Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Games, Freebies & Goodies

Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated by many families.  It is a time to reflect and be reminded of the things we have to be thankful for.  we are thankful for and appreciative of each and every person who has put their kindness into action throughout the year giving gifts of time, funds and prayers to the big cats of Big Cat Rescue and around the world.   Below are a few little goodies to say thank you to each of you.

Make Your Child’s Personalized Thanksgiving Letters

Don’t send your child’s private information to a stranger on the Internet, that may not be safe! Instead, use this program to safely, easily and quickly create cute decorated and very personalized Thanksgiving letters for your children without giving their personal inforMation to a stranger over the Internet. This is a fully automated program.

The letters are original and not the same ole run of the mill ones currently floating about the Internet. Last year’s letters have been updated with better wording and more personlization options and new letters have been added. See more info and Screenshots

Free Big Cat Thanksgiving Kids’ Craft – Place Name Tags

Print this free Thanksgiving craft sheet and let your child cut out the place name tags and write your Thanksgiving dinner guests names on them. You children will enjoy getting to help prepare for the holiday festivities.CLICK HERE for more info.

Free Big Cat Thanksgiving Desktop Wallpapers

Free Halloween Desktop Wallpapers with big cat photos decoratively framed in Thanksgiving themed frames.

  1.  Decorative Thanksgiving Desktop Wallpapers Leopards Set 1
  2.  Decorative Thanksgiving Desktop Wallpapers Leopards Set 2
  3.  Decorative Thanksgiving Desktop Wallpapers Leopards Set 3
  4.  Decorative Thanksgiving Desktop Wallpapers Leopards Set 4
  5.  Decorative Thanksgiving Desktop Wallpapers Leopards Set 5
  6.  Decorative Thanksgiving Desktop Wallpapers Leopards Set 6
  7.  Decorative Thanksgiving Desktop Wallpapers Leopards Set 7
  8.  Decorative Thanksgiving Desktop Wallpapers Leopards Set 8
  9.  Decorative Thanksgiving Desktop Wallpapers Leopards Set 9
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Free Thanksgiving Screensavers

 Thanksgiving Leopard Screensavers

  1.  Thanksgiving Leopards One
  2.  Thanksgiving Leopards Two
  3.  Thanksgiving Leopards Three
  4.  Thanksgiving Leopards Four
  5.  Thanksgiving Leopards Five
  6.  Thanksgiving Leopards Six
  7.  Thanksgiving Leopards Seven
  8.  Thanksgiving Leopards Eight
  9.  Thanksgiving Leopards Nine
  10.  Thanksgiving Bearcats
  11.  Thanksgiving Lions and Tigers

Free Thanksgiving Craft Printable- Leopard Bingo Game

Thanksgiving Leopard Bingo Craft Game you can download, print, make & play with your children or give as a Thanksgiving gift.

 CLICK HERE to see more screen shots, instructions and downloads.

Play Online Flash Thanksgiving Games

Here are some fun family safe online games for your family to enjoy.

 CLICK HERE TO GO TO THIS GAME In this cute little puzzle game you click on two items to make them switch places. Your goal is to get at least three like items in a row.  It is also a game of strategy because if you plan your moves carefully and get as many matching items as you can to ‘break’ at once you get higher points.

  CLICK HERE TO SEE THIS GAME Here is a free Christmas flash game where you look at two cartoon pictures carefully, find and circle the differences in the two pictures.  This game reinforces critical thinking skills.

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Thanksgiving Crafts – Make Personalized Big Cat Bookmarks

L@@K –> 11 NEW Bookmark Programs Added For 2011

This fun Thanksgiving craft is for kids or adults, teachers, students, parents and more.  These cute little bookmark personalizing programs are very easy and quick to use. After you download the program and run a simple setup making your own custom bookmarks.  Each program features photos of a different big cat from Big Cat Rescue. You will use your mouse to drag and drop photos and Thanksgiving graphics onto the blank bookmark.  You can even type in your own text.  Once your bookmark looks just the way you like it, then you print it, punch a hole in the top and tie a piece of yarn through it.  All the big cat photos and Thanksgiving clip art you need for this project is contained within the programs.

