May 9 2017

Big Cat Updates

Report for Monday 5/8/2017

  • Picky cats ate well today.
  • The transport cages used over the weekend were washed so are ready to be put away.
  • Some more work was done on Seth’s cage. Bamboo moved and cage painting.

BIG CAT SHOUT OUT to Lesa Stratton who shares a BigCatTV.com video EVERYDAY on her Facebook page and tags us.  THANK YOU, Lesa, for sharing the cats every day.  YOU ARE APPRECIATED!!!!!!


People Often Ask

People Often Ask:  Do the cats like catnip?

Answer:  Many of them do, yes.

Here are a three short videos showing the cats enjoying their catnip.

ONE:  Do Tigers like catnip?

TWO: Do big cats like catnip?

THREE:  What is catnip, anyway?


Facebook Live Video Replays

This is a long walkabout (1.5 hours) starting with a tiger swimming and then checking on Priya and Seth tigers after their dentals the day before, then evening feeds and meds with Momma Becky.

Very short – Checking on Zeus Tiger

Short Walkabout with Carole visiting with Chelsea about the various volunteer levels and shirt colors, then Carole & Aftonxxxxxxxx

Meds and evening meals for Cameron Lion and Joseph Lion


Big Cat Models

Big Cat Models at THE BEST!!!

Paula is lookin’ good in her new Amanda Tigress Tank Top!

Hi Carole – got the cotton tank yesterday. Wasn’t sure if I’d like it since cotton is sometimes stiff, but this is the softest most comfortable tank ever! I’m wearing it over a cami and it is definitely going to be one of my summer favorites (if we ever get summer up here in the north). I think the design came out beautifully. Think I’m going need to buy more of these. – Paula

Paula Amanda Tank Top

Note To Paula:  Paula, all of us here at BCR want to say THANK YOU for your support of the cats and our mission to end the abuse and exploitation of big cats and their babies.  Your kindness, comments, and encouragement are very much APPRECIATED!!  YOU ARE a big part of this Big Cat Team!!!!

Get yours here: https://catrescue.myshopify.com/products/amanda-tigress-womens-scoop-neck-tank-top


Keeper Corner

Joseph, The King of Big Cats was enjoying a perfect breeze this Caturday.  ~Keeper Sarah Dupree

The King of Big Cat was enjoying a perfect breeze this Caturday.


 AdvoCat Spotlight

Thanks to the BigCatAct.com Phone 2 Action app we are getting more calls to Congress than ever before asking them to Co Sponsor the Big Cat Public Safety Act.

Check out these amazing stats thanks to all of our amazing AdvoCats out there!

Bravo to those on the Top 12 List this week!

CallsTweetsActions2017May6 Top12AdvoCats2017May6

 


 Projects

Wildlife Trust of India

 

In March 2017 Big Cat Rescue donated to the Wildlife Trust of India to aid in a project helping Tigers, Leopards and a host of other species. India’s amazing biodiversity has long faced threats from poachers using simple yet horribly effective hunting devices; traps & snares. A simple instrument consisting of an anchored wire with a sliding noose, a snare, is camouflaged with vegetation and set up on animal trails. These trails are not often accessible to people, and sometimes the animals routes are artificially narrowed to ensure they are led straight into the snare.

 

Snares are extremely inhumane killing devices. The noose slips across the animal’s body part or neck and tightens, causing the animal to be trapped. An animal can be snared anywhere on its body, depending on the animal’s movement when it encounters the snare, and at any height. For many animals this means a long and painful death. On occasions jaw traps are also set.

 

Protected areas have a buffer zone around it intended to be an area defining the boundaries of human habitation. This area has frequent wild animal movement and poachers lay wire snares along animal trails. It is a confirmed fact that Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Karnataka has lost 3 tigers, 2 leopards and 1 elephant to snares in the last 2 years and this in just one of India’s 100+ protected areas.

 

This project aims to eradicate the menace of snares and traps from the forests, with twin goals of, removing existing snares and dissuading further snaring through regular de-snaring walks and an active intelligence network to zero in on individual poachers. The team walks an 8 km route following animal trails scanning them for signs of snares. Snares & traps located are tagged with the geolocation before handing over to the State Forest Dept. Plotting the geolocation points on a map helps to identify snaring hotspots and appropriate follow up is then initiated.

 

Read more about Wildlife Trust of India here: http://www.wti.org.in

 


Big Cat Cams Update

The Tiger Lake camera was just unplugged today while they tore down the structure underneath. Turns out explore wants to put a better camera with better sound and better low light vision (yay) so it will be down until they finish Bobcat Rehab and Vacation Rotation.

Explore’s team is putting in the Internet line from the *Sandcat housing to the first repeater today. They want to take the Vacation Rotation camera tomorrow, because it’s going into the new Bobcat Rehab area. We have arranged to lock up the tigers and take the bucket truck out there to fetch it.

Looks like for a few days the only live explore cams will be:

Nikita Lion and the Feeding Station.

Kitten Cabana is working, but no kittens in there as they broke with the sniffles Saturday and won’t be back for a week.

  • Sandcat housing is one of our intern houses/dorms.  Each intern housing unit has a different name and houses at least four interns.  The sanctuary provides housing, utilities, & internet for the interns and a small stipend for food.  Learn more about becoming an intern at Big Cat Rescue.

Cole & Marmalade’s Corner

Purrlease DON’T DECLAW Your Cats!

#PawsNeedClaws – Together we can END CAT DECLAWING!
I have no idea why this isn’t already illegal, please share far and wide so we help stop the suffering!

Learn more about The Paw Project and support anti-declawing legislation HERE: http://www.pawproject.org


Facebook Live Contest

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

5/8/2017

Question:  What is the three word URL ending in .com that gets you to the list of our web cams?

Answer:  Beth Bush

Winner:  BigCatCams.com

Prize chosen by winner:  Not chosen, yet.

 

Previous Contest Winner 5/5/2017:   Casey Cullins

Prize Chosen:  Tiger Mom Silver Stainless Travel Mug


Viewer Pix

Viewer Blu Eyed Angel:  Snapped this pic of sweet Hoover during the live feed tonight…. love the lighting around his beautiful face!!!


BCR Website Updates

ONE:  BigCatCams.com


 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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