Operant Conditioning Video
Operant Conditioning: Big Cat Rescue’s Animal Training Program is based on operant conditioning and clicker training techniques. Operant conditioning is a type of learning in which behaviors are altered by the consequences that follow them. The behaviors are not forced, but “caught”, reinforced and therefore trained. We train only natural behaviors, no entertainment types of behaviors.
Clicker Training: Clicker training is a positive-reinforcement training system. It is Read More
What's Up With Humane Watch Attacking Big Cat Rescue?
By Howard Baskin, JD, MBA, Advisory Board Chairman of Big Cat Rescue
HumaneWatch is a project of the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) and is entirely dedicated to spreading disparaging information about the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) with the goal of drying up the organization’s fundraising. CCF is the brain child of Richard “Rick” Berman, a longtime Washington, D.C. public relations specialist who is funded by special interests and powerful industries. Berman and Read More
New York JnK Tiger Rescue
DejaVu is all I can say. It happens over and over, like a recurring nightmare for the wild animals suffering through it; only the names and places change.
Someone wants to “rescue” wild animals because that seems like glamorous work, so they buy animals (and just prolong the problem) until the really bad guys find out there is a new place to dump last year’s photo cubs, and then the “rescues” become more legitimate, in the eyes of the “rescuer” Read More
Big Cat Rescue's Quarantine Protocol
To prevent the introduction of disease to animals already established in the Sanctuary, new animal arrivals are quarantined on arrival in the Sanctuary's Quarantine Facility. Occasionally new arrivals will be quarantined elsewhere on site. To control certain health problems or outbreaks of disease, quarantine restrictions are sometimes placed on a certain Sanctuary area. The quarantine period is thirty days unless specified by the vet. The quarantine period may be extended indefinitely if the new Read More
Kirby Van Burch Retires Tigers to National Tiger Sanctuary
Find out more about the USDA violations here: 911 Animal Abuse Kirby Van Burch
National Geographic Exposed Kirby Van Burch
Alison Eastwood, daughter of Clint Eastwood, and sidekick, Donald, head to Branson, MO to meet with Kirby Van Burch, a magician who uses Read More
2014 60 Bobcat Pelts Seized
California Department of Fish and Wildlife Warden Nick Buckler recovered pelts from 60 poached bobcats and gray foxes. (California Department of Fish and Wildlife) Tracy Lee Shultz of Courtland, south of Sacramento, was fined $5,000 and ordered to forfeit the pelts worth nearly $15,000 according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
2012 Cruel Leg Hold Trapping & Torture of Bobcat
Speak out against this here: CatLaws.com
Trade Read More
Sheena's owner was unwilling to meet the standards required to keep her so she was surrendered to the state of Ohio. Will you help Sheena? http://www.razoo.com/story/Sheena-Serval-Rescue
In 2003 John Babb of Berea, Kentucky shipped an 8 week old serval kitten to a woman in Ohio, who named her Sheena. (The breeder's website boasts that he is still selling serval kittens to pet owners in the U.S. for $6,000 and abroad for $9,000.)
Fast forward 11 years...
After Terry Thompson released 56 lions, tigers Read More
If you will be attending the 2014 Taking Action for Animals, you could win! As the Diamond Sponsor, Big Cat Rescue would like to reward you for taking action to protect exotic cats by offering the chance to win a new IPAD MINI OR ANDROID TABLET.
Here is how to play:
CALL your federal Representative or Senator, ask them to "Co Sponsor the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act HR 1998 and S1381" and then write down who you called, the number you called, if you spoke with a real person or left voicemail (both count) Read More
Sabre was 3 years old when he arrived at Big Cat Rescue on 7/20/95. Though he was only supposed to be here temporarily, his former owner moved and left no forwarding address.
This could have been another sad ending as most are in the exotic pet world. Luckily, we had taken Sabre in and he will have a home here for life. He is very playful and fun loving and always has a mischievous look on his face. He loves to act very silly, running about his cat-a-tat and jumping on top Read More
Florida Panther Update June 19 2014
Photos available on FWC’s Flickr site: https://flic.kr/s/aHsjxNqYsp.
FWC Commissioners receive Florida panther update
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists provided an update at the agency’s June Commission meeting in Fort Myers regarding Florida panther research and conservation programs.
Due to the success of panther-conservation efforts over the past 40 years, the panther population has grown significantly since the 1970s, when the Read More