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
Big Cat Rescue Rehabilitates Bobcats
for Release Back to the Wild
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How to Care for Rehab Bobcat
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
Cub Handling Exposed by HSUS
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:
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
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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
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
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
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.
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
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
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