Isabella and her companions, Barnum and Big John, were confiscated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Brownsville, TX because of violations of the Endangered Species Act, the Lacey Act and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. They were part of the Spanish Circus that was on its way back to Spain. Isabella, Big John and Barnum were cramped in a small trailer along with ponies and camels and kept in deplorable conditions. The tigers were hot, underfed, thirsty and just about lost all will to live. They were transferred to a temporary home near Brownsville until IEAS stepped in to offer these helpless animals a second chance at a better life. IEAS worked non-stop to get a habitat constructed in order to get these tigers out of the conditions they were living in. With the help of the local community and other organizations, the money was raised and the habitat was constructed. These tigers who were once kept in a cramped, hot trailer, and to the point of no hope, now enjoy a 15,000 square foot habitat with perches to lie on, two running pools and trees for shade. They are now living the life they rightly deserved from the beginning. This was truly a fairy tale ending for all involved. Isabella is one of many animals that has benefited from the Emotional Enrichment Program.
Isabella was named by the Stevenson Foundation of Houston who made a generous donation in order to build her habitat. Isabella is a very playful and instinctual feline. She is always aware of any movements outside or inside her habitat and she watches everything very closely. She is also a big flirt with Barnum and Big John. She is usually the instigator with any tiffs between her and John. While waiting to be fed, she is always nipping at John's legs, trying to start trouble.