What's the Difference Between the AZA & ZAA?
More than can be included in this article, but here are two of the differences that are most important to saving big cats.
Origins of AZA vs ZAA
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) was founded in 1924. The Zoological Association of America (ZAA) claims to have been founded in 2005, but appears to have just been an idea that never really took off until the Lowry Park Zoo, under leadership of Lex Salisbury, lost its AZA accreditation in 2008. Online sources Read More
Tiger Slaughter Hell Tiger
Tiger Preservation Center
A good friend just gave me a printed solicitation for money, asking to end the Tiger Slaughter Hell.
While I agree with the need to end the private possession of big cats, I am dubious of the person sending out this plea for funds given her history:
In 2014 almost every picture of Bonnie and her husband Robert show them hugging adult big cats; sending the worst possible message.
In Read More
What's It Like to Work at Big Cat Rescue?
Most animal organizations our size have 30 paid staff, but we are able to maintain excellent care with about a third of that in paid staff because none of our paid staff are paid to work with animals. There are so many people who love big cats that they will do all of the cleaning, feeding, enrichment, operant conditioning and vet care for free. Our paid staff do the things animal lovers don't enjoy like managing the gift shop, managing the data base, paying attention to donors, writing newsletters Read More
Big Cat Cemetery
Big Cat Rescue has rescued more than 250 cats since 1992 and most of them came when they were too old to be profitable to their former owners. Many were bred incessantly to create fur coats, to be sold as pets, or to be used in pay to play sessions where people will pay to see a cute baby tiger or lion. When they could no longer produce, or if they became sick or injured, they were discarded, and that is when they came to us.
When sanctuaries help each other with large rescues, the oldest and sickest cats come Read More
If a cat of any kind sneezes on this planet, you can probably find out about it here. This page lists the 3 most recent articles for each species of wild cat, but to see the most recent 100 news stories for each type of exotic click the Headlines below.
Big Cat Incidents
These stories include killings, maulings, escapes and wild cat sightings that were most likely captive cats who were set free or who had escaped.
big cat incidents, mauling, tiger attack, tiger escape
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SlowMo Leopards Lions Roar and Leopard Eats Skyscraper
Funny, cute kittens bounce to the music, then Amanda Tiger runs for dinner, Skipper Canada Lynx discovers air conditioning, a tree falls on a cage, Serval rubbing on melon, Windstar Bobcat purring, Simba Leopard gets a long cool drink in slow motion, Pharaoh the White Serval plays with a new cat toy, Joseph & Cameron Lions roar, Kimba shortly after she arrived and Shere Khan Tigers drink in slow motion, and bathe, Cody Cougar after chow time, Sundari Leopard Read More
We Love ALL Cats
We love big cats, small cats, wild cats, tame cats, friendly cats, fierce cats and YES, hybrid cats. It is because we love all cats, for who they are, that we fight so hard to protect them. Hybrid breeders will tell you that we seek legislation that will take your hybrids from you and that is a lie. We do not support laws that displace existing cats from where they are, except in extreme cases of abuse and neglect. We support bans on breeding and private ownership of wild cats and hybrid cats, but always make sure there Read More
This is an article from 2007 that animal abusers like to point to as if it was some sort of investigative treasure. It wasn't worth the paper it was written on and if you take the time to check out the numbers at the end of each twisted statement, you will know why.
Other favorites of the bad guys are a non report from Mike Deeson in 2011, and one in 2006 from by Chris Hawes. Those who exploit and abuse animals, and who meet no legitimate sort of accreditation themselves, will often say that we lost our BBB standing, which is just another Read More
Animal Advisory Committee Resignation by Carole Baskin
Summary of recent events leading to AAC resignation
Recently you may have seen reports on the resignation of Big Cat Rescue founder and CEO Carole Baskin as chairperson of the County’s Animal Advisory Committee. First, we would like to thank the many of you who have emailed and called to express support.
The resignation was requested by Commissioner Blair, who had appointed her and at whose discretion she served. The article says Mr. Blair had “received an abnormal amount Read More
Would you change the way you shop if it meant...
Cruelty Free - No animal testing
Safer Around My Pets and Family - Made from nature's bounty without toxic chemicals
More Convenient - Because it is delivered straight to my door
Better for the Environment - Concentrated so that there is less packaging to throw away
Cheaper - Because I'm not paying for the extra packaging and middle men
Effective - Because a lot of products claim all of the above, but they don't work
95% Read More