CatBio

CatBio

Meet the Cats of Big Cat Rescue

or see general facts, photos and videos of all exotic cat species

Click on the wild cats’ names below to see their photos, bios and videos, or just click the Play buttons to hear their stories.

Visit Big Cat Rescue

Large Cats

the cats of Big Cat Rescue

Leopards

 

Armani   Play Exotic Cat Story

Cheetaro   Play Exotic Cat Story

Jade   Play Exotic Cat Story

Jumanji   Play Exotic Cat Story

Sabre   Play Exotic Cat Story

Sundari   Play Exotic Cat Story

 

Lions

 

Cameron   Play Exotic Cat Story

Joseph   Play Exotic Cat Story

Nikita   Play Exotic Cat Story

 

Tigers

 

Amanda has a forever sponsor   Play Exotic Cat Story

Andre  has a forever sponsor   Play Exotic Cat Story

Arthur  has a forever sponsor   Play Exotic Cat Story

Hoover

Kali   Play Exotic Cat Story

Keisha   Play Exotic Cat Story

TJ   Play Exotic Cat Story

Zabu the White Tiger   Play Exotic Cat Story

Zeus   Play Exotic Cat Story

 

 

Smaller Cats

 

Bobcats

 

Anasazi  Play Exotic Cat Story

Andi   Play Exotic Cat Story

Angie   Play Exotic Cat Story

Apache   Play Exotic Cat Story

Ariel   Play Exotic Cat Story

Bailey   Play Exotic Cat Story

Banshee   Play Exotic Cat Story

Breezy   Play Exotic Cat Story

Divinity   Play Exotic Cat Story

Little Dove   Play Exotic Cat Story

Little Feather   Play Exotic Cat Story

Little White Dove   Play Exotic Cat Story

Lovey   Play Exotic Cat Story

Mary Ann   Play Exotic Cat Story

Max   Play Exotic Cat Story

Moses   Play Exotic Cat Story

Running Bear   Play Exotic Cat Story

Thurston AKA Mr Howell   Play Exotic Cat Story

Tiger Lilly   Play Exotic Cat Story

Will   Play Exotic Cat Story

Windstar   Play Exotic Cat Story

 

Canada Lynx

 

Gilligan   Play Exotic Cat Story

Skipper   Play Exotic Cat Story

Caracals

 

Rusty   Play Exotic Cat Story

Sassy   Play Exotic Cat Story

 

Cougars

 

Ares   Play Exotic Cat Story

Artemis   Play Exotic Cat Story

Aspen Echo   Play Exotic Cat Story

Mac   Play Exotic Cat Story

Mickey   Play Exotic Cat Story

Orion   Play Exotic Cat Story

Reise   Play Exotic Cat Story

Sassyfrass   Play Exotic Cat Story

 

Hybrid Cats

 

Diablo   Play Exotic Cat Story

JoJo   Play Exotic Cat Story 

King Tut   Play Exotic Cat Story

 

 

Ocelots

 

Nirvana   Play Exotic Cat Story

PurrFection   Play Exotic Cat Story

 

Servals

 

Bongo   Play Exotic Cat Story

Desiree   Play Exotic Cat Story

Doodles   Play Exotic Cat Story

Frosty   Play Exotic Cat Story

Ginger   Play Exotic Cat Story

Kalahari   Play Exotic Cat Story

Kricket   Play Exotic Cat Story

Nairobi   Play Exotic Cat Story

Nala   Play Exotic Cat Story

Pharaoh   Play Exotic Cat Story

Purr-sonality   Play Exotic Cat Story

Santino   Play Exotic Cat Story

Servie   Play Exotic Cat Story

Sheena   Play Exotic Cat Story

Tonga   Play Exotic Cat Story

Zimba   Play Exotic Cat Story

Zouletta   Play Exotic Cat Story

 

Siberian Lynx

 

Apollo   Play Exotic Cat Story

 

Professional Voice Talent by:

Michael Miller Voice Talent Radio WavesMichael Miller has created all of the audio files for the big cat bios on this page and for our Vox guided tour system.  He has been a true joy to work with and has a passion for protecting cats.  If you need any kind of voice over work, we highly recommend Michael, not only for his talent, but because of his integrity and his inspiring sense of gratitude.

