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
Auroara the Tiniest Tiger at Big Cat Rescue
Auroara was one of the first tigers at Big Cat Rescue, she was one of the favorites with everybody who volunteered and visited the sanctuary. She lived in a one acre enclosure with access to the lake at the back, loved to swim and was really good at making you smile whenever you walked by, she will be dearly missed.
Watch along as Big Cat Rescue's silly Tiger Auroara takes a quick dip in the lake. Tigers love water and Aurora proves that cats are Read More
Rescued 5/18/07 Died 10/11/13
Bella is very quite and reserved. She spent her first few days in her new enclosure in her den. She had never had a den before, so the dark secluded area was quite appealing. Bella was spayed shortly after her arrival, so that she and TJ can live together again. They were a breeding pair at Savage Kingdom. Bella has turned around since her arrival and is quickly becoming a favorite among volunteers and guests alike.
Tributes to Bella
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DOB 3/28/97 - 7/31/13
Rose is such a friendly caracal that she was featured in Jack Hanna’s show “Wild Adventures” for a demonstration of photo tour techniques.
Guests love looking at the characteristic black tufted ears of this little caracal.
Rose, like many other wild cats that were raised to become pets, did not learn proper grooming techniques from her mother when she was young. This explains the matted sections of fur she so often has on her coat.
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Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigour, those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember Read More
Des-PURR-ado is another beautiful example of the exceptional coats that these hybrids have. His coat is very soft and fluffy and beautifully patterned.
Des-PURR-ado is very outgoing towards keepers and seems to be just as much an attention hound as Alex. He lives in a large Cat.a.tat with lots of trees and a huge rock den with his roommate Little Dove. He has been neutered and the two live happily together.
As if on cue he will often come out to the tours and roll over Read More
Female Siberian Lynx
DOB 5/6/94 DOD 1/3/2013
Arrived at Big Cat Rescue 6/1/94
Willow (on right) was born at a fur farm in Canada. We had bought all of the kittens the farm had and they were shipped here in crates so small that the kittens could not move. The little wire crates appeared to be full of sticky, smelly gray fur. We opened the crates and pulled out the contents, and found a group of soiled, starving, sick and stressed little kittens. None of them died in transit, which was a astounding, considering the condition in Read More
Female Siberian Lynx
DOB 3/1/89 DOD 11/20/12
Arrived at Big Cat Rescue 1/11/94
Kanawha arrived at Big Cat Rescue on 1/11/94. Under the care of her previous owner her health had began to deteriorate causing her to become extremely thin. When she arrived she was put on a healthy diet which includes whole prey, chicken quarters, and a special formulated ground diet that is nutritionally balanced. Her health improved dramatically and she gained weight right away. She was introduced to Katmandu and fell in love right away. Read More
DOB 6/1/93 - 1/24/13
Arrived at Big Cat Rescue 6/18/98
Ty came to Big Cat Rescue on 6/18/98. His previous owners had become worried that Ty, who has all of his claws, would harm their young children. The breeder had told them that if they raised Ty with their infant son they would bond forever. By the time Ty was three, the boy was still a toddler and Ty went after him. The parents had visited Big Cat Rescue before and felt that Ty would have a comfortable and happy home here. His owners caught him up in a crab trap Read More
Ace sat down slowly on the concrete because her frail old body had lost the padding of well muscled flesh. She was old and her sight was failing, but still she stared out toward the bay and remembered…
She had lived here her entire life. Ace had a family once, a long time ago, but now they were all gone. She used to have friends and spend time enjoying the great open spaces of the land that had been handed down to her generation after generation, but those friends were long gone as well. Her grandmother and her grandmother’s Read More