March 3 2017

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Big Cat Updates


VIDEO:  The Cats got NEW TOYS!!!!

Turtle Rescue and NEW TOYS for Cats – FUN VIDEO

Note To Viewers:  These toy were made possible BY ALL OF YOU who donated & shared several weeks ago to buy the cats new toys!!!  You, YES YOU, made this possible!!  THANK YOU!!  Some of you donated funds, some of you helped tremendously by liking, commenting, and sharing the posts which all worked together to encourage Facebook to show our posts to more poeple.  Because of YOU the cats got new toys!

 Facebook Live Contest

Each day that Carole does a Facebook Live video she asks a question and someone who answers it correctly wins a prize. So, go to Facebook and Like our Facebook Page and choose to get notifications of our live videos. Then participate in the contests, join in conversations in the comments area, too.

Be sure to book mark which is where you will post your answer to qualify for a future prize if you are the first one to get the correct answer.

Winners get their choice of either a tour pass or any one item up to a $36 value at one of our two online gift shops.  1)  2)

3/2/2017 Contest

Question:  What is Sabre’s birth date?

Winner:  Tia Perez

Answer:   March 1, 1992

How to find the Answer:  Go to the list of all out cats and click on Sabre’s name.

Winner’s Chosen Prize:  Shirt – Rhinestone Jeweled Tiger

 What IS World Wildlife Day?

On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March, the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. The UNGA resolution also designated the CITES Secretariat as the facilitator for the global observance of this special day for wildlife on the UN calendar.

World Wildlife Day 2017 encourages youth around the world to rally together to address ongoing major threats to wildlife including habitat change, over-exploitation or illicit trafficking. Youth are the agents of change. In fact, we are already seeing the positive impacts on conservation issues made by some young conservation leaders around the world. If they can help make a change, you can too!

Excerpts taken from: You can go there to learn more.


(Please, download this photo and post it EVERYWHERE!)

Protect Alaska’s native wildlife

Animals in Alaska’s national wildlife refuges will soon be at risk of being hunted in their own homes. After H.J. Resolution 69 passed the U.S. House of Representatives on February 17, the U.S. Senate is now considering legislation that would be bad for wildlife. S.J. Resolution 18 will revoke the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) rule prohibiting controversial and scientifically unjustified killing methods on over 76 million acres of federal lands in Alaska.

The FWS’ rule prohibits these egregious tactics of unsustainable predator control including denning of wolves and their pups — involving shooting or trapping the wolves while at their dens in the spring — and using airplanes to scout, land and shoot grizzly bears. The rule does not prevent subsistence hunting on Alaska’s national wildlife refuges. If the rule is overturned by invoking the Congressional Review Act, the FWS will be permanently barred from reinstating it unless Congress passes a law allowing a new rule.

We must act now to ensure Alaska’s wildlife is protected! The wildlife on these refuges belong to all Americans, not just a privileged few who want to kill iconic species like wolves and bears for trophies.



Please make a brief, polite phone call to your U.S Senator.  Look up your senator’s phone number.  You can simply say, “Please oppose Senators Sullivan and Murkowski’s Joint Resolution 18 which would revoke the FWS rule protecting wildlife on Alaska national wildlife refuges from cruel hunting methods.”


Fact Sheet – Click to get the larger view

 Big Cat Challenge

Today’s Big Cat Challenge is a special one in honor of World Wildlife Day.

Your challenge is to do three things:

  1.  Read the section above this one.
  2.  Tell at least ONE friend about it.
  3.  Save & share one of these photos on YOUR social media page like, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc…

Note To Viewers:  If YOU accept today’s Big Cat Challenge, email me at and when you have completed it and let me know you took the challenge.  I will reply with a special thank you photo and one of you will get a free downloadable sponsor kit for you choice of:  Cameron, Joseph, Zabu, Amanda, Andre, Arthur, TJ, Kali, Zeus, Keisha, or Nikita.  Your email only needs to say something simple like just say “Challenge Done.”

 Big Cat Gift Shop – THANK YOU

Honey, our gift shop manager, has informed me that YOU DID IT!!!

YOUR recent social media shares have sold ALL of the 2017 Big Cat Rescue Calendars.  YOUR Social Media PURR-ticipation actions are helping us care for the cats.  THANK YOU!!!

Honey also told me that they are already planning and will soon start taking photos for the 2018 Big Cat Rescue Calendar and we will possibly begin taking pre-orders for it later in the summer.

Check out other cool Big Cat Goodies at

Kitten clipart, cat art Cole & Marmalade’s Corner

VIDEO:  House Cats to Tigers! by Cole & Marmalade

No matter what their size, cats are all very similar… Oh yeah except BIG cats can and will eat you if they feel like it! … They will always have their wild instincts which makes them dangerous and unpredictable.