 

Past Cats

 

CloeSnowLeopardButterflyJenniferGwynneOliver

Cats who have passed on but have forever touched our lives live in our hearts here.  Please share our cats bios with your friends.

 

Donate to Feed Lions

Donate to Feed Lions

Donate to Feed Lions

In the wild I am king of beast but in captivity I depend on you for food.  Please donate!

For more funny and inspirational quotes visit:  https://bigcatrescue.org/category/free-stuff/

Subscribe and never miss a funny, inspirational or educational post here:  http://feeds.feedburner.com/bigcatrescue/feeds

If you LOVE, LOVE, LOVE cats of all shapes and sizes, please help by adding your voice to protect them at CatLaws.com

Take Action button

BreedingKills

BreedingKills

Breeding Tigers in the U.S. Kills Tigers in the Wild

Asking how that can be? Here is how.

The private ownership of tigers in the U.S. negatively impacts conservation in a number of ways:

Negative conservation  message. The primary driver of breeding tigers in the U.S. is the need for a constant supply of tiger cubs in order to charge the public to take photos with them, pet them and swim with them. The exhibitors falsely claim that this causes people to be more interested in conservation.  The opposite is true for two reasons.

1) Exhibitors argue that close contact with the animals creates awareness of conservation. Studies with primates have shown the opposite to be true. (Citations).

2) Exhibitors tell people that the tiger is inevitably going extinct in the wild so the only way to “conserve” them is to breed them in captivity.

First, “conservation” is preserving the balance of nature in the wild. Having tigers in a cage to gawk at is not conservation. The only time breeding in captivity has a positive conservation impact is when animals (1) are of pure genetic heritage, (2) are either inherently capable of surviving in the wild or can be taught to survive in the wild (like BCR’s rehab program for orphaned bobcat kittens we teach to hunt and then release) and (3) there is habitat into which the animals can be released. NONE of these criteria are met by the generic tigers that are used for cub petting and display.

Tiger on platform in cage

Second, as opposed to increasing interest in conservation in the wild, the statement that the tigers are going extinct in the wild so we need them in cages to preserve them does the opposite. What this argument “teaches” people in effect is that we don’t have to worry about tigers going extinct in the wild if we have them in cages. So it teaches people NOT to be concerned about preservation of tigers in the wild.

Impairing U.S. credibility in influencing other nations. There are estimated to be 5,000 to 10,000 tigers in private hands in the U.S. Those who have USDA licenses are supposed to keep a census showing acquisitions, dispositions and those they possess at a given time. But the exhibitors only need to keep records for a year and only keep them on hand for inspection. USDA does not collect this data and track it. There is no tracking of private owners of tigers who do not have a USDA license.

An organization called TRAFFIC commissioned a study a few years ago to determine if parts from U.S. tigers might be entering the illegal trade.  The study concluded that there was no way to know how many U.S. tigers end up in the trade for their parts because of the lack of tracking. For instance, two of the most notorious prolific breeders of tiger cubs, one in Wynnewood, OK and one in Myrtle Beach, SC each breed dozens of tigers each year for petting and there is no tracking of where these cubs end up.

There is an international treaty called the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Without going into details, the nations meet every few years to report on progress, discuss issues and vote on recommendations. Again to keep it short, China and a few other nations want to change the CITES rules to allow them to breed tigers like we breed cattle or chickens on “tiger farms” and slaughter them to sell their parts and products made from their parts (called derivatives) like tiger bone wine. Those countries falsely argue that if they “supply the market” for these products from the farms then there will be no incentive to poach tigers from the wild. This is absolutely not true for two reasons. First, the wild tiger will always be considered the premium product, particularly when it comes to derivatives that are alleged to have aphrodisiac qualities. So expanding the market by making supply more readily available will create even more demand for the premium wild tiger product. Second, it is simply much cheaper to poach a tiger than to feed and house one for years until it is large enough to slaughter.

