They will be ready for adoption in just a few days! Let us know if you want to give them a fur-ever home at Cat@BigCatRescue.org
Snow Leopard News
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We are happy to report that many of our staff members are making their way back from the field, bringing with them, some exciting updates!
Our Senior Regional Ecologist, Dr. Koustubh Sharma, recounts his 3 exhilarating weeks of field work in Mongolia saying, “We drove about 1000 km on non-existent tracks through beautiful, rugged landscapes with only very few human settlements, no roads and few sources of water. When the car couldn’t go any further, we put on our boots and hiked. We covered about 150 km on foot; climbing and descending nearly 8000 meters (over 26,000 feet) in altitude. I had bought sturdy new hiking boots in Ulaanbaatar before setting off for the field trip…when I went back to the store on my return to get some other equipment, the salesman refused to believe these were the same boots I bought 3 weeks ago from him.” You’ll see why on the first page of the update – ah, the life of a researcher.
From the cats, Agnes’ uplink rate has declined drastically in the past couple of weeks, and she has remained in generally the same spot. This could indicate that she is denning, and we will keep you posted as we remain on ‘cub watch’.
From Pakistan, we have some great new snow leopard photos from our research cameras along with a recap of World Environmental day that was held on June 5th to sensitize the masses on the importance of environmental conservation. From India, read about our conservation education camps complete with a beautiful photo of a morning meditation ritual with the students. And last, but certainly not least, read about conflict assessments taking place in China where after the survey one staff member, Tian Feng, said: “Wildlife-human conflicts are the common problems in environmental conservation in western China, and local communities usually have mixed feelings on them. As bear damage is severe in Sanjiangyuan region, we usually started interview with this question: “what’s your response when brown bears break in your house?” To my surprise, most nomads answered, “we have no way to stop the bears, but we can’t hurt them. The brown bears live in the environment and have their own values, and killing them is both illegal and sinful.” I was really touched by their awareness.”
Thank you for instilling this same kind of awareness into your visitors everyday through your conservation connections. We are so grateful that you help us convey the message of snow leopard conservation, and please let us know if there is anything that we can do to help facilitate that even further.
In other news, our 2013 Natural Partnership Program packets are being mailed out as I type this, so please keep an eye out for them in your mailboxes. You can also preview them online!
PS – Thank you to everyone who has let us know they are celebrating the arrivals of snow leopard cubs! We are keeping a running list here on our blog and on our Facebook page, so please contact me if you should be added to this list. You can also mention @Snowleopardtrust on any Facebook post that you put up, which will automatically link to our page!
Marissa B. Niranjan
Zoo Programs Manager
Snow Leopard Trust
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N. #325
Seattle, WA 98103
Bobcat Bill Bounding Through Legislature
COMPLETE BILL HISTORY
BILL NUMBER : A.B. No. 1213
AUTHOR : Bloom
TOPIC : Bobcat Protection Act of 2013.
TYPE OF BILL :
Majority Vote Required
State-Mandated Local Program
June 25 From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 6.
Noes 2.) (June 25). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
June 20 From committee chair, with author’s amendments: Amend, and re-refer
to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on
N.R. & W.
June 13 Referred to Com. on N.R. & W.
June 3 In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.
May 30 Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 51. Noes 24.
May 28 Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
May 24 From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 12. Noes 5.) (May 24).
Read second time and amended. Ordered to second reading.
May 15 In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to APPR. suspense
May 7 Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
May 6 Read second time and amended.
May 2 From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR.
(Ayes 9. Noes 5.) (April 30).
Apr. 25 Re-referred to Com. on W.,P. & W.
Apr. 24 From committee chair, with author’s amendments: Amend, and re-refer
to Com. on W.,P. & W. Read second time and amended.
Apr. 2 In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.
Mar. 20 Re-referred to Com. on W.,P. & W.
Mar. 19 From committee chair, with author’s amendments: Amend, and re-refer
to Com. on W.,P. & W. Read second time and amended.
