1/1/97 – 3/10/19

Arrived at Big Cat Rescue on 11/17/16

Gabrielle arrived at Big Cats of Serenity Springs in CO from Wesa-a-geh-ya in Warrenton, MO on 9/20/08 at the age of 11.

Seth & Gabrielle had a cub on 6/18/13 named Lola AKA Ripley, who was pulled for hand rearing at the age of 3 weeks and then sold to Hollywood Animals at the age of 10 weeks. She was diagnosed with ringworm on 8/25/13.

Gabrielle had arrived at Big Cats of Serenity Springs with a male tiger named Zeus who was euthanized there on 11/21/10.

According to reports, she barely escaped ending up at GW Zoo, in possession of  Joe Schreibvogel who told Julie Walker, of Big Cats of Serenity Springs, that she could drop off any of the 21 big cats she was bringing in from Wesa-a-geh-ya.

Seth and Gabrielle had been used as breeding stock for the pay to play schemes at Big Cats of Serenity Springs and elsewhere.  Cubs were frequently transferred both in and out to GW Zoo, Jungle Safari AKA The Zoo, Wildlife in Need, Dirk Arthur’s magic act, Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Hanson Exotics, T.I.G.E.R.S. and others.


Everyone, and their mother, is going to ask if they will be put back together and that depends on what the cats want.  If they want to share space, we will accommodate them but big cats are solitary and usually don’t want to be housed together.  It’s only done at breeding facilities, for obvious reasons and at zoos to cater to the public’s desire to see animals in pairs or groups, even though it goes against their nature.  Find out more at

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Read more about her arrival at Big Cat Rescue here:

Medical Update December 12, 2016

When Gabrielle and Priya arrived from Big Cats of Serenity Springs in Nov. 2016, both were obese, but their bellies looked particularly distended.  When we found that to be a 20 lb hydrometra in Priya, we feared we would find the same in Gabrielle when she was examined on Dec 12, 2016.

Thankfully, after running blood work, urinalysis, X-rays and a sonogram that was guided by our remote assistants at Oncura Partners, we discovered that she was just fat and not suffering an infection that required the removal of her uterus.  She’s going to be twenty next month, so that wasn’t a surgery we wanted to do if we could avoid it.

Gabrielle was able to go back out to her enclosure and only has to recover from the wooziness of sedation and a very unstylish shave of her belly fur.

gabrielle tiger

Gabrielle Tiger says, “THANK YOU”

Gabrielle is so cheerful and appreciative, she’s our 2017 Thank You, tiger.  Whenever someone takes an action at or donates to us, Gabrielle will be brightening their day for making her world a better place for all exotic cats.

Thanks Tiger

Medical Update February 2018

While doing dental work on Gabrielle last year we noticed she had what turned out to be a cancerous mass. After we found it had ruptured, we brought Gabrielle in for mass removal.

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Happy 22nd Birthday January 2019

Happy 22nd birthday to Gabby the pocket tiger! Why do we call Gabrielle Tiger the pocket tiger you may ask? She is one of our tiniest tigers and it’s a loving nickname her favorite Keepers had given her shortly after her arrival to BCR.

Gabrielle Tiger
Gabrielle Tiger

See her adorable shirt designs by Jessica Marks:

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Update March 10, 2019

When Gabrielle first arrived at Big Cat Rescue back on 2016 she had a mouth full of broken, rotting teeth and a horrible infection.

We cleared up the infection and when she was stable enough for surgery we had her dental work done by the Dr. Peter Emily Foundation.

At that time (2017) they found some tumors in her mouth and on her chest. The one in her mouth was benign, but the other was a sarcoma. A sarcoma is a type of cancer that arises from transformed cells of mesenchymal (connective tissue) origin. Thus, malignant tumors made of cancellous bone, cartilage, fat, muscle, vascular, or hematopoietic tissues are, by definition, considered sarcomas. We removed it, but the lab reports indicated this kind of cancer often has long, invasive tendrils that are difficult, if not impossible to completely remove and they can start new tumors.

For the past several months Gabrielle has been treated by both Dr. Liz and Dr. Justin for gastrointestinal issues. She’s had diarrhea that doesn’t respond to anything we’ve tried. She has good days and bad days when it comes to her food consumption, but she hasn’t eaten for the past 3 days, so Dr. Justin and Dr. Lacroix are coming in around 12:45 to sedate her and do diagnostics.

March 10, 2019 Gabrielle Comes into Windsong Memorial Hospital

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Moving into the X-Ray Room

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Dr Justin said the same mass we removed recently is back with a vengeance and euthanasia is the only humane option. The cancer we removed last year, was about the size of a lemon, if I recall, and it’s already grown back to be the size of a deflated basketball. She passed on peacefully and hopefully she’s found Seth, Andy and Charaka already.

Photos of Gabrielle Tiger

I simply adore the speckles on her nose and oh, those beautiful eyes just melt my heart.

Gabrielle Tiger - Bright eyed and ready for snacks
Gabrielle Tiger

Gabrielle hanging out in her den waiting for the keeper with CICLES!!!!

"GOOD MORNING," from Gabrielle Tiger peeking out from behind her den. Photo by Jamie Veronica
Photo by Jamie Veronica

Gabrielle Tiger wins “Tongue Out Tuesday”

Gabrielle Tiger wins #tongueouttuesday this week!
Photo by Brittany Mira

Keeper Mary Lou got some great photos of Gabrielle sleeping in her water tub.

Gabrielle cooling off
Photo by Mary Lou Geis
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