May 26 2017

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Big Cat Updates

Coordinator Report for 5/25/2016

* We completely finished Skipper and Gilligan, also finished up Zimba

** Wire was added to Dryden and Kewlona in the tight areas.

Picked up sticks and shifted the Texas Tigers from Vacation

*** Sabre is holding out for another week of vacation, the tunnel is open in hopes he will go home overnight.

Vacation got mowed and weed whacking done.  (For a funny photo about that check yesterday's Big Cat Updates; it is in the Viewer Pix section.)

The Keeper Cafe now has a roof over the deck to hold off the sun at lunch time.

* Note To Viewers:  Keepers and interns clean the cats' enclosures every day, 365 days a year.  They even have a poop collection chart to make sure every cat poops daily.  However, on a quite regular basis the cats get locked out of a section of their enclosure so keepers and interns can go in do a deep cleaning such as raking, changing den bedding, landscaping, getting fallen twigs off the roofs, etc.

** Note To Viewers:  The cats here do not share common walls because that would allow them to grab each other through the wire and cause injuries or worse.  Our enclosure have enough space between them for keepers to walk all the way around the outside, daily to check the cat, the grounds, and the wire.  Between a few of the older enclosures, for the smaller cats that walk area between the cats is not as wide as with the newer enclosures.  While it is plenty of room to walk between the enclosures, safely, without a cat from either side reaching a keeper we have added extra wire that has smaller squares in those areas just to be another layer of safety for the keepers.

If you are familiar with Keisha Tiger's story, you have seen the results of cats who share common walls with their neighbors.  In her previous home, Keisha lost her tail and part of her ear to the lions who lived next door to her.

*** Note To Viewers:  LOL, Sabre is picking up Joseph's old trick of squeezing a few more days into his vacation.  Cats do things in their own time and we have to just patiently out wait Joseph and now it seems Sabre, too.

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Facebook Live Video Replays

Meet Nikita Lioness, 500 pounds of frisky. Watch more at

Facebook Live Contest

When you purr-ticipate in Carole’s Facebook Live contest you need to put your answers in the special form at


Question: Which two lionesses did we try to introduce Nikita to unsuccessfully?

Answer: Maya and Sarabi

Winner:  No one answered.  Was the answer form not working?

International Tiger Day July 29, 2017

Big Cat Rescue staff members talk about why tiger farming is so bad. Go to to help support wild tigers.

If you would like to share this video here it the link:  

TJ is featured on various International Tiger Day Gear at  All proceeds will be donated to help save tigers in the wild.


Ringling is trying to send 8 tigers overseas to a German circus. Starting Friday morning (5/26) the public will be able to comment on this request. Please tell the US Fish & Wildlife service to reject this request. Read more about this and take action via the link at the bottom of this article.

UPDATE:  Here is the link to the public comment form for Feld's (Ringling's) export permit.

Important:  You will need to reference that you are commenting on "FELD ENTERTAINMENT, INC., PALMETTO, FL; PRT-22685C"

PLEASE NOTE:  The website ( does not seem to support Chrome internet browser. I used Safari and it worked. Please let us know what other browsers work in the comments below.

READ the Article:

Screen shot of the description for their application.

 Big Cat Models

Big Cat Model Koruna Pathak:  In Dubai with my Mosaic Tiger shirt and the Burj Al Arab in the background

I got the Mosaic Lion shirt as a Christmas gift last year after visiting BCR, for the second time. Quality of the t-shirt was very soft.

I was so happy to make my acquaintance with Seth, Andy, Jasmine, Gabrielle, Priya and Charaka when I visited in December. By then Priya was recuperating from her dangerous surgery and was
resting comfortably.. all I saw was her tail..(LOL)

Charaka was a sweetheart and I spent as much time as I could just looking into his eyes.. What a darling.. and I wept silently when he crossed over. Andy, Seth and Gabrielle were just chillin and I was so happy that they found their forever home at BCR.

Jasmine was so sweet to chuff at my group.. that was a first for me..a tiger chuff.. loved it.

This spring I wore my Mosaic Tiger shirt on my trip to Asia and Dubai and had a lot of people ask me about the beautiful tiger face. It was my time to "educate" as much as I could about BCR and the wonderful work they do. It was my shirt to wear on my 20hr flight back from Asia.

Thank you, BCR, for the work you do.

Keeper Corner

Keeper MaryLou & Ariel Bobcat

WAIT!!! Don't Take My Picture, Yet!

Oh, OKAY, I'm Ready Now!

Viewer Pix

Viewer Rob Rager: Always a good day, when Seth is on camera!  Tiger Lake Cam

Viewer Diane Buckler:  I was able to make this look like an oil painting
Diane Buckler's Oil photo of Andy Tiger

Viewer Scotti Cohn: Aaaaand -- it's "cuteness overload time" (again) in the Kitten Cabana at Big Cat Rescue.
Big Cat Rescue fosters domestic kittens from birth up to two pounds. These kittens have been rescued from the county shelters where they were turned in to be euthanized. They’re bottle fed and cared for at night and brought to the Kitten Cabana during the day for socialization with other cats. When the kittens reach 2 pounds they are spayed, neutered and placed in permanent homes by the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. If you see a kitten that you would like to adopt, please contact The Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
- See more at:

Viewer Scott Cohn: Nikita Lioness at Big Cat Rescue models the latest addition to her highly acclaimed "Spring Forward into Summer" hat collection. Photo taken with web cam at To read about Nikita, click here:

Viewer Diane Buckler: (From May 22nd) Happy Birthday beautiful Tonga!

 Viewer Videos From

Tiger having some fun while the interns watch from the sideline. 5.25.2017

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

 Cole and Marmalade's Corner

Cole hardly ever jumped up on the counters, but then Marm arrived on the scene and was determined to be up there as much as possible! I could have tried many other methods to deter him from being up there, but I never saw it as a big deal, so didn't waste time and money on the issue… and I kinda think he still would have jumped up there no matter what we did, because he's that kind of cat!

Note To Viewers:  In the comments, please share your cat / kitchen counter stories with is.

  • Do your cats get on the kitchen counters?
  • If now, what methods did you use to teach them the kitchen counters are a no no?
  • What methods work and what methods do not work?

BCR Website Updates

  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

 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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