Nirvana came to Big Cat Rescue from a broker on 7/27/94. He had left her at the vet’s office for dead because she was so dehydrated. Ocelots were once in great demand as pets thanks to their striking coats and small size. However, as with most exotic cats, their unpredictable nature and propensity for spraying soon changes people’s minds.
Many of these once beloved pets end up abandoned, sold to canned hunts or ultimately euthanized. Nirvana was rescued and Read More
Arrived at Big Cat Rescue 9/27/96
Amazing Grace was reported to be a three-year-old female ocelot when she arrived on 9/27/96, but appears to be much older. Her ears were very tattered because the place where she lived before had cats with common walls; meaning that one wall of the cage was shared between adjoining cats. When Amazing Grace would rub against the wire, the cat next to her would bite off pieces of her ears trying to get a grip on her. She is safe from harm now and Read More
Male Amur Leopard Cat
Sponsor Trick E http://www.bigcatrescue.biz/servlet/the-1002/Leopard-Cat-Sponsorship/Detail
Only two Amur Leopard Cats were born in this hemisphere between 2000-2001 according to ISIS. Both were born here. These cats have been recommended for phase out by the Felid TAG to make room for "more important cats". There are only 11 left on this side of the world and three of them are here.
Mr. E and Trick-E. will provide many years of education about the serious plight that their wild Read More
Male Leopard Cat
We quit breeding cats in 1997 when our Co-Founder disappeared. We spent the next 3 years building better Cat-A-Tats for our 200 residents. We neutered and spayed all of the bobcats, cougars and lynx first.
We had a pair of Amur Leopard Cats who had lived together since 1995. In the Spring of 2000 the Leopard Cats moved into their new 1000 square foot Cat-A-Tat with it’s bushes, trees and underground dens. It must have been very romantic.
Much to our amazement, Shalimar and Read More
Male Jungle Cat
Rambo came to Big Cat Rescue on 12/5/99. He was bred for the pet trade. His owner had sent him to live with her daughter who died unexpectedly and his primary caregiver became the 12 year old grand daughter. She and her relatives agreed that they did not want to see Rambo exploited as part of a hybridization breeding plan for profit and asked if he could come live at Big Cat Rescue.
Here he has a 900 square foot Cat-A-Tat with tunnels, grasses, hills, bushes, trees and Read More
Arrived at Big Cat Rescue 7/6/95
Divinity was sold from a fur farmer to an individual, along with an unrelated mate, Takoma, when she was only a few days old. She was bottle raised for three weeks before the new owner had a heart attack and could no longer care for the kitten. The woman had seen our video and knew that Big Cat Rescue could love and care for her little ones and we have.
Divinity’s color is almost silver and her disposition is pure gold. She was so tiny Read More
Running Bear and Little White Dove are the exception to the rule when it comes to wildcats living solitary lives.
One of our senior volunteers watched as these two young bobcats bonded and chose to live together. They now share a cat-a-tat that features high limbs for them to climb and sleep upon.
The higher the perch, the better they seem to like it. These two always prefer a room with a view!
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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 Read More
DOB 4/22/02 Earth Day
Arrived at Big Cat Rescue 5/20/02
On May 20,2002 Big Cat Rescue received a call from an animal clinic in Ruskin, FL about a bobcat. A local resident had supposedly seen a bobcat cub in her yard all by itself, fearing that the mother had abandoned it or had been hit by a car, she caught it and brought the dehydrated kitten in. After giving the cub fluids the clinic called us and we agreed to come and pick up the kitten.
The bobcat cub was very sweet. She purred anytime she Read More
Big Cat Bailout
Our federal government allows the private sector to trade in big cats, but when times get tough and the owners can't feed the cats, who eat 15 lb of meat a day, it isn't the government bailing them out. When you hear the term, "too big to fail" they aren't talking about 500 lb cats and too many of them, but maybe they should be. All over America there are back yard cages, full of starving lions, tigers and leopards.
How did they get there?
Little to no oversight allows just about Read More