Big Cat Rescue has been covered favorably in the media more than 1850 times! Below are the news stories from 2015. To see earlier years go to Media.
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Big Cat Rescue is the world's largest accredited sanctuary that is devoted entirely to exotic cats. More than 100 wild cats of 14 species call this 55 acre, Tampa, FL sanctuary home. BigCatRescue.org
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On the day after Christmas, Simba, our 20 year old leopard, bit off the end of his tail. We didn't see it happen, but he was fine at 9 am and by 9:30 am he was missing more than 6 inches of his tail. There was no sign of a struggle at any edge of the cage, and there had been keepers in the area, so we were dumbfounded.
Simba has been on medication for arthritis and has recently been getting cold laser therapy to help with that pain, but we didn't know if he bit himself because of pain, or because of being groggy from the pain medications. Read More
Recent Big Cat Attacks
1999 Jacksonville, FL: A cougar bit a 19 month old child at the Catty Shack Ranch.
December 4, 1999 Williamsville, MO: A 5-year-old boy required surgery after he was mauled by a "pet" lion kept chained in a neighbor's yard. The animal inflicted puncture wounds to the boy's throat and head. The lion was killed.
November 18, 1999 China: Four tigers mauled to death a driver at a safari park after he exited his bus to make a repair. Previous attacks at the 4-year-old park had been reported.
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Female Geoffroy Cat
We had been following his story from birth and chased him through his second owner, who sent him along to Big Cat Rescue with three Bengals on 7/19/94. He arrived taped up in a cardboard box. The fury from within the box made opening it a death defying act. As with many exotic cats, the smaller they are, the more fierce they can be. Everyone says that she "looks just like a domestic cat" but careful study of her size and shape shows that she is indeed a wild cat. It wasn’t until we Read More
Most Important Big Cat Bill Ever
This bill called the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act HR 1998 and S 1381 is the most important piece of legislation to ever be introduced to protect lions, tigers and other exotic wild cats from being kept as pets and in miserable roadside zoos. Ask your member of Congress to Co-Sponsor this bill now!
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Max the Bobcat
Male DOB 9/1/10 Rescued 5/31/11
Max the bobcat kitten was at the center of a months-long legal battle that touched off after a Rhode Island vet seized him from someone who bought him from a backyard breeder... It is illegal to have bobcats as pets in Rhode Island. The cat's owner went to court to get the cat back, but the state won. Now Max will live at Big Cat Rescue for the rest of his life!
We're so glad we could step in and offer Max a permanent home, if you want to help 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 looking like a monster Read More
The Great Pretender came to Big Cat Rescue at the same time and as a litter mate to Precious. We named him the Great Pretender because he always pretended to be so "bad" when he was little. Unfortunately, once he was full grown he wasn’t just pretending anymore. He does not care for people much and actually grew to be quite aggressive especially at feeding time. This changed dramatically after he began to participate in operant conditioning sessions. He is much calmer when being fed which in Read More
Male Canada lynx
Skipper's age is unknown. He had been purchased along with Gilligan at an auction.
Skipper had the largest cage measuring about 5' x 30'. He had a small plastic dog house and a plastic shelf precariously attached to the side of his cage. A large rabbit carcass lay rotting in the corner of his cage and the entire cage was just as dirty as the others, feces lying everywhere and urine soaked straw.
Big Cat Rescuers entered Skipper's cage with nets in hand and a large transport crate. Read More
Male Canada lynx
Gilligan's age is unknown. He was purchased along with Skipper at an auction.
Gilligan had the tiniest cage measuring 5' x 7'. It was also the dirtiest of all of the cages. The mud floor was not mud, but feces covered with a sprinkling of straw. It appeared as though Gilligan had tried to keep much of his waste confined to one area on top of his plastic dog house. He had perched atop the house day after day to defecate. The large pile of feces cascaded out of the side of his cage. Read More