Infectious Diseases of Concern to Captive
and Free ranging Wildlife in North America
An official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV), Infectious Disease Committee
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See current USDA guidelines for Vet Care and Proposed Changes
See more photos and explanation of Big Cat Cages
Since all exotic cats, no matter how early they are neutered or spayed, spray bucket loads of urine all day you will want to provide an outdoor cage. Because we have so many cats we have many varieties of cages depending on the cats’ needs. We will begin with our favorite cages and proceed down to our minimum cages. USDA only requires that the animal be able to stand up and turn around in the pen and that it be clean. Some states have minimum size standards but they, like Read More
Simba is a male Asian spotted leopard born on 6/6/94. He came to Big Cat Rescue on 8/4/94 with his sister, Nyla, as a bottle fed baby. Simba had the misfortune of being born the wrong sex. Backyard breeders always want more females than males. Since his sister Nyla was cross eyed, he was not a good candidate for breeding and was unwanted.
Seeing what a beautiful leopard he has grown up to be, we are fortunate that we were able to take him in to save him from a long life Read More
Arrived at Big Cat Rescue 1/1/02
Reno is a very agile, golden spotted leopard who arrived at Big Cat Rescue in 2002 at the age of 7. Reno was a circus performer trained to ride around the ring in a chariot behind a horse. When the act was cancelled, he found himself unemployed. With no hunting skills and no idea of how to even climb a tree, he had zero chance of being released to the wild.
Fortunately, instead of being sold to a canned hunt or roadside zoo like many out-of-work circus animals, Read More
Maybe the best way to start out is to talk about
How NOT to Rescue a Big Cat
About once a month some film producer calls me and makes some variation on this pitch:
"We want to find cases where we can bust down the door, like Dog The Bounty Hunter, and save these animals from their current situations. We'd like to find enough cases to sustain several episodes."
It just doesn't work that way.
Our response is typically,
"The only time animals can be seized by USDA is usually at the end of a Read More
Big Cat Rescue and IFAW's DC Fly In 2013
On November 17, 2013 Big Cat Rescue invited 15 of their most outspoken AdvoCats, who were in key congressional districts, to come to Washington, DC for two days.
The first day was spent going over the issues, talking points and making sure everyone understood the process and the intended outcome: Getting their Senators and Representatives to commit to protecting big cats and public safety by co-sponsoring HR 1998 and S 1381, The Big Cats and Public Safety Act.
On the second day we split into Read More
There are a some lion and tiger cub exploiters still making the rounds at fairs, flea markets, parking lots and malls who are charging the public $10 - $25 to pet a baby lion cub or to play with a baby tiger cub.USDA regulations should over ride state regulations on this matter, but in Florida the FL Wildlife Commission has set its own standard that may differ a bit, but not much from USDA's ruling.
Here is what the law says about that:
Cubs cannot be handled by the public before the age of 8 weeks because they are not old enough to have Read More
The Big Cat Sanctuary Workshop
Howard Baskin's Financial Presentation
AZA Lion Care
Networking, Media and Effective Communication
These are screen shots and stats from Carole Baskin's presentation on the use of media.
You can have everything in life you want if you will just help other people get what they want. - Zig Read More
South Dakota Sets its 2014 Lion Hunting Quotas
Despite arguments by conservationists that South Dakota's local mountain population was struggling from years of over hunting, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission set the 2014 lion hunting quota Thursday at 50 females or 75 total lions for the Black Hills hunting region. More here:
Tomorrow is National Feral Cat Day
Tomorrow’s the big day! How are you going to celebrate National Feral Cat Day®?
With Read More
It seems to be a lot easier to start a Google Hangout than to Join One
For my Cat Chat guests, here is what you will need to join me on a Live Google Hangout on Air:
You will need a gmail account, a webcam (usually preinstalled on any laptop) or a device, like the Logitech c910 and a good Internet connection.
You will also need a cheap headset; just the two little earbuds and wire that plug into your smart phone or music player are fine. Your computer, or the c910 will pick up your audio but if you don't have the Read More