Amanda is the most timid of the three tigers who live together. She is very shy and years after her rescue will still slink away to hide when people approach her enclosure.Although at times she has the opposite reaction and will charge the side of the enclosure and roar. It is unclear if she is doing this to be aggressive or to get a rise out of her keepers for her own entertainment. The reason it is unclear is if when she charges and roars and the keeper stands still and chuffs at her she will chuff back and rub her cheeks and head on the side of the enclosure in a friendly manner.
Amanda is being worked with often 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.
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.
You don’t mess with a tiger at feeding time!
Read more about the rescue of three tigers from Texas here.
MORE About Amanda:
** July 29, 1014 – Video “Today at Big Cat Rescue” – Funny, cute kittens bounce to the music, then Amanda Tiger runs for dinner, Skipper Canada Lynx discovers air conditioning, and a lot more as well. http://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-july-29-2014/
** July 23, 2014 – Video “Toda at Big Cat Rescue” – The 3 Texas Tigers, Amanda, Andre and Arthur show off how smart they are at dinner time, enrichment is given to Alex Tiger, Simba Leopard, Zeus Tiger and Sundari Leopard. + MORE http://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-july-23-2014/
** January 11, 2014 – Video Andre and Arthur splashing in the pond and Amanda going out to break it up plus video of many more of the cats here. http://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-jan-11-2014/
** See Amanda in this St. Patrick’s Day 2014 video creeping and stalking the camera crew. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv-RsMjPOwk
** Video – Amanda, Andre & Arthur on Christmas vacation – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAxMkeeK7LM
** Photos of cats and pumpkins and trying to get paw prints in the sand of Amanda and her brothers. http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-oct-28/
** July 26, 2013 Video of a typical day at Big Cat Rescue – The part that wasn’t typical was Amanda the tigress being so mad. She isn’t on the tour path, because she doesn’t care for most people, but she was really upset after being locked up all day as volunteers built some new platforms for her and her brothers. http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-july-26-2013/
** “Today at Big Cat Rescue” – May 27, 2013 Video Amanda, Arthur and Andre get excited to see dinner coming http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-may-27-2013-memorial-day/
** “Today at Big Cat Rescue” – May 5, 2013 Video another video of dinner time for Amanda, Andre and Arthur the tigers. http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-may-5-2013/
** A few snapshots including Operant Conditioning with Amanda and her brothers. http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-nov-6/
** About the rescue of Amanda and her brothers. http://bigcatrescue.org/advocat-news-2011-10/
** More about the rescue of Amanda, Arthur, & Andre: http://bigcatrescue.org/tiger-rescue-2/
** Amanda arrives at Big Cat Rescue and discovers her pool. http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-sept-28/
** “Today at Big Cat Rescue” October 9, 2012: http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-oct-9-2012-zoning-win/
** Amanda was very shy when she first arrived and hid in her den when people came around: http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-sept-16/
** On this “Today at Big Cat Rescue” update see photos of Amanda, Zabu, Skip, Arthur, etc http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-aug-5/
** On this “Today at Big Cat Rescue” update Jen collects Amanda’s poo?? Hmmm Interesting?? http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-oct-2/
** Through Glass Video July 4 2014 http://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-july-5-2014/
** Amanda, Andre, & Arthur enjoying popsicles.