July 9 2017

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Big Cat Updates

Facebook Live Video Replays

Get an update on Cheetaro Leopard’s condition straight from his favorite keeper, Kathryn. Also see MORE CATS!!

Mickey Watchers

Here is the link to Mickey’s New Web Cam:  https://video.nest.com/live/JmCWXdpxWh  On Mickey’s new web cam you can even record fun clips for us to share.

Click on the video screenshot below to get a play button then click the play buttons to start the live stream, or just go to the link above.


Note from Carole to Mickey’s Wonderful Watchers:  You can just email one me or LaWanna if you see Mickey having a seizure. There is nothing we can do during or after the seizure. We are just trying to discern how often and how violent they are, or are not. We, and the vets, can roll the cameras back to see it if you will let us know the exact time of the seizure in Eastern Time Zone.   Carole or LaWanna


What does Mickey Cougar do at night?  Well…. Viewer Donna got some clips to show us!


Our creative Afton has made a new video, check it out!!


Are YOU not getting Facebook notifications when Carole does a live video?

Several of you have been telling us you are not getting the notifications from Facebook when Carole goes live on there.  We have tried all kinds of things to get those notifications out but Facebook controls that and we have no say about it.  The only thing we can do is pay big dollars for Facebook advertising, which would take money away from other projects at the sanctuary, so is not something we want to do.

Carole found Bot that we can use to streamline our Facebook Inbox AND be able to send out a mass alert to everyone who signs up (FREE).  Then when Carole goes live on Facebook she can send out one alert and all of us will get it.  That way you (& I) won’t keep missing the Facebook live videos.  It also has a feature to give automated replies in the Facebook inbox so when we are not available to respond immediately in person newcomers will know that we WILL get their note and that we WILL reply in person ASAP.  It may take a bit to get the kinks worked out of this new system, so bear with us during this process.

IF, this interests you, here is the link:  https://manychat.com/l1/bigcatrescue  It is easy and free and takes about a second to connect to us this way.  After you click the link you will see a “Send to Messenger” option, choose that.  We will then be able to send you an alert in your Facebook Inbox when Carole goes live on one of her sanctuary walkabouts.

As always, YOUR FEEDBACK matters to us, so let us know what you think of this new way of responding to our Facebook Inbox messages and let us know if this live video alert system works better for you.

 International Tiger Day is July 29th (aka ITD)

Carole received an email from Tanja Pirttila, who is an AMAZING VOLUNTEER who helps admin our BCR Facebook page.  She monitors and replies to visitor posts, page reviews, and post comments.  She is always dedicated and right there to help.  She put together a great email to help get everyone thinking about ways they can raise awareness to the plight of tigers on International Tiger Day.  She’d love some feed back from all of YOU!!

Awareness on Tiger Farming – The Theme for International Tiger Day, 29th July 2017

On International Tiger Day we raise awareness on the harmfulness of tiger farming. There are over 200 tiger farms in Southeast Asia that currently house estimated 7000-8000 tigers. These tigers are grown like livestock and their well-being is neglected. We don’t just share information but also give our audience instructions how they can be sure not to support tiger farming.

This package compiled by Helsinki Zoo includes:
– information on tiger farming
– two posters in English: one gives facts, one gives solutions
– ideas for tiger day activities
– ideas for social media
– photos that are free to use for tiger day activities and social media

Ideas for tiger day activities:

– tiger feeding and enrichments
– making enrichments for tigers or housecats
– face painting & tiger costumes, to take a photo as a tiger, to share on social media
– tiger games for children

Ideas for Social Media:

Option One) Share a selfie as a tiger, not with a tiger
– make a campaign of tiger selfies, use hashtags #notigerselfies and #selfieastiger
– a person with face paint or dressed as a tiger
– message: posing as a tiger is cool, posing with a tiger is cruel
– share information on harmfulness of taking selfies with tigers

Option Two) Share facts and photos on tiger farming
– share awareness as many people have never heard of tiger farms
– make sure people understand the difference between responsible facilities and tiger farms

Option Three) Promote Wildlife Witness app

– this free app for Android and iPhone makes it easy for anyone to report suspicious animal trade

Option Four) Make a competition about tiger enrichment
– share a competition on social media about tiger enrichments or other appropriate subject
– winner gets to help in making a tiger enrichment and see how tigers enjoy it

Do you think you can use these ideas for the International Tiger Day?

