December 19 2017

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Big Cat Updates

SUMMARY:  Cheetah article, Jaguar discussion, Big cat challenge, Lots of fun photos, Interesting articles, and more.

Keeper Lauren Buckingham's Coordinator Report for Monday 12/18/2017

It was a warmer day today but still a good one. We had a good number of volunteers to get things done.

The Auburn project group finished Jasmine's enclosure, they will not be here tomorrow but will be back Wednesday. The next project is Running Bear & Little White Dove's enclosure.

The recovery hospital was swept and mopped, cages cleaned and put away. The Windsong hospital needs to be swept and mopped tomorrow.

Babycakes really liked the ground beef and red that Becky brought in over the weekend.

Reise is a little hesitant of Manny but came out to eat midday and was out and about this afternoon.

We got two new interns today.

Operant signs offs were done and also enrichment handed out.

Keeper Lynda Licht's Coordinator Report for Sunday 12/17/17

Although, at first, it seemed we were going to be light on volunteers but today turned out to be a coordinators dream. Everything went so well, mainly because we had several red shirt partners in the gift shop to cover tours/backups that freed up interns to do food prep early (before lunch)and supervise the work groups. The 4 greens we had worked it out between the specialty tours and cleaning as well.

The work group from Auburn came today for the week and they are AWESOME! They got thru Pharoah's enclosures AND also Banshee's old one. Romina was back today for her level 2 and she supervised them along with Abby and Delilah. Tomorrow the next enclosure is Little Dove's old one.

Anabelle got her last feeding signoff
Victoria got her last feeding tour signoff
Brittany fed 2 BIG cat sections with me for signoffs as well as a quarantine signoff
Delilah passed her map test today as well.

We moved the Amana dryer into place and it works! We did 5 loads of Will laundry.

We ended the day with chores done early so the interns all went out to do enrichment before the sun set.

Everyone agreed it was a great day!

Keeper Sue Messineo's Coordinator Report for Saturday, 12/16/17

Although a little short handed today, we got a lot of sign offs for cleaning, feeding and operant done for both interns and volunteers.
All of the cats ate really well today.
Joe and Cam loved the large turkey drums.

It was a beautiful day at BCR
Sue M

ClipArt film

Big Cat Rescue collaborated with AZA accredited Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo to permanently take in Manny the jaguar and Nat the Amur leopard. Watch as they arrive to the sanctuary.

ClipArt film Facebook Live Video Replays

Two of our heroes talking about Jaguars.

Morning Behind the Scenes Walkabouts

Cougar Jaguar Serval Tigers Leopard Lion get evening meds and snacks from Operations Manager Kathryn Stapleton Quaas

Babycakes the African Genet gets an evening meal from Lauren

Afternoon Walkabout

Live on the Dodo Impact: These leopards had a rough start in life, but now they live at Big Cat Rescue where they get to live in peace and eat snacks! ?

 Big Cat Challenge

SEVEN DAY CHALLENGE to Save Big Cats & their Cubs!

Print 7 flyers and hand one out each day and challenge a friend to do the same!

WHO will YOU Challenge First?

Several of you asked for a printable flyer with the cub truth info condensed to 1-page so you can print it to hand out. Well, it wasn't easy condensing but Carole & Howard teamed up & did it for you.

Cub Handling Crisis Fact Sheet

I will be putting some in my car and some in my purse to do my 7-Day Challenge!!

 Facebook Fundraiser For Christmas

Some of you have messaged me for details on how to do a Christmas Fundraiser for the Cats.  It takes about $8,000 per day to fund the sanctuary.  So your offer to do a Christmas Fundraiser for the cats is truly truly appreciated.

The easiest way to do that is by using the Facebook Fundraiser feature.  They will process the donations and twice a month they transfer those funds directly to the sanctuary.  You never have to hand any part of that.  Learn how to do a Facebook Fundraiser at

Charity Navigator is the leading independent evaluating body for nonprofit organizations. BCR has earned their highest 4-star rating for “sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency” every year since we were first evaluated by them in 2010. Per their rating letter “Only 7% of the charities rated have received at least 4 consecutive 4-star evaluations. indicating that Big Cat Rescue outperforms most other charities in America.” Check it out:

 BCR Facebook Show Pages

Have you liked out three Facebook Show pages?  Your "Likes" help us reach more people.  You can also catch any videos you may have missed.

  1. Big Cat TV
  2. Big Cat Walkabouts
  3. Big Cat Vets

Have you Joined the Official Big Cat Rescue Facebook Group?  This is where keepers share their photos and videos.

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.

ClipArt Cub in a cape Keeper Corner

Keeper MaryLou Geis got a great snapshot of Maya Cougar, up on her platform, intently watching Manny Jaguar.

 Fun Photos

How would YOU interpret this look from Amanda?

YOGA CLASS, Nikita Style

Apollo, an elderly Siberian Lynx, climbs his platform ramp ~Keeper Tory W.
The cats get older & the ramps get longer so the climb is easier

Ares Cougar was pretty careful to sniff each present before deciding which to rip open first.

Zabu catching a few Zzzzzs

 Will Bobcat

It is with a heavy heart we let you know that we have had to say goodbye to our precious Will Bobcat.

Read his story and PLEASE leave a tribute for him at:

 News Articles

Asiatic cheetahs on the brink of extinction with only 50 left alive

Big cat sneaks up on hunter in Big Cypress Natl. Preserve

Steve Winter Talks Jaguars for National Geographic's Annual Big Cat Week

The True Story of Machli, the World's Most Famous Tiger


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