Lions, Tigers & Bears
24402 Martin Way
Alpine CA 91901
Contact Information
Address 24402 Martin Way
Alpine, CA 91901
Telephone (619) 659-8078
Fax 619 659-8841
E-mail members@lionstigersandbears.org
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2003
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $515,000.00
Projected Expenses $575,000.00
Projected Annual Revenue $515,000.00 (2014)
Description
Founded in 2003, by Bobbi Brink in Alpine, Ca, Lions Tigers & Bears (LTB) is a state and federally licensed, 501 (c) (3) non-profit, exotic animal rescue and educational facility bordering the Cleveland National Forest. LTB is one of only 13 legitimate Big Cat Sanctuaries in the United States, and the only one in San Diego. The 93-acre ranch is currently home to 17 species, including Bengal Tigers, African Lions, Bobcats,  Mountain Lion, African Serval, a Leopard and  Black Bears.
 
The mission of LTB is to provide a safe haven for rescued Big Cats and other animals that have been abused, neglected or otherwise harmed due to human interaction. At LTB, our goal is to create public awareness about the growing population of abandoned exotic animals and to educate the community on how to responsibly interact with wild animals in their natural environment.  We are a no kill, no breed, no sell rescue and educational facility that allow exotic animals the opportunity to live out their lives with dignity in a safe and caring environment.
 
Our goals include:
- Rescue a sustainable number of exotic animals that have been abused, confiscated or are in danger
- Provide comfortable shelter, nutrition, health needs and caring attention to the animals currently in our care
- Maintain a clean habitat for the animals using the highest safety standards
- Participate with others to help promote legislation to ensure captive animals receive responsible lifetime homes
- Arouse community awareness and interest by educating the public about the plight of all exotic big cats, black bears and other animals (both captive and wild) and providing information about how we can help them survive.
Budget --
Category Animal-Related, General/Other
Population Served US, ,
Short Term Success
Raising awarness to media and the public on the plight of wild animals being abused or neglected.
Long term Success
To create a space and facility for all abused and neglected wild animals in the United States to come to and be cared for, for the rest of their natural lives with dignity and respect.
Program Success Monitored By
Through monitoring animal activities through staten and national wildlife organizations, we should see a drop in the amount of animals that need rescuing and ultimately, the number of animals that are put down as a result of limited resources to house them.
Examples of Program Success
The facility has the potential to meet a maximum amount of animals that it can rescue and care for. When the facility has reached the maximum, it has achieved success. However, its education and outreach to other sanctuaries will for ever be ongoing.
Statements
Mission Statement
Lions, Tigers & Bears is dedicated to providing a safe haven for unwanted and abused exotic animals and providing an educational platform to inform the public about the plight behind the exotic animal trade.
 
Background Statement
Founded in 2003, by Bobbi Brink in Alpine, Ca, Lions Tigers & Bears (LTB) is a state and federally licensed, 501 (c) (3) non-profit, exotic animal rescue and educational facility bordering the Cleveland National Forest. LTB is one of only  a few legitimate Big Cat Sanctuaries in the United States, and the only one in San Diego. The 93-acre ranch is currently home to 17 species, including Bengal Tigers, African Lions, Bobcats,  Mountain Lion, African Serval, Black Bears and a Leopard.
 
The mission of LTB is to provide a safe haven for rescued Big Cats and other animals that have been abused, neglected or otherwise harmed due to human interaction. At LTB, our goal is to create public awareness about the growing population of abandoned exotic animals and to educate the community on how to responsibly interact with wild animals in their natural environment.  We are a no kill, no breed, no sell rescue and educational facility that allows exotic animals the opportunity to live out their lives with dignity in a safe and caring environment.
 
