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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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Nico

Female Geoffroy Cat DOB 5/1/93 Rescued 7/19/94   We had been following his story from birth and chased him through his second owner, who sent him along to Big Cat Rescue with three Bengals on 7/19/94. He arrived taped up in a cardboard box. The fury from within the box made opening it a death defying act. As with many exotic cats, the smaller they are, the more fierce they can be. Everyone says that she "looks just like a domestic cat" but careful study of her size and shape shows that she is indeed a wild cat. It wasn’t until we Read More

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Jade

Female Leopard DOB 6/17/97   Jade arrived at Big Cat Rescue with her sister, Armani. Jade is definitely the more mischievous one of the two. Like all leopards, she loves to jump up in the branches of the tree that is in her cat-a-tat. Most people have a very hard time telling the two sisters apart, they look so much alike.  But, if you look closely, you can tell Jade from Armani by the V-shaped row of spots on her forehead that look like a tiara. These two are so beautiful that some of the volunteers refer to them as the “Hilton Read More