The U.S. fortunately opposes tiger farming and sale of tiger parts and derivative, as do many other nations.

So what does this have to do with breeding captive tigers in the U.S. for cub petting and having them end up in back yards and no one knows where?

Recently we were participants in a meeting of NGOs (non governmental organizations) from around the world that are involved in tiger conservation. They universally bemoaned the fact that while the U.S. was an ally in trying to resist efforts by some nations to farm tigers and legalize the sale of parts and derivatives, the U.S. credibility and effectiveness is severely impaired because the nations favoring the legal sale of tiger parts point to our widespread untracked captive population and ask how can the U.S. credibly ask those nations to stop captive breeding when we set such a bad example of rampant breeding in our country with no idea how many tigers here may be killed for their parts and end up in the international trade. The nations with tiger farms point out that at least they know where their tigers are.

Is there something YOU can do to stop tigers from being killed in the wild? YES!WhiteTigerCubsMom2012-05-13 at 6.46.56 PM

We can hugely increase the ability of the United States to influence the international community to prevent the tiger farming and sale of tiger parts and products that will increase the poaching of wild tigers. How? By passing the Big Cat Public Safety Act HR 3546 / S 2541. This law would end most of the private breeding and possession of big cats in this country. Passing this bill into law would show that the U.S. was ending the private breeding here and restore our credibility with the international community.

How can you help? It is easy and takes only a few minutes. Just visit BigCatAct.com and learn how to email or call your Representative and Senators and urge them to support the Big Cat Public Safety Act.

 

Breeding Tigers Kills Tigers #BreedingKills

Web Cam Cats

Web Cam Cats

Big Cat Rescue Cats Belong on Camera

With about 80 cats of 10 species, Big Cat Rescue always has something interesting going on and we want to share it with the world.  Our limitations have been the high cost of outdoor cameras and enough bandwidth to make it viable.  At the bottom of this page is a map and a video of potential camera locations.

Vacation Rotation Enclosure

The Vacation Rotation enclosure is 2.5 acres where we rotate different lions, tigers and cougars for two week vacations.  At the 18 second mark, if you can imagine being about 15 feet up in the air and looking down at the tiger, is where I would put a web cam so the pond and fountain are up front.  It happens to be the point closest to Internet, which is about 75 feet away.

 

Every two weeks the new cat or cats move in, so there is always a lot of activity that day and then typically a lot of exploring in the early morning and evening hours.  During the heat of the day, it will be cats snoozing, but I could watch that all day.

 

Max and Mary Ann

Max and Mary Ann are two young bobcats who were rescued from different situations, but were young enough to introduce.  Now their favorite spot to be is on top of one of their platforms within just inches of the side wall of the cage.  A camera on the side or above them would have a lot of action in about a 3 foot square space, as that is their favorite spot to groom, play and nap.

Warning, the music will stay in your head the rest of the day.

 

TJ Tiger Pond

TJ the tiger has a 2+ acre enclosure that goes down into our lake.  One of his favorite places to lay is on the lake bank and he loves to splash in the lake.  The camera could be place at the same vantage point from where this was filmed, as we were up on a cat walk above him.

 

Windsong Memorial Hospital

We have a Nest cam in the Windsong Memorial, directly over the operation table.

At the 40 second mark in this video you can see the inside of the hospital. At the 3:09 mark, you can see the ceiling where there is a cut out to the loft above.  This is where the camera has the best view of the surgery.

 

Feeding Time at Big Cat Rescue

One of the things people never get tired of seeing is the cats being fed.  The cats are all fed in small wire enclosures because we have to train them to come into a small space for vet exams and emergencies.  It’s not a very interesting spot, except around 9 am every day, but then it can be just amazing to see and hear a cat crunching through bones.  Probably the best place for a camera would be one of the 3 feeding areas attached to the Vacation Rotation area above because it would always have a different big cat and would be about 300 feet from the other VR camera.

