Big Cat Updates
Reise is out of the hospital and back in the enclosure next to Maya. She is doing very well and has a fabulous new haircut.
Alexa Flash News Briefing
Coordinator Report – Kathryn Stapleton
We had not quite enough cleaners, but Vanessa stayed to help after her tour so it got done!! Thanks, Vanessa!
Had a good day today, most of the picky cats ate well.
Reise went back out to her new enclosure next to Maya.
The interns cleared out the big section in Rehab 1 cage and did some landscaping work around the intern housing.
That’s it for me today!
Photos of the Day
GOOD MORNING, from Natalia Leopard
Pharaoh the White Serval is hitting the snooze button on today!
Manny Jaguar – What could he be thinking?
MaryAnn bobcat says “Hooray, it’s Wednesday”!
Special Enrichment for Pharaoh Serval
Pharaoh Serval got something special?
Find out what it was at:
Foster Kitten Program
Momma Roberta has returned to the Humane Society to find her fur-ever home.
Videos of the Day
Reise Cougar is going back outside to her new home enclosure!
Q&A at Big Cat Rescue- Follow along as Keeper Brittany shows you many of the Lions, Tigers, Leopards, Jaguar, Cougars, Lynx, Servals, Bobcats, Savannah Cats and an Ocelot that Call Big Cat Rescue Home!
Product of the Day
Purrfect Fall attire with an important message!
S.A.V.E. Award August 2018
Scratch’s Award for Volunteer Excellence, the SAVE Award
For outstanding volunteer service, the August SAVE Award goes to Susan Al-Abed! Susan is an Advocat Volunteer and helps us out tremendously behind the scenes with our donor database.
In honor of Susan, a $1,000 donation was made to the Borneo Nature Foundation to save Clouded Leopards!
The Borneo Nature Foundation is a not-for-profit conservation and research organization that works to protect some of the most important areas of tropical rainforest, to safeguard wildlife, the environment and indigenous culture in Borneo. They support and empower community-led initiatives to protect forest and biodiversity, including anti-logging patrols, fire-fighting teams, environmental education and the replanting and restoration of damaged forests. All field programmes include high-quality scientific research as a basis for protecting and managing the forests. In addition, they provided training and capacity building for local students, researchers, conservation-area managers, and local partners to implement successful conservation projects.
The Borneo Wild Cat Initiative was started in 2008, focusing on key questions about wildcat density and abundance in an under-studied habitat, whilst investigating and mitigating threats facing them. The Bornean tropical forest contains a guild of five felid species: Sunda clouded leopard, bay cat, marbled cat, flat-headed cat, and leopard cat. Two are endangered, two threatened, and their presumed primary habitat is rapidly being lost and/or altered in the region.
To date, their research has confirmed that the Sabangau Forest supports populations of four of the five Bornean cats, including the largest predator on Borneo, the clouded leopard; plus the leopard cat, flat-headed cat, and marbled cats. It has been estimated, from camera trap sightings, that there are around 128 clouded leopard individuals in Sabangau. This means that the population in Sabangau makes up over 5% of the total world population. Conducting studies on Borneo provides the chance to study clouded leopard and small-felid guild in the absence of tigers and large canids. The Borneo Wild Cats Initiative is the first long-term, the intensive camera-trapping study of clouded leopards and other felids in Indonesian peat-swamp forest aiming to increase knowledge of ecology, behavior and conservation status.
Letter to Management
DATE: October 3, 2018
TO: All Residents of the Big Cat Rescue Gated Community
RE: Wildcat Walkabout Special at the Big Cat Rescue Spa & Salon
We all know the Walkabout is coming up very soon, and we know everyone wants to look their best. We are still offering our normal services (cuts, shaves, manicures) etc.
However, in honor of the Walkabout we are introducing a new style to our Salon; we call it the “Alpaca Cut.”
Reise cougar had an appointment yesterday and was the first victim, uh, client to receive the new cut. We haven’t been able to reach her on her paw phone today to confirm – it keeps going to voice mail – but we’re sure she loves it. As a matter of fact, word has it that she has put herself into seclusion until the Walkabout in order to be able to surprise everyone with her new look. However, we have an advance photo taken by one of our reporters that we can share with you.
On a related note, Beacher reports that judging from all the laughter he is hearing from that end of the sanctuary, he is pretty sure the cougar cubs have been replaced by hyenas.
Make your appointments now!
NOTE: See yesterday’s update to see Reise’s ‘day at the spa’ video.