March 4 2018

Gabrielle is very happy to be back home 😍😍😍 Photo by Keeper Marie Schoubert

Big Cat Updates

Hutch, the new serval is enjoying his outside suite of cages.  He has multiple sections and each of those sections are about 1200 sq ft.  He is on the normal new cat quarantine time and so far all is going well.

The two new rehab kittens are doing well as well.  See more about them, and a photo below.

Purrfection Ocelot is outside. Hher cage section with the tall platform has been closed off as the vets do not want her up on that, yet.  They prefer her toe have more time to heal.  She is doing well and quite happy to be back outside.

Noel is now outside in the rehab enclosure.  She is doing well, too.

Gabrielle is loving being back home.  She wasted no time getting out of the transport cage and trotting around her cage sections.  Keepers had done a lot of cleaning and work in her cages so she had lots to investigate.

Gabrielle is very happy to be back home 😍😍😍 Photo by Keeper Marie Schoubert
Gabrielle is very happy to be back home 😍😍😍
Photo by Keeper Marie Schoubert

Video Trailer Featuring Howard Baskin

Have you seen this trailer by Rescue Docs Films, featuring Howard Baskin? Watch it with me and share your thoughts. I’m going to play the trailer here.

I hope everyone will go to the YouTube link and share it with people who care about tigers. https://youtu.be/HPVWBG4BFac

Questions & Annswers

New Rehab Bobcat Kittens

The two new rehab bobcat kittens have been names.  The night the kittens arrived, viewers submitted names for them.  That list was quite long.  However, the teams has narrowed it down and chosen names.

Since the two bobcats currently in rehab have holiday names, Noel and Aphrodite.  Noel was hit by a car on Christmas Day.  Aphrodite was found abandoned at a rehabber and arrived here on Valentine’s Day.

Since St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner the new rehab kittens have been named Clover and Lucky.

Clover Bobcat on the left and Lucky Bobcat on the right are cozy under the Coolaroo hammock, but they've been spied snuggled up on it too. These guys are here for rehab and release back to the wild, where they belong.
Clover Bobcat on the left and Lucky Bobcat on the right are cozy under the Coolaroo hammock, but they’ve been spied snuggled up on it too. These guys are here for rehab and release back to the wild, where they belong.

Facebook Live Video Replays

Wildcat Walkabout at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, FL where we will visit with rescued lions, tigers, leopards, bobcats and more!

Keeper Corner & Fun Photos

Yesterday was World Wildlife Day

What did YOU do for World Wildlife Day! This year’s theme is “Big Cats: Predators Under Threat.”

As a proud member of the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance, Big Cat Rescue celebrates its partnership on this special day by asking you to #DoOneThingToday to help protect #BigCats. Make this day count for big cats by asking your member of congress to champion the Big Cat Public Safety Act at BigCatAct.com More at: wildlifeday.org

#PredatorsUnderThreat #WWD2018 #iProtectBigCats

How did Big Cat Rescue Celebrate?

As a proud member of the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance, Big Cat Rescue celebrated its partnership on this special day by asking you to #DoOneThingToday to help protect #BigCats. We wanted to make World Wildlife Day 2018 count for big cats by asking you to ask your member of congress to champion the Big Cat Public Safety Act at BigCatAct.com More at: wildlifeday.org  THANK YOU to the many of you who did!

What was World Wildlife Day 2018?

Big cats are among the most widely recognized and admired animals across the globe. However, today these charismatic predators are facing many and varied threats, which are mostly caused by human activities. Overall, their populations are declining at a disturbing rate due to loss of habitat and prey, conflicts with people, poaching and illegal trade. For example, tiger populations plummeted by 95% over the past 100 years and African lion populations dropped by 40% in just 20 years. But a range of measures are underway to arrest this decline.

In an effort to reach as wide an audience as possible, the expanded definition of big cats is being used, which includes not only lion, tiger, leopard and jaguar — the 4 largest wild cats that can roar – but also cheetah, snow leopard, puma, clouded leopard, etc. Big cat species are found in Africa, Asia, and North, Central and South America, representing a virtually global distribution, and representations of big cats, such as for car logos, by sporting clubs and the fashion industry, are used globally.

