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Wildcat Walkabout 2017

Celebrates Big Cat Rescue’s 25th Year of Saving Exotic Cats!

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Wildcat Walkabout Tee

On November 4, 2017 you can walk about the sanctuary at your own pace, take all the photos and videos you want, and have the benefit of knowing that your admission will go to conserving exotic cats in the wild.  Children of all ages are welcome but all tickets are $25 each.  We are ADA compliant for wheelchairs and scooters.

We have selected five important “in situ” projects (i.e. work being done out in the wild to preserve species). Each project is devoted to a different species – Tiger, Lion, Cougar, Ocelot and Bobcat.

When you check in, you receive five tickets each worth $5.  As you go around the sanctuary you will visit stations where you can learn about the project. Then YOU DECIDE which projects your $25 admission fee will go toward by dropping your $5 tickets in the jar at the projects of your choice. You can divide up your tickets in any way you want – all to one project, or split them among the projects.  ALL of your admission will be donated to the projects you select. You can read more about the five projects further down on this page.

This year the Wildcat Walkabout will be on our 25th Anniversary Saturday Nov. 4, 2017

 

 

Wildcat Walkabout Tote BagWe are so happy that you will be joining us for this fun and exciting event, Wildcat Walkabout.  Please take a moment to review the following information regarding the big day.

Big Cat Rescue is having a gift card drive at the Big Cat Walkabout.  Bring Any Unwanted gift cards to the event, and they will go directly to helping Big Cat Rescue.  Your gift card donations are greatly appreciated! Or donate them here:  Nonprofitgiftcard.com/bcr

Parking and Check-In:

Check-In will be open from 11 AM – 2 PM.  You must arrive no later than 2 PM in order to gain access to the Tour Path to see the cats. The tour path will close at 3 PM. The parking area and gift shop will be open for a while after that.

Do not drive to Big Cat Rescue’s main entrance. All Wildcat Walkabout attendees will be parking at an off-site parking lot near the end of our entrance road.  Event parking is located at Citrus Park Crossings – address: 12750 Citrus Park Lane, Tampa, FL 33625. This parking lot is located behind the McDonald’s on the paved road that runs parallel to Easy Street in between the walking trail and the McDonald’s.

Once parked, head to the Check-In table located at the parking lot gate on the west wall of the parking lot.

You MUST bring your printed receipt including the QR code (that funny square thing) or have it on your smart phone for us to scan.  If there are multiple people in your group, who all paid on one receipt, you need to all check in at the same time.

You will receive a special wristband for entrance, be sure to wear this throughout the event so you get access to the Tour Path to see the cats.

After you have checked in; leave all unnecessary items in your vehicle then walk down Easy Street from the off-site parking area to Big Cat Rescue. The Big Cat Rescue activity area is located in the parking lot of Big Cat Rescue. There will be gourmet food trucks, gift shop items, a raffle for great prizes, and a selfie booth.  Bring a form of payment with you should you wish to purchase any of these items. Cash and major credit cards are accepted.

The Tour Path:

The Tour Path will be open at 12:00 PM.  The path should take a leisurely 30-40 minutes to complete.  Wear sturdy shoes as the path is dirt and gravel.

The Tour Path entrance is located on the South wall of the parking lot directly in front of the main entrance.  The first cats you will meet are ….

You can only enter the Tour Path at Seth and Andy tigers and exit the Tour Path at the gift shop.  We have to ask you to follow that path so we can be sure no one is left on property at the end of the event.

Big Cat Rescue volunteers will be stationed throughout the tour path for security purposes.  (Please do not ask questions about the animals as these volunteers need to be monitoring guests on the property and should not be distracted.)  There is a free smart phone app available with all of the cats’ stories for iPhone here:  https://goo.gl/CQUzKj and Android here:  https://goo.gl/kioC9Q

Portable Restrooms are available in the parking lot.

Rules:

Children must remain under the direct supervision of their parents, do not allow children to wander, walk ahead, or lag behind.  No horseplay, running or yelling.  Big Cat Rescue is a sanctuary for the cats, so please do not disturb them by whistling, calling “Here Kitty, Kitty”, or making other noises to get their attention.  Do not litter. Do not touch the barricades, nor reach across them with your person or anything you are carrying. Do not wander off the designated path.  You are welcome to take photos and videos.

