February 19 2018

Sleepy Seth lounging on top of one of his big dens. Photo by Keeper MaryLou Geis

Big Cat Updates

Lauren Grant’s Coordinator Report for Thursday, 2/15/2018

Oh Boy, it was flea meds day!

It took awhile to get all of the meds ready, so we didn’t get out to feed until later than normal. Though many cats took some extra effort, a lot of them took most of their flea meds. Some of our young tiger ladies have gotten very good at smelling the pills and chewing them out, but a couple were happy to eat them in some ground meats. There are a few cats that still need some dosing, but not too many which is awesome!

Cleaning got started pretty late too, so most didn’t finish until after 1:00.

Tueci was released today, and because it was not a far drive the interns that went were ready to work when they got back. Thanks to them, food prep didn’t get started too late!

The Windsong hospital was swept and mopped, and the squeeze cages from in there were cleaned. Purrfection is happy to have a second cage back!

Aphrodite was put outside into the rehab enclosures.

Gabby seems to be doing well and is eating well.

We received a raking sweeper gadget from Edith.

That’s about it!
-Lauren Grant

Angie Gabor’s Coordinator Report for Saturday, 2/17/2018

What a day!!

We had a great group of volunteers that helped take care of the cats and had fun while doing it. It was a bit warm but we got lots of fun things done. Enrichment for the cats was handed out and then replenished. Lots of cicles were made for the days to come.

A few volunteers got to do some Operant Conditioning and sign offs were done.

We had a great work-group today that helped us clean the second rehab enclosure, and getting Purrfection’s enclosure ready for her return home.

Gabby was the perfect hospital patient, she ate her breakfast and dinner and took all of her meds, like a champ!

We are very happy to have Joseph back in his enclosure. He is still a bit wobbly, but he is resting nicely.

Lynda Licht’s Coordinator Report for Sunday, 2/18/2018

Again, a wonder Sunday. It was nice weather and some of the cats felt like sleeping in but by the end of the day all ate well.

A ROTC group from USF came in and Sarah D, Audrey and Mai led them in their project of cleaning up behind leopards. They totally cleared out from a tunnel to behind the empty enclosure next to FunCation. They said they definitely wanted to come back.

We took the transport from Joe’s cage and it got washed and put back in front of the Windsong.

With the holiday weekend, we were totally SOLD OUT for tours. Several red shirt partners and the interns handled them like champs.

AND, we left before dark!

Lynda

Joseph Lion Update 2/18/2018

We know many of you have been asking how Joseph Lion is doing after his vet visit on Friday.  He is doing well.

Facebook Live Video Replays

Earlier today, we streamed live on the Dodo Impact Facebook Page featuring leopards, Sundari, Armani, & Natalia getting snacks from Keeper Kathryn.

Oh my, the choices Joseph has! Will keepers Momma Becky and Kathryn be able to find something Joseph wants to eat. Also, Wildcat Walkabout at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, FL where we will visit with rescued lions, tigers, leopards, bobcats and more!

360 VR Video Zeus Tiger was enjoying his view of his pool, which overlooks Tiger Lake, so much that he would barely turn his head to eat this morning. This video was shot in 360 VR, but was flattened out so you can see both the tiger and the keeper without scrolling around. We are working on VR extensively right now because we feel there is a huge potential there.

Keeper Corner & Behind the Scenes

Here are a few photos from keepers and some behind the scenes moments at the sanctuary.

Just a quick video of Joseph after he got out of the transport enjoying his platform.  Here is a video clip by Keeper Kathryn.  It was taken right after Joseph returned from the hospital.  When he was first released back into his suite of cages he was closed into only the front section because he was still a little unsteady.  We did not want to risk him falling in the pool.  While he does not swim in the pool he does like to drink from him.  Once he was steady again, he was given access to the rest of his sections.

360 View of Joseph’s vet visit last Friday – Ever wondered if you have what it takes to be a veterinarian or to work with big cats? Now you can be at the table with us as Joseph Lion sees the vet. Be sure to scroll around the room with your mouse, or wear a 360VR headset to get the full experience.

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