Mar. 7 Referred to Com. on W.,P. & W.
Feb. 25 Read first time.
Feb. 24 From printer. May be heard in committee March 26.
New rescue of a 6 week old baby bobcat. See photos. I will be hooking up a webcam today, but it is the kind that can see in near darkness, because she likes to hide, so if you want to watch, I need your email address to send you and invite. Send request to Cat@BigCatRescue.org
One Eyed Momma Cat
Cierra the one eyed cat. See photo. She had a big splinter embedded in her eye when she arrived at Animal Services with her new born litter. It would appear that someone had bashed her in the head with a 2 x 4 and everyone said she was too wild to tame. The interns have worked miracles with her and we are really hoping she will find a quiet home with someone who capable of earning her trust. She is so beautiful and did such a great job raising her kittens despite being deathly sick and horribly injured. Her bravery and resilience are the stuff of legends and all packaged in a very petite little bundle of cream coloured fur.
All of our kittens, who are old enough, and momma cat Julienne, have now been adopted at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. We have some kittens who will be ready next week and a pretty lille tortoiseshell momma cat who will be available soon.
Don’t be Evil
Hitler petting lion cub. See photo. Jeff found this image and I’ve contact the owner to see if we can turn it into a bill board. I’d like to post these in Wynnewood, Dade City and Myrtle Beach for starters.
Our FREE Big Cat Rescue App is now in the iTunes App store and will soon be on Android. We have a complete virtual tour of the sanctuary available now in the Apple App Store. Look for Big Cat Rescue and choose the lion face. (The tiger face is our old app) Screen shot attached. This is the link to our new app in the iTunes App Store:
The Vacation Rotation cage should be done next month. My brother, a sheriff’s deputy, comes in on his days off to help my Dad and Scott put up the panels. They can do about 16 sheets of wire a day and those are appx 5 feet by 15 feet. They have almost completed three walls now. Photos here:
We’ve been asked to help with ocelot rehab in So. America and sent them all the stuff we do to keep the cats entertained yet wild while waiting to be released. We have also been asked to speak at National and International conferences on sanctuary management, cage design, enrichment, and wild cat husbandry, but we can talk more about that on a later show.
World News About Big Cats
Mauling at Exotic Feline Rescue Center
June 21, 2013 Anderson, IN: A 21 year old female employee named Marissa Dub was attacked by tiger at Joe Taft’s Exotic Feline Rescue Center. For cleaning purposes, the tiger was moved into a holding area. Officials report that the door to the holding area did not get shut all the way, allowing the tiger to bite and latch onto her head. Co workers distracted the tiger with food and retrieved Dub who was airlifted in critical condition to Wishard Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis.
Leopard Shot and Killed in Indiana
June 20, 2013 Charlestown, IN: A woman got the shock of her life when she fired into the shadows, in an attempt to kill what she thought had been a bobcat, and discovered the cat she killed to be a 9 month old baby leopard. Tim Stark, a mile away, at Wildlife in Need, a backyard menagerie, said he had been setting traps to catch a leopard, but claimed it was because his neighbors asked him to do so.
Serval Escape in New York
June 19, 2013 Westtown, NY: A male, 30-35 pound serval was left outside the Dawn Animal Agency sanctuary entrance in a flimsy wire crate, and quickly escaped. He was on the loose for 3 days before being caught with a net while going for some food that was set out as a lure. The USDA is trying to track down the owner.
Lion Bones / Tiger Bones
Avaaz ran a campaign in So. Africa to stop the trade in lion bones and the government tore down their posters. Now Avaaz is suing and raising even more awareness about how killing lions for their bones has become more popular as tiger numbers dwindle. It will always be cheaper to kill wild cats than raise them for slaughter and that’s why we have to end captive situations that provide a legal cover for illegal activities. More here:
Big Cat Bingo July 1 at 7:30 pm in Ybor City, FL call 813 241-MARY to RSVP. See photo. Lots of great prizes can be won via Bingo and our new FrontFlip.com platform. Scan QR codes to win an iPad mini 16 GB WiFi and dozens of other great prizes, like tour passes, books, big cat bandanas and raffle tickets for even more prizes. Get the Front Flip app in the iTunes and Android app stores now so you will be ready. The QR codes will be at the Bingo event for you to scan.
