China Admits to Trade in Captive Tiger Skins
China has for the first time admitted that it permits trade in skins from captive tigers, participants and officials at a meeting of an international convention to protect endangered species have said. They say Chinese authorities had never before reported this.
"We don't ban trade in tiger skins but we do ban trade in tiger bones," a participant at the meeting said.
Between 5,000 and 6,000 tigers are believed to be in captivity in China.
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Moving Tigers Leopards and Combing Bobcats
Jade the leopard grooms herself. A first peek at an new serval rescue named Sheena. Nik the tiger is moved next door to Joseph the lion. Sundari the leopard is moved in the rain. Raindance and Anasazie the bobcats like the bear claw back scratcher, but Gilligan the Canada Lynx does not. Lovey and Thurston the bobcats wake from a nap at the sound of approaching food carts. Levi the bobcat is still looking good. Narla Cougar takes a bath. Sabre the black Read More
New York JnK Tiger Rescue
DejaVu is all I can say. It happens over and over, like a recurring nightmare for the wild animals suffering through it; only the names and places change.
Someone wants to “rescue” wild animals because that seems like glamorous work, so they buy animals (and just prolong the problem) until the really bad guys find out there is a new place to dump last year’s photo cubs, and then the “rescues” become more legitimate, in the eyes of the “rescuer” Read More
Cat Chat Show 60
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What's in YOUR cat's bowl?
Margaret Gates says it should be a raw meat diet, like nature intended. Join us for this hour long discussion about how a raw meat diet can help your cat live a longer, healthier life. http://feline-nutrition.org/
Help the Feline Nutrition Education Society share their research with pet owners. Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign: http://igg.me/at/felinenutrition
Sheena's owner was unwilling to meet the standards required to keep her so she was surrendered to the state of Ohio. Will you help Sheena? http://www.razoo.com/story/Sheena-Serval-Rescue
In 2003 John Babb of Berea, Kentucky shipped an 8 week old serval kitten to a woman in Ohio, who named her Sheena. (The breeder's website boasts that he is still selling serval kittens to pet owners in the U.S. for $6,000 and abroad for $9,000.)
Fast forward 11 years...
After Terry Thompson released 56 lions, tigers Read More
Now at Big Cat Rescue June 22 2014
Daily Big Cat June 21 2014
Becky comes to get Gale because Little Feather Bobcat is squinting her eye.
Gale the Geek takes on routers and Internet hookups.
Natasha Siberian Lynx shows her full belly after dinner.
Jamie hands out treats to Jade & Armani Leopards, Raindance Bobcat, and tricks Moses into getting his meds in a chick.
TJ Tiger gets a home brewed treat.
Joseph Lion goes on vacation.
Vern looks like he's ready to win a jousting Read More
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 Read More
DOB 5/1/92 -6/11/2014
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 Read More
Florida Panther Update June 19 2014
Photos available on FWC’s Flickr site: https://flic.kr/s/aHsjxNqYsp.
FWC Commissioners receive Florida panther update
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists provided an update at the agency’s June Commission meeting in Fort Myers regarding Florida panther research and conservation programs.
Due to the success of panther-conservation efforts over the past 40 years, the panther population has grown significantly since the 1970s, when the Read More
The June AdvoCat
When to Euthanize a Tiger
At Big Cat Rescue we have a general decision tree that we and our vets use to determine when it is time to euthanize a big cat, but every situation is different. The vast majority of the time we just aren't sure that it is the right decision until we do the necropsy, which is the animal version of an autopsy. The reason it is so hard to know, if we are doing the right thing, is because cats are hard wired to live the mantra of the wild; "Survival of the fittest." They just will Read More