DOD 1/7/14 http://bigcatrescue.org/sasha-gone-wasnt-coming-back/
Sasha has been declawed (and very badly, at that) and defanged) so she struggles to eat.
We provide a soft diet for her, but without her teeth it is hard to hold the food and even hard to contain her tongue.
You will often see her with her tongue hanging out as a result.
A Lion Pride of a Different Stripe
It took the combined efforts of USDA, undercover agents and Read More
How Would You Feel?
Although this might not be the most glamorous of causes – a wall; it remains one of the most important concerns for the on-going protection of our rescued cats. Furthermore, we cannot provide you with much more than our sincere gratitude for your donation; and your name permanently displayed on a large sign in our tour waiting area. Thanks.
Please, consider how you would feel.
The pain, the panic, the fear.
Help us prevent any future attacks of our rescued Big Cats.
Donations at $100/foot to help build the Read More
Big Cat Enrichment at Big Cat Rescue
Watch another video of our enrichment HERE.
Enrichment Adds Quality to Life
Bobcat Enrichment (photos are from pumpkin enrichment)
At Big Cat Rescue, the volunteers formed a committee to focus on the development of appropriate enrichment for the animals in our care. When using different enrichment techniques, the animals can be stimulated to investigate and explore their surroundings. This can be accomplished by presenting novel food items (or presenting food in different ways), Read More
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 Read More
What are Liligers?
As sad as the video above is, it isn't even as bad as the places that use the cubs for petting and photo sessions because those cubs are taken from their mothers shortly after birth and denied the protective love their mothers would try to give them, as this one who was filmed at a zoo.
They are a money making scheme promoted by some of what we believe to be the world's worst big cat exploiters.
First it was this guy promoting Ligers.
Then it was his friend, Joe Exotic, Read More
For many cities and towns across our country the circus is a tradition of the holiday season. Revelations about behind the scenes practices of the circus raises serious questions about an event that many Americans regard as a holiday tradition.
For the most part, the circus is a wonderful event. The clowns, acrobats, trapeze artists and other talented performers provide terrific entertainment. There is, however, a dark side to traditional circuses that the industry keeps far from the glare of the bright lights of the big top. The “tricks” Read More
Appx. DOB 1/1/08
Mary Ann is approximately four years old and was bottle raised from a kitten. We were told that she may suffer from short range vision, however, this has not been confirmed.
Mary Ann was kept in a cage about 5' x 10'. Her cage was absolutely filthy, feces and meat scraps had piled up for months. She had two small plastic dog houses, one of which was broken in half and filled with urine. The other which she used for shelter from the rain and snow was filled with small Read More
Male Siberian Tiger
Nik, short for Nikita, is a very large tiger comparable in size to the massive Shere Khan. He is very shy and spends most of his time napping by the lake.
When Nik first arrived, he was very elusive and would often hide in his den when keepers approached his enclosure. Gradually he became more and more curious about the new people in his life and would peer out the doorway to the den and watch everyone very closely.
He has now warmed Read More
Infectious Diseases of Concern to Captive
and Free ranging Wildlife in North America
An official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV), Infectious Disease Committee
Click Here to go get the Manual
See current USDA guidelines for Vet Care and Proposed Changes
See more photos and explanation of Big Cat Cages
Since all exotic cats, no matter how early they are neutered or spayed, spray bucket loads of urine all day you will want to provide an outdoor cage. Because we have so many cats we have many varieties of cages depending on the cats’ needs. We will begin with our favorite cages and proceed down to our minimum cages. USDA only requires that the animal be able to stand up and turn around in the pen and that it be clean. Some states have minimum size standards but they, like Read More