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Cat Updates

Hoover Tiger is doing well.  He’s being kept pretty loopy so he doesn’t mess with his stitches.

Nirvana Ocelot has a squinty eye and is seeing Dr. Liz and Dr. Tammy, the eye expert at 2PM.

The cats got their monthly flea treatments today.  Watch the Facebook LIVE video below to see it done.

Is Sabre Leopard the oldest living leopard in the world?  That’s what we’ve asked Guinness World Records in our application to review him. Steve and Donna Martin’s Ivory took the record in 2015 with 24 years 58 days but Ivory is no longer listed on the Martin’s website, so we are guessing that he’s passed on.  Sabre will be 25 on March 1, so he’s in the running now for oldest living leopard and maybe even oldest leopard ever.

We had a cougar named Scratch who lived to be just one month shy of 30 years old a long time ago.  I don’t know if we can obtain a record for him posthumously though, and we’d have to find his former owners to trace down his birth record.

A rather remarkable 29 of our 76 cats are, or will be, over the age of 20 this year.



The 2017 Valspar PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge contest is underway and we would love for you to vote for Big Cat Rescue! Thanks to all of your votes in this contest last year, Big Cat Rescue won over $50,000!  The money we win this year will be used to fund our new bobcat rehab area!

You can only vote ONCE; final day to vote is March 11, 2017. Contest is open for residents of the U.S. and Canada only. 


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 People Often Ask

Everyone is asking if we will take the Ringling Bros. circus tigers.  We have extended an offer to help, along with that of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, but it’s our understanding that Ringling Bros. / Feld Entertainment doesn’t actually own the big cats in their circus or at the Mirage.  The cats belong to acts who are under contract to Feld,  but those acts can take their cats to some other circus now that Ringling Bros. is shutting down.  It’s been our experience that tiger trainers are usually from long family histories of tiger trainers and don’t have any other employable skills, so it’s highly unlikely they will let their meal tickets go to good sanctuaries.

Local rescue to Ringling: We’ll take your cats



Ugly Gucci Tiger AdAction Alert!

Please email Gucci!

High-end fashion brand Gucci is using real tigers, lions and leopards posing with models in their Spring 2017 ad campaign. Please contact Gucci headquarters and/or post on their Facebook page to politely let them know that animal lovers do not want to see big cats used as photo props and exploited to sell clothing.

Gucci headquarters: clientservice-europe@it.gucci.com

Gucci Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GUCCI/

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 Global Cat News

DEA extends ban on leopard hunting in South Africa for 2017

The world’s fastest cat is in trouble as it races towards extinction, but it might have an unlikely lifeline in 60 kilogrammes of pure mutt.  Anatolian shepherd dogs may not like cheetahs (in fact they hate them), but they are one of the best defences the cat has against its biggest predator – man.  http://www.iol.co.za/news/science/its-a-dogs-life-for-cheetahs-7404641

India is now home to about 60 per cent of the world’s tiger population, and the increase has been a reason to celebrate. But with that, the danger has increased as well—India saw a huge jump in tiger deaths in 2016. Compared to 80 tiger deaths in 2015, 120 were recorded last year.  http://www.newindianexpress.com/thesundaystandard/2017/jan/15/big-cats-big-dilemma-1559720.html

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has officially announced they will be closing up the big top. That’s right, after a 146-year-long ride, the performances will end in May 2017.  http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/ringling-brothers-and-barnum-bailey-circus-is-shutting-down/?utm_campaign=772cd72823-NEWSLETTER_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Green+Monster+Mailing+List&utm_term=0_bbf62ddf34-772cd72823-105966469

A Flintshire man says he has learnt his lesson after visiting a lion attraction in Thailand where the animal turned on him.  Boxer Robbie Gaine, 29 from Garden City, was on holiday with friends when the group decided to go to see lions, tigers, leopards and elephants at a local zoo.  The site allows visitors to enter a cage with a zookeeper where a lion is tethered to a concrete block with a 2ft chain.  Warning this video shows abuse to a big cat.  http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/flintshire-boxer-close-shave-lion-12453058

First panther death, road kill of 2017 reported.

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VIDEO:  Leopard’s 20th Birthday

Sundari the leopard celebrated her 20th birthday with a meat cake made especially for her by her favorite keeper.


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 Big Cat Facts – Margay

Common Name: Margay
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata)
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Genus: Felinae (Leopardus)
Species: wiedii

Misc: Of all of the felines, the Margay is most adapted for a true arboreal life. It is the only cat to possess the ability to rotate its hind legs 180° , enabling it to run head first down trees like squirrels. It can also hang from a branch by one hind foot!

Size and Appearance: This cat is often confused with its near relatives the Ocelot and the Oncilla. Their coats are very similar, and like the others – the Margay’s is a tawny background patterned with black-ringed rosettes and elongated blotches. The fur is thick and plush, and their tail is quite long – averaging 70% of its head and body length. The tail is used as a counterweight to aid in balance. Size wise – the Margay is right in between the Ocelot and the Oncilla weighing between 9-20 pounds and reaching lengths of 34-52 inches. The Margay also has extremely large eyes, which aids in its nighttime vision.

Habitat: The Margay is associated with forest habitat, both deciduous and evergreen. They have occasionally been spotted in shady cocoa or coffee plantations and riverine forests.

Distribution: Mexico, the Amazon Basin, Argentina, Uruguay, Belize and Brazil. Extinct in Texas, USA

Reproduction and Offspring: After a gestation of approximately 76-84 days, females produce a litter of 1 kittens. They weigh 2.75-6 ounces at birth and will open their eyes at around 2 weeks old. They are weaned around 2 months of age, and captive females reach sexual maturity around 6-10 months, although they may not reproduce for several months after that.

In captivity, Margays have lived up to 20 years.

Social System and Communication: Unknown.

Hunting and Diet: The primary diet of this cat consists of small arboreal mammals such as big-eared climbing rats, squirrels, opossums, small birds, porcupines, marmosets, capuchins, three-toed sloths, birds and even fruits. Their terrestrial diet consists of various rats and cavies.

Principal Threats: The biggest threat has been the exploitation of its pelt for the fur trade, which reached numbers of 14,000 per year. That number is believed to be greatly underestimated as it was seldom verified which spotted cat the pelts originated from. Sadly, in some areas, illegal hunting for domestic markets or underground fur trade still presents a problem for this little cat. Its greatest threat today, however, is deforestation of its natural habitat. Because of the Margay’s inability to produce large litters (or litters with multiple births!) combined with the fact that they only reproduce once every 2 years and the kitten mortality rate is 50%, their outlook for survival, both in the wild and in captivity, is grim.

Status: CITES: Appendix I. IUCN: Insufficiently known.

Felid TAG recommendation: Margay (Leopardus wiedii). Although popular with zoos and private owners, the margay is more difficult to breed than other small, spotted neotropical felids. The present population in North American zoos is likely nonviable. Given their conservation status and the lack of captive reproduction in range-country zoos, this species is recommended for Phase-Out.

How rare is this cat ? The International Species Information Service lists 64 worldwide, with 26 being in the U.S.

Information reprinted With Permission from the IUCN Wild Cats Book.


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