 

Bobcat Rehab Area

You can find out more about our Bobcat Rehab area and see photos and videos of what we capture on CCTVs here: http://bigcatrescue.org/bobcat-rehab/

In this video you can see the hospital room where cats go through rehab before being allowed outside.

 

Current Nest Cam

This is currently being used by Nirvana the Ocelot.

 

Logistics

This is an aerial shot of our property, outlined in green.  The red area is the Vacation Rotation area and Intern housing.  Intern housing is on the left 1/3 and the VR is the other 2/3’s of that space.  At the bottom right you can see the cell tower that is paying rent to be on our property, but has no dishes on it.  They have removed most of the supportive gear, generators, etc., so I don’t think they have plans for the site any time soon.  Nextel built it, but a new company pays us rent now.  I’ll find out who, if this helps get us better coverage.  We have Frontier FKA Verizon FIOS through our property at 10 spots (all buildings).

rp_AerialEasyStWest10acRed.jpg

Below is a video where I walked around today and shot the areas that I think would make for the best web cam experiences.

 

Web Cam Locations

Green is our boundary.  Red is the Vacation Rotation area.  If the site has an explore.org live cam, there will be a link.

1. Vacation Rotation 15 feet up w/ view of entire enclosure http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-vacation-rotation

2. Vacation Rotation feeding area http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-feeding-station

3.  TJ Tiger lake bank http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-tiger-lake

4.  Max and Mary Ann the Bobcats on their platform

5.  Rehab (actually further to the right in a 3 ac parcel adjacent http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-bobcat-rehab-and-release

6.  Kitten Cabana for domestic kittens that are always between 6-8 weeks of age http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-kitten-cabana

7.  Vacation Rotation for small cats that is under construction

8.  Nakita Lioness from 15 feet up in the corner of the open area http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-lioness-nikita

9.  Cat Hospitals (one for surgeries, the other for rehab) http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-windsong-memorial-cat-hospital and X-ray http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-x-ray-cam

10.  Alternate feeding station that looks into the cypress bayou for TJ tiger

TJ

TJ

hear big catsTJ

Male Siberian/Bengal Tiger Hybrid

DOB 1999

 

Tiger TJ splashing in pondTJ was the youngest of four tigers who were rescued in 2007 from a breeding facility in Center Hill Florida called Savage Kingdom.  He is quite playful and loves to crash through all of the high grasses in his enclosure. TJ has a particular fascination with water and will splash in and out of his pools or the pond, when he is on vacation in the Vacation Rotation enclosure.  He seems to delight in the way the light moves on the surface of splashing water.

Savage Kingdom was run by an ex circus performer named Robert Baudy who had been famous for his big cat act in the 1950’s.  He boasted that the way you trained a big cat was to chain them to the wall and beat them without mercy until they learned that no matter how much they tried to retaliate, they could never succeed.  Once they were broken they were safe to use in performances.

Times have changed, and so has public opinion about how to treat animals, but tiger taming hasn’t changed.  Cats are routinely beaten, deprived of food and deprived of space in order to make them perform on cue.  Tiger trainers have figured out that no one will pay to see an abused animal, so they make a big show of giving the cats kisses, pats on the head and treats, and tell the public that they only train using love, respect and positive reinforcement.  It is a lie.

rp_TigerTJsinging.jpgWe do positive reinforcement and clicker training to get our cats to do things like lay down, show us their paws, etc. to make it easier for us to deal with their medical needs.  At Big Cat Rescue the cats have the choice of doing the interaction with us and our vets, and if they don’t want to do it, they can walk away.

 

If the “show must go on” then you can bet the cats were abused behind the scenes to make them reliable performers on stage.  Please never pay to see big cats perform.

You can help feed TJ Tiger here:  http://big-cat-rescue.myshopify.com/collections/sponsor-a-cat

 

 

 

 

Savage Kingdom Rescue: TJ, Bella, Modnic and Trucha

 

 

hear big catsA hundred times or more a year Big Cat Rescue is contacted by someone trying to unload a tiger, lion, bobcat, serval or some other exotic cat who has outlived his usefulness. In most cases the people calling are those who have used the animals to support themselves, or to make themselves more popular, and now the cat no longer serves their needs. Then the cat has to go.

