Now at Big Cat Rescue May 3 2014

Now at Big Cat Rescue May 3 2014

Wildcat Walkabout 2014 05 03

 

 

If a tree falls in the woods and there is only a tiger to hear it, did it make a sound?  Ask Shere Khan.

Reisa, Ares and Narla Cougars say “Hello.”

A kitten goes to the vet after chewing the nipple off his bottle and Jamie has to dig through the poo to find it.

Great Canada Lynx vocalizations in this video by Gilligan at dinner time and we check in with Skipper who is feeling better. Jungle Cat vocalizations too, by Rambo.

Some rare video of Nico the Geoffroy Cat, and Diablo the hybrid, and extremely rare footage of Genie the Sandcat.  King Tut the hybrid chows down on raw meat.

Cybil Serval says it is way too cold (64 degrees on May 3) and Serengetti, Kalahari, Nairobi and Desiree Servals go nuts because it is dinner time.  So does Nikita Tiger.  Max and Mary Ann Bobcats play and pounce and pace for dinner.  Check out some of the cutest bobcat bellies you will ever see, when Apache does his thing and Divinity pees on their toys.

Regina spends her S.A.V.E. award on toys for Sassyfrass Cougar and Simba Leopards.

Sassy, Mac, Cody and Tobi Cougars get ramps for their platforms; built and installed by the Holley’s.  Gale asks them to build a special platform for Tommy Girl the bobcat who is pretty much blind.  Some nice footage of her.

The Bravo fence guys come and fix a gate and more of our donor inscribed bricks are turned into an entrance to the sanctuary.  Reisa Cougar chirps, as Tonga the white serval takes a bath.  Canyon Sandcat hisses from inside his barrel.  Ocelots, Amazing Grace and Nirvana come out to see what is happening.  Little Feather turns 21 and gets a doll house.

Simba Leopard is acting friendly while Interns and Volunteers are working in Cameron and Zabu’s enclosure.  Sundari Leopard is on vacation and we see her exploring after dark on a night cam.

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More Lynx Vocalizations

This footage of Canada Lynx fighting was not at Big Cat Rescue.  Our Canada Lynx do not have to share a cage.

 

 

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Canada lynx

Help end Idaho’s wildlife slaughter.

Dear Cat Lovers,

Idaho’s vicious war on wolves now threatens to devastate another endangered species: the Canada lynx.

The state’s keeping it quiet, but endangered lynx are dying because of the state-sponsored explosion of wolf trapping. There are just 100 of the beautiful cats left alive in the state, and they won’t last long if the illegal killing goes on.

So the Center for Biological Diversity is going to court to stop it. Please help us win the case by donating today to our emergency Predator Defense Fund. The Max and Anna Levinson Foundation has generously offered $50,000 if we can raise that much from our members too. This will make your donation worth twice as much, so please give as generously as you can.

To kill as many wolves as possible, Idaho isn’t just spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on sharpshooters and helicopters; the state has also dramatically ramped up the number of leghold, snare and body-crushing traps strewn across its landscape. The number of trapping licenses has skyrocketed from 1,114, before wolves were stripped of federal protection, to 1,943 in 2013.

Idaho's breeding wolf packs

It’s illegal to trap or kill lynx because they’re a federally protected species. Yet Idaho is ramping up trapping licenses to kill more wolves, bobcats, coyotes and other species knowing that lynx will get caught as well — in violation of the Endangered Species Act.

This level of trapping is deeply unsustainable. It may wipe out all the state’s lynx. And it will only get worse if we don’t stop it now.

Please help stop the killing of wolves and lynx by donating to the Predator Defense Fund.

The Center has formally notified Governor Butch Otter we’ll sue if the state doesn’t stop killing lynx — and that’s exactly what we’ll do. But we’ll need your help to win what’s bound to be a difficult legal challenge.

For the wild,

Kierán Suckling
Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center for Biological Diversity
Now at Big Cat Rescue May 2 2014

Now at Big Cat Rescue May 2 2014

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 by Running Bear and Little White Dove in this one, as well as some cats you don’t see very often due to their shy nature.

 

Great article about why it is bad to breed white tigers and Big Cat Rescue is quoted and linked.

