference!
Our goal is to build a facility which will have
a variety of species on exhibit in spacious enclosures. An educational center
with dorm rooms, dining and lecture rooms, and technology lab etc., will be
built for summer enrichment camps and use by local and regional schools,
churches, civic and interest groups. Also needed is an on site clinic to care
for the injured or sick animals, a food preparation and freezer area, and a barn
for storage of equipment and building materials.
The more I learn of the Amur Leopards,
Black Rhinos, Asian Lions, Ocelots , Jaguars, Black-footed cats
of Africa, the more I want to see them saved. With your help, I think we can
make a difference in these critical situations. Extinction
is forever and when preventable, totally unacceptable.
Herald Maxwell, President, Project Noah,