How Alexander Bobcat Got His Name
When I met the Reverend Alexandra Montiel in 1994, she was 55 and I was 33. At the time I thought how hard this wealthy woman was working to preserve her youth and wondered if I would fight the signs of aging so fiercely. She had just undergone a chemical peel on her face to remove any traces of wrinkles and the skin looked so fragile that I feared the sun would just cause it to melt from her bones. I was soon to learn that "fragile" was not a term consistent with any part of this handsome woman's makeup.
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DOB 5/22/96 - 3/20/2015
Cybil had a back leg that was fractured beyond repair and it healed very crooked. It was thought that someday we would have the leg removed, but she hops around just fine and the leg has not atrophied as expected. She is probably one of the meanest Servals that lives at Big Cat Rescue. She always greets with a hiss (as shown in this photo). Because Cybil does not like people very much she is not on the regular tour path. That way she will not be upset by visitors. Cybil is the perfect example Read More
DOB 1988? - 1/11/15
Arrived at Big Cat Rescue 2/4/03
A tribute to Alachua Bob the bobcat here: https://sites.google.com/site/bigcattributes/home/alachuabob-bobcat
If I had to be an animal, I would want to be a bobcat. They are fearless, adaptable, resilient and far stronger than you would expect from a 25-pound cat. They are being hunted for their pelts and sport despite their very important role in keeping the rat and vermin populations in check. They are being pushed from their homes by urban sprawl and Read More
Male Sand Cat
Arrived at Big Cat Rescue 10/23/00
It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that our beloved sandcat Canyon has died. On December 5th, volunteers reported that he seemed to be having a seizure. Jamie and Carole were immediately called to the scene where staff members were already gathering nets and blankets. Jamie saw that Canyon was on his side, and didn't appear to be breathing so she ran into his enclosure and began giving him chest compressions. When Carole went Read More
Male Bengal/Siberian Tiger
If you saw The Tiger Next Door on Animal Planet, then you saw the horrid conditions at the facility owned by Dennis Hill in Flatrock, Indiana. The Tiger Next Door didn't air until 3/25/2010 and it was about USDA taking away Hill's permit and the DNR (Dept. of Natural Resources) seizing all but three tigers in 2005. What the show doesn't bring out is that the conditions you saw in the movie were far better than when DNR first Read More
The June AdvoCat
When to Euthanize a Tiger
At Big Cat Rescue we have a general decision tree that we and our vets use to determine when it is time to euthanize a big cat, but every situation is different. The vast majority of the time we just aren't sure that it is the right decision until we do the necropsy, which is the animal version of an autopsy. The reason it is so hard to know, if we are doing the right thing, is because cats are hard wired to live the mantra of the wild; "Survival of the fittest." They just will Read More
Female Siberian/Bengal Tiger
Read tributes to China Doll here: https://sites.google.com/site/bigcattributes/home/china-doll-tiger
When China Doll's owners discovered that they were going to have a baby and be dealing with terminal illness in their family, they asked Big Cat Rescue to take their tiger and 8 cougars and we did.
Even people who could afford to give proper care to these cats in large cages, good food and vitamins Read More
Male Leopard Cat
DOB 6/30/00 - 5/27/14
We quit breeding cats in 1997 when our Co-Founder disappeared. We spent the next 3 years building better Cat-A-Tats for our 200 residents. We neutered and spayed all of the bobcats, cougars and lynx first.
We had a pair of Amur Leopard Cats who had lived together since 1995. In the Spring of 2000 the Leopard Cats moved into their new 1000 square foot Cat-A-Tat with it’s bushes, trees and underground dens. It must have been very romantic.
Much to our amazement, Shalimar Read More
Nyla came to Big Cat Rescue with her brother, Simba, on 8/4/94. She was a product of the entertainment industry, which only wants perfect looking models. Because she was cross eyed, she was unwanted.
She gets very jealous if her brother Simba is getting any attention and will begin making a nuisance of herself until all the attention is focused on her. All she wants is everyone's undivided affection.
She’s much smaller than her brother, Read More
Banjo was used in classroom presentations by Wildlife Educators of America in Castaic, CA and was sent here when it was discovered that he was a he and not a she.
He was Staff Member Vern’s favorite animal here and since Vern builds the enclosures, Banjo has one of the biggest. Banjo was also a favorite of tour guests. His unusual appearance and even more unusual scent of popcorn amazes the crowd. Even though Banjo has an enormous enclosure, he always hangs out in the Read More