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Big Cat Vet Says Clients Kill Cubs

Big Cat Vet Says Clients Kill Cubs   On June 14 & 15, 2007 I attended the Captive Wild Animal Technical Assistance Group meeting in Orlando and was stunned at what I heard.  You can hear it for yourself below. I was not surprised to hear Kathy Stearns, an woman with a backyard full of big cats, try to excuse the inexcusable behavior of those who breed cubs for photo booths and petting sessions.  I was not surprised to hear a couple others suggest that studies be done, (ie: stall for as long as we can) before taking action to stop Read More

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A Boatload of Bobcats turns Big Cat Rescue into modern day Ark

A Boatload of Bobcats turns Big Cat Rescue into modern day Ark In just 4 weeks 4 bobcats found themselves pushed out of their homes by rampant development. A baby bobcat was found emaciated and apparently orphaned or abandoned by his mother.  No mother came calling for him and neighbors were reported to have been shooting at a bobcat for harassing their livestock.  Given this baby’s neurological disorders, however, it could be that his mother just knew he couldn’t survive and chose to spend her energy on offspring that could.  Big Cat Rescue Read More

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4 Tigers Rescued from Robert Baudys Savage Kingdom 1

4 Tigers Rescued from Robert Baudy's Savage Kingdom   When a long time feline breeding compound was closed down, the resident cats there needed a place to call home. Even though there are so many unwanted adult captive tigers in the U.S. some of the facilities that took the animals would use them for breeders (Even though none of them have the genes needed in the Tiger Species Survival Program) or put them right back up for sale onto the exotic animal market.   Big Cat Rescue got the call Read More

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NFL star visits Big Cat Rescue

Jun 19, 2007 - Chris Simms loves cats of all stripes. During a recent visit to Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, for instance, he seemed particularly fond of the ocelots. Simms has kitties at home, too, a pair of housecats named Deuce and Rome. He is quite fond of them, as well. Fortunately, Simms knows the difference between these two groups of felines. Big Cat Rescue wishes everyone did. Thanks to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, that message may have gotten through to a dozen young and impressionable minds last week. A Wednesday trip Read More

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A Lion Pride of a Different Stripe

It took the combined efforts of USDA, undercover agents and concerned citizens seven years to shut down Diana McCourt (aka Cziraky) and her Siberian Tiger Foundation.  It wasn’t until her landlords, Donnalynn and Christian Laver were able to evict her from the property that Knox County was able to seize the six cats who had been used for years as props in Diana McCourt’s “tiger training” scheme.   By the end of the ordeal eye witnesses said that the cats were starving and they still have inadequate shelter from the elements.   Even Read More

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Tiger Rescue Videos

The top video on this page is the tiger rescue as filmed by Fox 13 and the movie below it is Jamie’s version of the rescue and bringing them home to Big Cat Rescue.   For the cats,   Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue an Educational Sanctuary home to more than 100 big cats 12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL  33625 813.493.4564 fax 885.4457   Sign our petition here: Read More

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Tiger Rescue

Watch Big Cat Rescue save four tigers from being killed at Robert Baudy's Savage Kingdom after he was shut down by USDA for killings, maulings and escapes. // < ![CDATA[ // < ![CDATA[ google_ad_client = "pub-8689188310988875"; google_alternate_color = "660000"; google_ad_width = 234; google_ad_height = 60; google_ad_format = "234x60_as"; google_ad_type = "text"; google_ad_channel =""; google_color_border = "FFFFCC"; google_color_bg = "FFFFCC"; google_color_link = "660000"; google_color_text = "000000"; google_color_url = "660000"; // Read More

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Carole Baskin in Glamour Magazine

Carole Baskin in Glamour Magazine The January 2006 issue of Glamour Magazine did a 1/3 page follow up on the August photo: Glamour Magazine's August issue features Carole Baskin (accompanied by her husband Howard Baskin) as "fashion consultants" during their recent trip to New York.  The caption reads, "Don't look as if you are going to audition for the role of Jane in Tarzan." To see the slide show including this photo visit Glamour Magazine's slide show.  (May not be suitable for children) . Read More

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Carole Baskin vs Big Cat Owners

Tiger owner sparks debate in Florida ANDREA FANTA Buy Big Cat Rescue Logo Gifts Associated Press   HAVANA, Fla. - Gloria Johnson's love for cats of all sizes has raised some eyebrows in north Florida.   The part-time lobbyist lives on 18 acres in a wooden house, where four house cats lounge inside on tiger-striped couches and rub their faces against leopard print curtains.   Outside, some larger cousins - two cougars and a Siberian tiger_ have found a home in Johnson's backyard. And though some Read More

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2006 Annual Report

2006 Annual Report   See the 2006 Annual Report in Pictures by clicking here Big Cat Rescue's Mission Statement: Big Cat Rescue’s dual mission is to provide the best home we can for the cats in our care and educate the public about the plight of these majestic animals, both in captivity and in the wild, to end abuse and avoid extinction. Advances Big Cat Rescue qualified for the Combined Federal Campaign's National book and was certified by Independent Charities of America as one of the Best in America.  This means that any government Read More