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Male Bobcat
4/30/95 – 8/21/15

Levi came to live at Big Cat Rescue in 1995 along with 10 other Bobcats who were destined to be the next year’s fur coat harvest. Our Co-Founder had stumbled upon a facility in Omaha Nebraska that was raising Bobcats and Canadian Lynx for the purpose of harvesting the cats for their fur.

In order to spare these cats, all of them were purchased from the breeder and brought to live at the sanctuary.

Levi was neutered and lived with Tiger Lilly.

Aug 21, 2015  Levi Bobcat was euthanized by Dr. Boorstein tonight.  He was dramatically losing weight, suffered from high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism, and advanced kidney disease.  Upon necropsy it was found that his kidneys were completely shriveled.  This was not apparent in our previous blood work because the medications he was on masked the extent of his kidney failure.  He was becoming increasingly anemic and dehydrated, despite being given sub q fluids repeated and injections to both stimulate his appetite and reduce his nausea.  Tonight Levi made it clear that he was ready to go, so Jamie and Dr. Justin helped ease him over to the other side.  He was twenty.  Read his tributes here:  https://sites.google.com/site/bigcattributes/home/levi-bobcat

Levi Bobcat When He Was a Kitten





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Levi Bobcat Gets Netted



Levi Bobcat has been treated for kidney disease for a year or more, and lately his keepers say he’s acting weird.  Levi will usually launch himself aggressively at keepers and is always quick to come for food, treats and even his meds, because he wants to let you know that he’s the boss.  We decided to draw some blood and urine and see how his disease is progressing and if there is anything we can do to give him relief.

We tried catching him in his lockout, but that didn’t work, so Plan B is to net him, which no one wants to do because he is so scary.



hear big catsArizona

Female Serval
DOB 4/1/89 – 5/15/2015
Rescued  6/17/97


Arizona arrived at Big Cat Rescue 6/17/97 and is thought to be quite old.

She is fully clawed and very aggressive at feeding time.

Arizona loves enrichment time, her favorite thing is a food puzzle made out of a cardboard tube stuffed with treats and feathers.

Other than when she is being fed Arizona keeps to her self hidden in the thick foliage provided by several palmetto bushes.

Arizona is the oldest serval living at Big Cat Rescue and probably in the world.

Read tributes to Arizona Serval here:  https://sites.google.com/site/bigcattributes/home/arizona-serval




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Male Bobcat
DOB:  8/1/10
Rescued: 5/31/2011


Max the Bobcat Day 1 at BCR

TAMPA – Big Cat Rescue staffers flew into town Tuesday with a 9-month-old bobcat kitten rescued from Rhode Island.

The kitten was at the center of a months-long legal battle that touched off after a Rhode Island vet seized him from someone who bought him from a backyard breeder.

It is illegal to have bobcats as pets in Rhode Island.

The cat’s owner went to court to get the cat back, but the state won. Now the bobcat will live at Big Cat Rescue for the rest of his life.

“Sadly, because Max was born in captivity as the result of a backyard breeding operation, he will never be able to live on his own in the wild as all bobcats should,” said Big Cat Rescue CEO Carole Baskin.

Max LOVES treats he gets during Operant Conditioning sessions.













Max does not hesitate to jump right into his pool.









May of 2013 a young bobcat named MaryAnn was rescued from Kansas with five other cats.  Max spent the next few months watching the cute new bobcat from across the tour path. Max and MaryAnn the bobcats were two of our youngest residents and both have way too much energy for life in a cage, so we were hoping that they could be introduced.  Having someone to play tag with could provide hours of entertainment and hopefuwould lead to a life long love affair that results in having someone warm to snuggle with, or to help stalk lizards as they age.












In early 2014 Max got a new roommate, that cute little MaryAnn.  Now these two energetic young bobcats have someone to chase lizards and stalk birds with.







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Max the Bobcat


Bobcat kitten gets new home in Tampa: MyFoxTAMPABAY.com

Updated: Tuesday, 31 May 2011, 10:24 PM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 31 May 2011, 9:17 PM EDT


Big Cat Rescue’s newest resident Max the bobcat is very playful! For full length HD videos of our cats, please visit:http://www.youtube.com/user/BigCatRescue



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Female Ocelot
DOB 5/25/96


Purrfection Ocelot in Favorite TreePURRfection, and her twin brother PURRsistance, were born at the sanctuary before it was known that no privately held exotic cats would ever be able to help preserve the species due to the inability to tract them back to the wild.

She is the epitome of the perfect looking ocelot, which explains her name.  Her markings are extraordinary and demonstrate why this species was almost hunted out of existence for its fur.  She is much more timid than any of the other ocelots at Big Cat Rescue.

Amazing Grace recently moved into a cat-a-tat adjacent to PURRsistance.  Since Amazing Grace is one of our most vocal, most social, and most pungent ocelots, we’ll soon see what PURRfection thinks about her new neighbor.