  1.  Make Personalized Bookmarks – Thansgiving – Bearcat
  2.  Make Personalized Bookmarks – Thansgiving – Bengal Cat
  3.  Make Personalized Bookmarks – Thansgiving – Bobcat 1
  4.  Make Personalized Bookmarks – Thansgiving – Bobcat 2
  5.  Make Personalized Bookmarks – Thansgiving – Cougar
  6.  Make Personalized Bookmarks – Thansgiving – Geoffroy Cat
  7.  Make Personalized Bookmarks – Thansgiving – African Serval 1
  8.  Make Personalized Bookmarks – Thansgiving – African Serval 2
  9.  Make Personalized Bookmarks – Thansgiving – Snow Leopard
  10.  Make Personalized Bookmarks – Thansgiving – Tiger 1
  11.  Make Personalized Bookmarks – Thansgiving – Tiger 2
  12.  Make Personalized Bookmarks – Thanksgiving – Sand Cats
  13.  Make Personalized Bookmarks – Thanksgiving – African Lion
  14.  Make Personalized Bookmarks – Thanksgiving – White Tiger
  15.  Make Personalized Bookmarks – Thanksgiving – Leopard

Free Big Cat Thanksgiving Personalize Story Book For Windows

This is a windows computer storybook is about a a special Thanksgiving secret that a wise old cougar named Scratch, who lives at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida shares with a special little girl and with your child as well.  Scratch, the wise old cougar, shares his Thanksgiving secret in a fun, interactive and creative way that you and your children are sure to enjoy.  If you type your name into the space provided on the first screen of the storybook YOU will become part of the storybook.

CLICK HERE to see more info & get your copy free.

 

Free Big Cat Thanksgiving eCards

All of the photos in these free big cat eCards are of the big cats (and small ones, too) that live at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida.  Choose an animal below to go directly to that cat’s Thanksgiving eCards.

  1.  Bear cats
  2.  Bengal cats
  3.  Bobcats
  4.  Cameron, The African Lion & Zabu, The White Tiger
  5.  Cameron, The African Lion Has A Toy
  6.  Canadian Lynx, Shatia & Dances With Wolves “Wolfy”
  7.  Cougars
  8.  Fishing Cats
  9.  Cheetaro, The Leopard
  10.  Sundari, The Leopard
  11.  Hercules, The Snow Leopard
  12.  Bengali, The Tiger
  13.  Zabu, The White Tigress

Catnip Crazy

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Catnip Crazy

Catnip


If there’s toy your cat will go crazy for it’s their catnip toy. Catnip is one of the greatest pleasures a cat can have, and here we explain why.

 

What Exactly Is Catnip?

 

Catnip, catswort, or catmint (Latin name Nepeta cataria, a plant of the Lamiaceae family) is an aromatic plant, with small clusters of purplish blue flowers, which are tubular in structure and prettily spotted with purple dots. It looks very similar to a mint plant in many ways, but is a softer colour. It has sturdy stems with grey green leaves, and it is the chemical in the leaves that cats are attracted to. Plants of the Lamiaceae genus are native to Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America, where it will grow freely, in even very poor soil and hot, dusty conditions. Some people regard catnip as a weed, it is so common. In countries where it is bought as a garden plant however, catnip is treated as a herbaceous perennial. Catnip has been used by herbalists for centuries. Its uses include relief for colic, dental problems, and indigestion. It can also be made into a calming herbal tea, used as a flavoring in sauces, soups, and stews, or even made into wine.

 

What part of the catnip plant is my cat reacting to?

