We are saddened to announce the passing of our darling Termite Chausie. Termite had been in slow renal failure for some time; unfortunately, he took a sharp turn for the worse this week. Nonetheless, he passed away gently, comfortably, and peacefully on Sept. 27, 2017.
Our only male chausie, Termite, was a friendly guy who likes people and relishes attention from his caregivers. When he saw someone approaching, he would often make a typical jungle cat call that sounds like “wow.” Termite also mimicked sounds like “whoa,” “pow,” and “oh.” He was charismatic by nature and spent quite a bit of time posturing and poofing out his coat to show how big and tough he is. Miss Buggy Bengal Cat, his roommate, was rarely impressed...and neither were Termite’s sisters, Calamity and Tessa, who lived next door. Termite arrived in 2000, after earning his name at another location where he chewed through a wooden table leg and collapsed the whole thing!.
Cole’s unimaginable passing leaves a huge void in our hearts. She was a resident of the Conservators Center since she was an extremely young cub, and many of us watched her grow up into the independent, strong-willed girl we knew. It is hard just to describe how beloved Cole was -- her willingness to do somersaults for guests often left a profound impression on even the most disinterested visitor, and staff and volunteers adored her teddy-bear eyes and assertive attitude. She was our little superstar, and for many, a gateway into education about the world’s more obscure species.
We have lions, we have wolves, but we also had Cole Bearcat Binturong, who had a presence equally as powerful. In her five years of exuberant life -- she would have been five this week -- she impacted thousands of people. At the Conservators Center, that is all we can ask of any person or animal: for quiet moments like those, and for a quiet (or not-so-quiet) influence on those who only wish to learn and be educated. Cole Bearcat will be missed, but her legacy drives us onward.