While some of our ocelots were born here prior to 1998 we quit breeding ocelots when we learned that there are no release programs for exotic cats.  They can never be free.  They should never be born for life in cages.

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hear big catsNirvana

Female Ocelot
DOB 6/20/94
Rescued 7/24/94


Nirvana came to Big Cat Rescue from a broker on 7/27/94. He had left her at the vet’s office for dead because she was so dehydrated. Ocelots were once in great demand as pets thanks to their striking coats and small size. However, as with most exotic cats, their unpredictable nature and propensity for spraying soon changes people’s minds.

Many of these once beloved pets end up abandoned, sold to canned hunts or ultimately euthanized. Nirvana was rescued and raised at Big Cat Rescue where she now passes the time climbing trees, catnapping in her man-made cave and spraying the unsuspecting passersby. Nirvana also participates in the operant training program and is one of the specially selected cats that BCR Interns work with each week.





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 More About Nirvana

** Today at Big Cat Rescue, October 16th are two photos of Nirvana as well as photos of other cats here. http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-oct-16/


** Today at Big Cat Rescue, November 5th are a couple photos of nosey Nirvana checking out a coffee cup as well as photo of other cats here.  http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-nov-5/

**  Stealing images become harder… Thankfully.   Someone asked us on Facebook what kind of cat this was; we knew it was an altered photo of Nirvana our ocelot. See the altered image and the original image and learn how to find your photos through Google.  http://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-march-30-2014/


**  Today at Big Cat Rescue, January 25th See a photo of Nirvana on her ramp.  There are also photos of feeding cats on this page.  http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-jan-25/

** Today at Big Cat Rescue, September 8th.  See a photo of Nirvana that looks like an Elvis impersonation pose.  There are also some fun photos of other cats and volunteers doing what they do. http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-sept-8/

** Walkabout Video from May 3rd, 2014 has a little footage of Nirvana and Amazing grace. http://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-may-3-2014/

** Walkabout Video of October 21, 2013 also has a little footage of Nirvana. http://bigcatrescue.org/today-big-cat-rescue-oct-21-2013/

** (about ocelots in general) 5 Defendants Illegally Sold and Purchased Ocelots and Lied To Cover Up The Sales http://bigcatrescue.org/operation-cat-tale-exposes-illegal-sales-ocelots-calling-donation/

** Nirvana is mentioned in the Keeper Walkabout (January 2009) as are many of the other cats. http://bigcatrescue.org/keeper-walkabout-at-big-cat-rescue-jan-2009/

** Nirvana is in the quarterly newsletter, “The Big Cat Times” Nirvana the ocelot had a swollen cheek. Turns out she had a few bad teeth. She was taken to Ehrlich. Animal Hospital where volunteer vet. Dr. Wynn extracted … http://bigcatrescue.org/000news/Advocat/2011-1.pdf

** On this page find out about ear rings that have photos of Raindance or Nirvana on them. http://bigcatrescue.org/cat-chat-show-notes-july-31-2013/

** Nirvana was mentioned and photoed in a magazine article http://bigcatrescue.org/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/CEOMagazineCaroleBaskinShesATiger.pdf

**  Nirvana made “The Big Cat Times” in 2011.  Nirvana was moved to a different enclosure. Since her previous home was in a location that did not lend itself to expansion it was connected to the Crazy Bobs … http://bigcatrescue.org/000news/Advocat/2011-2.pdf





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Female Bobcat
DOB 5/30/95
Arrived at Big Cat Rescue 7/6/95

Divinity was sold from a fur farmer to an individual, along with an unrelated mate, Takoma, when she was only a few days old. She was bottle raised for three weeks before the new owner had a heart attack and could no longer care for the kitten. The woman had seen our video and knew that Big Cat Rescue could love and care for her little ones and we have.

Divinity’s color is almost silver and her disposition is pure gold. She was so tiny and frail when she arrived that there were many nights we thought would be her last, but she wouldn’t give up. She was always a nervous little cat and couldn’t sit still for more than two minutes at a time.

You may notice that her feet are very floppy looking.  That is from a botched declaw job as a kitten.  Cats walk on their toes and declawing hacks off the last digit of their toes so that they are forced to walk on their heels.  As they age, that becomes harder and harder for them to do.

Divinity Bobcat When She Was a Kitten



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Most of our bobcats were rescues from fur farms. The deal we made with the fur farms was that he would pay top dollar for every cat and kitten they had as long as the fur farmer would agree to never buy and breed cats again for slaughter. It came at a time that the public outcry was against the fur industry.

Some of our cats were purchased at auctions where the uncaring owners were dumping the cats with no concern about their welfare. We still accept many unwanted cats each year, but do not pay for them and now require that their owner surrender their license, in an attempt to keep people from just trading in their cats each year for a newer, cuter model.

The only way to end the abuse caused by the trade in wild cats is to pass a federal ban on the private possession of exotic cats.

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