Big Cat Updates
Lauren Buckingham’s Coordinator Notes for 4/30/2018
We had another good day today. A good number of volunteers came out to get feeding and cleaning done.
Food prep was finished before tours, which left us interns for projects in the PM.
The back side of Sheena’s enclosure was cleaned, as well as around the outside.
Vanessa and Intern Lisa went out and mowed/weed-eated Shamrock’s large section in the wild Bobcat Rehab Center.
Chicken wire was added to both of Seth’s feeding stones, also the additional lockout on Running Bear’s enclosure. (This keeps birds from stealing the cats’ food.)
Another small section of the food prep floor was scrubbed.
Mary Lou and Vanessa both got their Master keeper shirts. They had their pictures taken.
We had a chicken delivery and water delivery.
Bethann got her stars award painting.
Kathyrn Stapleton’s Coordinator Notes for 5/1/2018
Getting hot outside! Thanks to all the volunteers that came out to help Feed and Clean.
Food prep was done by lunch so we could get some food prep projects done. Walk-in cooler shelves were scrubbed and the cooler was rearranged. Need to switch out any old feeding buckets for new ones.
Thanks to our Wish List supporters we have quite a few new buckets so during food prep tomorrow make sure to use new buckets!!
Meds meat now have their own labeled containers.
There is a new set of shelves in food prep for drying containers and buckets.
Thanks to Victoria and Aleesa for working on the Bobcat Rehab Center cages, the grass was getting pretty high! They worked in Shamrock and Lucky’s roof sections.
Still in the process of changing the feeding sheets, hoping to have all the changes done by Thursday.
That’s it for me!
Lauren Grant’s Coordinator Notes for 5/3/2018
We had a great number of volunteers today!
We were able to get lots of feeding sign-offs done, as well as some Senior Keeper enrichment sign-offs.
Barb got some plants cleaned up in the parking lot.
The interns, Candy, Mary J. & Andrew painted the inside, back 3 bubbles of the Texas tigers enclosure. (We pain the cage wire with Rustoleum paint periodically to prevent rusting.)
The lockout side of Bailey & Moses was cleaned up.
Andi bobcat went back outside. She was not happy with being moved but seems happy to be back in her enclosure. She only has access to the bubble with the concrete den, until her wood den box can be modified this weekend.
Bailey and Zimba both saw Dr. Justin for dentals today.
- Bailey had two teeth pulled.
- Zimba had one tooth pulled.
- They both recouperated in the recovery hospital, recovering 🙂
Kathryn put a ‘wall’ of chicken wire up between Clover and Shamrock in the rehab enclosure. (This will allow them to share a wall without getting to each other. They will be able to be close without risking injury. From this, we will be able to see if they are inclined dot get along or not.)
I cleaned up the linen closet in the recovery hospital. There is no room in the laundry basket for overflow.
That’s about it!
~ Lauren Grant
- Andi Bobcat is back outside.
- Bailey Bobcat lost top left and bottom left canine and a few of the tiny teeth up front, but canines are for killing, not chewing, so she’ll be able to eat just fine.
- Zimba Serval had a bad molar that was removed.
- Both Bailey & Zimba should be able to go back home tomorrow.
Bailey Bobcat & Zimba Seval’s Vet Visit Photos:
Give Day Update
A huge THANK YOU shout out to everyone who donated to Big Cat Rescue during the Give Day Tampa Bay fundraising event on May 1, 2018!
We are thrilled to announce that we raised $181,369 and won an additional $4500 in prize money! We had more unique donors — 866 — than any of the other nonprofits participating.
Comparing Give Day Tampa Bay 2017 to Give Day Tampa Bay 2018
- 2017 $127,601
- 2018 $181,369
Number of Donors:
- 2017 – 692 donors
- 2018 – 866 donors, a 25% increase
L@@K What YOU Made Happen!! We have hired the contractor to build the two new rehab bobcat enclosures and expect construction to begin very soon. Thank you so much for your support of our sanctuary and our cats!
