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Male Leopard

DOB 6/6/94 – 5/8/2015

Rescued 8/4/94

Simba GOODSimba is a male Asian spotted leopard born on 6/6/94. He came to Big Cat Rescue on 8/4/94 with his sister, Nyla, as a bottle fed baby. Simba had the misfortune of being born the wrong sex.  Backyard breeders always want more females than males.  Since his sister Nyla was cross eyed, he was not a good candidate for breeding and was unwanted.

Seeing what a beautiful leopard he has grown up to be, we are fortunate that we were able to take him in to save him from a long life of breeding.

Simba has always had a predisposition for the female volunteers who care for him.  This was never more evident than when he was recently relocated to a cat-a-tat near Reno, a former circus performing leopard.  Though bigger than Reno, Simba spent most of his time hiding away in his den until he was coaxed out by a female staff member who sat with him and reassured him that everything would be all right.  The term “big scaredy cat” never fit anyone more on that day than it did Simba.

He quickly adjusted to his new surroundings.  He just needed the reassurance, as we all do sometimes, from someone who cares deeply for him.

Simba has arthritis in his old age and is being treated with pharmaceuticals, supplements and laser therapy.




The leopards at Big Cat Rescue are definitely some of the funniest cats at the sanctuary! They’re often “break dancing”, playing with enrichment, stalking tour guests and just being goofy! But remember despite how cute and cuddly they may look sometimes, they are still very much WILD and their mood can change very quickly from fun to ferocious!




More Info About and Photos of Simba

Simba Leopard had an MRI and surgery the last week of December 2014. Here is a link telling you what happened to Simba’s Leopard’s tail:

Leopards Simba and Nyla Re-Introduced After 15 Years (scroll down the page to find their pix):

Simba goes on vacation (scroll down the page to find his photos):

On this page there is a video of Simba and Nyla meeting at the Howdy door:

On this page is another video. In that video is a clip of Simba going to the vet.:

More clips of Simbda can be found in the videos on this page:

Operant Conditioning with Jennifer Ruszczyk:

Photo entitled, ‘Simba Wonders Why?”:

How does picking up after our leopards help save tigers in Indochina?? Find out how here:

Interns plant greenery in Simba the leopard’s enclosure:

See two photos of Simba enjoying his platforms and ramps when the Holley’s first made them for him: 

Two more photos of Simba on his platforms:

Simba’s sister Nyla:



  1. Funky funky leopards! Nyan!

  2. awwwwwwwwwwwww

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