Gilligan’s age is unknown. He was purchased along with Skipper at an auction.
Gilligan had the tiniest cage measuring 5′ x 7′. It was also the dirtiest of all of the cages. The mud floor was not mud, but feces covered with a sprinkling of straw. It appeared as though Gilligan had tried to keep much of his waste confined to one area on top of his plastic dog house. He had perched atop the house day after day to defecate. The large pile of feces cascaded out of the side of his cage. It was clear that his cage had not been cleaned in several months.
Strewn about the cage were bits of meat, bones and fur. The dog house was too small for Gilligan to fit in and other than a small child’s play picnic table he had nowhere to escape the weather. He was forced to sleep in the open and surrounded by filth.
Because Gilligan’s cage was so small there was not enough room for Big Cat Rescuers to enter it with nets and a crate. So using wire that they had brought, they constructed a secondary enclosure to the door of his and inside placed the crate filled with soft dry hay. Gilligan was unsure about this new crate and despite its appeal of warmth and dryness he refused to enter it. He was left to contemplate entering the crate on his own while Big Cat Rescuers moved on to try and catch Skipper.
After Skipper was captured and carried to the Big Cat Rescue trailer, Gilligan had still refused to enter the crate. With no other options he was sedated with a blow dart. He quickly fell asleep and Dr. Justin did a full exam. After the exam he was gently placed in the crate and given the reversal agent for the tranquilizer.
When he awoke he was in a soft bed of hay being loaded into the trailer for his long trip back to Tampa.
Gilligan seems absolutely blissful in his new enclosure. In his first days he constantly sniffed all around soaking in the fresh air. He was also quite amazed with the wildlife that abounds at the sanctuary from cardinals, to lizards, to squirrels, he is very observant and intently watches as they flit and scurry about.
Skipper’s age is unknown. He had been purchased along with Gilligan at an auction before being rescued years later by Big Cat Rescue.
Skipper had the largest cage measuring about 5′ x 30′. He had a small plastic dog house and a plastic shelf precariously attached to the side of his cage. A large rabbit carcass lay rotting in the corner of his cage and the entire cage was just as dirty as the others, feces lying everywhere and urine soaked straw.
Big Cat Rescuers entered Skipper’s cage with nets in hand and a large transport crate. Because of his size and the fact that he was fully clawed the plan was to just corral Skipper into the crate using the nets. Well Skipper had another idea and ran straight into the net.
He was netted and then shifted into the crate.
Skipper was the first of the Kansas cats to exit his crate and begin exploring his new enclosure at Big Cat Rescue. He cautiously stepped into his enclosure while looking all around at all of the new sights. After a few steps he turned and looked at the Big Cat Rescuers who had just released him from his crate and then took a few big stretches before moving on and investigating every last nook and cranny of his new home.
Common Name: Canadian Lynx Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata) Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Felidae Genus: Felinae (Lynx) Species: canadensis
Misc: The debate continues whether or not the Canadian Lynx is in fact a separate species from the Eurasian (a.k.a. Siberian or Iberian) Lynx, or merely a sub-species. Experts are evenly divided on this subject, but for now, it remains a separate species based on its marked adaptive differences for prey capture. The name Lynx comes from the Greek word “to shine,” and may be in reference to the reflective ability of the cat’s eyes.
Sub-species: L.c. subsolanus – found in Newfoundland.
Size and Appearance: The Canadian Lynx is considerably smaller than its Eurasian counterpart, approximately half the size. Its fur is usually white tipped, giving it a frosted appearance, and is only indistinctly spotted. The coat color ranges from a reddish-brown to gray, and also occurs in a rare “blue-lynx” which is the result of a genetic mutation. They have a flared facial ruff, black ear tufts, and long hind legs with a short tail. Their large, wide-spreading feet are covered in fur, which act like snowshoes, and are effective in supporting the cat’s weight on the snow. They are often confused with their smaller feline cousins the Bobcat, but can be easily distinguished by their tail tips. The tail of the Lynx looks as though it was dipped in an inkwell being black all the way around, whereas the Bobcat’s tail appears to have been painted black on top and white on the bottom.
