Duke was rescued from a Coryell County property. All of the animals on the property were found living in very poor environmental conditions. Conditions inside the dwelling were deemed dangerous for both the humans and animals. Duke along with Duchess, Pince and Princess were brought to IEAS after a judge granted permanent custody of the 300 plus animals rescued from the property to the Houston SPCA. On March 8th, with the help of the Houston Zoo and the Houston SPCA, the four arrived at their new home. Duke didn't take long to get settled in. He was out exploring his new habitat his first night. By the second day, he was already welcoming visitors by walking up to the fence and sitting with them as they worked. He is very comfortable with his surroundings, and his favorite spots tend to be his cave or lying in the grass. Duke is one of many animals at IEAS that benefits from the Emotional Enrichment Program.
He is a very outgoing and friendly cougar.