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Cub Abuse at Colossalcon Kalahari Resort

Cub Abuse at Colossalcon in the Kalahari Resort Once again the annual anime convention called Colossalcon at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio will exploit tiger and lion cubs. Event organizers are charging attendees $175 for a “shared 30-minute hands-on session with a baby cat.” The sessions have already sold out. How many exhausted cubs will be handled, deprived of sleep and gawked at during the 4-day event? How many will get sick? How many will cry out for the mothers they were torn away from? Last year we asked our newsletter Read More

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What is a day like at Big Cat Rescue?

What is a day like at Big Cat Rescue? Some things happen EVERY day, some things happen a few times a week, some things happen once a month and some things happen once a year.  The problem with all of this structured order is that EVERY day there is some chaos introduced, so it is always a balancing act to take care of both the critically important, and the things that have to get done every day. To Set the Stage There are 100 exotic cats on 67 acres and about 80-100 volunteers and staff to care for them.  Some cats have more than one Read More

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Carole Baskin

Carole Baskin Founder of Big Cat Rescue CEO AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS Carole Baskin is the founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue. She runs a real estate business and manages 100+ volunteers and interns from around the world and 14 staff. She has run this Tampa based non profit since 1992 and has garnered international attention to the plight of captive big cats on CNN, Animal Planet, Discovery, U.S. News & World Report, People Magazine, The Today Show, Sports Illustrated, all of the local media outlets and many more national and international programs. Read More

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JoJo

JoJo Male DOB 1/1/03 Rescued 9/1/13 Caravel (Caracal / Lynx Hybrid)   http://youtu.be/92ao7chHllY   Meet Jo Jo the Caracal Serval Hybrid   I first met JoJo the Caracal / Serval hybrid at the South Florida Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in 2005 after a hurricane had taken down the perimeter fencing and dumped piles of deadfall on the cages. The owner, Dirk Neugebohm, had ended up in the hospital with a heart attack from trying to clean the mess up by himself. He wrote from what he thought Read More

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Now at Big Cat Rescue March 21 2015

Big Cat Rescuers in Action Ares Cougar Gets a New Jingle Ball Cybil Serval Gets Diagnostics in New Windsong Memorial Hospital Apollo the Siberian Lynx Gets Follow Up Exam in New Windsong Memorial Hospital Angelica Bobcat has Mass Removed in New Windsong Memorial Hospital Mickey Cougar Recovers in West-Boensch Cat Hospital Two New Videos https://youtu.be/097u3RKW9Ks     https://youtu.be/EU47KtrOM40 Read More

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Marbled Cat Facts

Marbled Cat Common Name: Marbled Cat Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata) Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Felidae Genus: Pantherinae (Pardofelis) Species: marmorata Misc: Genetic studies of this cats blood serum, shows that it shares an identical karyotype with Lynx, Panthera and Uncia, leaving this cats evolutionary history somewhat of a taxonomic puzzle. Perhaps, this little cat is similar in form to the forest ancestors of the big cats some 10 million years ago (Collier and O’Brien, 1985). However, it may have Read More

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Now at Big Cat Rescue March 14 2015

Big Cat Walkabout March 14 2015

The first few minutes are sounds you might not have ever heard a tiger make, as Amanda Tiger does Operant Conditioning w/ Olga, our guest from Spain. After being away for a few days, Carole goes around checking on cats and takes note of what the volunteers and interns have been doing. Rare footage of Vern at Family Dinner too.

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Relocating Bobcats and Cougars

Relocating the Cats is Not the Solution A single bobcat requires 5 square miles of territory in order to have enough prey to support him. All exotic cats, male and female, spray to mark their boundaries. Except for an overlapping of territory during mating the cats patrol and defend their boundaries against other cats and other top predators. These boundaries must be fiercely guarded or the cats will starve to death. If two wild cats find themselves in the same area they will fight to the death. That is why respecting these scent marked boundary Read More

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Ringlings Relent on Elephants as Performers Was Long Overdue by Ira Fischer

Ringling’s Relent on Elephants as Performers Was Long Overdue by Ira Fischer Faced with mounting pressure from animal welfare organizations and bans and restrictions by local jurisdictions, Ringling Brothers finally relented on the use of elephants as entertainment. Ringling’s announcement that it will phase out the use of elephants comes after years of dwindling attendance in the wake of adverse publicity about the treatment of its elephants and other wild animals used as performers. The victory in this long-standing battle belongs to the Read More