Habitat: These Lynx are found in the broad boreal forest belt of North America.
Distribution: Canada, Alaska, and the northern contiguous United States
Reproduction and Offspring: After a gestation of approximately 63-70 days, females produce a litter of 1-8 kittens, with the average varying depending on the abundance of prey. They weigh 7-7.5 ounces at birth and will open their eyes at around 10-17 day, and begin to walk between 24-30 days. They are weaned between 3-5 months of age, and reach sexual maturity around 23 months. The number of offspring is directly related to the abundance of prey, as is the age of sexual maturity. When prey is very abundant, females will breed as early as 10 months.
In the wild, Canadian Lynx have lived up to 15 years, and in captivity, up to 21.
Social System and Communication: Solitary, except for females with offspring, or siblings who have just separated from their mothers who may travel and hunt together for several months before separating.
Hunting and Diet: Unlike any other cat – this Lynx depends solely and almost exclusively, on the snowshoe hare. No other predator has such a strong cyclic prey base to which it has become uniquely adapted – both behaviorally and physiologically. The snowshoe hare population peaks every 10 years, and with it, so does the lynx population. When the hare population decreases, so does the lynx population. While Lynx will change their prey base when hares are low to include small rodents, ground birds, and small ungulates, the overall Lynx population is still synchronous with the hare population.
Principal Threats: Trapping continues to be one of the greatest threats for the Lynx, and as Lynx are easily trapped, when done during times of low numbers it makes recovery of the population extremely difficult. As is with every other feline population, these too face habitat loss due to destruction by humans. However bleak this sounds, the outlook for the Canadian Lynx is better and more promising than it is for many of the other feline species. Human kill over 11 million rabbits each year according to statistics provided from hunting license sales and kill reports. The snow shoe hare is the primary staple of the Canadian Lynx but due to over hunting their food supply is diminished. Hunters only comprise 6% of our population, but they kill over 100 million animals each year for sport.
Status: CITES: Appendix II. IUCN: Not listed. Threatened as of 2000.
Felid TAG 2003 Recommendation: Canadian lynx (Lynx canadensis). Common in Canada and Alaska, this species is included in the RCP because of its educational and exhibitory value, especially for North American themes. The continental USA population has been proposed for threatened or endangered status by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since the 1970’s but have been denied protection because it would interfere with road construction and logging in their territory. The present zoo population is considered too large, and the TAG recommends a reduction to a total of no more than 80 individuals. A regional studbook and a PMP management plan are recommended. The first stud book ever was published for this species in 2003.
How rare is this cat? The International Species Information Service lists 70 worldwide, with 34 being in the U.S.
Information reprinted With Permission from the IUCN Wild Cats Book.
Meet some of our previous lynx friends who have now passed on:
Nine exotic cats and two other wild animals were confiscated from a dilapidated Atchison, Kansas, property yesterday after authorities discovered that the animals had been abandoned in their enclosures without access to food or clean water. The Atchison County Sheriff’s Office seized one tiger, two cougars, three bobcats, two lynx, a serval and two skunks under the state’s Dangerous Regulated Animals Act and the animal cruelty code.
The Humane Society of the United States, Big Cat Rescue, In-Sync Exotics and the Kansas City Zoo removed the animals from the property and transported them to sanctuaries around the country. Big Cat Rescue is providing a permanent home to the 3 bobcats, 2 Canada Lynx and 1 Serval and needs your help. See photos and video from the cats you can help us rescue here: http://bigcatrescue.org/most-daring-rescue-ever/
Gr-r-r-reat Non-Profits Award
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Save the Indochinese Tiger Petition
The Indochinese tiger is a tiger subspecies found in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and southwestern China. This tiger is disappearing faster than any other tiger subspecies, with at least one tiger being killed each week by poachers.