Zeus Tiger in 360
360 VR Zeus Tiger 2018 Feb
I was looking through some footage we hadn’t shared yet of Zeus Tiger being fed. He’s declined a lot in the past few months. This was filmed in Feb. 2018 and now, just 2 months later, he’s having a lot less good days. It makes us sad to know that at the age of 21 he may not be with us much longer. I thought you might enjoy seeing him in 360 when he was feeling better. ~Carole
Carole's Response to a Recent News Article
Below this photo is my email to the reporter about the tiger cub in the duffle bag. Lots of people are asking if I saw the article. ~Carole
Hi Alex Horton,
Thanks for the great reporting on the tiger cub. I’m curious though…how do we know the tiger was coming from Mexico into the U.S.? I know that’s what our government wants us to believe, ie: that the problem is elsewhere and being brought to us, but actually, Mexico has more stringent laws against the use of big cats, since banning circuses years ago, and making private possession difficult. By sharp contrast, there are thought to be more tigers in backyards in Texas than still exist in the wild.
We are working on a federal ban on the private possession of big cats (see BigCatAct.com) HR 1818 but U.S. Fish & Wildlife officials insist there isn’t a black market in tigers here. Since the border cats keep getting caught on this side of the border, I just have to wonder, which way the cats were heading?
For the cats,
Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
Aphrodite, Rehab Bobcat
Behind The Scenes
In captivity, the cats have so few things they can control.
Humans control where they live, who their neighbors are, what and when they eat, etc. Therefore we feel it is vitally important the cats have some things they can control and choose for themselves.
That is why we make sure they have varied landscaping in their suite of cages. They can choose which den to sleep in, which water bowl to drink from, whether to be in the sun or shade, whether to enjoy a nap on the ground, on a low bed, or on varied levels of platforms. We make sure they all have places to hide when they choose to not be seen and trees to climb if they are climbers.
As far as their neighbors go we do try to pay attention to whether they like or dislike their neighbors and shift cats around if need be.
The keepers make notes on the daily observation sheets if cats are intimidated by their neighbors or if they spend time giving attention to their neighbors, whether positive, negative, or indifferent.
The Enrichment Team takes careful notes about what things each cat gets and what their reactions to it are. These recorded observations help us learn what each cat’s favorite items are.
That comes in quite handy if we think a cat is not acting normal or moving normally. We can try giving them the things they like best in order to better observe their body movements and attitudes to help assess if there is an issue that needs the vets’ attention. In fact, keepers will often video things to show the coordinators and or the vets.
Mary Lou and Vanessa both got their Master Keeper shirts.
Keeper Shirt Levels Explained: (CHANGE – Coordinators now wear purple shirts)
The LAST DAY to order your copy of Joseph’s Photo Memorial Book will be Friday, May 11th.
The book has:
- Approximately 100 photos
- 3 of Cindy Arthur’s works of art.
- Joseph’s story
- Keeper memories & tributes
- A couple poems, etc.
- 40 pages
- Sturdy spiral binding
- Vinyl cover overlay
- 8″ x 8″ in size
Some of you have already received your books, another 134 books mailed out on May, 4th. As soon as the next batch of books arrives from the publisher (in a few days) the rest of the books will mail out.
Order your copy at http://chatbigcats.com/joseph-memorial-photo-book/ We can place one more small order, so if you have not ordered yours, this week is the last chance to get one.
Here are a few screenshots of Joseph’s book:
A few of you have asked about getting one of TJ’s books. Those are completely sold out. However, a couple days ago, I did find out, that there is a possibility of getting one final order on that book, but the kink is we’d have to order at least 20 books. If there are 20 of you wanting one, then there is a small window of time to make one final run on that book before the file is archived. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and if 20 of you want one, I’ll make one final order on it.
***NEW*** Mickey Cougar’s Memorial Photo Book under construction now. It will be a 40-page hardback book. It goes to the publisher around May 14th if you’d like an email alert when it is ready for ordering, email LaWanna.