Who is smarter; a tiger or an elephant?
Ron Kagan, director of the Detroit Zoo, in a recent CNN Morgan Spurlock piece, that did a good job of raising the question as to whether zoos should exist, said when people come to a zoo they should expect to see animals "thriving." Good term. Some years back Kagan made a very forward thinking and controversial decision. He decided zoos simply cannot provide a thriving humane home for elephants. They need to roam large areas and graze to be happy. He sent their two elephants to PAWS sanctuary in Read More
How Can I Film a Rescue?
Before you contact Big Cat Rescue and ask if you can film a rescue, or film a few days of yourself working here, please consider the following:
Wild cats are as emotionally complex as humans; maybe even more so. A mother cat will kill her young rather than let them suffer, if they are born into a situation that is too unfavorable to their happy existence.
Yet we use the term "tiger mom" to convey the fact that a tiger will fight to the death and sacrifice herself to protect her young, as will any other cat. Read More
Fun Photos on Friday the 13th
Andi Bobcat up in her tree at Big Cat Rescue
Vernon Stairs posts new tour sign at Big Cat Rescue
Little Dove Bobcat peeks out of her den at Big Cat Rescue
Natasha Lynx enjoys a spice bag a few weeks ago at Big Cat w
Aspen Echo Cougar strikes a pose at Big Cat Rescue
Aspen Echo looks so regal in front of her cave den at Big Cat Rescue
Do you look at your cat, with half closed eye, to show your love?
Tonga the White Serval still doing well, years after cancer was Read More
Be a Big Cat Friendly Tourist!
Did you know that big cats and cubs are exploited and even abused at tourist attractions here in the U.S. and in dozens of countries around the world?
What can you do to make sure you don’t unwittingly participate in tourist activities that exploit big cats and other wild animals?
Easy ways YOU and your family can be responsible tourists:
• Never pay to touch or have your photo taken with a tiger or lion cub
• Don’t attend circuses, fairs, or attractions that feature wild animal shows
• Don’t Read More
Male Siberian Tiger
DOB 8/20/95 - DOD 1/22/15
Nakita is a large tiger weighing in at nearly 600 pounds at his prime. He had been raised with Simba, Joseph, and Sasha and the four shared an enclosure prior to coming to Big Cat Rescue. When the group initially arrived they remained together, but over time the tigers and lions became less tolerant of each other.
Joseph and Sasha were given their own spacious enclosure as well as Nakita and Simba. The two pairs lived a glorious Read More
Happy Valentine's Day 2015
...and AdvoCat MewsLetter
New Store is a Much Better Shopping Experience
Find out why people who are shopping in our new online store are loving it! We've had an online store since the beginning of online stores, but as soon as this one launched last week our sales went through the roof. Check it out to see how much easier it is to find the purr-fect gift for others or yourself and how easy it is to check out. Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so you will want to make sure your order is Read More
Male DOB 1/1/03
Caravel (Caracal / Lynx Hybrid)
Meet Jo Jo the Caracal Serval Hybrid
I first met JoJo the Caracal / Serval hybrid at the South Florida Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in 2005 after a hurricane had taken down the perimeter fencing and dumped piles of deadfall on the cages.
The owner, Dirk Neugebohm, had ended up in the hospital with a heart attack from trying to clean the mess up by himself.
He wrote from what he thought was his Read More
Arthur is social with his keepers, however he keeps his guard up at times. He settled in soon enough as it is hard to resist the charm of the volunteers who bring treats to their newest charges.
Arthur loves his brother Andre dearly and the two are often found cuddled up in the same den or lounging together in one of their pools. Arthur is the dominant tiger in the group and shows off his fierce attitude at dinner time. We can only guess the feeding situation of their previous home, but from Read More
Amanda is the most timid of the three tigers who live together. She is very shy and years after her rescue will still slink away to hide when people approach her enclosure.Although at times she has the opposite reaction and will charge the side of the enclosure and roar. It is unclear if she is doing this to be aggressive or to get a rise out of her keepers for her own entertainment. The reason it is unclear is if when she charges and roars and the keeper stands still and chuffs Read More
Arthur, Andre and Amanda were born in 1996 in New Jersey to be used as pay-to-play photo props. It never makes sense to breed more cubs to raise money to feed last year's cats, and the New Jersey facility fell into disrepair and then was shut down after USDA revoked their license following a tiger escape.
In 2003, Wild Animal Orphanage took in the 24 tigers but big cats have big appetites and by 2010 the Wild Animal Orphanage was in bankruptcy.
It took over a year to find permanent Read More