 

The ‘active ingredient’ in catnip is an oil called Nepetalactone. This is the scent that your cat is trying to bathe in when he rolls around in the plant, or rubs his face against his catnip toy. The leaves, stems and seedpods of the catnip plant are covered in tiny bulbs called ‘trichimes’ which contain the oil, and unless they are crushed or pecked at by birds the oil will stay inside the bulbs until the plant has matured. However, your cat knows that he can release the oil scent by pouncing, chewing or rolling in catnip. He can’t get enough of that smell. This explains the repeated rolling over your cat might indulge in during his catnip playtime.

 

What sort of behaviour might cats display if he is exposed to catnip?

 

  • Rolling over on their backs, and stretching out
  • Chewing or rubbing their faces on the catnip product
  • Throwing catnip toy around
  • Blissful, sleepy expression
  • Running skittishly round the room
  • Mewing or growling
  • Euphoria

 

Why is the scent so much fun for cats?

 

There is some debate about the exact neurological explanation for the behaviour. It is suspected that it induces a state of euphoria a little like when humans are in love. The skittishness and silliness you will see in your cat will certainly demonstrate this amply. You will see your cat on a ‘Nip Trip’ behave almost as if he is intoxicated. Although nepetalactone oil seems to have an almost drug-like effect on your cat it is totally safe and he will not become addicted to it. The effects last only around five to fifteen minutes, and after that they wear off.

 

He cannot ‘overdose’ on catnip – in fact if he is given catnip too often the effects just lessen. So keep his treat for twice a week at most. It’s a great way to see him have pleasure, knowing all the time it is a safe and natural treat.

 

Do all cats respond to catnip?

 

No. Up to 25% of cats have not inherited the ‘catnip gene’, so they won’t respond. A kitten with only one parent with the catnip gene has a one-in-two chance of inheriting it, and a kitten whose parents both have the gene has a three-in-four chance. Little kittens and older cats are not likely to be much interested either. But that leave a majority of cats for whom it is one of life’s little pleasures.

 

Do big cats like tigers and lions react in the same way to catnip?

 

Yes! Have a look at some of the videos on our site to see what pleasure big cats get from catnip. You’ll see that some sanctuaries actually use catnip regularly to provide entertainment and pleasure to their big cats. These are known as enrichment activities, and they keep the animals in tip-top condition mentally. All cats needs some extra fun from time to time, and big cats are no different to any other cat in this respect.

 

Izzy Woods is a cat lover and travel blogger with a passion for all things cute. She writes for everything from cat breeding zines to caravan insurance newsletters, enjoying the company of her own pets.

End the Importation of Wild Animals

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End the Importation of Wild Animals

Posted: 31 Oct 2011 12:04 PM PDT

 

As the recent tragedy in Zanesville, Ohio so painfully illustrated, there’s no good reason for individuals to keep dangerous predators as pets, and the outcome is inevitably disastrous—for the people who are put at risk, for the wild animals themselves who are confined in unnatural settings that fail to meet their complex needs, and, in this case, the animals who met such an untimely and violent death. Another news story that broke this weekend—a 76-pound adult female deer was found intact inside a 16-foot-long Burmese python in the Everglades—shows that when these exotic pets are released or escape into the wild, they are capable of wreaking ecological havoc on our natural resources.

 

Burmese python

Burmese python

Burmese pythons, like the one pictured here, have colonized the Everglades and have now become a dominant predator in this storied American national park.

 

That’s right, a giant snake swallowed a deer whole. Burmese pythons have colonized the Everglades—with an original group of snakes set loose by pet owners or escapees during a hurricane—and have now become a dominant predator in this storied American national park. People often purchase wild animals, like snakes, when they are young and manageable, but there are very few options for placement when the animals grow too dangerous to handle and are no longer wanted. These exotic predators are now fighting with alligators and killing untold numbers of native animals for food. It’s only a matter of time before one of them kills a highly endangered Florida panther or Key deer.

 

It’s no surprise that the U.S. Geological Survey recently released a report documenting potential environmental harm from the trade in large constrictor snakes. The 300-page study should erase any doubt about whether these giant creatures belong in the pet trade. All nine species of large pythons, anacondas, and boa constrictors studied pose either medium or high risk to our natural resources. Three of the species are already reproducing in Florida, where “a very large number of imperiled species are at risk from giant constrictors.”

