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Siberian/Bengal Tiger

DOB 1/1/93

Arrived at Big Cat Rescue 9/9/2000

Died 6/18/13


Sarmoti is an acronym for Siegfried And Roy, Masters Of The Impossible.  Despite the great name for a working cat, he was retired earlier than all of his buddies because he doesn’t do tricks.   He came here at the same time as Bengali, his brother.  While Bengali is very social, playful, and loves to play pranks on all the keepers, Sarmoti is the more serious of the two.  Sarmoti has developed quite an interest in the operant conditioning program here at BCR, he loves the attention that it brings to him, but loves the treats even more.


Tigers are solitary animals who stay together only when young or when mating.  Brothers will strike out on their own to lay claim to their own territory, sometimes encompassing 400 square miles.  Adult brothers will even kill each other over territorial issues.  Tigers are no longer “burning bright” in our world’s most famous tiger preserves. Read what these investigators have discovered HERE.




This video was taken just two days before SARMOTI died.



Visit SARMOTI’s memorial site here:


Whats Wrong With Swimming With Tiger Cubs?

Just about everything


First of all, despite the lies that the breeder told you, those cubs were not “orphaned” or “rejected.”  That is just the terminology that exploiters use to make you feel good about them purposely breeding litter after litter of lions and tigers, ripping them from their mothers and pimping them out so you can have your picture made with a cub.

Using lion cubs and tiger cubs as photo props is bad enough, but some back yard breeders have figured out a way to make even more money:  Swim with tiger cubs.


Why swimming is dangerous to cubs:


Swim With Tiger Cubs is Abuse

Pools are kept clean by the use of salts and chemicals including chlorine.

The National Center for Health Sciences says “… perhaps the most serious exposure is to modern household cleaners, which may contain a number of proven and suspect causes of cancer.” Cleaning products with ingredients such as bleach, ammonia, chlorine, glycol ethers or formaldehyde can put pets at risk for cancer, anemia, liver and kidney damage.

Even when the toxic cleaners are put away and closed, the vapors left behind can continue to harm both us and our pets.

Chlorine is a toxic respiratory irritant that can damage pets’ skin, eyes or other membranes. Chlorine is heavier than air and lands in low-lying areas where pets live. Because your pets are smaller and breathe faster than adults, they are even more vulnerable than children to toxic exposure.


Other resources echo the  National Center for Health Sciences by saying,


“I would caution against exposing your cat to bleach, because it can induce serious health effects depending on dose and mode of exposure, ranging from asthma to third-degree burns to carcinogenesis. If they are attracted to it, that is a good reason to keep it away from them to prevent them ingesting it, which is more harmful than inhaling the fumes.”




Chlorine is especially harmful to both pets and people that have thyroid issues as well as anyone with glandular imbalances. Chlorine can also aggravate allergies, dry coats, recurring infections and chronically poor immune systems.


Endocrine Disrupting Compounds


There are other harmful chemicals like chlorine in our environment. Dr. Michael W. Fox. DVM has pinpointed what he calls endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) in our environment. EDCs can be found not only in industrial pollutants, chemical fertilizers and untreated sewage, but also in common household products such as plastics, clothing, floor material and the lining of food cans. Dr. Fox believes these EDCs make their way into our animals’ food and water, and then disrupt the animal’s entire endocrine and immune systems. With the immune system compromised, our pets are susceptible toallergies, chronic skin diseases and recurrent infections of the ears and urinary tract. EDCs might also be linked to digestive system disorders such as:

Chronic colitis


Inflammatory bowel disease

Metabolic and hormonal disturbances




Endocrine disorders of the pancreas and adrenal glands


Just about anyone who works with cats can tell you that chlorine must be completely rinsed away after disinfecting because even tiny traces of the chemical will strip the cats’ short intestinal tract of the good flora that allows it to operate.  This can result in extreme sickness and death.


There is not one good reason to pay to play with cubs, but so many reasons why it is cruel and shows you to be utterly lacking in concern for animals.  Please don’t add to their abuse by paying to see, touch, pose or swim with big cat cubs.



Zeutering or Zootering


however you spell it…


The Animal Health Center now offers Zeutering, an FDA approved, non-surgical method of neutering male dogs without the use of anesthesia, that leaves the testicles intact.


Benefits of Zeutering:

  • Less expensive than traditional surgery
  • No anesthesia required
  • Little recovery time
  • No irritation
  • No stitches
  • Males retain up to 50% of their testosterone
  • Males remain “in tact”

Last month, certification training for the new procedure was offered at the Animal Health Center to local veterinarians and veterinary technicians. Watch news coverage of the training!

