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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 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 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

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2006 Big Cat Rescue is International in its Scope of Services

2006 Big Cat Rescue is International in its Scope of Services   Big Cat Rescue’s vision is a world where the animals we share it with are treated with respect and caring and where habitat is preserved to insure the indefinite future survival of these wonderful gifts of nature.  In creating such a world, we hope the same principles of respect and caring will carry over to the way humans treat each other.   MISSION STATEMENT   Care of our cats. The narrow mission of Big Cat Rescue is to provide the best permanent home Read More

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Thank You to Donors

Thank You to Donors of Cash, Services and Goods 2004-2008   Wall Goes Up / Fears Go Down February 2008:  The first 938 feet of the 10 foot high perimeter wall we are building is now up around 3 of our 45 acres.  Thanks to the rather amazing prefabricated column and panel system provided by Duratek Precast Technologies the actual construction only too two weeks (see photos). But the process took years. Fundraising for this project, called the Catter-Wall, started in December of 2003 one foot at a time. In Read More

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Global Warming – What You Need To Know

Global Warming - What You Need To Know   The Review by Big Cat Rescue: TOM BROKAW’S GLOBAL WARMING: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW   PREMIERES SUNDAY, JULY 16, 2006 9-11 pm ET/PT Maria at Crew Creative sent Big Cat Rescue a pre screening of Global Warming - What You Need To Know and asked that we write a review. The two-hour special presents the facts and leaves it up to the viewers to determine their own truth about global warming.  This documentary was a heart pounding look at what we have done to this planet and the effects that we are Read More

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Saber the Tiger

Saber the Tiger   Did you ever meet someone and from the minute you first met them you felt like you had known them your entire life?  That is the way it was the day I first met Saber the tiger.  He was 17 years old the day he retired from the circus to Big Cat Rescue in 2002.  He was in the second group of tigers to come from the circus.  The first group had arrived in 2000 because the circus was no longer going to “be in the cat business.”  As public awareness has increased about how much we have in common with animals, it has Read More