Big Cat Rescue Activity Area:

WildcatWalk_TeeBack2017After you have walked the Tour Path we invite you to visit the Big Cat Rescue Activity Area where you can enjoy the following until 3 PM:

Raffle – Enter for a chance to win great prizes, drawing at 3 PM, must be present to win

Gift Shop – Purchase big cat gift items or event tees (while supplies last)

Call of the Wild – Our friendly staff will assist you with making the Call of the Wild to your legislator asking them to champion the Big Cat Safety Act through congress.  Each participant will receive a free gift to commemorate their action. (while supplies last)

Maybe the Humane Society Adoption Bus – Mobile adoption unit to find fur-ever homes for unwanted animals.  And much, much more!

Be prepared for rain, bugs and sun.  The event cannot continue in the presence of lightning.

All Ticket Sales Go To Conservation

Read more about the conservation projects YOU are helping to fund by attending our 25th Anniversary Walkabout:

Tiger Conservation Project

Lion Conservation Project

Cougar Conservation Project

Ocelot Conservation Project

Bobcat Conservation Project

 

Click to download the flyer below:

WildCatWalkabout_BWFlyer

PSA Ad:

 

 

Below are the details from Wildcat Walkabout 2016

The preliminary proceeds from Saturday’s Wildcat Walkabout are in:

Clouded Leopard: $1732.60
Lion: $1,999
Tiger: $2,932
Jaguar: $2,361
Canada Lynx: $2,788

Total: $11,812.60 ($11,500 conservation bucks, $312.60 cash donations)

We are still calculating tee shirt and raffle ticket sales and will divide those proceeds between the above projects.

 

On Oct 1, 2016 you can walk about the sanctuary at your own pace, take all the photos and videos you want, and have the benefit of knowing that your admission will go to conserving exotic cats in the wild.

We have selected five important “in situ” projects (i.e. work being done out in the wild to preserve species). Each project is devoted to a different species – Tiger, Lion, Jaguar, Canada Lynx or Clouded Leopard. When you check in, you receive five tickets each worth $5.  As you go around the sanctuary you will visit stations where you can learn about the project. Then YOU DECIDE which projects your $25 admission fee will go toward by dropping your $5 tickets in the jar at the projects of your choice. You can divide up your tickets in any way you want – all to one project, or split them among the projects.  ALL of your admission will be donated to the projects you select. You can read more about the five projects further down on this page.

Big Cat Rescue Activity Area:

After you have walked the Tour Path we invite you to visit the Big Cat Rescue Activity Area where you can enjoy the following until 3 PM:

Gourmet Food Trucks – Yogurtology, I Wanna Wok, Ain’t No Thang, Natural Detox Nutrition Shoppe, Better Than Eve’s BBQ, Surf & Turf, and Krepalicous.

Raffle – Enter for a chance to win great prizes. Tickets $1 each or 6 for $5, drawing at 3 PM, must be present to win.

wildcat walkaboutGift Shop – Purchase big cat gift items or event tees (while supplies last).

Wildcat Selfie Booth – Pose with our lifesize tiger cut out in front of our official rescue trailer in the parking lot.  Don’t forget to Check-In on facebook and share your wild SnapShot photos!

Call of the Wild – Our friendly staff will assist you with making the Call of the Wild to your legislator asking them to champion the Big Cat Safety Act through congress.  Each participant will receive 1 entry into a special raffle for a chance to win a paw-some paw painting by TJ the tiger! Drawing at 3 PM.

Humane Society Adoptables – Be sure to check out the adorable adoptables from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay at our Kitten Cabana near the start of the Tour Path.
When: Oct 1, 2016 11AM enter parking area | Noon – 3PM enter sanctuary.

Price: $25.00 per person.  No discounts, as this is a fundraising day for conservation in the wild.

Walkabout Time Table:

11AM:  Sign in and check out the food trucks till noon and the Trading Post gift shop

Noon: Gates open to the sanctuary where you can walk about and commune with the cats at your own pace.

3PM:  Gates close and everyone must be outside.

See some of the projects we have already funded to get an idea of the great work you can be part of by attending the Wildcat Walkabout:  https://bigcatrescue.org/insitu

Food Vendors Include

Vegan options by Natural Detox Nutrition Shoppe 985-7700 naturaldetox4202@yahoo.com

Pokemon Go Stops and Gyms

Did you know that Big Cat Rescue has two Pokemon gyms and four Pokemon stops on our 67 acre sanctuary property?  The pokemon spawn randomly, so there’s no telling what will show up specifically, but we’ve located some pretty good areas on the grounds to find them.  We are creating unique badges for players too!