Enjoy tigers ripping up Summer Camper’s enrichment offerings, “play” with bobcats, see leopards leaping and attacking cardboard, hear about a water spout that passed by and more on this Sunday afternoon walkabout at Big Cat Rescue. Thanks to SkipAHolic Peggy McDermott Sundquist, we have three new computers donated by Ciber, Inc. the International IT Consultant company. Ken Goodrich is their Infrastructure Manager and came with Peggy to deliver the Dell computers.
Happiness is our own.
We are not responsible for other’s happiness and others are not responsible for our happiness.
Each of us chooses to be happy or not and no one else can make that decision for us. When we truly understand and accept that our happiness is our responsibility then there is no limit to the joy we will experience.
Naturally, it is important to behave in a way that engenders happiness in others; but if they are determined to be miserable, then we shouldn’t stress over it. I think it is kind of like religion. We can pray for others, but we can’t change their relationship with God. That’s their choice and all we can do is be a good example of why it is a good choice.
I believe that all humanity is moving toward enlightenment albeit at different paces and we are all at different places along that path. I try to remind myself that each person is doing the best that they know how, because if they knew how blissful it is to be happy all the time, they would choose to do things that yielded that result.
That seed of God in all of us lets us know when our bad behavior is hurting others and it isn’t possible to be truly happy if you know you are hurting someone else. If we are constantly having that argument in our head that says “we are being harsh with someone for their own good,” then we are obviously trying to convince ourselves of something we don’t truly believe at a heart level.
Maybe the easiest way to digest all of that is to remember that what we think about, we bring about. The Bible says this in many ways, and perhaps most visually in the “move mountains” example. I choose to be happy and when something happens that makes me sad, I look at it as a way of examining what it is in my own beliefs that needs work.
Feds Abandon the Florida Panther
In an unprecedented move, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced that it is giving up its watchdog role over Florida’s endangered species in order to “streamline” the permitting process for development projects that may hurt rare plants and animals.
This means that the continued existence of several threatened species such as the Florida Panther are now in the hands of the State of Florida; an entity which in the past has more often sided with developers than wildlife.
Because of USFWS’ action, Florida is now expected to start fast-tracking development projects—such as fracking for oil in the Big Cyprus region—which will eliminate even more of Florida’s few remaining wild places.
What might be even worse than the threat to the Florida Panther is the precedent this action sets for all of America’s wildlife. Usually the reason that the Federal Government has to step in and place a species under its protection is because an individual state’s government has failed in its responsibilities to the public trust.
We got a call from someone who said her name was Amanda. She said she has a traveling tiger act and that her trailer, with the tigers inside, was stolen and she wanted to know if we could help her get them back. The volunteer who answered the phone told her that we cannot help her, but I thought you guys may want to call since it is a 941 area code in FL. 941 323-4182
The second complaint came in just now of someone selling a tiger cub on Craig’s list in Jacksonville Beach. They claim the tiger came from Africa. http://jacksonville.craigslist.org/pet/3891410977.html
Black Serval & White Serval vs Normal Golden Serval
Today at Big Cat Rescue June 23 2013
Thanks to SkipAHolic Peggy McDermott Sundquist, we have three new computers donated by Ciber, Inc. the International IT Consultant company. Ken Goodrich is their Infrastructure Manager and came with Peggy to deliver the Dell computers.