Note our very own Dr. Justin Boorstein

in this photo, second from L in the back.

Charlie, our first Zeutering patient, receives sedation from Dr. Christine Glenn before his procedure.



Just moments after being Zeutered, Charlie is alert, comfortable and ready to go!


The Animal Health Center now offers Zeutering! Call 813.870.3304 for more information.



hear big catsSHANIQUA

Female Jungle Cat

DOB 5/1/94

Rescued 9/19/94

Died 10/3/13  Read her tributes here.

Shaniqua the Jungle Cat

Shaniqua came from an exotic animal auction where all sorts of wild animals are sold to the highest bidder with no thought as to their well being. From the first day she arrived here it became apparent why Shaniqua or any Jungle Cat would never make a good pet.


She was so hyperactive she was bouncing off the walls, literally. She even jumped into a ceiling fan or two and did not seem to learn anything from the experience, but rather found it quite entertaining. Shaniqua was built a large outdoor enclosure that she was to share with Tarzan, a neutered male, in hopes that she could exhaust all of her pent up energy playing with her new friend. The two lived together until Tarzan’s death at 16.


Shaniqua was 19 years old and live longer than any Jungle Cat we have ever heard of. The oldest Jungle Cat to ever live here before was 16 at the time of death and on average have only lived to be 15 here.


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More about Shaniqua the Jungle Cat


Shaniqua is a Female Jungle Cat born 5/1/94 and who arrived here on 9/19/94 from an exotic animal auction where all sorts of wild animals are sold to the highest bidder with no thought as to their well being. From the first day she arrived here it became apparent why Shaniqua or any Jungle Cat would never make a good pet.


She was so hyperactive she was bouncing off the walls, literally. She even jumped into a ceiling fan or two and did not seem to learn anything from the experience, but rather found it quite entertaining. Shaniqua was built a large outdoor enclosure that she was to share with Tarzan, a neutered male, in hopes that she could exhaust all of her pent up energy playing with her new friend. The two were originally put together for the purpose of breeding, but we learned, through someone who knew both cats, from different times in their lives, that they had the same parents.  They were separated and no Jungle Cats ever were born here.


Shaniqua the Jungle Cat

Shaniqua the Jungle Cat

A former volunteer / staff person recently shared his notes with Big Cat Rescuers about the Felid Taxon Advisory Group’s discussion of the dilemma they face with captive bred cats.  They only have a 24% success rate and thus the more rare cats are dying out of captivity.  The Felid TAG had prohibited using cats bred in the pet sector in the early 2000s because the private sector keeps no records and is an embarrassment due to their practices.  The problem is that the private sector produces more kittens than zoos and they are getting desperate to fill their cages.  If accredited zoos start paying for kittens again, the public will be jumping to fill that need and claiming they are helping conservation.  The only good that could come of that is that once the masses see that there is no difference between the actions of accredited zoos and back yard breeders, it will be easier to bring pressure to shut down the zoos.


I don’t know if it was an oversight, but Jungle Cats were not included in the report.  Back several years ago there were only 9 Jungle Cats listed in ISIS in the U.S. and 6 of them were here.  Now there is only Rambo and Shaniqua.  Once they are gone, it may be very near the end of an era of imprisonment for their species in America.  They are common enough in the wild that they are not endangered.  There are probably still a few in private collections, but we almost never hear of anyone having them any more.  We can win this battle for the cats.  We are so very close.


Most Daring Rescue Ever!

Most Daring Rescue Ever!

Abandoned Exotic Cats Seized by Kansas Authorities


Being Transported to Big Cat Rescue



TAMPA, Fla. – May 5, 2013 – Nine exotic cats and two other wild animals were confiscated from a dilapidated Atchison, Kansas, property yesterday after authorities discovered that the animals had been abandoned in their enclosures without access to food or clean water. The Atchison County Sheriff’s Office seized one tiger, two cougars, three bobcats, two lynx, a serval and two skunks under the state’s Dangerous Regulated Animals Act and the animal cruelty code. The Humane Society of the United States, Big Cat Rescue, In-Sync Exotics and the Kansas City Zoo removed the animals from the property and transported them to sanctuaries around the country.


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The animals were living in enclosures that were inadequate in size and security. The enclosures were also full of mud and feces, and did not have appropriate enrichment for the animals. The owner of the animals has arrested on the scene and has been cited for 10 violations, including cruelty to animals and violations of the Dangerous Regulated Animals Act.


