July 2 2017

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Big Cat Updates

Sue Messineo added a new post to Important Info » Important Updates: Saturday July 1st

Joseph, Hoover and Zeus ate really well today.

Mickey is doing well today.  He is very food motivated today and acts like nothing every happened.  THANK YOU, EVERYONE, who has been asking about him.  We will continue to watch him very closely.  If you look in the morning walkabout video below you will see Mickey.

Coolaroo beds were handed out - see the Morning Walkabout video below.

Today is Zucari Serval's Birthday

Facebook Live Video Replays

Morning Walkabout - Coolaroos for Cataroos  Cats Get Coolaroo beds donated by viewers.  Also checking in on Mickey & Joseph.  Come along with Carole and Angie to hand out donated Coolaroo beds to the bobcats, Nabisco and Mrs Claws and servals; Zucari (it's his birthday) and Desiree. We have to work fast because the thunder and lightning is threatening to cut this fun short.

Keeper Corner

Jamie and Dr Justin were on their way to Brazil yesterday, but VISA issues caused them to return to Tampa.  Who knew you had to have a VISA to visit Brazil for 2 weeks?

Keeper Mark Mira: I can't wait to see this handsome #lynx named Gilligan today

I can't wait to see this handsome #lynx named Gilligan today


#Caturday Bloopers! We are so glad that you guys accept us as we are because following a script is really hard. Sometimes shows or news stations want us to send them sound bytes they have chosen, so come along to see the scenes that will never see the light of day anywhere else.


We are NOW taking pre-orders for 40 page hardback memorial photo / story book, "TJ, The Aquatic Tiger"  

Book Details:

  • 11" x 8.5"
  • Hardback
  • 40 pages
  • TJ's rescue story
  • "TJ Moments" from his keepers
  • LOTS of full color photos
  • and more....

July 17th when the book files are sent to the publisher we plan to order only the number of books that have been reserved so be sure to reserve your copy before July 17th.

Reserve YOUR copy now


PLEASE, Make the Call of the Wild!! It truly is one of the MOST IMPORTANT things you can do to save big cats and their babies from misery!

WOOHOO!!  THANK YOU!!!!  Over 1,000 Calls of the Wild have been made!!!

What is the Call of the Wild?  The Call of the Wild is a call to leave a message for lawmakers asking them to champion or co-sponsor The Big Cat Public Safety Act (Bill HR 1818)  It takes only a minute and you will more than likely be speaking to an answering machine.  Big Cat Rescue’s bill to end big cat abuse has been introduced in Congress! The Big Cat Public Safety Act (H.R.1818) would end the private ownership and breeding of big cats.  Help us end big cat abuse by making the “Call of the Wild.” This is the most important thing you can do for the cats.

Two ways to make the call.  ONE:  Go to BigCatAct.com and fill out the form and click the CALL ME button. Then answer your phone when it rings and the system will automatically connect you to the Representative's message machine or person.  TWO:  From your cell phone text the word CATS to 52886 to take action today! (Message and data rates may apply. Text Stop to opt-out. Help for help. )

What Our Bill Will Do  The Big Cat Public Safety Act would amend the Captive Wildlife Safety Act, which is part of the Lacey Act. It bans private ownership and breeding of big cats with limited exemptions.

How Do I Make the Call of the Wild?  Instructions are below, with a screenshot, too.

Is it hard?  It is VERY EASY!!

Does it take long?  It takes only couple minutes!!

Step by Step Instructions:

ONE: Go to BigCatAct.com Here is a screenshot of what you will see.

TWO:  Do you see the form on the right of that screenshot?  You simply type in your name, address, zip code, and phone number.  It IS SECURE!!

  • Why do I have to type in the info?  So the system can look up the phone number for the Representative for your area.

THREE:  Click the CALL ME button.

  • The system will automatically call your Representative for you.

FOUR:  Answer the phone.

  • You will be connected to either an answering machine or a person who is taking messages for your area’s Representative.

FIVE:  What do I say?  Well, that is easy, too.  It in just ONE sentence.

  • Hi my name is _____.  My zip code is _____.  Please ask your boss to co-sponsor the Big Cat Public Safety Act, H.R. 1818.

That is it!!  That is not hard.  That does not take much time.  But, YOUR CALL can make a HUGE difference.

The cats & cubs who are abused and exploited have no voice, they cannot make that call.

However, YOU CAN make the call for them!!  

Won’t YOU PLEASE make the Call of the Wild, for the cats, today.  You can even do it every week!!

Get more details at:  http://bigcatrescue.org/cta-call-wild/

Make the Call of the Wild at:  http://BigCatAct.com  It is one of the MOST IMPORTANT things you can do to save big cats and their babies for abuse and exploitation.

 Bobcat Rehab

Those of you who have been asking for more pix and video of Dr. Justin, viewer Janie Marshall recently found this older video.  I had completely forgotten about this funny video.   It is kind of funny watching Dr. Justin and Jamie working and laughing together working on our old bobcat rehab cage.  I just LOVE these two!!!!

Originally posted January 14, 2013:  Watch the newlyweds, Jamie Veronica and Dr. Justin Boorstein as they try to rehab an old cage for a new exotic cat resident.

Now that we have had a fun trip down yesterday year, lets check out some current photos of Nova Bobcat.  She in in the new Bobcat Rehab Center now, and will be released soon to live wild and free.

Current Nova photos by Viewer Wolf Endlicher:

Yawwwwn.. Nova showing her teeth.