Best wishes,



What is Big Cat Rescue Doing for ITD?

Big Cat Rescue is doing a special project for International Tiger Day 2017.  We are hoping to fence 100 wells to prevent more wild tigers and wild leopards from falling in and drowning.  This is a very real danger.  It is happening, wild tigers and leopards are being lost to senseless drownings in these open wells.

To help fund this important project we made some special International Tiger Day Gear.

People have been asking us how they can honor the passing of our beloved TJ tiger.

If you’d like to honor TJ while helping to save wild tigers, please consider making an International Tiger Day purchase — all items feature TJ tiger — at www.Tigers911.com

Big Cat Rescue will donate the profit from all purchases of our International Tiger Day merchandise — and any donations made on the ITD merchandise page — plus we will MATCH THE PROFIT DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR up to $5000. The funds will benefit the Corbett Foundation’s work to protect wild tigers and leopards in India from falling into open farm wells. The money will be used to construct chain-link fences around the wells, keeping the big cats from falling into these very deep wells and drowning. About 2500 of these open farm wells exist, many in the core zone of the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve.

It costs approximately $100 to fence one well. We hope to send the Corbett Foundation a check for $10,000, which will fence 100 wells. Learn more and check it all out here: http://bigcatrescue.org/international-tiger-day/

Plus you’ll have a chance to win an original paw print painting when you post a photo of yourself on July 29th with your TJ tiger International Tiger Day merchandise!

This is a big, bright, beautiful beach towel featuring TJ Tiger.

Again, please learn more about this vital project to save wild tigers at:  http://bigcatrescue.org/international-tiger-day/

You might be asking?  What is the Corbett Foundation? 

The Corbett Foundation is a charitable, non-profit and non-governmental organization solely committed to the conservation of wildlife. They work towards a harmonious coexistence between human beings and wildlife across some of the most important wildlife habitats in India, namely Corbett Tiger Reserve, Kanha and Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserves, Kaziranga Tiger Reserve and around the Greater Rann of Kutch.

Local Communities and wildlife share natural ecosystems and this often raises conflict, so the health and well-being of these communities are often directly linked to their willingness to participate in wildlife conservation efforts.

The Corbett foundation has implemented its programs in over 400 villages in the last decade. Learn more at www.corbettfoundation.org

 Global News & Articles

Article One: This article gives a lot more detail on the decline of lion populations http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/big-cats-initiative/lion-decline-map/

Article Two:  This article was in today’s Tampa Bay Times and is about de-listing the Florida Panther. Geneticist says Florida panther still deserves endangered species protection

Note to Viewers:  Look for more info from us on this subject in the near future.  Our Educational Director, Jennifer, is working on something.

 Foster Kitten Program

Live Facebook Video Replay from today.  Kittens running and playing everywhere!!

Foster Kitten Update – From Winston Brody’s Mom, Else B.:  Hi, Here is a little update on Winston Brody, the Beauty.

He is doing very well, eating a lot and is now 3.2 lb and has had another vaccine at Dr. Henry’s. He did not like the car ride up to Crystal River, he howled all the way .. went to sleep at the vets .. well, charging his batteries really, and then howled all the way back home.

He has his own iPad .. and is enjoying Mouse games . extremely intelligent little kitten I think. We love him and he has settled in very well. We have taken him over to our neighbor’s house. They have filled their house with all kinds of cat toys for him. He likes to be there and this is very important, because they are his “foster-parents” and will lokks after him the we go to Norway on six week trip in August. He is lucky to have 2 homes and 4 parents.

Through your donations, Big Cat Rescue has been able to foster 500 domestic kittens and cats.  THANK YOU!!!  Seeing little Brody so loved and happy really makes our day!!

Keeper Corner

Keeper Brittany Mira:   This guy cracks me up ? he was a sight for sore eyes after a long day of cleaning in the crazy heat… Seth was playing hide and seek behind that tree ? #?

