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Sundari

Sundari Female Leopard DOB 11/15/96 This leopard demonstrates, better than most, the fact that you may be able to take the animal out of the wild but you will never take the wild out of the animal.  Sundari will watch very closely as groups of people walk through the sanctuary.  She immediately sizes up “the herd” from a distance and determines who is the weakest, the youngest or the most infirm.  That is the person who gets her utmost attention.  She’s even been seen climbing to the top of her enclosure just to get a closer Read More

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Jade

Jade Female Leopard DOB 6/17/97   Jade arrived at Big Cat Rescue with her sister, Armani. Jade is definitely the more mischievous one of the two. Like all leopards, she loves to jump up in the branches of the tree that is in her cat-a-tat. Most people have a very hard time telling the two sisters apart, they look so much alike.  But, if you look closely, you can tell Jade from Armani by the V-shaped row of spots on her forehead that look like a tiara. https://youtu.be/uFgzg9Zxx_M These two are so beautiful that some of Read More

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Cheetaro

Cheetaro Male Leopard DOB 7/19/98 Rescued 11/2003   Cheetaro arrived at Big Cat Rescue in November 2003 from a roadside zoo. Cheetaro was confined to a corn crib with his mate and bred constantly so that his cubs could be sold.  They braved the New England winters together where a chill factor of -18 degrees wasn’t unusual.  They had no way to escape the sleet and snow.  They had only the shelter of the corn crib's tin roof and a box.  They had no choice but to  survive by enduring their fate together.  When the roadside Read More

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Armani

Armani Female Leopard DOB 6/17/97 Armani arrived at Big Cat Rescue with her sister, Jade. Armani, being the gorgeous leopard that she is, has done commercials for Venus Swimwear and has also appeared in a fashion photo for Glamour Magazine and for People Magazine. Armani knows that to change a man you must change his perception of himself.  There was a time when we thought we were reaching more people by taking her out in public.  We perceived our actions as being educational because we spoke about the plight of the cats.  Armani showed Read More

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Sabre

Sabre Male Leopard DOB 3/1/92 Rescued 7/20/95 Sabre was 3 years old when he arrived at Big Cat Rescue on 7/20/95. Though he was only supposed to be here temporarily, his former owner moved and left no forwarding address. This could have been another sad ending as most are in the exotic pet world. Luckily, we had taken Sabre in and he will have a home here for life. He is very playful and fun loving and always has a mischievous look on his face. He loves to act very silly, running about his cat-a-tat and jumping on top of his mountain Read More

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Jumanji

Jumanji Male Leopard DOB 2/23/96   Since he is one of the first black leopards you see at the sanctuary, Jumanji is used to quite a bit of attention. Most days, he can be found in the shadiest part of his cat-a-tat lounging on his fern-covered tree log. It is very easy to see how well black leopards camouflage themselves in the jungle since most people walk right by without noticing him there. People magazine certainly noticed Jumanji though.  His photo was featured in an article written about Big Cat Rescue. Jumanji is also Read More

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Simba

Simba Male Leopard DOB 6/6/94 Rescued 8/4/94 Simba is a male Asian spotted leopard born on 6/6/94. He came to Big Cat Rescue on 8/4/94 with his sister, Nyla, as a bottle fed baby. Simba had the misfortune of being born the wrong sex.  Backyard breeders always want more females than males.  Since his sister Nyla was cross eyed, he was not a good candidate for breeding and was unwanted. Seeing what a beautiful leopard he has grown up to be, we are fortunate that we were able to take him in to save him from a long life of breeding. Simba Read More

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Leopard Facts

Leopard   Common Name: Leopard Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata) Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Felidae Genus: Pantherinae Panthera Species: pardus (asian) Sub-species: (Not all listed, these are the most common)   Javan leopard - P.p. melas Amur leopard - P.p. orientalis Indian leopard - P.p. fusca North Chinese leopard - P.p. japonensis Somali leopard - P.p. nanopardus Zanzibar leopard - P.p. adersi Sinai leopard - P.p. jarvisi Sri Lankan leopard - P.p. kotiya Barbary leopard Read More

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Now at Big Cat Rescue March 14 2015

Big Cat Walkabout March 14 2015

The first few minutes are sounds you might not have ever heard a tiger make, as Amanda Tiger does Operant Conditioning w/ Olga, our guest from Spain. After being away for a few days, Carole goes around checking on cats and takes note of what the volunteers and interns have been doing. Rare footage of Vern at Family Dinner too.

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Shell Game

Sometimes Sanctuary Work is a Shell Game Well, sort of... http://youtu.be/i4qe_nv95Zg 12 yards of seashells, two hours of shoveling and raking and a lot of sore muscles the next day, create a beautiful place for our tour guests to wait for their tour to be called. Alex Tiger goes on vacation in the 2.5 acre Vacation Rotation enclosure Alex Tiger goes on vacation in the 2.5 acre Vacation Rotation enclosure Alex Tiger goes on vacation in the 2.5 acre Vacation Rotation enclosure Alex Tiger goes on vacation Read More