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
Rescue of Narla the Cougar:
This is a letter from someone who knew the Loppi's. This person below, wanted us to know that Rob was well intended and I post it here as an example of how even the best intentions usually end up bad for the exotic animal.
According to a number of emails I got after the fact, Rob's wife was looking to euthanize the cat, but Rob's friends, family and the media were on her case and she couldn't do it without 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
Simba is a male Asian spotted leopard born on 6/6/94. He came to Big Cat Rescue on 8/4/94 with his sister, Nyla, as a bottle fed baby. Simba had the misfortune of being born the wrong sex. Backyard breeders always want more females than males. Since his sister Nyla was cross eyed, he was not a good candidate for breeding and was unwanted.
Seeing what a beautiful leopard he has grown up to be, we are fortunate that we were able to take him in to save him from a long life Read More
Arrived at Big Cat Rescue 1/1/02
Reno is a very agile, golden spotted leopard who arrived at Big Cat Rescue in 2002 at the age of 7. Reno was a circus performer trained to ride around the ring in a chariot behind a horse. When the act was cancelled, he found himself unemployed. With no hunting skills and no idea of how to even climb a tree, he had zero chance of being released to the wild.
Fortunately, instead of being sold to a canned hunt or roadside zoo like many out-of-work circus animals, Read More
Maybe the best way to start out is to talk about
How NOT to Rescue a Big Cat
About once a month some film producer calls me and makes some variation on this pitch:
"We want to find cases where we can bust down the door, like Dog The Bounty Hunter, and save these animals from their current situations. We'd like to find enough cases to sustain several episodes."
It just doesn't work that way.
Our response is typically,
"The only time animals can be seized by USDA is usually at the end of a Read More