April 26 2017

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Big Cat Updates

Give Day Tampa 2017


Give Day Tampa Bay is an online giving event in our community taking place May 2. For the first time Give Day Tampa Bay is accepting early donations –beginning TODAY April 18!

Your much-appreciated online donation to Big Cat Rescue from April 18 to May 2 will help us reach our goal of $61,000 for our cats – AND help us win up to $12,000 in cash prizes!

PLUS this year Big Cat Rescue is thrilled to announce that, thanks to an amazing donor, we have a $39,000 match! So, every dollar you donate to our cats between April 18 and May 2 will be matched dollar for dollar up to $39,000.


We will use your generous gifts this year for two very important purposes:

  • The first is to purchase and renovate a building to be used as the recovery area for injured rehab bobcats so they can quietly recuperate after surgery. It will have four rooms and can also serve as an overflow recovery area for our other cats. This building will be located near our new state-of-the-art bobcat rehab area and will cost approximately $31,000.
  • The second purpose will be to purchase new transport cages for our biggest cats. We desperately need new cages to bring rescued tigers, lions, leopards and cougars to our sanctuary. Our old ones can no longer be repaired after years of wear and tear. We will also use the new cages to transport the big cats within the sanctuary and to/from our Windsong Memorial hospital when they need medical attention. The cost to purchase four new transports is $30,000.

Can our cats count on you again this year to reach our goal of $61,000?

Make your tax-deductible gift of $5 or more to Big Cat Rescue by credit or debit card here:  https://www.razoo.com/story/B9u50f

Thank you for supporting Big Cat Rescue so generously and for making Give Day Tampa Bay such a GRRREAT success for our cats!!

Prefer to send Big Cat Rescue a check rather than donating online? The Give Day Tampa Bay rules say we MUST receive your check at our sanctuary by April 30. Please make your check out to Big Cat Rescue, make sure to write “Give Day Tampa Bay” on the memo line, and mail your donation to Howard Baskin, Big Cat Rescue, 12802 Easy Street, Tampa, FL 33625.


Bobcat or Cat Print Breathable Mesh Shoes.

Facebook Live Video Replays

Moving TJ Tiger:  We need to do some work on the Tiger Lake enclosure so TJ is moving to Hoover’s enclosure between the girl tigers while Hoover is away on vacation.  It will also make it easier for the keepers to feed him with the feeding stick.

Moving Seth Tiger:  Seth is moving to TJ’s side of Tiger Lake while TJ is away.

Facebook Live Contest

When you purr-ticipate in Carole’s Facebook Live contest you need to put your answers in the special form at BigCatRescue.org/win


Question:  What is the name of the face cats make with they really get into smelling something?

Answer:  Flehming response

Winner:  Ruth

Prize chosen by winner:

Call of the Wild

Have YOU make the Call of the Wild, this week?

If you do not know what the Call of the Wild is, please go to http://bigcatrescue.org/cta-call-wild/

 Letter To Management

Note To Viewers:  “Management” profusely apologizes to Joseph, Secretary to the cats, and viewers for not getting this letter posted sooner.

April 20, 2017

Dear Sir/Madam:

I bring to your attention a matter of utmost urgency. While I have been on vacation, the (stinky) Texas Tigers became squatters in my home. They moved my precious art pieces, ruined my daisy garden, and – horror of horrors – peed on the camera installed so my many subjects can receive their daily greeting from their King.


Therefore, before I go home I demand:

1 – a thorough steam cleaning be done in my enclosure to remove the Stinky Tiger Smell; some fresh paint would help, as well.

2 – a new garden be planted. Besides for the obvious benefit of adding color to my enclosure, we all know that gardens reduce stress – and I think it’s obvious that I have been under EXTREME stress from the taunting of the T3 while they squatted in my enclosure. Also, the garden provides a beautiful background for my pictures.

3 – the red barrel must be removed and discarded immediately, and replaced with something new, perhaps a nice ball.

