Big Cat Updates
- Keeper Bridget Sardone gearing up to do a cooking class on Tuesday for the keepers, partners, and interns. You all are invited along via live streaming video.
- 5 domestic cats were adopted at AR Zoo over the weekend.
- Facebook Fundraisers raised a combined total of $10,162.69 for the cats.
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 – Lauren Buckingham
Wonderful day today! We had a good number of volunteers to feed Panacur, clean, do tours, and even some projects. Alyssa E, Bethany, and Candy worked in the Cubs’ enclosure and got the bubbles closest to funcation cleaned. Everyone pitched in to get food prep done for the 2nd day of Panacur tomorrow.
Candy and Bethann handed out cicles. Gale replaced a number of broken hose handles in the outback. Bethany got an enrichment sign-off.
Mocha and Chai the kittens passed their snap tests and are now in the cabana. They love visitors so go say hi to them ?
That’s it from me!
Thank you, everyone, for another fantastic Monday!
WOW! YOU DID IT! Thank you!
L@@K what YOU DID!! Between March 1st and March 15th, many of donated to on our LIVE streaming videos and many of you set up Facebook Fundraisers for the cats at Big Cat Rescue and TOGETHER YOU RAISED a combined total of $10,162.69!!
With an annual budget of close to 4 million dollars to run the sanctuary and provide the level of care the cats get here, these Facebook Fundraisers are crucially important. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!
You do not have to wait until it is your own birthday to set up a Facebook Fundraiser for your favorite cat here. You can set one up any time. LaWanna is happy to help you set one up or to get your photos of your favorite cat to use on your Facebook Fundraiser.
It is super easy to set up a Facebook Fundraiser.
- See instructions and screenshots at http://bigcatrescue.org/facebook-fundraiser/
- Go to https://www.facebook.com/fund/bigcatrescue/ to start a Facebook Fundraiser for your favorite cat at Big Cat Rescue.
Did you know that at Big Cat Rescue literally 100% of public donations are used strictly FOR THE CATS! Salaries for the small staff and other non-cat expenses NEVER come out of donations.
Verify that at Charity Navigator who has given Big Cat Rescue its highest star rating every year! https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=8804
Domestic Adoptions at the AR ZOO
Yesterday, Sunday was a great day for adoptions and the AR Zoo! We had 5 fosters mom’s with their 9 babies there looking for their furr-ever homes! St. Francis works tirelessly to save the lives of kittens and cats every chance they get so that they have a chance at a bright future full of love!
Chris Poole from Cole & Marmalade rescued a sweet little boy from a car wash that was riddled with mange. His name is Jango and he has come a long way since then! I am happy to report that Jango has found his furr-ever home with a loving couple!
See more photos of the adopted cats and their new families at http://bigcatrescue.org/domestic-adoptions-at-ar-zoo/
Videos of the Day
Nikita Lion had a very slow, lazy, and relaxing afternoon. This rollover demonstrates it well. Watch the big cats streaming LIVE 24/7 at Explore.org/bigcatrescue or find the direct webcam links at BigCatCams.com
Kewlona Bobcat Update – Operant Sessions 3, 5 & 7 with Keeper Brittany at Big Cat Rescue. Kewlona and Dryden are bobcat siblings that have been incredibly shy and elusive since their arrival. Not many Keepers or guests ever get to see them. We hope to gain their trust through operant conditioning but we know it will take a lot of patience and hard work. This is a gradual update and you can see Kewlona’s first session with Keeper Brittany here:
Big Cat Rescue’s Animal Training Program is based on operant conditioning. Operant conditioning is a type of learning in which behaviors are altered by the consequences that follow them. The behaviors are not forced, but “caught”, reinforced and therefore trained. We train only natural behaviors, no entertainment types of behaviors.
Operant Conditioning can:
- Reduce the stress loads imposed by captivity
- Enhance keeper safety
- Facilitate routine vet care
- Improve animal welfare
- Enrich the animal and volunteer experience
Big Cat Rescue’s Operant Training Program is intended for:
- Eliciting calm behavior from each of our animals while they are in the presence of their keepers and veterinary staff
- Training behaviors that are dependable regardless of the trainer present
- Providing mental stimulation for our animals
- Enabling safe emergency and non-emergency transportation of the animals
- Providing public education
Learn more about Big Cat Rescue’s Operant Conditioning Program at http://bigcatrescue.org/operant-conditioning/
Cooking with Keeper Bridget Sardone
HEADS UP: Keeper Bridget loves to cook for her fellow volunteers and interns. For the last couple of years, she and her husband have hosted holiday meals for anybody at Big Cat Rescue who needed a place to call home away from home. When she’s not caring for cats (big and small), she’s thinking of ways to feed her family and friends. This Tuesday, April 9th, she will be offering a cooking class for the Big Cat team. We hope to stream it live, and would love for you to all follow along. Hope to see you there! Watch for that video tomorrow evening on Facebook.com/bigcatrescue
Merchandise of the Day
Help support the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of native Florida bobcats who have been orphaned or injured with this special tee!
Photos for the Day
It’s nightfall and that is Purrfection Ocelot‘s time to shine!
Big Cat Fact: Ocelots use similar habitat and show similar abundance patterns to Jaguars and Pumas. Population densities seem to increase with rainfall and decrease with latitude, with the highest densities in tropical areas.
Cyrus Caracal expressing how he feels about Monday!
Miss Kali Tiger welcomes you to Monday!