Wildcat Walkabout 2014 05 01
Shere Khan Tiger is still mourning the loss of China Doll. Jade & Armani Leopards pose for the camera. Thuston and Lovey Bobcats cuddle up in their tree house. Gilligan watches Skipper the Canada Lynx get caught and taken to the vet, a water moccasin threatens Gale and Pharaoh the white serval, JoJo the Caravel is up on this platform and Rusty and Sassy Caracals are snuggled in the bush. Ginger Serval is on the prowl.
There are some great vocalizations 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
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
Great News for Mountain Lions
NO MORE UNNECESSARY KILLINGS!
Thanks to all of you, landmark lion protection legislation became reality today when California Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 132.
This is a first of its kind piece of legislation built on decades of scientific knowledge to define exactly what "imminent threat to public health and safety" means in regards to mountain lions. It requires the use of nonlethal procedures for dealing with those lions that come into contact with humans, yet do not meet the threshold of imminent threat.
SB Read More