Big Cat Updates
Seth will be on a soft diet for 2 weeks.
On the Facebook Live video last evening several of you asked for the link to the shirt Carole was wearing. Here it is.
A couple of the kittens were not feeling 100% so they are not in the Cabana but are being kept where they had constant eyes on them. They are doing well and as soon as the vet gives the okay they will return to the Cabana. Until then the cam is pointed toward a small section of Max & MaryAnn's enclosure.
Bookmark this link, BigCatCams.com because it is a page that has links to all the cat cams here.
Walkabout with Carole, Checking on Seth & Priya, & Evening Meds with Momma Becky
Tiger Lake Renovations
Web cams + Big cats = FUN!! BigCatCams.com - Get outdoors and take a play break with the big cats. Watch more at http://explore.org/bigcatrescue
Tiger Dentals May 6, 2017, Not Surgery: Watch the capturing and recovery of tigers, Priya and Seth, after their dental work by Dr. Wade Gingerich of http://petdental.center/ See how many people it takes to lift a 438 lb sleeping tiger. There isn't any dental work being done on these clips. That will come later.
Per Viewer Request: We are posting all of the 2016 S.A.V.E. Awards.
Scratch's Award for Volunteer Excellence, the SAVE Award: For outstanding volunteer service, the April 2016 SAVE Award went to Joanna Atkin! Jo really stepped up to take extra special care of the foster kittens this season. Thank you so much and congratulations!
A donation of $1000 has been made in your honor to the Pallas Cat Study and Conservation Program to fund the ongoing research needed to conserve Pallas Cats in Russia.
The Pallas Cat is one of the least studied wild cats in the world despite having a large habitat ranging across Russia, Mongolia and North-Western China. The habitat of this species has been decreasing over the years resulting in numbers that have dramatically declined. Biology of the species and its adaptations to different landscapes have never been studied adequately, meaning data is lacking on the current spatial distribution, migratory patterns and habitat preference.
The Program was started in 2004, in order to collect data pertaining to its true conservation status, starting initially with interview surveys and snow-tracking research in all the main regions of Russia where the species resides. Since 2009 they have also studied Pallas cats in Kazakhstan, with the north-east region proving to be the most important habitat for the cats, as this is where the majority of the data was obtained.
From 2013 onwards the focus of the research were as follows:
1. Study factors influencing Pallas Cat distribution such as prey availability, habitat, snow cover
2. Clarify actual and potential threats to the species in different regions
3. To carry out snow tracking and density estimations to reveal species hot spots
4. To conduct telemetry pilot studies on Pallas Cat Biology
5. To educate and improve awareness with local people
To learn more visit: http://www.savemanul.org/eng/
Gabrielle Hot ~Keeper MaryLou
Gabrielle Cool ~Keeper MaryLou
Was cleaning out Seth's enclosure before his dental procedure and saw this amazing claw mark. ?? ~Keeper Brittany Mira
Is the Lion Real in the Lysol Ad?
According to the production company's website, the ad used a combination of CGI and real animals. We don't know which the lion was, but it looks to us like a real lion which was composited into the shot later. The ad agency claims they worked with captive animal trainers in Johannesburg, South Africa to film the real animals.
Going to South Africa seems to be a relatively common practice among ad agencies that want to use exotic animals because some of the game farms there (usually the same ones that sell cub-petting) also rent out animals for film work. The infamous Lion Park advertises on a local film industry website that they are "a leader in the commercial wildlife-filming industry" and "provide beautiful natural locations with tame African animals." In 2010, Travelers Insurance produced an animal-filled commercial at Brooker Farms and the Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre.
Moholoholo claims to be a "rehab center" but breeds cubs for petting. Brooker Farms (aka Glen Africa Country Lodge) is even worse. They're a popular cub-petting tourist trap and another player in the film industry. Its owner, John Brooker, is a wildlife dealer who has been under investigation for breeding and selling exotic animals, including rhinos, lions, and cheetah, to be shot as trophies.
In 2001, Brooker sold a rare east African white rhino named Baixinha for $60,000 to a Norwegian hunter who thought she would make "a unique trophy." Baixinha was imported into South Africa after Brooker claimed she would be used in an endangered species breeding program and was "very tame," having been used in commercials. There were less than 500 east African white rhinos in the world. Just one month later, Brooker sold another former film star, Dandylion, a declawed "beautiful male lion in his prime" to a canned hunting operation (fortunately, Dandylion was saved by Brooker's wife, who was fond of him).
These are just a few of the South African ranches involved in the filming industry. And if all that weren't concerning enough, South Africa essentially has zero regulations protecting the welfare of exotic animals used in the ! film industry.
And for what? This is a stupid ad that panders to the uneducated masses' desire to see wild animals in close proximity to humans. It causes more suffering than any good that could be done, so let those involved know they shouldn't use wild animals this way:
The director of the Lysol ad is Tom Routson of Framestore Pictures. Try email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org (We don't know if either of these are valid) , or contact Framestore's Executive Producer Jennifer Siegel at email@example.com which does seem to be a good address.
Let them know that you won't buy products from those who use wild animals in their marketing.
What is Kitten Season?
Kitten season is the time of year when cats give birth, flooding animal shelters and rescue groups across the nation with homeless litters because too many kittens are born when cats who aren't spayed and neutered mate!
The easiest way to help reduce the overwhelming numbers of unwanted cats is to spay and neuter your own cat and encourage others to do the same :)
When you purr-ticipate in Carole’s Facebook Live contests you need to put your answers in the special form at BigCatRescue.org/win
HINT: To be able to find answers faster bookmark bigcatrescue.org/quick-links/
Question: What is the first name of the eye specialist that Zeus tigers sees here at the sanctuary.
Answer: Dr. Tammy
Winner: Amanda Cooper
Prize chosen by winner: Arthur Tiger Paw Print Racerback Tank
Viewer Scotti Cohn: My photos taken using web cam at http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-lioness-nikita
A Texan breakfast
Arthur and Andre swimming, VR May 8
Handsome Arthur, VR May 7
Sweet Seth, TL May 5
Morning swim with Arthur and Andre, VR May 6
Here is a list of YouTube channels that feature videos of the cats here:
- Jamie Veronica: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsY6X3rUv8UlIUbrxNeu-Aw
- Susann https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUFOZiTvzKRvj-oVbzdByvg
- Ruxandra https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvCsjKptd1gM9BhfDkGQGNg
- Donna P: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcFbhMc8Sqr-8MreWuYr4Bg
- Shawna https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfl9S-vDPJIgjl8QpM6Aypw
- Cathy S https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6ynHBFLKj0BVnK5jo2gTnw
- Janie M https://www.youtube.com/user/donutgirl100
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
As per viewer suggestions, Quick Links now has it’s very own page http://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