May 21 2017

Big Cat Updates

Keeper Angie’s Coordinator Report for Saturday, 5/20/17

Lots of things done today:

* Tonga’s front section was completed. He now has access to both sides.
* Kricket’s front section was completed and we shifted her to the front to work on the backside tomorrow.
* The lake access was completed for Seth and he now has access to his entire enclosure. He is loving it, posing pretty for the cameras.
* The cage wire and lumber from the lake project was put away.
* Rope was replaced from Sapphire’s tunnel doors and Ginger’s door.
* The Holleys completed the work on the smaller lake enclosure’s platform, and started working on volunteer sign in.

Andi was a great hospital patient. She ate all of her food and allowed us to clean both sides of her enclosure and took her meds like a champ.


End of Circus Tonight


Facebook Live Video Replays

Seth Tiger having a bath. Watch more at http://explore.org/tigerlake

Rescued kittens play and heal while they wait for their forever homes. Watch more at http://explore.org/bigcatrescue

Seth is the first tiger to be released into the newly improved Tiger Lake enclosure. Watch more at http://explore.org/tigerlake

At Big Cat Rescue we don’t touch the lions, tigers, bobcats, etc., because that just sends the worst possible message. The way our Keepers get their kitty time is in our foster program. http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-kitten-cabana

Rescued kittens play and heal while they wait for their forever homes. Watch more at http://explore.org/bigcatrescue


People Often Ask

People Often Ask: Why is the lake green?

Answer: A quick google search (with 425,000,000 sites competing to answer this often asked question) states “Green algae in rivers and streams often lends a blue-green color to the water. The surface of water can also reflect skylight. Particles in water can scatter light.”  Look all above and around the lake, pond and pools at Big Cat Rescue and there are green trees, green bushes, green grass and even quite a few Green Shirt Keepers that reflect on the water.

Notes & Examples:  

The lake is spring fed so the water is always moving, cold and refreshing.

The pools are on a pumping system that causes the water to constantly, 24 hours a day.  The water is pumped from the lake to the pools.  It then has a small waterfall setup so the water runs out of the pools and back to the lake.  If you look at the water as it comes out of the little water falls it is as clear as your kitchen faucet water.

In this photo you can see the reflections cause the pool water to look brown and green, but now take a closer look and see the water coming out of the pool over the little waterfall that goes back to the lake and you will see the water itself is clear, just like your kitchen faucet.

If you look at photos, like these of Zabu in the pool, you can see her body under the water, something you could not do if the water wasn’t clean.   These three photos were taken the exact same day just a few minutes apart.  See how different the water looks from different angles.

In this photo the sky is reflected because of the angle the photo is being taken from.

In this photo look at Zabu’s leg that is under water and you can see the water is not dirty.

In this photo look at the water coming over Zabu’s back.  Again, you can see right through the water to see her white fur.

As for the cats’ water bowls:  EVERY MORNING, 365 days a year the cats’ water bowls are dumped, scrubbed, sanitized, rinsed well, and refilled.   The water bowls have shade tiles above them to keep the sun from heating up the water.  Throughout the day the water bowls are topped off.   Each cat has more than one water bowl and again, EVERY WATER BOWL on the property, and I do mean EVERY SINGLE WATER BOWL on the property, is cleaned EVERY DAY!


International Tiger Day

INTERNATIONAL TIGER DAY IS JULY 29TH!

We have designed a unique new line of merchandise featuring TJ tiger for International Tiger Day — July 29th! Learn more and check it all out here: https://Tigers911.com

Big Cat Rescue will donate the profit from all purchases of our International Tiger Day merchandise — and any donations you make on the ITD merchandise page — plus we will MATCH THE PROFIT DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR up to $5000. The funds will be donated to the Corbett Foundation’s work to protect wild tigers, leopards and other animals 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.

Currently 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!

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! So let’s get shopping and help save wild tigers!


Keeper Corner

Keeper Regina:  I love this old boy, Zeus

Keeper Regina:  Zabu Smiling

Keeper Regina:  Cameron is such a tree hugger.

Keeper Regina:  This is my baby Kali


Viewer Pix

Viewer Chris Bates:  Sleepy Sunday???

Viewer Susan Thomas: 

Viewer Scotti Cohn:


Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

Would you help the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries reach the goal of 150,000 people who want the circus to send their animals to decent sanctuaries?

Sign the petition at:
“Ringling Brothers – Do the Right Thing and Retire Your Animals to TRUE Sanctuaries”

 


 Viewer Videos From Explore.org/bigcatrescue

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


  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 https://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
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