Sleepy Nova

Stretchy Nova

Learn about our Bobcat Rehab and Release program and see out brand new Bobcat Rehab Center at BigCatRescue.org/bobcat-rehab/

 Viewer Videos From Explore.org/bigcatrescue


Here is a list of YouTube channels that feature videos of the cats here:

 Cole & Marmalade's Corner

Did You Know?  Chris, Cole, & Marmalade just raised $6,700 for the cats at Big Cat Rescue!!!!

Cole and Marmalade game

Chris has also made a LOT of videos for us and does many things to support our mission and the sanctuary. PLEASE, show them appreciation by doing one of the following:

Here is an example of the kinds of videos Chris makes.

Purrfect hacks to make life for you and your cat/s more enjoyable :)

 Foster Kitten Program

Another Kitten Cheat Sheet for you.  This on is from Viewer E-Train

Viewer Wolf Endlicher:  Playing in the Kitten Cabana

The domestic foster kitten live in intern housing with the interns.  They come to the Kitten Cabana to play during the day while the interns work caring for the big cats.  When the interns have breaks, they go in the Kitten Cabana to play with their precious little foster kittens.  These little foster kittens are extremely well socialize and are certainly ready for the furever families when they are returned to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay for adoption.

More kitten photos by Wolf Endlicher:

YOU can watch the kitten playing every day on their live streaming web cams.  Find all the live web cam links at BigCatTV.com

  WANTED – Graphic Artists

Carole is looking for a graphic artist who really gets what we are all about and would would like to help us with some graphics for shirts.  If that is you or if you know someone like that, please have them email Carole at cat@bigcatrescue.org

 Quick Links

As per viewer suggestions, Quick Links now has it’s very own page http://bigcatrescue.org/quick-links/

Bookmarking it will help you find things quickly.  That will come in handy for:

  • Helping us answer questions on social media
  • Finding answers to some of Carole’s Facebook Live questions

 Global News & Articles

Article posted by our educational director, Jennifer:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to review Florida panther's endangered status

Sadly this has been in the works for years and many groups, including Big Cat Rescue, have been expecting a fight. We'll be notifying AdvoCats and supporters on actions to take as things unfold.  This is an attack on Florida's most iconic species and an animal particularly close to my heart. The hunters and ranchers looking to undermine Florida Panther protections have no idea how hard Floridians, and people across the country, will fight to protect this majestic creature.

Viewer Pix

Photo by Viewer Kristine Metzner:  Vacation Rotation last evening. It had been thundering and pouring down rain. It was a beautiful sunset.

Viewer Wolf Endlicher:

Viewer Wolf Endlicher:  Andy in his favorite spot.

Viewer Wolf Endlicher:  Big Boys, Seth & Andy, lounging by the lake.

Viewer Angie Leupold:  Happy Birthday Mrs. Claws (Biscuit)


Funny Cat Eye Sticker Decal

People Often Ask


You hear us saying, “Subscribe to our website, so you never miss an important post, cute cat photo or great lion or tiger video” but may be wondering, “How do I subscribe to your website's news feed?”

It’s Easy!

  1.  Go to http://feeds.feedburner.com/bigcatrescue
  2.  At the right you will see this.  Just click the Get Big Cat Rescue delivered by email link.

Subscribe to Big Cat Rescue

That’s it!  Now, every time we add a website post, update a page, or whatever, YOU WILL KNOW IT because you will get an email telling you exactly what was updated or added.

So, why would you want to hear from Big Cat Rescue every day?

Here are a few reasons:

  1. Use it to make your life better.  Successful people know that writing down what you are grateful for every day brings more things into your life that you can be thankful for.  Every day Big Cat Rescue posts “Daily Updates” where we share all the great things going on at the sanctuary and in the world of big cat protection.  Use it as a daily reminder to post in our comments section what you are grateful for that day.  We love interacting with those who share a passion for cats.
  2. Enjoy daily videos of the cats having fun.
  3. Eye candy is posted every day if seeing lions, tigers, leopards, cougars, bobcats, servals, caracals, and domestic cat kittens is what makes you smile.
  4. Stay in the know about the cats at the sanctuary and ways you can make a difference.

It’s all good and it all starts by subscribing to the Daily Updates.

How You Live Your Days is How You'll Live Your Life

Big Cat Challenge

Every day post what you are grateful for in the comments below and see if the Universe starts bringing you more things to BE grateful for.

 BCR Website Updates

Big Cat Rescue's website is well over 10,000 pages and we are constantly adding posts/pages to the site.  From time to time LaWanna remembers to add some of those website additions here.  If you do not want to rely on that to stay up-to-date you can check out today's "People Often Ask" the section.  Anyway, here are some recent website updates.

BigCatRescue.org/catbio/ - list of all the cats here

BigCatRescue.org/safari-days/ - Big Cat Rescue's annual Safari Days

BigCatRescue.org/subscribe - How to ensure you never miss a BCR website update


BigCatRescue.org/nelson/ - Talks about the various cameras, lenses, and software that Carole uses.


BigCatRescue.org/insitu/ - Talks about the conservation efforts to save big cats in the wild that we have donated to.

BigCatRescue.org/paw/ - Answers the question about why we paint the cats paws and take their paw prints whenever someone is in the hospital for medical procedures.

 Big Cat Models

This section will be back VERY SOON!!!  There are some models waiting to be added and those WILL be posted very soon.

Facebook Live Contest

When you purr-ticipate in Carole’s Facebook Live contest you need to put your answers in the special form at BigCatRescue.org/win


Question: What is the exact URL to send people to if they want to select Big Cat Rescue as their Smile.Amazon.com charity

Answer:  BigCatRescue.org/amazon or BigCatRescue.org/smile or https://smile.amazon.com/ch/59-3330495 were all good answers.

Winner:  Vibeke Jespersen

Prize will be the t-shirt Carole showed in the video.

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