Big Cat Rescue can only take in a limited number of big cats each year because each cat is a 10-20 year commitment. Most of the cases do not meet Big Cat Rescue’s criteria for accepting a cat as they will not assist these irresponsible owners in continuing to breed and use animals by being a dumping ground for last year’s babies.

This case at Savage Kingdom was different. Robert Baudy was world renown for producing what are commonly referred to as “throw away tigers” because they are so often lame and cross eyed from the inbreeding that goes into producing the white tigers that will fetch a big price.

When USDA finally shut down the 84 year olds’ breeding activities in August of 2006 an era of abuse came much closer to an end. A friend of Baudy’s had managed to place all but four tigers by May 14, 2007. If she could not find a home for these last four tigers she was going to have them euthanized on May 18th because she could no longer afford the time and resources needed to care for the cats.

TJ, Bella, Modnic, and Trucha were the last four cats that needed a home and Big Cat Rescue stepped in to provide one. On May 18th, 2007, Rescuers transported the four to their new home at BCR. They now have spacious grassy enclosures with shrubs and trees, large mountain dens, and pools to cool off in.

Fatal Attractions – Tigers Unleashed, about TJ and Bella tigers: http://animal.discovery.com/tv-shows/fatal-attractions/videos/tigers-rescued-deleted-scene.htm

 See More About TJ, th Tiger:

Enjoy TJ tiger getting a Piñata in this Wildcat Walkabout Video on April 25, 2014 – http://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-april-25-2014/

 

Bobcat Rehab

Bobcat Rehab

Big Cat Rescue Rehabilitates Bobcats

for Release Back to the Wild

Watch our Rehab Bobcats LIVE on this explore.org web cam: http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-bobcat-rehab-and-release

My Bobcat is in Rehab TEE BlackSee who is in rehab now:

Ms Claws http://bigcatrescue.org/the-claws

Find out more about some of our recent bobcat rescues, rehab and their release:

Thor http://bigcatrescue.org/thor

 

Rain and Dancer http://bigcatrescue.org/release-of-rain-and-dancer-bobcats/

Phoenix and Captiva:  http://bigcatrescue.org/phoenix-rehab/ and here:  http://bigcatrescue.org/4-bobcat-kittens/

Mr Claws http://bigcatrescue.org/the-claws

 

Give to Big Cat Rescue

 

Donate to make this bobcat rehab work possible.

 

What Do Rehab Bobcats Do All Day?

How to Care for Rehab Bobcat

 

 

Cage rest sounds pretty peaceful for the cat, but it’s a real challenge for the caregivers.

 

See 2 playlists of some of our rehab bobcats

 

While we do bobcat rescue, rehab and release in Florida, we will not relocate bobcats as state law requires that they be released very near where they were captured. They must be released on at least 40 acres and we must get written permission from the owner of the property. They may not be released into state owned parks (strangely) but rather must be released on privately owned land with the land owner’s consent.

Big Cat Rescue has decades of experience rehabbing and releasing bobcats back to the wild where they belong. We provide huge, naturalistic enclosures where these cats can learn or perfect their hunting skills before being released back to the wild. We have trained staff who are experts at capturing an injured bobcat or hand rearing orphaned bobcats until a surrogate can be found.

We go to great lengths to keep these wild cats from imprinting on humans and monitor their care via surveillance cameras to make sure they are thriving. When they are healed, or old enough for release (about 18 months of age) we find the best habitat possible for sustaining them and set them free to live out the life that nature intended.

If you have a bobcat emergency in a state other than Florida, we can help you find a rehabber or will be a resource to wildlife rehabilitators who need help with bobcats, lynx or cougars. When you are searching for a bobcat rehabber ask the following questions:

1. Do they have experience with bobcats?

2. How big are their rehab enclosures? (Ours start at 1200 square feet and some are double that)

3. Do they feed a live diet of prey to insure that the cats will be able to hunt for themselves?

4. Do they keep people, including themselves to the extent possible, away from the bobcat so that they do not imprint on people and end up approaching humans after release?

