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 was his deathbed back then to anyone and everyone he could think of asking for help; and Read More
Her name is pronounced RYE-zuh
and is German for Journey
and it certainly is appropriate for a cougar who was born into the pet trade in 1995 in Texas, was shipped to New York and then traveled to a rescue center in South Florida before taking the last road trip, at the age of 18, to her forever home at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa.
This folder of images will be updated as they come in from the Big Cat Rescue team.
From a former volunteer:
Hello! Here is some basic information about Reise the cougar and Read More
YOU DID IT! Washington's Senate Bill 6287 is Dead!
Washington state Senators Brian Dansel and Don Benton authored a bill to force the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to allow trophy hunters to use hounds to kill cougars for fun.
The bill died in the Senate on February 18th. Washington's cougars and hounds can sleep a little safer. To everyone who shared the alert and contacted legislators: Thank you for helping us stop this cruel and unnecessary legislation!.... continue reading
Tuesday, March Read More
Big Cat Missing Link
A fossil recently found in the Zanda Basin in Tibet included remains of Pantera blytheae, a new species of big cat that is most closely related to the modern day snow leopard.
The skull of P. blytheae is the oldest big cat fossil found to date, and fills a significant gap in the fossil record. It indicates that ancient big cats lived nearly 6 million years ago, 2 million years earlier than previously thought, and sheds light on their geographic origins in Asia.
Illegal Read More
Christmas Eve at Big Cat Rescue
Amur Leopard Video
This made my day!
Office Makeovers at Big Cat Rescue
Chelsea's new office
Gale's new office
Jeff and Tigger's office
Willow's new office
When the floor began to give way in our office trailer, Scott Haller had to rip out the floors and start from scratch. He found a wood floor product that is cheaper than vinyl and looks a lot nicer, so all of Read More
Rescue of Narla the Cougar:
This is a letter from someone who knew the Loppi's. This person below, wanted us to know that Rob was well intended and I post it here as an example of how even the best intentions usually end up bad for the exotic animal.
According to a number of emails I got after the fact, Rob's wife was looking to euthanize the cat, but Rob's friends, family and the media were on her case and she couldn't do it without Read More
Cougar - Felis concolor
Common Names: Cougar, Puma, Panther,
Mountain Lion, Catamount
Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata)
Genus: Felinae (Puma)
Eastern Texas to Florida – P.c.coryi –IUCN: Endangered, CITES:Appendix I Northeastern US and southeastern Canada Cougar – P.c. couguar - IUCN: Endangered, CITES: Appendix I Central American Cougar – P.c. costaricensis – CITES: Appendix I
Misc: The cougar has the greatest natural Read More
Big Cat Walkabout Oct 2013
Come along with Carole Baskin as I show you our recently completed Kitten Cabana for foster kittens, see Vern, Chuck and Scott talk about finishing the Vacation Rotation "curtain" that makes the 2.5 enclosure cat safe for just about any species of exotic cat.
See Babbs planting some beautiful plants around the property with volunteers.
Watch Gale lead a project building a rehab cage for Fencer along w/ interns and volunteers. See Jen doing enrichment with some of Read More
South Dakota Sets its 2014 Lion Hunting Quotas
Despite arguments by conservationists that South Dakota's local mountain population was struggling from years of over hunting, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission set the 2014 lion hunting quota Thursday at 50 females or 75 total lions for the Black Hills hunting region. More here:
Tomorrow is National Feral Cat Day
Tomorrow’s the big day! How are you going to celebrate National Feral Cat Day®?
With Read More
Carole Baskin Discusses Some Recent Rescues
Get the audio version of Cat Chat 22 here.
See previous episodes of Cat Chat
Here are 2 of the videos that played in Cat Chat 22
Fencer Bobcat Rescue
Reise Cougar Rescue Slideshow
This folder of images will be updated as they come in from the Big Cat Rescue team. Read Reise' s story here. Read More