Big Cat Updates
Alexa Flash Briefing
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Coordinator Report – Becky Gagliardo
Great day today, nice and warm with lots of sunshine. We had a great workgroup from Stetson Law that made a lot of headway in the enclosure closest to food prep. Still more to be done on that one tomorrow. Bridget got her last sign-off for the Feeding Tour and we got some feeding sign-offs done for a couple of our yellow shirts. Interns were busy all day with tours and they also worked on food prep. Babs worked on restocking and arranging the cicles in the enrichment cabin.
Thanks to all the great keepers (BethAnn, Rich, Maureen, Sarah C, Babs, Andrew, Lacy, Kristen, Amanda, Barbara Ann, Bridget), all of our great gift shop people and our fabulous Partners and Interns for keeping all the tours running smoothly. The cats really appreciated it, Ares says that everyone should give him treats that stops to see him since he is so darn cute. Artemis got a big laugh at that one.
Happy Anniversary to the following Big Cat Rescuers:
- 1999 Becky Gagliardo
- 2003 Gale Ingham
- 2008 Pam Rodriguez
- 2009 Chelsea Feeny
- 2011 Regina Turgeon
- 2013 Lauren Buckingham
- 2013 Mike Surdyk
- 2014 Sharon Henry
- 2014 Alyssa Weber
- 2015 Jennifer Leon
- 2015 Devin Saari
- 2016 Sarah Copel
- 2017 Karla Pinzon
- 2017 Rosel Polacelli
- 2018 Mary Jerome
Please join us in congratulating Lisa Spencer-Novak who has been promoted to Yellow Level Partner
The STARS Award
Stars Prize: Each month volunteers who dedicate 25% over their minimum hourly requirements are put into a pool from which one partner and one keeper are randomly selected to win a prize. The prize for this year will be a paw painting from one of the cats. We will be making all of these paw paintings in big batches. So while you will not get to choose the cat who paints your paw painting, you will get to choose from the collection of completed paintings.
- January Keeper – Mary Jerome
- January Partner – Randy Groves
Merchandise of the Day
Support the cats with this semi-precious cat’s-eye and lava rock beaded bracelet from Big Cat Rescue! Available at BigCatRescue.biz and Amazon!
Do you know what the Big Cat Public Safety Act is?
It is a federal bill which prohibits the private ownership of dangerous big cats and makes it illegal for exhibitors to allow public contact with cubs.
Across the country, thousands of big cats like tigers, lions, leopards, and pumas are kept in miserable, insecure, and unsafe conditions by irresponsible owners. The Big Cat Public Safety Act works to address this issue by barring the private ownership of these animals and prohibiting exhibitors from allowing public contact with cubs, which aims to help correct the mistreatment of wild animals and limit the danger posed to members of the public, including law enforcement officers who respond to escapes and attacks.
The bill has been introduced with a list of over fifty bipartisan cosponsors (HR 1380). Learn more at http://bigcatrescue.org/big-cat-act/
Photos for the Day
Frankie Bobcat has been busy being cute for the tours today!
Photo: Brittany Mira
It’s photos like this of cutie pie Andi Bobcat that Keeper Lauren took this morning that restore our hearts. ❤️
Mr. Intense~ Manny Jaguar is happy, happy, happy it’s finally CATurday!