August 31 2017
Big Cat Updates
Keeper Kathryn’s Coordinator Report for Wednesday 8/30/2017
Very productive day today. We had lots of volunteers in today.
Kali’s roof section was finished. Sundari’s cage was finished. Both these girls will be coming home from vacation tomorrow.
Mac’s new cage was finished.
Dirt was moved to outside the new gift shop to divert some water
Everyone worked really hard today!!
Khaki tan visor with Big Cat Rescue logo embroidered on the front in brown.
Has YOUR Reppresentaive Co-Sponored yet? https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1818/cosponsors?r=30
Have YOU made the Call of the wild at http://BigCatAct.com yet, this week? Have you asked at least one friend to make the call?
Win A Big Cat Rescue Supporter Band – Show the world that you support Big Cat Rescue by wearing one a Big Cat Rescue awareness bracelet. Band is black with the BCR tiger, paw prints, and the words Big Cat Rescue in white. Each day that you make the Call of the Wild Carole is notified and at the end of every day, Carole will run a randomizer to pick one winner every day. It is important that when you make the Call of the Wild that you use you accurate address because that is the address that Keeper Lauren will then mail a Big Cat Rescue Supporter Wrist Band to the daily winner. Make the Call of the Wild at https://BigCatAct.com If you do not know what the Call of the Wild is check out the info at: http://bigcatrescue.org/cta-call-wild/ Recent Winners: August 28th Elizabeth E., August 29th Thomas C., August 30th Kendall C., August 31st Zion T.
It is Keisha Tiger’s turn in vacation yard. Watch as the team sets up and shifts her to the vacation area. If you go to BigCatCams.com and click on the Vacation Rotation cam link you can watch her streming live 24 hours a day on the high quality web cams provided by Explore.org
Checking on the cats Wednesday Afternoon.
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Carole has asked me to make a digital book about Back to School Lunches. How do YOU make your kids’ lunches? What kids of fund, creative things do you do? What kinds of things do your kinds like in their lunches? Please share YOUR OWN recipes, tips, ticks, and ideas with us. If enough of you turn things in we will do a book called, “Back To School Lunches, Big Cat Style.” Of course the book will be filled with photos of the cats at Big Cat Rescue. This cannot be done without YOUR INPUT!
Big Cat Friend, Matthew B. captured a great photo this morning of little Cooper. Can YOU find him?
Quick Links – http://bigcatrescue.org/quick-links/ These links will come in handy as you beginf teaching other about big cat issues. Let us know if something needs to be added. Are there questions you are having trouble finding answers for?
Carole’s mother retired so Gale moved into her position as CFO. Kathryn has moved into Gale’s previous position as Operation’s Manager.
Please join us in congratulating the following;
- Brittany Mira has been promoted to Senior Keeper
- Afton Tasler has been promoted to Master Keeper
- Devin Saari has been promoted to Keeper Coordinator
- Lauren Grant has been promoted to Keeper Coordinator
- Mary Gagliordi has been promoted to Partner
- Chelsea Feeny has joined the Volunteer Committee.
Scratch’s Award for Volunteer Excellence, the SAVE Award
For outstanding volunteer service, the August SAVE Award goes to Karma Hurworth! Karma does such a great job running our foster kitten program and ensures that each and every intern has the training and guidance they need to provide excellent quality care. Karma is also very passionate about the big cat residents and works hard to provide them with clean enclosures and tasty meals. Thank you Karma for being an exceptional member of the big cat family!
A donation of $1000 has been made in your honor to Panthera’s Journey of the Jaguar.
More about the project: Almost two decades ago, Panthera co-founder Dr. Alan Rabinowitz catalyzed a profound shift in jaguar conservation. All jaguars, it had recently been discovered, shared the same DNA. That genetic integrity, preserved across thousands of miles, meant that jaguars were living and breeding and dispersing along a connected path throughout the entirety of their range. To save the jaguar, would require ensuring their safe passage along that path, from northern Mexico to northern Argentina. Christening it the Jaguar Corridor, Dr. Rabinowitz set the stage for one of the most ambitious conservation efforts in the world.
The 5,000 mile Jaguar Corridor meanders through protected areas, as well as places where humans have also made their mark: citrus groves, cattle ranches, palm oil plantations, and even the Panama Canal. It is in these mostly unprotected corridors where jaguars encounter the most danger. Loss of habitat and natural prey, plus increased encounters with humans that are often deadly to the cats, can lead to the isolation of jaguar populations. Their gene pools become more shallow, diminishing their legendary resilience.
Panthera’s Jaguar Corridor Initiative seeks to protect jaguars across their entire range. In partnership with governments, corporations, and local communities, Panthera is working to preserve the genetic integrity of the jaguar by protecting core jaguar populations and the vital connectivity that has sustained them for hundreds of thousands of years. In 2017 so far the initiative has worked in 3 areas.
The Yukatan: The Yucatan Peninsula has more tropical forest and more jaguars than anywhere else in Mexico, but an unprotected area between two national parks is leaving them vulnerable to isolation. Rampant deforestation to make room for cattle ranches, along with other human activity, raises the stakes for conserving jaguars as their populations fragment.
The Northern Corridor: Starting on the Arizona-Mexico border, this Journey tracks the jaguar through its northernmost range, from Sonora’s desert landscape, through the Sinaloa Corridor, to Jalisco on the coast. The Sinaloa Corridor is a critical connection between core jaguar populations. In this rugged terrain, where Mexico’s infamous drug cartels hide out, landowners are seeking help from local government leaders to unlock federal funds and the political will to permanently protect jaguars in the area.
Bridging the Gap: On the border of Colombia and Panama lies the Darien Gap, a swath of nearly impenetrable jungle whose remote location and dense foliage provides perfect cover for jaguars—and tough going for humans. From the Darien’s estuarine mangroves, where saltwater jaguars subsist despite little prey and perennial mud, to the Serranía de San Lucas, a critical link between jaguar populations in Central and South America that needs permanent protection.
More Info: https://www.journeyofthejaguar.org
Big Cat Rescue believes the best way to save wild species is by saving them in the wild which is why we work to help support and promote organizations who are making a difference saving the species in the wild.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org