In a disappointing late-night move, the House leadership refused to allow debate on any animal welfare amendments when the Farm Bill goes to the full House. Bipartisan amendments on horse slaughter, horse soring, and protecting egg-laying hens were left out of consideration, while the dangerous, overreaching “King Amendment” remains in the Farm Bill. The King Amendment seeks to repeal state laws regarding agriculture production and could nullify measures on farm animal confinement, horse slaughter, puppy mills, shark finning, and a wide range of other concerns including food safety, child labor and the environment.
This provision is so potentially harmful, and with no amendment or debate allowed to consider the King provision on the House floor, we must now stop the entire Farm Bill in its tracks.
It is critical for every member of the House to hear from concerned advocates like you today. Please make a brief, polite phone call to your rep. Find their contact info here: http://catlaws.com
Zabu the white tiger and her ball. People Magazine featured it on their online version last week!
Joseph lion eating ice cream. This is a rare and small treat for him and not a big part of his diet.
Cool Cat News
We have a complete virtual tour of the sanctuary available now in the Apple App Store. Look for Big Cat Rescue and choose the lion face. (The tiger face is our old app) Screen shot attached. This is the link to our new app in the iTunes App Store:
We often give away tee shirts and other prizes on our Facebook page, but yesterday we signed up with FrontFlip.com to automate the daily contests and be able to offer some truly great prizes.
Win a new iPad mini so you can be one of the first to check out the virtual tour of Big Cat Rescue in our new Big Cat Rescue Tour Buddy App! More than 100 gorgeous photos of our exotic cats, and both text and audio file versions of their stories are in this app that is the second best thing to visiting in purr-son. Choose black or white, 16 GB Wi Fi iPad mini. Odds 1 in 5,000
Other prizes we may offer are:
Show at the register to get 10% off your entire purchase. (everyone wins)
Show at the register to get one free beverage. (odds 1 out of 10)
Show at the register to get a free Tee shirt (up to 25.00 value) (odds 1 out of 100)
We will work on some online ways to redeem prizes too so that people don’t have to visit. Most of that will be done on facebook and through emails we send to people who are on our email list. To get on that list just sign up to win an Animal Lover’s Dream Vacation on BigCatRescue.org in the right hand side bar.
It can be set up to send a gift or coupon on the person’s birthday and we can set it send out a new game with prizes at set intervals, like if we haven’t heard from them in a month or six months.
There are some new things to take action on at CatLaws.com
Save big cats from circus abuse this summer by writing to two fairs that are hosting a big cat circus act.
If you live in CA you can ask your state rep to support the ban on killing bobcats near protected forests.
Adopt a Cat or Kitten
Julienne the black and white tuxedo momma cat is still at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay looking for a home.
This week we will be taking in a cute little kitten named Tonto, and maybe others if they have reached 2 lbs, to be fixed and adopted. Info for Adoptions: 3607 North Armenia Ave, Tampa, Florida, 33607 • (P) 813.876.7138 http://humanesocietytampa.org/
The BBC just did a story on how Canine Distemper is killing big cats in Asia. A few years ago it was wiping out whole prides of lions all over Africa. Now a sanctuary in TX is reporting that most of their cats have contracted the disease.
There are no safe vaccines to prevent infection. It is carried not only by dogs, but raccoons and foxes and all they have to do is poop into a cage for the cat to come in contact with it and get sick.
Symptoms include totally losing fear of humans and walking right into towns, being disoriented, aggressive, and not eating for days or weeks as their bodies struggle to fight it. No treatment and no cure is available. The only thing we can do is try to keep vermin out of the property.
(One exotic animal owner is telling people to use ferret vaccines to prevent it, which is just ridiculous)
has started and the kids are all having a great time. Different staff members present to them on what we do, so yesterday Gale talked to them about the Kansas rescue of 6 cats. We still have a few spots left in future weeks.
Hamburger Marys. July 1 at 7:30 PM. RSVP at 813 241-MARY $10.00 for set of 10 bingo cards that have 3 games each on them. We will have a lot of great prizes that night and will probably use our new FrontFlip phone scratch off games too so that we can really bump up the excitement.