Big Cat Rescue, the largest accredited sanctuary in the world devoted entirely to rescuing abandoned and abused exotic cats, will provide a permanent home for the three bobcats, two lynx and one serval. A volunteer veterinarian and two staff members from Big Cat Rescue traveled to Kansas last Saturday with a modified tiger transport trailer to assist in rescuing the big cats and bringing them safely back to Tampa for medical evaluation and treatment.


Kansas law currently prohibits the keeping of dangerous regulated animals, including big cats, as pets. However, several provisions render the law virtually ineffective. Specifically, the law allows people who have a U.S. Department of Agriculture license to maintain an inventory of dangerous animals.


Pile of dead cats


“As evidenced in this tragic case, the USDA does not usually remove wild animals even when an owner’s license has been revoked or canceled,” said Carole Baskin, Founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue. “Law enforcement, taxpayers and sanctuaries are left to shoulder the financial burden for irresponsible people who acquire these animals and then fail to provide proper care. Sadly, this is a perfect example of why this country cannot regulate its way out of the chronic problem of people owning, abusing and then abandoning dangerous wild cats. Banning the private ownership of big cats as pets is the only answer.”


Private ownership of exotic cats, such as this instance in Kansas, creates an unsafe situation for the community and exposes animals to inhumane conditions. It is often left to local and state authorities to deal with the issue of confiscation and placement when animals are abandoned, neglected, abused, escape, attack, or are kept illegally in once-licensed private menageries.


Midge Grinstead, Kansas state director for The HSUS, said: “It is sad to see these large, wild cats abandoned in flimsy cages that they could have easily escaped from. As we see in this case, when people own dangerous wild animals it creates an unsafe situation for the community and exposes animals to inhumane conditions. Kansas needs stronger laws on the books to ensure that dangerous wild animals with complex needs are kept only at accredited zoos and sanctuaries. We are grateful for the actions of the sheriff’s office and the other organizations involved in this case.”




There are 4 dead servals and a leopard in the garbage pit photos, along with many other dead exotics.


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About Big Cat Rescue: Located in Tampa, Fla., Big Cat Rescue is the largest accredited sanctuary in the world dedicated entirely to providing a permanent home to abused and abandoned exotic cats. The sanctuary is home to more than 100 lions, tigers, leopards, bobcats and other species, most of whom have been abandoned, abused, orphaned or retired from performing acts.


The nonprofit organization is accredited by the Global Federation of Sanctuaries, is certified by Independent Charities of America as a “Best in America Charity,” and has received a four-star rating (the highest) from Charity Navigator for sound non-profit fiscal management. For more information, visit


Media Contact:

Susan Bass, Director of Public Relations



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HSUS has provided B-roll to the media here:


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A tiger and two mountain lions were among a menagerie of wild cats seized from private farmland in rural northeast Kansas, where they lived in inadequate chain-link enclosures and weren’t properly fed or watered, authorities said Monday.


Authorities found a tiger; two mountain lions; three bobcats; two lynx; a type of African cat called a serval; and two skunks on the property. They were taken Sunday from the land belonging to a relative of the animals’ owner and were turned over to animal sanctuaries in Texas, Florida and Kansas.


Atchison County Sheriff Jack Laurie said the owner became combative during the seizure and authorities found methamphetamine. He was arrested on suspicion of multiple charges, including interference with law enforcement and disorderly conduct. He also faces 10 misdemeanor charges related to the care of the animals.


Laurie said authorities became involved in early March after receiving a complaint. Witnesses reported that the owner previously had better pens but moved the animals to the relative’s property about two years ago. The move was supposed to be temporary, but the animals never left, Laurie said.


“It was dirty,” he said. “It was gross.”


The cages were made of chain link panels wired together with hose clamps. They varied in size, with the tiger’s measuring about 20 feet long, 10 feet wide and 7 feet high, Laurie said. The enclosures had mud floors and weren’t staked down.


“My dogs would have been out of there the first day you put them in there,” Laurie said.


Laurie said authorities weren’t immediately able to seize the animals because there was no place to take them. But authorities received permission from the property owner to feed the animals, a Kansas City Zoo veterinarian evaluated them and rescue organizations began lining up new living arrangements.


The owner didn’t live on the property, and, after receiving the complaint, authorities saw him tend to the animals only four or five times, Laurie said.


During the seizure, staff with the Humane Society of the United States and the Kansas City Zoo helped sedate the animals and prepare them to be moved. The Humane Society said in a news release that the tiger was shipped to the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas; the two cougars to In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Education Center in Wylie, Texas; the bobcats, lynx and serval to Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Fla.; and the skunks to Operation Wildlife in Linwood, Kan.


