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The PrideRock story begins in the late ’80s in Abilene, Texas, when Gary and Carol Holliman adopted a pair of Siberian Huskies, Boris and Natasha. Their love for these dogs sparked their interest in wolf hybrids.

In 1991, their first hybrid, Kina, joined the family followed by Konee shortly after. Despite their initial intention to breed and sell the cubs, their love for the animals led them to keep all the offspring they produced.

the love grew

As their love for canines grew, Carol and Gary developed a passion for big cats. In the early ‘90s, they purchased a twelve-day-old cougar, named Cayman, raising him from a young cub.

This experience not only raised their awareness of the challenges faced by exotic cats in captivity but also highlighted the significant responsibility of caring for such animals. They immediately recognized the need to help abused, abandoned, and neglected big cats, as well as those confiscated or surrendered and founded Pride & Pack, a Texas non-profit corporation.

Despite their efforts, they realized that the number of animals in need of rehoming was overwhelming. To expand their impact, they sought public support and rebranded as PrideRock Wildlife Refuge in 1998.

PrideRock Wildlife Refuge has rescued and cared for more than 70 animals.

This includes lions, tigers, cougars, bears, and a hyena with additional support provided to canines.

Their commitment to providing lifelong care for these animals has been unwavering especially in light of changing legislation regulating exotic animal trafficking, which underscores the necessity of facilities like PrideRock.

PrideRock Wildlife Refuge has rescued and cared for more than 70 animals.

This includes lions, tigers, cougars, bears, and a hyena with additional support provided to canines.

Their commitment to providing lifelong care for these animals has been unwavering especially in light of changing legislation regulating exotic animal trafficking, which underscores the necessity of facilities like PrideRock.

Though a blog post cannot capture the full scope of their work, the stories of these animals and the dedication of Carol and Gary Holliman may one day fill a book showcasing their profound impact and the love they’ve shared with these magnificent creatures.

Sadly, Gary passed away in November 2022. Gary took great pride in the daily operations as well as raising awareness about the endangered and precious animals that came into PrideRock’s care. He is greatly missed and is never forgotten as his wife, Carol, family, and extended family carry on his legacy of unconditional love and service to all, no matter the circumstances.

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