Big Cat Updates
Lauren Grant’s Coordinator Notes for 7/26/2018
It was a very strange day with the rain!
We started feeding and cleaning a little late and had to stop in the middle of both for heavy downpours. Somehow, everyone managed to get done in pretty good time though!
Hoover’s enclosure was worked on. The section closest to the tiger barn was worked on. Both bubbles were weeded and cleaned up. The platforms still need to be scrubbed, and some holes need to be filled in from sawgrass removal.
Lots of sign-offs for enrichment and operant were done today! Almost all of the interns are needing them right now, but we managed to get everyone 🙂
Almost everyone ate pretty well, even with the rain.
That’s about it!- Lauren G
Kathryn Stapleton’s Coordinator Notes for 7/25/2018
Another hot humid day. We had a brief rainstorm in the am but then just hot hot hot! Lots and Lots of puddles!!
We had a great group of volunteers today to get cleaning and feeding done.
Interns finished Ariel’s cage, still needs grass seed but will have to wait for the water to recede a bit. (See photos below in Keeper Corner)
Were full for tours in the afternoon.
Frosty went to Dr. Wynn’s clinic today. He was off at feeding this morning and then kept getting worse. He got fluids and meds and is staying the the Recovery hospital for a few days.
That’s it for me
Tiger Lake Webcam Withdrawals
I know you are all having Tiger Lake withdrawals so here is Andy and his favorite ball! – Thank you all for helping me get up and over 700 page Likes! For being so wonderful here is an adorable new photo of Andy Tiger! Brittany’s Facebook Page – Chuffs for you, Brittany Mira
Brittany has been doing Morning Walkabouts, building our online stores up, and has taken over Big Cat Rescue Instagram page. If you have an Instagram account please stop by on there and see the cool cat photos she is posting there. https://www.instagram.com/bigcatrescue/
From Big Cat Rescue's Official Facebook Group
I was scrolling through the posts in the group and about fell out of my chair laughing at this one. Hopefully, there will be news on the Tiger Lake cam. Anyway, I couldn’t resist sharing this with you.
Where oh where can my Sethie be?
The cameras took him away from me.
He’s gone to nap so I’ve got to be good
So I can see my Sethie soon in his woods.
—-Barbar Best Dunn
You are invited to join Big Cat Rescue’s Official Facebook Group at Facebook.com/groups/BigCatRescue
Frosty Serval Emergency Vet Visit Overview
23-year-old Frosty Serval was rushed to in to see Dr. Liz Wynn. In this short video, you will see his part of his exam, see the x-rays, and hear Dr. Lix explain the x-rays.
SAVE Award July 2018
Scratch’s Award for Volunteer Excellence, the SAVE Award
For outstanding volunteer service, the July SAVE Award goes to Carolyn Thompson! Carolyn is currently one of our Advocat volunteers, she has been a part of the Big Cat Rescue team for almost 18 years! Carolyn has served in nearly every aspect of the volunteer program from working as a keeper up through Senior Keeper level, to leading orientation, to customer service in the gift shop, and by constantly spreading the word about Big Cat Rescue all over town. Her most recent role has been a huge help in the administrative side of things and we could not be more grateful for her service. You rock!
In honor of Carolyn a $1,000 donation was made to the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy to save Cougars & Bobcats!
The Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving land, protecting natural areas for birds and wildlife and providing access and education to their local communities.
Disruption of landscape connections for species movements and range changes is one of the greatest stressors to ecosystems. Movement is essential to species survival, whether it be day-to-day movement of individuals seeking food, shelter or mates, juvenile dispersal, seasonal migration or recolonization after a local population is eliminated. Maintaining and enhancing connectivity is essential to support ecosystem functions, such as predator-prey relationships and gene flow.
The Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy established the Hahamongna to Tujungi Wildlife Corridor Initiative, with a goal of linking the San Gabriel Mountains at Hahamongna Watershed Park to the San Gabriels at Big Tujunga Wash for Wildlife Passage, a 20-mile long corridor. This project will bring to life an additional 13,400 acres of habitat by connecting with the 700,000-acre Angeles National Forest in the San Gabriel Mountains. Predators such as Mountain Lions and Bobcats can then live in these urban hills with ready access to others of their species in the abundant range of the San Gabriels, assuring genetic diversity. Los Angeles is one of only two megacities — Mumbai, India, is the other — where large predatory cats live in an urban setting. Threats to the Los Angeles metropolitan area mountain lion population are growing. Typically, a mountain lion requires 200 square miles of habitat to support it, but they are living in dramatically closer quarters in these urban islands. This leads to inbreeding in these isolated genetic pools.
The Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy is seeking funding to:
- Track collared & tagged mountain lions
- Establish GIS capacity to update maps and database information
- Use their biological study and data to set priorities for conserving land within the corridor
- Engage partners from the conservation community
- Educate about the corridor
- Reach out to educate communities near the corridor about the wildlife living among them, the benefits of habitat restoration and human-animal conflicts
Today’s Keeper Corner is Volunteer and Intern photos. This crew works so hard for the cats, always with a smile on their face no matter what the job or the weather.
The M kittens did test positive for ringworm. We will continue doing the treatment they are currently on. The interns caring for them are very diligent about their treatments. We also have extremely detailed protocols in place to make sure none of the other foster kittens nor our big cats get it.
Intern Teaugan comforting a kitten after receiving a sulfur bath. This was done in the evening after putting in a full day’s work!
Not an Action show but adorable.. Intern Dylan after a hard days work taking a much-deserved rest with kitten Murry.
Letter To Management
July 20, 2018
Months ago I wrote to you requesting a dock or a floating platform to be installed in my portion of Tiger Lake. To date, nothing has been done.
I am writing to ask again – PLEASE may I have a dock or floating platform? The “Piranha” in Tiger Lake have multiplied to the point where there are days I actually have to avoid swimming. I am constantly fighting them off because they nip at my toes and my tail. When I do go into the water, I have to make all kinds of splashy noises to try to frighten them away.
And then, I have a hard time sleeping for fear of rolling down the hill into the lake and being attacked, so I have to brace myself against a tree.
Everyone else is getting something: Bu got her Bucalounger, Cam got air conditioning, Andy got a new platform, Mr. B. Cakes got an inside air-conditioned office. But so far, nothing for me. I must admit I am feeling a little left out at this point. Rumor has it that now even Her Royal Lioness is getting a lounging bed.
I don’t want anything elaborate; just a small dock that I can walk on out to a platform in the middle of Tiger Lake. Surely that’s not too much to ask?
Please consider my request because Peg the Keg misses our swimming time, and so do I.
(Sent via Lori D., Secretary to the Cats)