Over the past century we have been losing big cats, the planet’s most majestic predators, at an alarming rate. World Wildlife Day 2018 gives us the opportunity to raise awareness about their plight and to galvanize support for the many global and national actions that are underway to save these iconic species. Through World Wildlife Day big cats will generate the level of attention they all deserve to be sure they are with us for generations to come.

The United Nations World Wildlife Day is the global celebration of the many beautiful and varied forms of wild animals and plants on our planet as well as an occasion to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to both wildlife and people and the plight of many threatened or endangered species. World Wildlife Day is celebrated annually on 3 March, the day of the signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973. The CITES Secretariat is the facilitator designated by the UN General Assembly for the global celebration of the Day.

World Wildlife Day 2018, celebrated under the theme “Big cats: predators under threat”, puts the world’s big cats under the global spotlight for the very first time. These magnificent predators, such cheetah, jaguar, leopard, lion, puma, snow leopard and tiger, are found in many parts of the world, from Africa to Asia and the Americas. With a star-studded cast, this World Wildlife Day promises to be one of the biggest celebrations of the Day, if not the biggest. Big cats are among the most powerful creatures to grace this planet, but they are also the most fragile. They are facing many threats to their survival in the wild, be it loss of habitat and prey, poaching and smuggling, human-wildlife conflict or climate change.

World Wildlife Day 2018 is an opportunity for people from every country to help raise awareness of the plight of big cats and to take personal action to help ensure the survival of the world’s big cats.

You have the power to spread the word! You have the power to make a change!

A MUST SEE Video Clip:

As a proud member of the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance, Big Cat Rescue celebrates its partnership on this special day by asking you to #DoOneThingToday to help protect #BigCats. Make this day count for big cats by asking your member of congress to champion the Big Cat Public Safety Act at BigCatAct.com More at: wildlifeday.org

#PredatorsUnderThreat #WWD2018 #iProtectBigCats

Saying Goodbye to Joseph Lion

Joseph Lion has crossed the Rainbow Bridge to rejoin his pride. His family welcomes home the “baby” of their tribe. BigCatRescue.org/Joseph You can leave your tributes in the comments at the bottom of his page.

Joseph Lion
Joseph Lion

Sasha Lioness
Sasha Lioness

Today I saw butterflies. After I darted Joseph to sedate him I walked away from his enclosure and stood by waiting for him to fall asleep. As I stood there I remembered Sasha and how much Joseph loved her. Just then a bright yellow butterfly flew past me and landed on the ground near his enclosure. It sat there for an eternity as if waiting. Once Joseph fell asleep he was quietly let go. A great breeze rustled through the trees. Shortly after his passing another yellow butterfly fluttered all around my face and nearly landed on my nose. Moments later I saw two yellow butterflies dancing around one another off into the distance. Joseph had come to “roar” in my face one last time and was then reunited with his one great love. ~Jamie Veronica

Such a heavy heart missing Joseph so much!! He told me he was ready, and I knew it was time to let go. His beautiful song turned into short shallow calls for Sasha for several days. I’m going to miss hearing that song! It was my favorite! Jamie mentioned in her post this great breeze that rustled through the trees….and it really did. During such a sad moment watching him pass, that breeze was almost a mood changer. It felt unexplainably good! It was strong and felt like it was Joseph letting us know he was happy and free. I’ll never forget that feeling of that breeze because it was different, distinct, and came out of nowhere. I have so much love for that special boy, and without him it will never be the same. ~Afton

For several months, Joseph had continued to decline in health and had become increasingly uninterested in eating despite numerous medications aimed at helping to improve his appetite and reduce nausea.

The veterinary team had exhausted all of their options and therefore the decision was made to humanely euthanized him.

Dr. Boorstein came out to do a necropsy. Multiple cysts and mass like tissues were found throughout the liver as well as the pancreas. Air pockets were also found in his lungs but may have been an incidental finding. Tissue samples were sent to the lab for analysis.

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