 

Take ActionUrge the White House to finalize a rule to stop the importation and interstate movement of these deadly snakes as pets.

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has rightly proposed a rule to ban the trade in these nine species of giant snakes, but the Obama administration has been delaying action. There’s no good reason for the White House to be weak-kneed simply because they’ve been hearing some complaints from the reptile industry lobby—the very people who have cost the nation hundreds of millions of dollars, given the government control efforts that have been initiated. It’s much more humane and fiscally responsible to deal with the problem on the front end through prevention. Why should all U.S. taxpayers shoulder the financial burden for a few people who make selfish and reckless decisions?

 

When you add in the threat to humans, and the suffering that the snakes themselves endure in the trade, then the case for a trade ban for these giant snakes is overwhelming. Please take action today and urge the White House to move forward and finalize a rule to stop the importation and interstate movement of these deadly snakes as pets. Every day we wait compounds the danger to public safety, animal welfare, and our natural resources.

 

 

16 Foot Burmese Python Swallows Deer Whole in FL Everglades

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Resolve on Reptiles

As the recent tragedy in Zanesville, Ohio so painfully illustrated, there’s no good reason for individuals to keep dangerous predators as pets, and the outcome is inevitably disastrous—for the people who are put at risk, for the wild animals themselves who are confined in unnatural settings that fail to meet their complex needs, and, in this case, the animals who met such an untimely and violent death. Another news story that broke this weekend—a 76-pound adult female deer was found intact inside a 16-foot-long Burmese python in the Everglades—shows that when these exotic pets are released or escape into the wild, they are capable of wreaking ecological havoc on our natural resources.

Burmese python
Burmese pythons, like the one pictured here, have colonized the
Everglades and have now become a dominant predator in this
storied American national park.

That’s right, a giant snake swallowed a deer whole. Burmese pythons have colonized the Everglades—with an original group of snakes set loose by pet owners or escapees during a hurricane—and have now become a dominant predator in this storied American national park. People often purchase wild animals, like snakes, when they are young and manageable, but there are very few options for placement when the animals grow too dangerous to handle and are no longer wanted. These exotic predators are now fighting with alligators and killing untold numbers of native animals for food. It’s only a matter of time before one of them kills a highly endangered Florida panther or Key deer.

It’s no surprise that the U.S. Geological Survey recently released a report documenting potential environmental harm from the trade in large constrictor snakes. The 300-page study should erase any doubt about whether these giant creatures belong in the pet trade. All nine species of large pythons, anacondas, and boa constrictors studied pose either medium or high risk to our natural resources. Three of the species are already reproducing in Florida, where “a very large number of imperiled species are at risk from giant constrictors.”

Take ActionUrge the White House to finalize a rule to stop the importation and interstate movement of these deadly snakes as pets.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has rightly proposed a rule to ban the trade in these nine species of giant snakes, but the Obama administration has been delaying action. There’s no good reason for the White House to be weak-kneed simply because they’ve been hearing some complaints from the reptile industry lobby—the very people who have cost the nation hundreds of millions of dollars, given the government control efforts that have been initiated. It’s much more humane and fiscally responsible to deal with the problem on the front end through prevention. Why should all U.S. taxpayers shoulder the financial burden for a few people who make selfish and reckless decisions?

When you add in the threat to humans, and the suffering that the snakes themselves endure in the trade, then the case for a trade ban for these giant snakes is overwhelming. Please take action today and urge the White House to move forward and finalize a rule to stop the importation and interstate movement of these deadly snakes as pets. Every day we wait compounds the danger to public safety, animal welfare, and our natural resources.

