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Amanda the Tiger

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AMANDA

Female Tiger

Born 1/1/96

Rescued 9/28/11

 

Amanda the tiger at Big Cat Rescue

Arthur, Andre and Amanda were born in 1996 in New Jersey to be used as pay-to-play photo props.  It never makes sense to breed more cubs to raise money to feed last year’s cats, and the New Jersey facility fell into disrepair and then was shut down after USDA revoked their license following a tiger escape.
In 2003, Wild Animal Orphanage took in the 24 tigers but big cats have big appetites and by 2010 the Wild Animal Orphanage was in bankruptcy.
It took over a year to find permanent homes for all of the cats because it is hard to place a big cat who will cost $10,000 per year in food and vet care.
Amazingly, an anonymous donor couple who had known these tigers as cubs fortuitously stepped in to fund the ongoing care of these three lucky tigers who came to Big Cat Rescue in 2011.

Amanda is the most timid of the three tigers.

She is very shy and six months after her rescue will still slink away to hide when people approach her enclosure.

She is being worked with daily through the operant conditioning program to build a trusting relationship between her and her Keepers.

The operant conditioning program is a critical tool used at the sanctuary to ensure the cats in our care are comfortable and happy.

By rewarding the simple act of approaching an operant trainer to receive a food treat Amanda will overtime begin to associate her human caregivers with a positive experience and thus will become more comfortable with her surroundings.

 

 

You don’t mess with a tiger at feeding time!

 

 

Read more about the rescue of three tigers from Texas here.

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