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/the-truth-about-white-tigers-and-why-their-breeding-needs-to-stop/

 

Shere Khan Tiger 2014 May 2

Now at Big Cat Rescue Feb 24 2014

Now at Big Cat Rescue Feb 24 2014

In this 30 minute wild cat walkabout, Dr. Justin and Jamie Veronica check in on Cypress the bobcat, volunteers release Armani Leopard back out to her enclosure after a polyp had been removed from her throat the day before, Cleo Serval got fluids and B-12 and Thiamine injections, the Lynx brothers got hay, Little Feather Bobcat just looks too cute, Zabu the White Tiger takes time with her dinner, and Jamie gives Shere Khan the tiger his pills.

Join Us in Gainesville March 21 for a Free Symposium on Florida Panthers

 

Florida panther

Florida panthers are no match for loss, fragmentation and degradation of their habitat. If these iconic and graceful predators are to survive, they need protected habitat and a clear plan for recovery.

Join the Center for Biological Diversity on Friday, March 21 for the first ever Florida Panther Symposium, hosted by the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law Conservation Clinic and GreenLaw. It’s free and open to the public.

Learn about efforts to protect and expand Florida panthers’ range. The event will feature presentations from noted scientists and wildlife biologists in the morning, followed by complimentary lunch and a keynote speaker at noon. Come meet the Center’s Florida staff attorney Jaclyn Lopez. There will also be a field trip to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, March 22.

Event details below:

What: Florida Panther Symposium
Where: University of Florida’s Levin College of Law at 309 Village Drive, Gainesville, FL 32611
When: Friday, March 21 beginning at 8 a.m. and closing with complimentary lunch and keynote speaker

This event is free and open to the public — but space is limited, so you’ll need to register by March 7to attend.

 

Click here to get information and register for the Florida Panther Symposium.
NEW PROTECTION FOR THE JAGUAR: BELIZE AND PANTHERA SIGN CRITICAL CONSERVATION AGREEMENT

Belmopan, Belize – New strides for the future of the jaguar were made last week with the signing of a critical conservation agreement between the government of Belize, Panthera, a global wild cat conservation organization, and the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) of the University of Belize.
Assembling near Belize City, the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries & Sustainable Development, the Honorable Senator Lisel Alamilla, led the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Panthera’s CEO and leading jaguar scientist, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, and Interim President of the University of Belize, Dr. Wilma Wright, on Friday, February 21st. This trilateral agreement represents a pledge by all parties to collaboratively implement science-based conservation initiatives that secure and connect jaguars and their habitats in Belize and beyond its borders, facilitate land development that is both ecologically sustainable and economically profitable, and mitigate human-jaguar conflict throughout the country.

 

Panthera’s Dr. Alan Rabinowitz explained, “The signing of this historic agreement epitomizes conservation action and partnerships coming full circle. Nearly thirty years ago, I studied the jaguars of Belize, and today we return to the birthplace of jaguar research and conservation to reignite and strengthen the commitment, strategy and resources required to ensure this species lives on, for the next thirty years, and beyond.”
Dr. Rabinowitz continued, “This MOU now represents Panthera’s sixth jaguar conservation agreement with a Latin American government, and our team will continue to work, country by country, to build partnerships with all nations home to the jaguar, connecting and protecting the entire eighteen-nation mosaic that is the jaguar’s range.”
Belize’s Minister of Forestry, Fisheries & Sustainable Development, the Honorable Senator Lisel Alamilla, stated, “The jaguar is an iconic species of Belize. Their survival is dependent on our willingness to seek solutions that balance human interest and protection of their habitat. I am convinced that Belize, along with all its partners, can find win-win solutions for us to co-exist.”

Panthera CEO Dr. Alan Rabinowitz signs a jaguar conservation MOU with Belize’s Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, the Honorable Senator Lisel Alamilla

 

Today, Panthera’s Jaguar Corridor Initiative (JCI) is the largest and most effective carnivore conservation program in existence; spanning nearly six million square kilometers, the JCI seeks to connect and protect jaguar populations from Mexico to Argentina to ensure the species’ genetic diversity and survival. Belize is one of 13 countries with which Panthera is implementing strategic jaguar conservation science, and now, along with Belize, Panthera has solidified MOUs in Latin America with the governments of Panama, Guyana, Costa Rica, Honduras and Colombia.
Buttressing the southern tip of Mexico and eastern border of Guatemala, Belize serves as an integral link connecting jaguars within these countries, and all jaguar populations south of Belize. As a stronghold for jaguars in Mesoamerica, Belize is also highly unique in that it protects a greater proportion of land (43%) through national parks and private reserves than any other nation in Central America.