Court Will Rule on Standing of Tony Supporters to Fight for Him in Court

Court Will Rule on Standing of Tony Supporters to Fight for Him in Court

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Court Will Rule on Standing of Tony Supporters to Fight for Him in Court, Will Once Again Decide His Fate

2009 July Tiger Truck Stop 006Baton Rouge, La. – Tomorrow morning, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and outraged Louisiana residents return to East Baton Rouge District Court to square off against the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, La., where Tony, a Siberian-Bengal tiger, has been confined as a roadside exhibit for over a decade.

 

The same court granted ALDF’s original request for a permanent injunction in May 2011, a ruling that would have prevented the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries from renewing in December the annual permit that allows Michael Sandlin, owner of the Tiger Truck Stop, to keep Tony on display. In August, the Louisiana Court of Appeals ruled that Michael Sandlin and the Tiger Truck Stop must be named as defendants in the lawsuit and ordered a new trial, vacating the trial court’s earlier decision. In addition to this new trial, the Court will consider a motion by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to contest the plaintiffs’ standing to bring the lawsuit to free Tony.

When: 

Wednesday, November 2, 9:00 a.m.

Where:
East Baton Rouge District Courthouse
Room 8B (Judge R. Michael Caldwell’s courtroom)
300 North Boulevard, Baton Rouge

Since ALDF filed its original lawsuit in April 2011, it has argued that the Department violated state law in granting the permit to Michael Sandlin. In tomorrow’s hearing, the Court will again hear ALDF’s argument that Sandlin’s permit to own and display Tony should be invalidated, and that Tony should be released into the custody of ALDF or an accredited animal sanctuary where he can receive care and treatment and live out his life in a more natural environment, free from the 24-hour exposure to noise and diesel fumes and the taunts of visitors. ALDF is requesting both a permanent injunction, which would mean the state could not renew Sandlin’s permit in December, and a mandatory injunction, which would require that Sandlin’s current permit be revoked. The Court may choose to issue a decision in the case immediately following the hearing.

Tony has been on exhibit at the Tiger Truck Stop since 2000; he has lived there with no other tiger companions since 2003. ALDF’s lawsuit to free Tony has drawn the support of high profile advocates like Leonardo DiCaprio and True Blood’s Kristin Bauer and has galvanized activists around the world. The law offices of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, P.C. are providing pro bono assistance with the lawsuit.

“The Animal Legal Defense Fund is confident that the trial court got the law right the first time around and will again make the best decision for Tony,” says ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells. “We would like nothing more than for Tony to spend this New Year’s in the comfort of an accredited sanctuary that is far better equipped to meet his basic needs and to give him the kind of life he deserves.”
Contact:
Lisa Franzetta, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Megan Backus, Animal Legal Defense Fund

http://www.aldf.org/article.php?id=1859

Big Cat Halloween 2011

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Big Cat Halloween

 

Every year the cats and volunteers look forward to Halloween at the sanctuary! This is when we hand out pumpkins to our larger species, Lions, Tigers, Leopards and Cougars and gourds to our smaller species like Bobcats, Servals and Ocelots.

 

We’ve been doing this for many years and the cats just love to play with and destroy the pumpkins and sometimes even “taste test” their Halloween treats! The staff, volunteers and interns have just as much fun watching our residents “carve” their pumpkins, but not so much fun clearing up the mess they leave behind!

 

This annual enrichment is a another way we help our cats remain healthy and happy  while living in captivity!

 

Check out our videos, photos and FREE Halloween goodies below…

 

 

Big Cat Halloween Games, Goodies, and Freebies

 

Here are some of our big cat Halloween Games, Goodies and Freebies for your family to enjoy.  All of our Halloween give always promote Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida and many of these Halloween goodies feature photos of the big cats that live there. Your can get free Halloween crafts for the crafting members of your family.  Your can get free Halloween desktop wallpapers, free Halloween screensavers, free Halloween games to play online and offline.  There are even free Halloween party games and party packs for you to download and print. It is our hope that you will enjoy this free Halloween stuff and pass the link to Big Cat Rescue’s main web site on to your friends.

http://bigcatfun.com/halloween.html