Today at Big Cat Rescue May 17 2013

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Today is Endangered Species Day

 

Today is Endangered Species Day. Take a moment today to enjoy the spectacular endangered pandas and polar bears on live cams. Learn more about elephantstigers, and gorillas. And celebrate the triumph of the ospreys with Rachel and Steve – once endangered, the osprey has made a steady comeback.

Never stop learning,

Charlie / explore.org

BCR Today 2013 May 15 Kansas Rescue Cats

 

 

BCR Today 2013 May 15 includes footage of the Kansas Rescue Cats enjoying their new life.

 

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Today at Big Cat Rescue May 17 2013

Today at Big Cat Rescue Apr 26 2013

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Big Cat Rescue Intern Up for

Best Park Ranger Job in Australia

 

We are so excited that our former Intern, Margi Shah, has been shortlisted for Best Park Ranger Job in Australia! Please help her in her quest to be chosen because you know that Big Cat Rescue Volunteers are the best trained in the world. https://www.facebook.com/bestparkrangermargi

More about the contest here:  https://bestjobs.australia.com/?fb=false&state=qld

 

Flavio Tiger Sleeps In

 

 

Flavio Tiger Sleeps In after tough day at the vet.

 

Cleo Cat Tra Serval Has Football Size Mass Removed

 

Thanks to her Keeper’s keen observations, and our intranet site where an observation is charted and automatically emailed to vet staff immediately, Cleo Cat Tra Serval was rushed in for emergency surgery today.

 

It looked like she had swallowed a football and, 4 hours of surgery later, a football size mass had been successfully removed by Dr. Wynn.

 

Warning, some of the photos below are not for the faint of heart.

Sorry about some of the pictures being upside down and sideways.  We are working on that.

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Today at Big Cat Rescue Apr 20 2013

Today at Big Cat Rescue Apr 20 2013

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Tigers For Tigers Coalition

 

Carole Baskin speaks at Tigers for Tigers

 

Tigers For Tigers Coalition (T4TCoalition.org) was founded in 1997 as a way of harnessing the team spirit of colleges with tiger mascots to protect tigers. It has grown over the years and has been inclusive of any tiger mascotted school who wanted to participate. This year they held their first National Summit at Clemson University and asked a number of tiger experts to come talk to the students about the real steps they can take, right now, to protect tigers.

 

They were able to secure an amazing line up of speakers. I would have made the 1,200 mile round trip just to hear Ron Tilson, but the rest of the tiger celebrities in that room made it well worth the travel. You can see the entire line up here: http://www.t4tcoalition.org/#!list-of-speakers/c116k They had a videographer there who will be posting soon, so you may be able to see the presentations in full soon. It will be well worth your time to check in frequently to look for them, as they were all excellent!

 

A special shout out to Sean Carnell, who facilitated the summit in a way that made me think, time and time again, that if Howie had a son, it would have been this guy. He summarized why protecting tigers was important to him saying, “One of my worst fears is being asked the question, “Why didn’t you save them Daddy?” I wouldn’t know how to respond. I would feel disheartened, disgusted and depressed, knowing that we had the opportunity to save the tiger and we watched them disappear.” He did a great job of making sure that the speakers covered the huge range of issues facing the tigers, and in making sure that everything stayed on tract, with a tiger like focus on viable results.

 

Everyone I met, from the speakers to the students from many Universities, were all passionate about one thing: Saving Tigers. It was a great way to spend the day!

 

I felt honored to be asked to present about the role that sanctuaries play in protecting tigers. They were surprised to learn that cub petting and pay to play sessions with tiger cubs is driving them to extinction, by creating a legal cover for illegal activities. More about cub petting.

 

T4T-SaveTheTiger is the link to the print out of my slide show presentation and notes. The actual slide show presentation was too large to upload here, but I will try to convert it to a movie file soon. There were two videos in my presentation. One is embedded below, but the other is owned by someone else and you can request to see it at http://tigersinamerica.org/

 

 

The most exciting part of the summit for me was to see these young people make tiger protection part of their life’s mission. After hearing the presentations the students all came up with a fair plan of representation from each school, so that they have an equal voice, and they came up a vision of saving wild tigers and protecting captive tigers and with their goals: Education, Recruiting, Promoting and Taking Action and concrete steps toward implementing each. They even did an impromptu filming of the students that will act as their first unified effort to recruit all tiger mascot schools.