 

 

Pioneering the field of jaguar field science and conservation, Panthera’s Dr. Rabinowitz first radio-collared jaguars in Belize in the early 1980s, illuminating new insights into the ecology of the species, and setting the stage for subsequent research which demonstrated that Belize’s Cockscomb Basin contained the highest density of jaguars ever recorded at the time, anywhere in the wild. This research was instrumental in establishing the world’s first jaguar preserve in 1986 – the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary.
Today, Dr. Rabinowitz’s and Panthera’s jaguar conservation initiative in Cockscomb and the Maya Mountains lives on, currently operating as the world’s longest-running scientific study of the species’ population dynamics, ecology and behavior. A testament to the strict and effective protections afforded for the species, Cockscomb still shelters one of the highest densities of jaguars anywhere in the wild. Panthera’s unique camera trap data has documented the presence of 131 jaguars in the Cockscomb study area over 11 years, and uncovered new findings about the species, including that wild jaguars can live at least 13 years.
Since 2008, Panthera has also partnered with the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, ERI and Belize Audubon Society to implement environmental education projects, monitor jaguar populations and their prey, reduce jaguar-livestock conflict, and maintain critical connectivity of these populations in and between the Central and Southern Belize Corridors, which touch the borders of Mexico and Guatemala.

University of Belize Interim President, Dr. Wilma Wright, shared, “The signing of today’s MOU is significant because it brings together three parties interested in protecting and conserving the jaguars of Belize. This MOU will result in strategic action plans to reduce tension among humans and wildlife and allow us to better contribute to the sustainable development of Belize.”

 

Now at Big Cat Rescue Feb 19 2014

Now at Big Cat Rescue Feb 19 2014

In this Keeper Walkabout the first 20 minutes are:

Armani the leopard going from the Cat Hospital back out to be reunited with her sister Jade.

We rescued 5 newborn kittens and Jamie gives them a health check and makes sure they are all nursing well before handing off to the interns to raise.

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Jamie and Jo take the afternoon shift feeding kittens because Jamie wants to see if syringes will work better than bottles.

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Gale builds a rolling metal cabinet.

Cleo the Serval is doing that weird neck arching thing,  so we net her and give her a B-12 injection.  While in the net, Jamie palpitates her abdomen to make sure her mass has not returned.

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A faint sound of Canada Lynx howling in the background.

Dr. Wynn comes the next day to give Cleo Serval another B-12 injection and draws some blood for testing.

Shere Khan, our largest tiger, is sedated in his lockout so that Dr. Wynn can draw blood while Jamie holds his massive head.

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The last 10 minutes of this 30 minute video are a repeat of Jamie’s instructional video on how our cages are constructed.

Hope for Wildlife films here.  Syndicated in 21 countries.

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L-R  Hope, Jamie, Dr. Justin and Dr. Barry

Simba Leopard goes on “vacation” to Vacation Rotation enclosure.  He is the first leopard to enjoy its spaciousness.

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Now at Big Cat Rescue Jan 24 2014

Now at Big Cat Rescue Jan 24 2014

Coral the Foster Kitten

Coral the foster kitten is adopted from the Big Cat Rescue foster program by one of our interns today.

 

Losing Big Carnivores May Be as Big a Threat as Climate Change

 

http://www.kcet.org/news/redefine/rewild/mammals/losing-big-carnivores-may-be-as-big-a-threat-as-climate-change.html

 

Link to the study:  http://www.sciencemag.org/content/343/6167/1241484

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Lion Cat Kills and Tries to Eat Elephant and Giraffe

 

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Ginger the Serval Gets X-Rays

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Lab tests are still out.  She hasn’t felt good the past couple of days and isn’t eating.

 

 

 

 

Today at Big Cat Rescue Oct 21 2013

Today at Big Cat Rescue Oct 21 2013

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 the volunteers and a lot of the cats.

Then walk around to visit with Bobcats: Angelica, Angie, Lil White Dove, Little Dove, Levi, Precious, Mary Ann, Thurston, Lovey, Tommie Girl, Moses, Bailey, Andi, Sierra, Cherokee. Leopards: Cheetaro, Jade, Armani, Jumanji, Simba and Nyla. Canada Lynx: Gilligan. Siberian Lynx: Natasha. Caracal: Rusty. Hybrids: JoJo and King Tut. Geoffroy Cat: Nico takes a long bath. Ocelots: Amazing Grace and Nirvana. Tigers: Zabu and TJ. Cougars: Cody, Tobi and Aspen Echo. Lion: Cameron. Sand Cat: Canyon. Servals: Ginger, Nala, Frosty, Kalihari, Zouletta and Zimba… and a whole lot more.

 

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