Sorry Everyone, ran out of time today.  Will try to do a better “Keeper Corner” tomorrow.

TJ’s Book Progress Update

To those who have asked: We are still on target for sending the book files to the publisher on the 17th, which will get the books back to the sanctuary and ready to send out late July or early August.

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

Big Cat Challenge Report

Big Cat Rescue has simply the GREATEST online viewers!  Using my grandson’s words, the “Super Uper Duper Bestest.”  LOL, yep, that describes you guys!!  OKAY!!  We HAVE to have a different phrase to describe all of you!!  I keep calling you guys “Our Onliners,” “Online Viewers” or “Viewers”  but that doesn’t really fit, now does it?  YOU ALL are part of the Big Cat Rescue team so “Viewers” just doesn’t fit.  You guys truly are a big part of caring for the cats, teaching others, keeping us encouraged, helping watch the cats, helping promote CubTruth.com and BigCatAct.com, and so much more.  You guys ROCK and really make things happen.  Therefore, “Viewers” just does not do justice to you all.  HMMMMMM…..

OH WAIT, I’m off subject.  Back to the subject at hand, LOL, sorry.

Yesterday’s “Just for Fun” Big Cat Challenge was to go like Dr. Justin’s Facebook page.

During surgery the other day he and some others were talking about their Facebook pages.  I’d also heard Dr. Justin mention once before that his page didn’t get much attention so I thought it would just be a fun surprise for him if he got a big bump in his page likes.  WOW!!  As always, you guys REALLY CAME THROUGH!!!  His page likes went from 1,063 to 1,401 in just a a day, 338 new page likes, WOW!  Dr. Justin sent a big smiley face!!

THANK YOU, Everyone, for purr-ticipating in yesterday’s “Just for Fun Challenge!”

 Viewer Videos From Explore.org/bigcatrescue


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

Viewer Pix

Here is GREAT snapshot of Seth from Viewers Rick & Keli W.

Murphy Cat, taking a break from reading the latest issue of The Big Cat Times.

Angie Leupold got a great pic of Seth being super handsome!

Wolf Endlicher got some snapshots of Keeper Kathryn checking on Cheetaro.

  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

 Enclosure Vs Cage Debate

Recently there has been some debate on what word is appropriate to call what the cats live in.  I saw this quote from Carole:

….. I coined the term cat-a-tat back in the 90s but have come to call the cages what they are, on purpose. When I hear people using the term enclosures, or habitats, I cringe because I think to myself, “no matter how you try to dress it up, it’s still a cage, as far as the cat is concerned.”

I don’t want anyone to ever look at a caged cat and think it’s anything better than a prison sentence. I realize that the word cage is hard to hear, but I think it’s important that we call it what it is if we ever hope to create a world with no more cages…..

Carole is right, NO cage is ever going to be as good as living wild and free.  Here at Big Cat Rescue, since these cats cannot go free, we try to give them as much space as possible. We make sure they have foliage to hide in when they don’t want to be seen.  As we all know, cats do like to be sneaky sometimes.  The cats all have clearings, sunny spots, shady areas, toys, platforms, daily enrichment, etc. but like Carole said, it is never going to be as good as living free.  After reading Carole’s comment above I got to thinking…. I have been saying “enclosure,” too.  But she’s right that does kind of make living in a cage sound kind of ‘sugar coated.’  Carole always has a way of wording things that make me sit back and think.  What do you all think?

CHALLENGE: Any time YOU visit an animal facility take a good look at their cages, are the cages built to cater to the cats’ comfort or the public’s?  Can the cats hide if they don’t feel like being seen by the public?  In your mind try to see what the cage looks like from the cat’s point of view. Also, ASK where the cats go at night? Are they locked up inside? Many facilities lock the cats inside a ‘night house’ at night. Most of those ‘night houses’ are nothing more than concrete cells, which is sad because cats like to be outside at night. ASK the facility if you can see the where the cats are kept at night. If they won’t let you see it, ASK why not.

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 Sundari Leopard’s date of birth?

Answer:  11/15/2017  Find all the cat’s stories including their birth dates at BigCatRescue.org/catbio/

Winner:  Amarylis Aponte

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