December 13 2017

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Big Cat Updates

SUMMARY:  Jaguar & Leopard arrive, Jamie’s Presentation: What is it really like to go on rescues? Christmas gifts for cats and keepers from the Extreme Explorers,

NEW CATS – Jaguar & Leopard

Big Cat Rescue Collaborates with Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium to Bring a Jaguar and Leopard to the Sanctuary

Nat Amur Leopard

For the second time in less than a week, Big Cat Rescue has new cats arriving at the sanctuary! We are taking in and will be the permanent home for an 11-year-old male jaguar named Manny (left photo) and a 16-year-old female Amur leopard named Nat (right photo) from Omaha’s AZA-accredited Henry Doorly Zoo. What a December to Remember for the sanctuary!

Jamie and her team of Big Cat Rescuers are driving the cats to the sanctuary in our new Dodge van that we just purr-chased thanks to the incredible generosity of donors like you who read about our desperate need for a new van in our July annual appeal letter! We are so very grateful to have this van that is not only bringing Manny and Nat to their forever home right now but will help us rescue many precious exotic cats for years to come!
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska is constructing expansive new natural habitats for many of their big cats and other animals. For this progress to occur, some of their current exhibits are being replaced. When Big Cat Rescue learned that the zoo was searching for a GFAS-accredited sanctuary to rehome Manny the jaguar and Nat the leopard, we immediately offered to take them.

We are happy to have collaborated with Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo to bring Manny and Nat to Big Cat Rescue, where they will remain for the rest of their lives. This type of collaboration between an AZA-accredited zoo and a GFAS-accredited sanctuary is not as common as similar facilities working within their own networks, which makes it even more special. We are delighted that the zoo has entrusted Big Cat Rescue with the ongoing well-being of these beautiful cats. We will make sure Manny and Nat continue to receive the best care possible and enjoy their retirement years at our sanctuary.

Manny Jaguar

We sincerely thank everyone who has donated to the care of our cats during our 25 years in existence and those who have donated since July to allow us to purchase our new Dodge van!

If you’d like to help us out by donating toward the food and care of Manny and Nat, we would greatly appreciate it!

Facebook Live Video Replays

Manny Jaguar and Nat Leopard arrive at Big Cat Rescue. Learn more at

Nat, the Amure Leopard Arrives

Extreme Explorers Holiday Gifts:  Extreme Explorers create a hilarious holiday reveal at Big Cat Rescue. Check out the funny gifts from the cats to the cats. Thank you for the laugh!the AMAZING Extreme Explorers! (Tammy A., Lori D, Jamie T., Katie C. Robin F., Kayla M. Susann M., Lori H. & Cathy S.)  THIS IS HILARIOUS!!  SO MUCH FUN!!!

Helping the Cats at NO COST To You

With the holiday shopping season upon us, we wanted to remind everyone that when you shop for everyone on your holiday gift list at Amazon donates to Big Cat Rescue at no additional cost to you. An easy to remember shortcut to get there is

tiger, tigers, tiger photo, photo of Amanda tiger walking toward the camera

Jamie Veronica’s Presentation – What is it really like to rescue cats?

Come on along with Jamie for a video tour of some big cat rescues.

Fun Photos

Purrfection Ocelot – Such a pretty ocelot
Photo by Keeper MaryLou Geis

Tiger Manicure

Tigers mark their territory by leaving claw marks high up on trees.
Photo of a tiger marking its territory by leaving claw marks high up on a tree.

Reise Cougar is all tuckered out and ready to a nap.
Photo but Keeper MaryLou Geis

Gilligan invites YOU to check out yesterday’s Big Cat Updates for new info about new rescue Maya Cougar.

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