4 – soothing music must be piped in to help me sleep at night so that I don’t have nightmares about the T3 and their shenanigans in my enclosure.

NOTE: Until these requests have been fulfilled, I will be extending my vacation. Don’t even THINK of putting that tunnel up. I will not be moved.

Thank you for your attention.


King Joseph Lion

(Sent via Lori D., Secretary to the Cats and Humble Servant of His Royal Highness, King Joseph Lion)

Keeper Corner

Keeper Candy got some cute snapshots of “The Cubs” in one of their dens.   Although they have been adults for a very long time, we still refer to the trio as, “The Cubs.”

The Cougar Cubs get along very well. Here’s a photo of Ares in front and Orion in the back sharing a den. Btw, there’s a window in the side of the den so we can look in without being in the same enclosure as the boys. ~Keeper Candy

 Where’s Waldo, U I Mean Max & MaryAnn

This photo was submitted by Matthew Barberio.  Can YOU find Max & MaryAnn?


Panthera Tigris Tote Bag

Stunning tiger graphic with the words Big Cat Rescue, Tampa, FL and the Latin name for the big cat; Panthera tigris.

Make a roaring statement with this tote featuring artwork created by TJ the tiger! 100% spun polyester weather resistant fabric, dual handles 100% natural cotton bull denim, bag 15″ x 15″, made in America.

Viewer Pix

Viewer Shaina Demers: I got a great shot of Seth!

Viewer Rob Rager:  Seth: “Look into my eyes”
Tiger Lake Cam http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-tiger-lake

Viewer Rob Rager:  She does have a point! 😀 explore.org Big Cat Rescue
Lioness Nikita Cam http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-lioness-nikita

Viewer Scotti Cohn:  Nikita Lioness at Big Cat Rescue participates in a top-secret experiment using new communications technology.  My photo taken using web cam at http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-lioness-nikita


Viewer Rebecca H:  I love my shirt, it is so Angie. ☺ my daughter wants to steal it from me. She now says she wants to work at BCR when she grows up. She’s 12, I told her she has a few more years to wait. Thanks for all you guys do to help cats big and small!

Viewer Channon H:  Was there today with my mom. It was so great and informative. I can’t wait to visit here again so I can visit you all again!! Thank you for all you all do!

Viewer Silver:  Remembering Angie

Viewer Shawndi Lynn (April 22nd):  Wishing Big Cat Rescue’s Anasazi bobcat, Andi Bobcat, Moses bobcat, and Pharoah Serval a Happy Birthday today. They are all 20 or near 20 years old. A testament to the great love and care they receive. Love you sweet kitties!

 Viewer Videos From Explore.org/bigcatrescue

Seth feeling pretty good about his mini vacation.

MaryAnn bobcat sure caught the attention of these 2 Apr. 24/17

A drink and a roar, then sit on the ball

Hoover is out of the den!

This is how we roll’

Happy Birthday Hoover!

Checking out the tunnel and the platform

Seth lounging lakeside

Who dares to wake up HRL?

Cuteness overload

Mr Hoovie checking the top of his den and looking for the neighbors, VR April 24

Thirsty Seth, TL April 24

Funny Seth, April 24

Early morning swim, Hoovie in VR April 24

I didn’t invite you to dinner, TJ at TL April 22

Here is a list of YouTube channels that feature videos of the cats here:

News & Articles

Cheetaro Featured on The Land of Cats:  https://www.landofcats.net/leopard-endure-hard-life-roadside-zoo-can-now-run-play-big-cat-sanctuary/

  WANTED – Graphic Artists

Carole is looking for a graphic artist who really gets what we are all about and would would like to help us with some graphics for shirts.  If that is you or if you know someone like that, please have them email Carole at cat@bigcatrescue.org

 Quick Links

As per viewer suggestions, Quick Links now has it’s very own page http://bigcatrescue.org/quick-links/

Bookmarking it will help you find things quickly.  That will come in handy for:

  • Helping us answer questions on social media
  • Finding answers to some of Carole’s Facebook Live questions

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