Deschutes Public Library News
What In The World Is A Coatimundi?
Posted By: Liz Goodrich
Date Posted: 7/2/2003
Jenny Quincey and some of her animal friends from Exoticatz visit the Sisters Library on Monday, July 14th at 6:00 p.m. and the Redmond Library on Saturday, July 19th at 2:00 p.m.
“People shouldn’t try and keep wild animals for pets,” says Quincey, Executive Director of Exoticatz Wildlife Retreat. “They belong in their natural environments and not in someone’s backyard.” Exoticatz Wildlife Retreat is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a safe and natural environment for captive bred wild animals and alternative livestock, says Quincey. “In addition to our educational outreach programs, we assist in placing unwanted or mistreated captive bred wild animals into permanent facilities around the country.” Raising a wild animal is risky and expensive, states Quincey. “People don’t know what they are getting into when they take that cute and cuddly lion, tiger or bear home with them. Wild animals are just that…WILD…ALWAYS.” People who can no longer care for their wild animals often turn to Quincey for help. Others arrive under much sadder circumstances, including Gandolph the Coatimundi. Coatimundis are members of the Raccoon family, and require constant care. Gandolph was bred for profit by an exotic animal broker. Once the amount of care began to outpace his market value, the broker dropped him at an animal rescue facility. “It really is sad,” says Quincey.
Don’t miss this chance to view some of Quincey’s magnificent friends at the Sisters and Redmond Libraries. You’ll be close enough to hear them purr! Both programs are free and open to the public. For more information about Exoticatz, please visit them at www.exoticatz.org. For information about this or other library programs, please call 312-1032.