Laurie said the owner is cooperating with authorities and released all the animals to the rescue organizations. The Humane Society said the animals will be held at the sanctuaries pending the final disposition of the case.

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Associated Press/HSUS, Kathy Milani – In this May 5, 2013, photo provided by the Humane Society of the United States staff members of the HSUS and the Kansas City Zoo move a sedated mountain lion from a menagerie …more  of wild cats in Atchison, Kan. Authorities said one tiger, two cougars, three bobcats, two lynx, one serval and two skunks, living in inadequate enclosures and were infrequently fed, were seized and a man is in custody. (AP Photo/HSUS, Kathy Milani)  


The cats rescued and brought to Big Cat Rescue were:  3 Bobcats, MaryAnn, Thurston and Lovey, 2 Canada Lynx, Skipper and Gilligan and a Serval named Ginger.  With names like these we just had to include the Gilligans-Island.


There are lots of ways to turn your every day shopping into donations for the lions, tigers and other big cats of Big Cat Rescue.  The best way is in our big cat store but below are other ways as well.

Amazon – Enter through our portal. Prices are the same, but part of purchase is donated.




If you buy groceries this is a way that 5% of your typical household purchases can benefit Big Cat Rescue and you can earn a residual income as well so that you can spend your time saving animals.  Shop and Earn


You can help at no extra cost by making purchases you would otherwise make in ways that generate donations to Big Cat Rescue. Looking for gifts or items you need for yourself? Please consider these alternatives:


Big Cat Rescue Online Gift Shop: Shop in our online



Big Cat Rescue eBay Store: Shop in our eBay Store



Big Cat Rescue Cafe Press: Check out our Café Press store for hundreds of big cat items from t-shirts to mugs and everything in between.


Big Cat Rescue Zazzle: Our Zazzle store has big cat calendars, logo items and many other Big Cat Rescue items.


Holiday Shopping


ShopOnPurpose will donate 1% to 31% to Big Cat Rescue every time you shop through the store links on Big Cat Rescue’s shopping page. Choose from 45 online stores including; Aeropostale, Banana Republic, Columbia, Disney Store, Puma, Sears, Target, The Body Shop and more.  ShopOnPurpose, is passionate about showing people how they can contribute to Big Cat Rescue every time they shop online. With ShopOnPurpose, you can make a difference while saving money on the things you already buy from the stores you already use!  There is no registration required, just click on the link HERE to go directly to Big Cat Rescue’s shopping page.


Big Cat Cards:  We make it easier and cheaper than ever before for you to send a real printed card with our two new card programs.


Enthusem – Upload your own photos, or choose from ours, and send a card for less that what it would cost you to buy a card and postage in the store.  Send a real cat card!



SendOutCards – Upload your own photos, or choose from ours, and send a card at prices lower than what you would pay for cards and postage from the store.  The difference is that when people get your cards and see how purrsonalized they are, they will probably want to do it too.  If they do, you get paid.  Find out more HERE



Cat Decor & Jewelry: Purchase elegant cat themed home décor and jewelry selected by award winning designer Barbara Krai through our Luxe Line.


Magazines: Buy or renew your favorite Magazine Subscriptions at up to 85% off newsstand prices. 40% of your online purchase is donated to BCR. Over 650 popular titles.


Online stores that donate part of your purchase to Big Cat Rescue:


Albertson’s – Available if you live in, AZ, CO, FL, NE, NM, LA, TX or WY




Shop for Museums– Raise Funds for Big Cat Rescue at No Extra Cost to You! Big Cat Rescue is excited to announce its involvement as a Museum Partner with As a Museum Partner, anyone shopping online with their favorite national retailers can have a portion of their purchase directed to Big Cat Rescue at no additional cost. Whether you are in the market for books, office supplies, apparel, gifts, travel reservations, home improvement, school supplies, toys, electronics, flowers or gourmet food…You name it, the place to start is at!

Participation is simple and secure. To designate a portion of your next online purchase to Big Cat Rescue, simply:

• Go to

• Click on Shop Now!

• Click on Big Cat Rescue (we’re on the first page, very easy to find!)

• Then just click on the link of the store you want to visit and go about your shopping. Stores are organized by categories.

The percentage of your purchase will help feed the cats as long as you follow the steps above at You can also create a login where you can track your donations and allow Big Cat Rescue to thank you personally for your contributions.



Create a wedding gift registry with the I Do Foundation’s partner stores and up to 10% of gift purchases will be donated to your favorite charity.  Choose Big Cat Rescue when you register HERE.