All existing populations are at extreme risk from habitat loss, prey depletion, inbreeding, hunting for trophies, poaching by farmers, and the growing demand for tiger bones in Asian medicine. According to some reports, almost three-quarters of the Indochinese tigers killed end up in Chinese pharmacies for Chinese Traditional Medicines.
In Myanmar, a designated Protected Tiger Area was clear-cut for sugar and tapioca plantations. Cambodia continues illegal logging in tiger habitat. Fewer than 30 tigers are believed to be left in Vietnam, and one has not been seen in China since 2007 when the last surviving individual was eaten. Sign this petition to help save the Indochinese Tiger: http://catlaws.com
Dental Work for 20 Year Old Bobcat
Angie the bobcat was recently sedated for follow-up blood work after an exam last year, during which it was discovered that she had high blood pressure. Angie has been on medications to control her blood pressure ever since and Dr. Wynn wanted to do a follow up exam. During the exam, Dr. Wynn noticed a couple of teeth that looked bad and scheduled Angie a dental exam the very next day. Turns out Angie had four bad teeth, all of which were extracted. Otherwise she was in good health. After a short period of time waking from sedation in our onsite Cat Hospital, Angie was moved to a different enclosure. Read Angie’s Bio Here: http://bigcatrescue.org/angie/
Juliet Simms of The Voice Visit
Big Cat Rescue was very excited to host a private tour of the sanctuary for musical talent Juliet Simms. Many of you may recall Juliet was the runner-up on the second season of the reality talent show, The Voice. She loves big cats and chose Big Cat Rescue to benefit from her recent participation in a unique fundraiser called Closets for Causes. Designer clothing and accessories owned by Juliet were auctioned off, raising more than $1,200 to support the big cats! In honor of her contribution, Big Cat Rescue’s Jeff Kremer presented Juliet with a special plaque to commemorate her gift. In recognition of her visit and to show her love of the big cats through continued support, Juliet designed a special bracelet as part of her Never Take It Off jewelry line. The bracelet is available for purchase at the link below. For every bracelet sold, $8 will be donated to Big Cat Rescue! Now that’s something to sing about! http://nevertakeitoff.bigcartel.com/product/wild-free-ntio-bracelet-for-big-cat-rescue
Tigers for Tigers
Tigers For Tigers Coalition (T4TCoalition.org) was founded in 1997 as a way of harnessing the team spirit of colleges with tiger mascots to protect tigers. It has grown over the years and has been inclusive of any tiger mascotted school who wanted to participate. This year they held their first National Summit at Clemson University and asked a number of tiger experts, including Big Cat Rescue CEO and Founder Carole Baskin, to come talk to the students about the real steps they can take, right now, to protect tigers. Are you a student or alumni of a tiger mascot school? Join the club: http://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-apr-20-2013/
It’s back and better than ever! Big Cat Rescue’s Summer Camp is a huge hit each year and the limited spaces fill up quickly. Reserve your spot today for a roaring good time this summer!
Top 5 Most Shocking Incidents of Big Cat Exploitation – May 2013
We hope by sharing a new list with you each month that you will join us in speaking out for the big cats and cubs that are exploited across this country every day. Thanks to many of you speaking out on behalf of the cats there have been some significant wins for them lately! The FL legislature and Hillsborough County enacted Community Cats programs that encourage Trap Neuter Return for feral cats, instead of rounding them up and killing them. You were also instrumental in getting the Detroit Tigers to take down the photos of their players handling tiger cubs! Big cats are being confiscated from circus acts in the U.K. and many more advances are taking place for animal welfare, thanks to those of you who take the time to call or write.
We encourage you to take one small action today and reach out via phone or email to contact one or more of the offenders listed below and politely express your concern. Together we can be the voice for the voiceless…together we can make a difference. Please join us in our mission of Caring for Cats & Ending the Trade.
No. 1 A new restaurant right here in our own backyard in Tampa (Florida) called Taco Fusion will have lion tacos on the menu in the next week or so. They are already boasting about it on their Facebook page. The restaurant says they have a distributor in California, but lion meat is NOT inspected or regulated by the USDA so there are health issues with it in addition to humane issues.
