Help Rescue 5 Servals
African Cats is the epic movie in theaters right now of cheetahs and lions living free on the African savanna. Meanwhile, right now there are five servals, who are lean, graceful cats that are often referred to as the “poor man’s cheetah,” living in a dark, dank basement. They have been there for 12 years. See how you can help set them “free.”
Put 100 Big Cats in Your Pocket
Hey Tampa, Lisa with Parner Pulse here with an update on one of our more unique Tampa Florida Attractions.
Big Cat Rescue has just released their very own iTunes App. The Big Cat app features instant access to the hundreds of amazing animals at the Big Cat sanctuary right here in Tampa.
With the App you will get photos of lions, tigers, leopards, bobcats, servals and many other unique cats that you may not have known existed! It will of course have tons of images (all of which I’m sure are amazing), that you can use for backgrounds on your phone or even share with friends.
The app only costs $1.99 and majority of that goes to Big Cat Rescues sanctuary. This app also gives you a chance to keep up with the advocacy campaigns Big Cat Rescue is part of, and help spread the word about what they do.
Big Cat Rescue is a hidden gem in Tampa, and if you have a free afternoon it is completely worth it to stop by. I have been and LOVED every second. The animals are beautiful, and the staff is amazing. I learned a lot about the Big Cats here in Florida and all across the United States.
Help support Big Cat Rescue and purchase their app today! (Droid users, they are working on one for you too!)
That’s all for now, but I’ll be sure to keep you posted on Tampa Florida News, and other great Thing To Do In Tampa Bay!
Get the app here: http://itunes.apple.com/sn/app/big-cat-app/id426593622?mt=8
What’s In YOUR Cat’s Bowl?
Peaches the Serval
Peaches the serval was born on 4/18/94 and arrived at Big Cat Rescue on 6/27/97. Servals, indigenous to Africa, are capable of leaping ten feet into the air to catch a bird in flight. But Peaches spent her young life confined to a small, concrete-and-steel dog run where she produced litters of kittens to meet the growing demand for exotic pets. When her owner had no use for her anymore, she was fortunate to end up at Big Cat Rescue.
Peaches lived at the sanctuary in a large grassy habitat where she could do all the things that came naturally to her, at her leisure. Her first day in her new 1200 square foot Cat-a-Tat was enough to bring tears to the most jaded eyes as she embraced with wonder and such enthusiasm the ability to leap through the brush chasing after insects. Peaches was very petite and was one of the cutest servals at the sanctuary. She had been prone to seizures which were worsening as time went by. At the age of 17 after a bad seizure that left her unable to recover on 4/8/2011 we made the painful decision to euthanize her. We will miss her so much! You can read our volunteers’ tributes:
The Jersey Boys Go Wild at Big Cat Rescue
On April 12th, 2011, the touring company of the Broadway play Jersey Boys, who were performing at the Straz Center visited Big Cat Rescue. Read more and see the fun photos from their visit:
Hell’s Kitchen Chef Serves Steak Tartare to the Tigers!
On Thursday, April 14th Chef Robert Hesse from the FOX TV hit Hell’s Kitchen visited Big Cat Rescue, the world’s largest accredited sanctuary dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of exotic cats.
Chef Hesse was an astounding fan favorite in Season 5 of Hell’s Kitchen, and one who many thought would glide into the finals. Hesse was Chef Gordon Ramsay’s favorite to win as well; however an illness kept him from going further in season 5.
After two million plus fans requested Hesse’s return, Ramsay acknowledged the demand and brought Hesse back in Season 6.
Chef Hesse is one of the most popular contestants from the Hell’s Kitchen series, and has used his notoriety to help the less fortunate. Read the rest of the story and see more photos at:
Tour Prices Raised to Offset Soaring Meat Prices
Big Cat Rescue’s tour prices have not changed in four years. During that time, the Consumer Price Index has risen about 9%. However, some of our costs have risen far faster, particularly the cost of meat for the cats.
In 2006 we paid 75 cents per pound for the beef. We now pay $2.20. Natural Balance, from who we buy the ground diet that has all of their vitamins and minerals, had held their price at $1/lb all these years while beef prices rose. They have now raised the price to $3.10/lb, over 300%! We buy 64,000 pounds per year. This will increase our food bill by $128,000 this year; a HUGE number for us!
While it is natural to raise prices over time to cover inflation, we have hesitated to do so during these difficult economic times. However, after 4 years without an increase, and faced with the dramatic increase in food cost, the time has come.
