Big Cat Updates
Big Cat Fun Fact: A group of tigers is known as an ‘ambush’ or ‘streak’.
Every Day at Big Cat Rescue is an Adventure
Every day at Big Cat Rescue is an adventure. We had some excitement when a large opossum wandered into Funcation and the cougars went in to investigate. Ares was intrigued, while Orión was not paying attention until Artemis went into hunter mode. We were able to safely (with treats) get all three cougars in the back section; while Afton, Becky, Matt, and Angie wrestled with the opossum to get him out. We were successful in catching him and relocating him. We named him Oscar.
AR Zoo Hosts Domestic Cat Adoptions!
Our very first adoption at the AR Zoo on day one! This little 2-year-old Beauty named Adira (Ad-ee-ra) found her furr-ever home today. Huge shout out to St. Francis Society Animal Rescue for the hard work they put forth in caring for these sweet babies!! Also a huge shout out to Cat Man Chris from Cole & Marmalade for coming together and collaborating with us to help these little tigers find their furr-ever homes. ??
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Alexa Flash Briefing
In case you have missed previous days’ news briefings you can find them all at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCPv8ivo6o4CZHFifkfRYDw
Coordinator Report – Angie Gabor
Another great day today. We had just enough volunteers to cover the sections, but everything was done effectively. We had a good amount of tours today. Lots of good questions and happy faces. ?
We had some excitement when a large opossum wandered into Funcation and the cougars went in to investigate. Ares was intrigued, while Orión was not paying attention until Artemis went into hunter mode. We were able to safely (with treats) get all three cougars in the back section; while Afton, Becky, Matt, and I wrestled with the opossum to get him out. We were successful in catching him and relocating him. We named him Oscar.
We had a workgroup today that did an excellent job on the middle tiger enclosure in front of Diablo. Thank you to Mazz for leading that effort.
Also, Caity, Christina, Barbara, and Amanda started to clear out the bed of leaves in tiger enclosure. The front bubble was completed, but there is still a lot of raking to do.
That’s it for me!
Big Cat Rescue Outreach
Today Big Cat Rescue participated in Largo’s annual Touch a Truck event across the bay. We brought our transport cage and rescue trailer so kids could see the vehicles we use to rescue big cats! Kids were able to “be the tiger” and families learned more about our sanctuary, how to watch the cats online, and about available tour options.
The event attracted an estimated 15,000 people from the community. Volunteers Bonnie Farago, Meredith Pennino, and staff member Jen Leon staffed the event. It was a fantastic day of outreach for all a great opportunity to teach more people about the cats in our care!
Videos of the Day
Sleepy Bobcat – Learn more about our wild bobcat rehab and release program at BigCatRescue.org/bobcat-rahab/. Watch the rehab bobcats 24/7 on the Bobcat Rehab LIVE Streaming webcam at Explore.org/bigcatrescue or get the individual webcam links at BigCatCams.com
Meet the Fosters at Big Cat Rescue today! Watch adorable kittens playing in the Kitten Cabana all day on the LIVE Streaming webcam at Explore.org/bigcatrescue or get the individual webcam links at BigCatCams.com
Amanda Tiger just hanging out. Check out her updated bio at BigCatRescue.org/amanda/
A blast from the past – Shere Khan and China Doll
Merchandise of the Day
SMILE! It’s Natalia’s Birthday! Make the world a happier place and brighten up your day with this smiling Natalia design by Cindy Arthur!
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Please make sure you check the Size Chart for Amazon because sizes may run differently than you are used too.
You can donate to the cats at NO COST TO YOU when you select BCR as your charity on Amazon Smile and shop Smile.Amazon.com instead of Amazon.com. It is exactly the same as regular Amazon EXCEPT when you use the Smile URL Amazon donates .5% of your purchase to BCR. It’s added up to over $100,000 for the cats!
Does Big Cat Rescue help save big cats in the wild?
YES!! We believe the best way to save big cats is by saving them in the wild where they belong. We help do that by researching and supporting various conservation efforts. Here is one of the conservation projects we have given support to.
The Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society (SLWCS) is a non-governmental organization committed to developing sustainable models for wildlife conservation in Sri Lanka. SLWCS aims to develop practical solutions that mitigate human-wildlife conflict, environmental damage, climate change, biodiversity loss, and rural poverty issues. All of these are intertwined and must be addressed simultaneously to achieve lasting and meaningful conservation.
SLWCS has partnered with the Society for the Preservation of Endangered Carnivores & their International Ecological Study, to uncover the world of Sri Lanka’s medium-large carnivore communities.
Work is currently underway to evaluate the status of seven carnivore species, including one greater and 3 smaller felines, the leopard, rusty-spotted cat, fishing cat, and jungle cat.
The teams’ work includes updating the population and conservation status of the Sri Lankan Leopard, an IUCN “Endangered” species and thus a high priority species for conservation in the country. Compared to other Leopard species in Asia and Africa, the Sri Lankan Leopard has been subject to few rigorous surveys and field investigations.
With urban and agricultural development pressure advancing more rapidly in Sri Lanka, the need to know more about the threats faced by the islands carnivore populations is more urgent than it has ever been. The more learned about the ecological requirements of these carnivores, like the Sri Lankan Leopard, for example, one of the islands largest terrestrial predators, the more effective the development of conservation strategies used to create and connect protected areas.
Similarly, smaller carnivores like fishing cats and rusty-spotted cats can also serve as flagship species for the protection of sensitive habitats, such as the country’s numerous reservoirs and coastal mangrove wetlands, or indicate a decline in ecological health. A total of $3,500 was donated to this project.
Learn more about their work here: https://www.slwcs.org/carnivore-project
See more conservation projects Big Cat Rescue has helped support at BigCatRescue.org/insitu/
Photos for the Day
Frankie Bobcat enjoys watching the keepers and his neighbors.
Photo by Mary Lou Geis
Princess Priya Tigress hopes you have an amazing CATurday!