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Now at Big Cat Rescue Jan 26 2015

Big Cat Rescue Meets Strategic Goals We get a lot of requests from students to help them with their reports, studies and thesis papers, and we respond as frequently as we can.  You never know what a student will do with the information, or if it could possibly help the sanctuary at all, but in this case Lee Ann not only nailed our history and strategy, but she also suggested actions we can (and will) take to improve our mission of ending the trade in big cats as pets, props and for their parts.  Check out her paper, which got the highest score Read More

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Bobcat Rehab

Big Cat Rescue Rehabilitates Bobcats for Release Back to the Wild   http://youtu.be/JeoNeg764Pg Donate to make this bobcat rehab work possible.   How to Care for Rehab Bobcat   http://youtu.be/S3DIAsJXk78   Cage rest sounds pretty peaceful for the cat, but it's a real challenge for the caregivers.   See a playlist of some of our successful rehab and release bobcats.     While we do bobcat rescue, rehab and release in Florida, we will not relocate bobcats as state law requires Read More

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Cub Handling Exposed by HSUS

Cub Handling Exposed by HSUS http://youtu.be/kIV79gIZMeE   Get the whole story here:  http://blog.humanesociety.org/wayne/2015/01/roadside-zoos-investigation.html   America Has a Tiger Problem It is so encouraging to see huge organizations take up the banner to protect big cats AND their cubs.  Check out this excellent article by Smithsonian: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/america-has-tiger-problem-and-no-ones-sure-how-solve-it-180953974/?no-ist Read More

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On The Trail of Big Cats by NatGeo

If you attended National Geographic's presentation by Steve Winter called On the Trail of Big Cats last night at the Straz you know just how awesome it was. Steve and his wife, Sharon Guynup, had planned to visit Big Cat Rescue while they were here performing at the Straz Center, but Sharon was called away on a story she is doing and they wanted to come together, so they are hoping to do so later in the year. They will be doing some work on the Florida Panther. Some of you in the audience asked about what is being done about the captive crises Read More

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All Big Cat Tours

  Reservation & prepayment via Zerve is required for all visits to Big Cat Rescue.   All tours require advance ticketing.   New Tour Times in 2015 Note our tour times have changed.  Please book your tour here:  https://www.zerve.com/BigCatRescue/calendar  or call 1-888-316-5875 TourType Days Times Reserve & Prepay Cost @ Person Restrictions Day Tour M,T,W,F 3 pm Book Online or call 1-888-316-5875 $36.00 No children under 10 Day Tour Sat. & Sun. 10 am & 3  pm Book Online Read More

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Kids Camp

No Summer Camp in 2015 Changes in the Education Department   We have had a wonderful Education Department for many years thanks to people like Willow, Beth, Kathryn and others who ran it and helped in so many ways. There have been many children educated and thrilled with the free to low cost tours and summer camp has been hugely popular with children and their parents. It’s been a great program and I appreciate everyone who has been involved in making it so. Willow has announced that she is moving away and rather than just hiring Read More

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Arthur the Tiger

Male Tiger Born 1/1/96 Rescued 9/28/11 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

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Andre the Tiger

Male Tiger Born 1/1/96 Rescued 9/28/11 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

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Big Cat MRI

On the day after Christmas, Simba, our 20 year old leopard, bit off the end of his tail.  We didn't see it happen, but he was fine at 9 am and by 9:30 am he was missing more than 6 inches of his tail.  There was no sign of a struggle at any edge of the cage, and there had been keepers in the area, so we were dumbfounded. Simba has been on medication for arthritis and has recently been getting cold laser therapy to help with that pain, but we didn't know if he bit himself because of pain, or because of being groggy from the pain medications. Read More

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Big Cat Attacks

These big cat attack stories are from 1919-2014.  There are quite a few, so a search for keyword may be helpful. For an Excel sheet of incidents by state, by year, by species and by country go HERE   http://youtu.be/tU9pkFsdYpg   Click to see the killings, maulings and escapes by big cats by total for each state  for  less detail, but numbers updated through 2013.   See a list of all of the known tigers in USDA facilities in America. Note that no one knows how many are in backyards and basements of private Read More