5. Do they have a vet on staff or on call 24/7 for emergencies?

Rehabbing and releasing bobcats is much more difficult that the rehabilitation of most wildlife. These magnificent little wildcats need every opportunity to fulfill their role in nature and Big Cat Rescue is here to give them that second chance.

Donate to make this bobcat rehab work possible.

No one is allowed to trap and relocate bobcats so anyone who tells you that they will do that is probably trapping them to use as bait for training dogs.

Read more about why relocating wildcats doesn’t work:  http://bigcatrescue.org/relocating-bobcats-and-cougars/

Get the flier to share with your neighbors about Living With Bobcats http://bigcatrescue.org/000news/pdf/2009/BCR_FLBobcat_Brochure_Web.pdf

More Bobcat Rehab Success Stories

 

2003-2016 Big Cat Rescue has had 29 cats come through the rehab program. In addition we have gone on 2 calls where we have seen the injured bobcat, but were unable to catch it.

2003 – 1

Faith – Orphaned juvenile, rehabbed til grown and released (1st attempt at rehabbing and releasing a weaning kitten)

2007 – 4

Chance – Injured & birth defects, surgery to repair hernia, rehabbed, released

Will – Brain damaged juvenile, not releasable, permanent resident

Kennedy – Brain damaged juvenile, not releasable, permanent resident, died from seizure

Ace – Emaciated adult, FIV positive, not permitted to release, permanent resident, died from FIV

2008 – 1

Hope – Orphaned nursing kitten, utilized foster domestic mom and kittens, rehabbed til grown and released (1st attempt at rehabbing and releasing a nursing kitten)

2009 – 4

Dante – Hit by car, broken jaw, rehabbed, released

Bellona – Hit by car, broken leg & tail, plate surgery at Blue Pearl, follow up knee surgery at Blue
Pearl, rehabbed released

Flash – Injured, no vet care needed, rehabbed, released

Christmas – Hit by car, injuries too severe, euthanized

2010 – 4

Skip – Hit by car, broken pelvis, surgery w/ Dr. Hay, rehabbed, pelvis healed too narrow, permanent resident, died from seizure

Midnight – Orphaned kitten, died of feline distemper

Rain – Orphaned kitten, died of feline distemper

Storm – Orphaned kitten, died of feline distemper and congenital heart disease

2012 – 2

Gator – Orphaned juvenile, rehabbed til grown and released

Copter – Orphaned juvenile, rehabbed til grown and released

2013 – 2

Khaleesi – Orphaned juvenile, rehabbed til grown and released

Fencer – Caught in fence, broken toe, rehabbed, released

2014 – 2

Cypress – Broken pelvis, FHO surgery at Blue Pearl, pelvis did not heal, euthanized

Ivan – Both front legs amputated, suspected trap, euthanized

2015 – 7

Journey – Orphaned kitten, died of feline distemper

Phoenix – Orphaned kitten, burned in brush fire, rehabbed, released

Captiva – Orphaned kitten, rehabbed, released

Rain – Orphaned kitten, rehabbed, released

Dancer – Orphaned kitten, rehabbed, released

Mr. Claws – Orphaned juvenile, broken leg, plate surgery at Humane Society, rehabbed, released

Mrs. Claws – Orphaned kitten, injury to head, stunted growth, still in rehab

2016 – 2

Poseidon – Severe parasite and mange infestation, died as a result

Thor – Broken jaw, eye socket, and shoulder blade, jaw surgery at Humane Society, rehabbed released

http://bigcatrescue.org/a-baby-bobcat-named-faith/

http://bigcatrescue.org/a-boatload-of-bobcats-turns-big-cat-rescue-into-modern-day-ark/

 