Won’t you please take a minute to call the restaurant and post on their Facebook page? Phone: 813-902-8226 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Taco-Fusion/418933044834496?fref=ts
No. 2 The website for Lion Habitat Ranch (Nevada) boasts that they started having “cub interactions” on May 1. They are charging $200 for 5 minutes with a lion cub – talk about blatantly breeding and then exploiting cubs to make money! Owner Keith Evans used to “supply” lions to MGM Grand’s lion exhibit.
The exhibit shut down last year but Evans continues to breed lion cubs! Evans was recently quoted saying, “We try to teach the instincts out of them, so they don’t go hunting anybody down, so they will assume we’re part of their pride and bond with us.” Please let Mr. Evans know via phone and Facebook page that people who treasure big cats and respect nature do NOT want to see lions bred for profit.
No. 3 Believe it or not, a tourist attraction called Gatorland (Florida) acquired two cougars last month. Their Facebook page claims they were rescued but a news story also posted on their page says, “Shortly after birth at a Florida rescue and rehabilitation center in 2006, the pair were adopted and raised in the loving care of a Florida conservationist until their arrival at Gatorland.” A true rescue would not take cougar kittens away from their mother in order to sell or give away the kittens; and a true conservationist would not then give or sell them to Gatorland. Please let Gatorland CEO and President Mark McHugh know that cougars should not be exploited for profit and used as entertainment for his visitors.
No. 4 Carine Roitfeld, global fashion director for Harper’s Bazaar, recently photographed a major spread (which appeared in all 26 international issues of the magazine) called “Animal Nursery,” in which numerous models including Kate Upton were photographed holding and cuddling tiger cubs, Serval kittens and other exotics. Roitfeld was quoted telling the media, “The shoot was a dream come true because I had never held a baby monkey and baby tigers before.” Would you take a minute to explain to Roitfeld and the editors at Harper’s Bazaar why being used as photo props is NOT a dream come true for these baby big cats?
Email the editor at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Send a letter to: Harper’s Bazaar Editorial Offices at 300 West 57th Street, 25th Floor, New York, NY 10019.
No. 5 The group that “rented” the tiger cubs and other exotics to Harper’s Bazaar (No. 4 above) for the photo shoot is Zoological Wildlife Foundation (Florida). This for profit group defended their actions by telling media that their animals are captive-born for at least five generations, and are hand-raised by humans because the mothers have rejected them. We should believe that ALL of these purposely-bred mothers have rejected their babies? Their website states “Our animals are available for movie scenes, birthday parties, weddings, promotional events, on-location model shoots, and more.” Please contact them and let them know that breeding exotics in order to profit from them is just plain wrong.
Phone: 305.969-3696 (general) or 786-423-8099 (cell for Production Director Maria Tabraue). Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you hear about exotic cats or cubs being exploited in your area, please contact Susan Bass at Susan.Bass@BigCatRescue.org. As always you can keep up with the latest action alerts at CatLaws.com Thank you!
Cat In the Box
Ever wonder if the big cats like boxes as much as your pet cat at home? More than 1 million viewers have already checked out this video.
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DENVER (AP) — A coalition of conservation groups is offering a $4,800 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who killed a federally protected lynx in western Colorado.
The 4-year-old male lynx was found Oct. 7 near Silverton when researchers responded to a signal from the radio collar the cat was wearing. The state Division of Wildlife says the lynx was shot with a bow and arrow.
Lynx are on the state and federal endangered species lists. The Division of Wildlife has released more than 200 lynx from Canada and Alaska in southwest Colorado since 1999 to restore the long-haired mountain cat to the state.
A reward is also being offered through the state Operation Game Thief at (877) 265-6648.
On the Net:
Colorado Division of Wildlife: http://wildlife.state.co.us/
Center for Native Ecosystems: http://nativeecosystems.org/