Re: Circus Tiger Retires to Zoo

Re: Circus Tiger Retires to Zoo


The place where the tiger had ended up was Dirk’s place called SW Wildlife Rehab Center (or something to that effect).  He is the German fellow who was hit so hard in Homestead during Hurricane Wilma.  Howie and I had been there prior to the storm and didn’t know how the place was ever going to survive.  The owners had split up, donations had dried up and then the storm just wrecked the place and put Dirk, who is in his sixties or later, in the hospital with a collapsed lung.  We were trying to arrange food shipments and crews to help, but couldn’t reach anyone and after the storm there was no way to find the place as signs were down everywhere and landmarks gone.  He has lots of tigers, cougars, bobcats, servals, primates, hoofstock, reptiles, birds, etc. on 5 acres in a residential neighborhood that wants him gone. 


Things have only gotten worse since then.


The Isle of Wight Zoo visited Big Cat Rescue the day before going to retrieve the tiger from Dirk.  It rained all day, but they were happy to film with Scott and he can tell you a lot more about the entire situation. 


For the cats,


Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue

an Educational Sanctuary home

to more than 100 big cats

12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL  33625

813.493.4564 fax 885.4457


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