Did you know it’s legal to own tigers, lions and other big cats as “pets” in over half of the USA?! – Not only is this is a HUGE public safety concern it also means that THOUSANDS of exotic animals are languishing in tiny backyard cages or rundown roadside “zoos”

Breeders also exploit big cat cubs as photo props and force them to perform in circus acts, when they become too large to use or become “unmanageable” they’re discarded back into the exotic animal trade and killed for their body parts or made into trophies…. this fuels the demand for big cat parts which means more WILD big cats are poached… it’s a vicious cycle, but one we can help stop!

To learn more and find out how you can help stop big cat abuse, please visit:  ~Chris, Cole, and Marmalade.

Note to Chris, Cole, & Marmalade:  THANK YOU, for making this video and for the words in your post.

Note To Viewers:  The words above this video are what Chris posted on Cole & Marmalade’s Facebook page.  Be Sure to check out his page and “Like” it at If you have time, please tell them you appreciate this pawsome video and all the things Chris does to help promote Big Cat Issues.

 Keeper Corner

Keeper Afton

Fun Fact About Me:  If it wasn’t for the black leopard species, I probably wouldn’t be where I am today career-wise. When I was in fourth grade we had to pick our favorite animal to do our first research paper on. I soon found out there was no such thing as a black panther, but I was fascinated and the rest was history. I decided I was going to get my degree in Zoology at the age of 10, and years later, that I did.

Morning Conversations with Zabu ~Keeper Afton

Joseph is singing my favorite song. Turn up the volume!!


Afton Did It Again!!

She made a BRAND NEW video about Sabre’s birthday party, yesterday.

Get ready to giggle!  LOL, I bet you can’t hold your “Awe” or “Ha Ha” till the end!!

22 of you requested Sabre’s birthday photo yesterday.  THANK YOU!!!

If you missed it, you can still request it.  See it and find out how to get it for free on yesterday’s update.

 Enrichment Requests

Note From Keeper Afton:

My enrichment team made a list of supplies we would need if our supporters want to donate to help make the amazing enrichment items for the cats.


  • Hack saw
  • Hair Dryer
  • Clamps – various sizes
  • Measuring tape
  • Large size glue guns
  • Extension cords
  • 1” to 4” paint brushes


  • Glue gun sticks – Mini
  • Glue gun sticks – Large
  • Elmers glue
  • Construction paper – all colors
  • Tissue paper – blue, purple, pink, white, orange, yellow
  • Crepe paper – all colors
  • Non-toxic Poster paints – Orange, brown, dark green, red, purple, silver, gold, white, black, blue, light green, pink, yellow.

Un-open spices:

  • Cinnamon
  • Sage
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Ground cloves
  • Ginger
  • Pumpkin Pie spice
  • Apple pie spice
  • No Oregano or Italian seasoning as we have plenty

Kitchen Items

  • 2-quart pot with lid – to brew spices
  • Screen strainer – to filter brewed spices
  • Spray bottles – for brewed spices

And, last but not least: CATNIP


If you want to purr-chase these items online Amazon will ship them directly to the sanctuary.

Our Address is:

  • Big Cat Rescue
  • 12802 Easy Street
  • Tampa, Florida  33625

If you use then Amazon will donate .5% of your purr-chase price to the cats, as well.

 What Is

A wonderful way to support the cats at no cost to you is to go to your account and sign up for Amazon Smile to have .5% of your purchases donated to Big Cat Rescue.

It is easy to set up.  Once you do, instead of going to to shop, in the future you go to Everything at Smile is exactly the same as you are used to at Amazon, same products, same prices.  If you have a Prime account, it will still be there in Smile. The ONLY difference is that .5% of your purchases are donated by Amazon to Big Cat Rescue – ZERO cost to you, but it sure adds up for the cats.

To sign up for Smile just go to and log in with your usual Amazon ID and password.

Once you have signed up, you should go to to make your purchases instead of

Just typing Smile into your browser instead of Amazon should take you there, or bookmark the URL, or, after you select Big Cat Rescue, you may see a screen like the one below inviting you to download a shortcut to

Want to access your Smile account from an iPhone or iPad?  Easy!

Open Safari and go to

Log in with your Amazon login

Hit the SHARE icon at the bottom of the screen (the square with the arrow pointing up)

Hit the Add to Home Screen icon (the square with rounded edges with the + sign in it)

You will see an icon direct to your Smile account (including Prime if you have it) on your phone’s home screen.

If you have the regular Amazon app on your phone, it is a good idea to delete it so you do not forget and go there. works the same as and has all the same products. The only difference is that it sends a half percent of your purchase to Big Cat Rescue. This has become a meaningful source of support that you can add to at no cost to you. Please sign up and urge people you know to do so.


 Viewer Videos From

There are some GREAT videos recorded by viewers at that you will really enjoy watching.

VIDEO:  Karma deworming kittens on her birthday. Happy Birthday Karma! We love you! 🙂

VIDEO:  Nikita has a new BLUE ball, and she loves it! WAIT FOR IT!

VIDEO:  Play Ball!!

VIDEO:  Kali’s Morning in Vacation Rotation

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


 Quick Links

As per viewer suggestions, Quick Links now has it’s very own page

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

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