Our goals include:
- Rescue a sustainable number of exotic animals that have been abused, confiscated or are in danger
- Provide comfortable shelter, nutrition, health needs and caring attention to the animals currently in our care
- Maintain a clean habitat for the animals using the highest safety standards
- Participate with others to help promote legislation to ensure captive animals receive responsible lifetime homes
- Arouse community awareness and interest by educating the public about the plight of all exotic big cats, black bears and other animals (both captive and wild) by providing information about how we can help them survive for future generations
Impact Statement
Our top three accomplishments from the past year include:
1) Coordinated the rescue of nine captive bears from the state of Ohio and placed them at reputable sanctuaries in five states.
2) Opening up our sanctuary to provide a lifetime home to one of these rescued bears, Maddie.
3) Increased exposure of our sanctuary within the community.
Needs Statement
Our organization's top 5 most pressing needs are:
1) Increase visitors to the ranch to broaden awareness of the exotic animal trade and the importance of sanctuaries. 
2) Increase volunteer base, including volunteer retention.
3) Create a sustainable financial strategy in which revenue generated is in excess of current expenses.  
4) Create more habitat space for more animals in need of rescue.
5) Expand educational outreach program initiatives. 


CEO/Executive Director Statement
I started Lions Tigers & Bears here in San Diego to address the exotic animal trade and the growing crisis of abandoned and abused big cats. Sadly, more tigers live in captivity today than in the wild - many of them in shockingly horrific conditions, due to poor tracking records and inadequate regulation.
 
Today, our rescued animals at LTB need your assistance. Your generosity can help enrich the lives of our rescued animals, and those who are suffering a loss in natural habitat, as well as those caught up in the illegal breeding trade. The lives of these magnificent exotic animals seem bleak as many big cats are poorly cared for and live in horrible conditions around the world.
 
San Diego's only exotic animal rescue, LTB has established a solid reputation as a model animal sanctuary since its founding in 2003. In 2011 we rescued a California Black Bear yearling named Liberty at the request of the California Department of Fish & Game. As California's human population continues to grow and encroach into wildlife habitat, wild animals lose their natural ways due to human interaction, which ultimately results in death for the animal. At the request of a Fish & Game warden, LTB welcomed Liberty, the 60 pound cub to our sanctuary and began construction of a habitat to provide her a natural environment as close as possible to her original home.
 
Liberty's story is one example of what our primary goal is at LTB. We give our rescued animals a lifetime home and provide healthy diets, medical care, immunizations and all that is necessary for the physical and psychological welfare of each animal in our care.
 
Through the generous contributions of our members and corporate community partners, we built a 4-acre bear habitat at our sanctuary for Liberty and two other rescued bears, Blossom and Delilah. We now have a total of six bears and are working on a second bear habitat.
 
We hope to share our vision and dedication to preserve threatened and formerly abused animals with you. Your generosity can help enrich the lives of our rescued animals who have experienced a loss in natural environment and help educate our future generations about animal preservation.
Board Chair Statement

Two full grown Bengal tigers sharing a 6' x 12' chain-link cage in the sweltering hot Texas sun for 5 years......an emaciated young bobcat barely alive in an abandoned backyard rabbit hutch, with rotting teeth, infested by fleas, long-forgotten by those who imprisoned him there......two 10-year old black bears, waiting in a cash-strapped zoo, hoping someone will come to rescue them...

 These are just three of of the heartbreaking stories we wake up to every day. Can we afford to take them? What if we don't? Are there others out there who would help - can we find them?

For those of us who cannot turn our backs, our ongoing challenge is to find like-minded partners who can provide the funds needed to rescue these animals.

Success is watching two full-grown Bengal tigers, named Raja and Natasha, climbing and running through their open-sky habitat, splashing in their pool, lying on soft green grass......being greeted every day by a healthy bobcat named Bob who has all the food he needs and companions to frolic and play with......seeing black bears Blossom and Delilah, romp in their new forever 3-acre home, assured of a lifetime of loving care.

This is the reason I founded and donate my time to Lions Tigers & Bears. This is the reason I wake up every day. No matter how big the challenge, the reward is always greater.