Hope the Bobcat

Episode 1 https://youtu.be/BcNZVF4ayDc

Episode 2 https://youtu.be/3afjaPdvJ38

Episode 3 https://youtu.be/68GjuVogId8

Episode 4 https://youtu.be/jKVDhfVtgao

Episode 5 https://youtu.be/PNPO5iCeU54

Episode 6 https://youtu.be/xtvIxx6dEe8

Episode 7 https://youtu.be/GJa-NqeJG14

Episode 8 https://youtu.be/3sbsRoAdfsU

Episode 9 https://youtu.be/ZMrki7Jy3Fk

Episode 10 https://youtu.be/Sfl_T3aF_ZA

Episode 11 https://youtu.be/noiygWDCo5o

Episode 12 https://youtu.be/CHnz3w7YQVo

Episode 13 https://youtu.be/oW7pmvv_Dmo

Episode 14 https://youtu.be/iXPjBTpZx1U

Help Expand Bobcat Rehab Capacity

We are thinking the bobcat rehab rebuild is going to run about a quarter of a million dollars.

The area that would be most suitable on our property would allow a foot print of about 200 feet by 800 feet and would give us about 1/3 of that in thick woods and 2/3 in grassy runs. The woods are a blessing and a curse when we are talking chain link boxes.

Bobcat Rehab Site

Click map to see larger

The pink areas are our permanent big cat residents. The green shaded area is where we want to move our bobcat rehab facilities. It will be the opposite end of our property from the new hotel that is going in on Easy Street.

The 18 acre lake was dug out by the previous owner and then he was filling it in, starting w/ the green shaded area, with concrete and construction materials from demolition sites. He dug the lake down to 30 feet in places, so we could have that much concrete to drill through.

Wild bobcats DO dig, so we have to have a floor. That’s why I was thinking that a big chain link box, complete with roof and floor, might actually work there. It would have to be 1 in mesh and at least 11.5 gauge to meet state standards and keep their live rats from escaping. We would put dirt, grass and shrubs over the flooring after install.

This year we had 7 bobcats in rehab, which is the most we’ve had at one time, but as our reputation for successful releases grows, more cats seem to end up here, so we need to be ready for that growing demand.

We are confident that we can end the practice of private ownership of big cats, so the wildlife rehab work will expand as the need for big cat sanctuaries decreases with our legislative wins.

We own the three houses and two barns that are south of the green shaded area, so there is water, power and Internet nearby. The main house and the two barns have a life estate by the elderly owner though, so I’d have to build something for indoor care of injured cats, but it wouldn’t have to be huge because of the opportunity to take over the existing structures soon.

Currently the intensive care is done in our on site Cat Hospitals, but it would really be nice to have the wild bobcats totally away from the hubbub of the sanctuary, in their own recovery facilities adjoining the outdoor runs.

What I envision here are 8 long, narrow runs, maybe 20 by 230 each, that could be opened up into 4 that are 20 x 470 when there are 4 or fewer cats. Still puzzling about how to make the space expandable, without shared walls, which are just a tragedy waiting to happen.

Whether a bobcat comes to us injured or orphaned, they usually go through these stages:

Give to Big Cat Rescue1. Inside intensive care
2. Outside, small (low) cages so they don’t climb and fall.
3. 1000 -2500 square feet of space to perfect their hunting, climbing, hiding skills.

Another factor that I haven’t quite figured out yet, is how to mount cameras so that we can make sure the cats are doing well, and to engage the public. Our Bobcat Rehab camera is very popular at http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-bobcat-rehab-and-release and a great way to engage people in caring about wildlife, so I want to build it with a goal of it being a good virtual visual experience.

Plans-Bobcat Rehab Center

Each cage will require 27,120 sf of 1 in chain link mesh.  Or roughly 64,750 linear feet of 8 foot high chain link mesh.  http://www.yourfencestore.com/ lists 10 gauge, 1 inch mesh for 11.14 per linear foot which means a retail cost.

Below are mockups by Kenni Pedersen of what the bobcat rehab runs will look like.

3D-Bobcat

Kenni’s working on an animated version.

3D-Bobcat overlay