The new prices are:
Day Tour $29
Kids Tour $19
Feeding Tour $55
Night Tour $55
Keeper Tour $110
The price increase will be effective May 1, 2011. On the tours that require reservations, if the reservation was made before May 1, 2011 we will honor the old price. Howard Baskin, CFO and Advisory Board Chairman
Skip the Bobcat Calls Big Cat Rescue Home
Skip was hit by a car in December of 2010. Despite extensive surgeries to repair his shattered pelvis, he did not heal well enough to survive on his own in the wild and could not be released.
The pelvic canal is too narrow for him to pass fur and feathers, so Big Cat Rescuers had to create a safe space for him outside where he would be least likely to catch his own “fast food.”
If he ends up in trouble we will be able to get him the veterinary attention he needs, which would be impossible to do if he were released.
He now has a permanent home at the sanctuary. We are very sad that he can never live free but at least he can live the easy life on Easy Street.
Thanks to a motion sensitive camera trap you can keep an eye on Skip as he adjusts to living outside if you have a facebook account.
For those who have joined us on facebook, here is a photo to entice your to join our 42,793 fans at facebook.com/BigCatRescue
It seems that Tampa is at the center of the cheetah controversy now thanks to the new ride at Busch Gardens called “Cheetah Hunt.” While it is this author’s opinion that the name probably refers to cheetahs hunting, rather than hunting cheetahs, the fact remains that animal lovers are pretty upset over the ride for a number of reasons. “Most of the complaints that we get about the new ride is that cheetahs are very inbred and nervous animals that do not do well in captivity to begin with and being housed under a roller coaster just isn’t a very respectful way to treat a wild animal,” says Carole Baskin, founder and CEO of Tampa’s Big Cat Rescue.
Others say that even the name is “a total turn off.” Says freelance writer April Orcutt, in her letter to the International Association of Amusement Park and Attractions, “Is there any chance you could PLEASE talk the Busch Gardens folks in Tampa into renaming their roller coaster something besides “Cheetah Hunt”? Ugh. It’s a total turn-off. Cheetah’s are highly endangered, and just a phrase like that makes my (and millions of other people’s) skin crawl.” Read the rest of the story here: http://www.examiner.com/cats-in-tampa-bay/tampa-is-cheetah-central
Slinky Tiger Rhinestone Tank Top Benefits Serval Rescue
http://www.bigcatrescue.biz/Looking for a cool and fashionable way to help us rescue the five servals who have been living in a basement for 12 years? This is it!
What a sparkly and glittery way to show your support!
Beautiful black junior strap-tank top has a tiger in multi-colored rhinestones.
Written beneath the tiger in silver rhinestones is: Big Cat Rescue.
Each scoop neck tank is made from 100% combed, ring spun cotton and comes in sizes S, M, L, & XL.
Half of your purchase profits Big Cat Rescue and makes it possible for us to rescue cats in need, protect the ones we have and work to end the trade in big cats as pets, props and parts.
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|A great movie for animal lovers yet more cub abuse in Lincoln Mall|
If you love animals, you need to see this movie! The Elephant in the Living Room is a documentary film about the controversial American subculture of raising the most dangerous animals in the world as common household pets. Director Michael Webber follows the journey of two men at the heart of the issue. One, Tim Harrison, Big Cat Rescue’s Guardian Angel Award winner, a man whose mission is to protect exotic animals and the public, and the other, Terry Brumfield, a man who keeps his two pet African lions in a broken down horse trailer after one escapes and begins chasing cars on the highway.
Join Big Cat Rescuers at the Tampa showing on April 15 at 7pm at the Regal Citrus Park Theatre 7999 Citrus Park Town Center Mall Tampa, FL and check out other show times at http://www.theelephantinthelivingroom.com/screenings.html
Watch Big Cat Rescue on WUSF Florida Focus on April 8 at 5:27pm which is locally Ch 16
Thank You Time!
When the Kona Grill found out just how much animal lovers hate seeing tigers carted out to restaurants, malls and flea markets they decided to cancel a tiger show they had planned for tonight. Be sure to thank them by Liking their facebook page and especially by dining at their excellent restaurants. Let them know that you appreciate the fact that they value compassion toward animals and their firm stand against allowing wild animals to be exploited on their properties.
Spank You Time!
Despite getting the same education about why it is so wrong to cart live tigers out to venues, the Lincoln Mall has chosen to continue to allow an abusive pay to play cub petting scheme at their mall. Just last month 8 more malls have announced their decision to end these awful events that are made possible only by over breeding lions and tigers, ripping the cubs from their mothers, and then hauling them around the country in the back of tractors, so that their owners can profit from the public paying to handle the innocent cubs.
Please take a moment to contact the mall and let them know that you oppose this kind of animal abuse.
Ask their anchor store – Carson, Pirie Scott to speak up for the cats too! 708-747-5400
You can email both mall managers at the same time by filling in the form below. This will also copy USDA to let them know that you want this kind of exhibition to end.