 

 

Service Categories
Wildlife Sanctuaries
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Areas
CA
National
Our sanctuary is located in Alpine, CA in Southern California. However, we serve the entire United States, as our primary mission is to rescue any exotic animal that needs a lifetime home. Current residents have come from as far away as Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio and Louisiana.
Comments
Board Chair Statement

Two full grown Bengal tigers sharing a 6' x 12' chain-link cage in the sweltering hot Texas sun for 5 years......an emaciated young bobcat barely alive in an abandoned backyard rabbit hutch, with rotting teeth, infested by fleas, long-forgotten by those who imprisoned him there......two 10-year old black bears, waiting in a cash-strapped zoo, hoping someone will come to rescue them...

 These are just three of of the heartbreaking stories we wake up to every day. Can we afford to take them? What if we don't? Are there others out there who would help - can we find them?

For those of us who cannot turn our backs, our ongoing challenge is to find like-minded partners who can provide the funds needed to rescue these animals.

Success is watching two full-grown Bengal tigers, named Raja and Natasha, climbing and running through their open-sky habitat, splashing in their pool, lying on soft green grass......being greeted every day by a healthy bobcat named Bob who has all the food he needs and companions to frolic and play with......seeing black bears Blossom and Delilah, romp in their new forever 3-acre home, assured of a lifetime of loving care.

This is the reason I founded and donate my time to Lions Tigers & Bears. This is the reason I wake up every day. No matter how big the challenge, the reward is always greater.

 

 

Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Is your organization a member of Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)? No
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization2009
East County Chamber of Commerce2003
External Assessment and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
American Sanctuary Association2004
Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance2009
Charity Navigator2008
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Mark Brink
Company Affiliation CEO
Email brinkdsign@aol.com
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Ms. Bobbi Brink Voting
Mr. Mark Brink Voting
Ms. Susan Burchett Voting
Ms. April Jones Voting
Dr. David Judy MemberVoting
Ms. Julie Schuettenhelm Voting
Ms. Jackie Smith MemberVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 0
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Bobbi Brink
Company Affiliation Founder/CFO
Email brinkdsign@aol.com
Risk Manangemnt Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Blanket Personal Property
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mark Brink
Term Start Dec 2003
Email Brinkdsign@aol.com
Compensation none
Experience
Lions Tigers & Bears, Director and Founder, 2003-Current
Operates a federally and state licensed non-profit 501(c)(3) facility by managing and maintaining a sanctuary for abandoned and rescued exotic animals and provinding them shelter, safety and enrichment,  LTB provides a safe haven for rescued cats and other exotic wildlife, while educating the public about the growing population of abandoned animals.
 
Co-CEO
Co-CEO Brink
Staff
Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 115
Contractors 0
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Apr 01 2013
Fiscal Year End Mar 31 2014
Projected Revenue $515,000.00
Projected Expenses $575,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS Letter of Determination of Tax Exempt Status
IRS Letter of Determination
Form 990s
9902012
9902011
9902010
9902009
9902008
9902007
Detail Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$95,424$45,503$0
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$390,165$295,880$256,288
$0$0$0
$172,533$106,317$23,435
Investment Income, Net of Losses$29$18$11
Membership Dues$117,872$55,677$60,593
Special Events$10,982$11,062$118,344
Revenue In-Kind$279,744$88,229$160,474
Other$845$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$544,528$311,427$327,606
Administration Expense$135,681$118,068$90,414
Fundraising Expense$62,241$45,857$60,494
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.531.291.29
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%72%68%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue13%13%16%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$1,265,204$900,733$767,951
Current Assets$202,626$93,780$47,285
Long-Term Liabilities$46,660$19,000$19,000
Current Liabilities$39,063$27,396$21,546
Total Net Assets$1,179,481$854,337$727,405
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.193.422.19
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets4%2%2%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Additional Documents
Nonprofit Lions, Tigers & Bears
Address 24402 Martin Way
Alpine, CA 91901
Primary Phone 619 659-8078
CEO/Executive Director Mark Brink
Board Chair Mark Brink
Board Chair Company Affiliation CEO
Year of Incorporation 2003

 

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