 

I think that Tigers for Tigers is off to a grrrreat start and was proud that Big Cat Rescue was invited to be a part of it.

 

Photos from Tigers for Tigers Coalition’s first Tiger Summit. I video taped Ron Tilson’s talk and hope to post it tomorrow.

 

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Dear Carole Baskin,

 

It was an absolute pleasure to have you attend the 1stAnnual National Tigers for Tigers Summit. Your advice, guidance, and expertise were encouraging to all of the students, ensuring us that we can make an impact in tiger conservation. By unifying a group of eager students across the country, we can now progress as a movement. We thank you for your inviting charm and character when interacting with the students. It was apparent that everyone felt at ease and comfortable among you and the other distinguished guests and tiger advocates.

 

The National Summit was a great success. All of the students were fully engaged in the conversations and developed wonderful ideas to progress forward in the National Tigers for Tigers Coalition. Their passion, drive, and sense of ownership will make the national organization a great success. We look forward to collaborating with you in the future!

 

Sincerely,

 

Clemson University Tigers for Tigers

 

Back at Big Cat Rescue

Team building work group

A wonderful work group came out for a little team building and landscaping.

Today at Big Cat Rescue Apr 4 2013

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Our Interns Describe the Purr-fect Intern

interns

Take initiative

Focused

Friendly

Enthusiastic

Humor

Customer service

Understanding

Adaptable

Hard worker

Humility

Compassionate

Accepting of help

Graceful leader and follower

Truthful/honest

Take a step back/consider others perspectives

Don’t sweat the small stuff

Modesty

Goal oriented

Team/cooperative

Share/listen

Patience

Always learning and improving

Know how to give and take constructive criticism

Accept help

Supportive

Here for the cats

Approachable

Learn together

Never condescend

Know your audience

Be thankful

Gracefully accept mistakes

Know your limitations and flaws

Today at Big Cat Rescue Apr 4 2013

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Tigers Eating, Roaring and More

 

 

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Today at Big Cat Rescue Apr 1 2013 April Fools Day

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Lions and Tigers and Models, Oh My!!

 

I’m pleased to inform that Big Cat Rescue has teamed up with Natasha Sakhuja (http://www.natashasakhuja.com/), a fashion designer based out of Toronto who will be conducting a public awareness/fundraising campaign in support of the magnificent creatures that call Big Cat Rescue home.

 

Ms. Sakhuja and her like-minded colleagues are very much opposed to private ownership/confinement of Big Cats and are seeking to raise awareness regarding the plight of such creatures, both in captivity as well as the wild.

 

As part of Ms. Sakhuja’s public awareness efforts, she and her colleagues will be visiting BCR from July 8th through the 12th, during which time they will be conducting a photo-shoot in support of a Big Cat calendar that will be used to help raise funds in support of the sanctuary.

 

Ms. Sakhuja is creating a custom line of apparel in support of this public awareness/fundraising campaign. While several model’s will be traveling with Ms. Sakhuja for her visit to Big Cat Rescue, she is also seeking two BCR volunteers who would like to be part of this Big Cat fashion shoot. (no experience required!)

 

Ms. Sakhuja has informed Jeff that the two lucky volunteers selected to participate in the Big Cat fashion-shoot will be able to keep the outfits that she will be custom designing for them in advance of the photo-shoot.

 

Note: This call for models only applies to current volunteers at Big Cat Rescue. Contact Jeff if you are interested.

 

 

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Today at Big Cat Rescue Mar 2 2013 on NatGeo Wild

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Big Cat Attacks and the Big Cat Club

 

http://youtu.be/7HvGi5apL14

 

Zabu at 2:56, can you pick out our other big cat stars?

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