Dear Big Cat Rescue supporter and Wildcat Walkabout Guest,

Order cat tees onlineWe are so happy that you will be joining us for this fun and exciting event, Wildcat Walkabout.  Please take a moment to review the following information regarding the big day.

Big Cat Rescue is having a gift card drive at the Big Cat Walkabout.  Bring Any Unwanted gift cards to the event, and they will go directly to helping Big Cat Rescue.  Your gift card donations are greatly appreciated! Or donate them here:  Nonprofitgiftcard.com/bcr

Parking and Check-In:

Check-In will be open from 11 AM – 2 PM.  You must arrive no later than 2 PM in order to gain access to the Tour Path to see the cats.

Do not drive to Big Cat Rescue’s main entrance. All Wildcat Walkabout attendees will be parking at an off-site parking lot near the end of our entrance road.  Event parking is located at Citrus Park Crossings – address: 12750 Citrus Park Lane, Tampa, FL 33625. This parking lot is located behind the McDonald’s gas station on the paved road that runs parallel to Easy Street in between the walking trail and the McDonald’s gas station.

Once parked, head to the Check-In table located at the parking lot gate on the west wall of the parking lot.

You MUST bring your printed receipt including the QR code (that funny square thing) or have it on your smart phone for us to scan.  If there are multiple people in your group, who all paid on one receipt, you need to all check in at the same time.

You will receive a special wristband for entrance, be sure to wear this throughout the event so you get access to the Tour Path to see the cats.

After you have checked in; leave all unnecessary items in your vehicle then walk down Easy Street from the off-site parking area to Big Cat Rescue. The Big Cat Rescue activity area is located in the parking lot of Big Cat Rescue. There will be gourmet food trucks, gift shop items, a raffle for great prizes, and a selfie booth.  Bring a form of payment with you should you wish to purchase any of these items. Cash and major credit cards are accepted.

The Tour Path:

The Tour Path will be open at 12:00 PM.  The path should take a leisurely 30-40 minutes to complete.  Wear sturdy shoes as the path is dirt and gravel.

The Tour Path entrance is located on the South wall of the parking lot directly in front of the main entrance.  The first cats you will meet are Hoover and TJ the tigers and Windstar the bobcat.  As you make your way around our beautiful lake you will find Max and MaryAnn the bobcats and Kali, Keisha, and Zeus the tigers.  Follow the path along past our star couple Cameron the lion and Zabu the tiger to see our huge 2.5 acre Vacation Rotation Enclosure where Andre and Arthur will be.  Next is Nikita the massive lioness.  Continue on to visit the cougars Ares, and Orion followed by Gilligan & Skipper the Canada Lynx and Apollo the Siberian Lynx.  The Tour Path will end at Moses and Bailey the bobcats leading into our gift shop. Please note the Entrance and Exit gates to the Tour Path are one-way.

You can only enter the Tour Path at TJ and Windstar and exit the Tour Path at the gift shop.  We have to ask you to follow that path so we can be sure no one is left on property at the end of the event.
Big Cat Rescue volunteers will be stationed throughout the tour path for security purposes.  (Please do not ask questions about the animals as these volunteers need to be monitoring guests on the property and should not be distracted.)  There is a free smart phone app available with all of the cats’ stories for iPhone here:  https://goo.gl/CQUzKj and Android here:  https://goo.gl/kioC9Q

Portable Restrooms are available in the parking lot.

Rules:

Children must remain under the direct supervision of their parents, do not allow children to wander, walk ahead, or lag behind.  No horseplay, running or yelling.  Big Cat Rescue is a sanctuary for the cats, so please do not disturb them by whistling, calling “Here Kitty, Kitty”, or making other noises to get their attention.  Do not litter. Do not touch the barricades, nor reach across them with your person or anything you are carrying. Do not wander off the designated path.  You are welcome to take photos and videos.

Big Cat Rescue Activity Area:

After you have walked the Tour Path we invite you to visit the Big Cat Rescue Activity Area where you can enjoy the following until 3 PM:

Raffle – Enter for a chance to win great prizes, drawing at 3 PM, must be present to win

Gift Shop – Purchase big cat gift items or event tees (while supplies last)

Call of the Wild – Our friendly staff will assist you with making the Call of the Wild to your legislator asking them to champion the Big Cat Safety Act through congress.  Each participant will receive a free gift to commemorate their action. (while supplies last)

Maybe the Humane Society Adoption Bus – Mobile adoption unit to find fur-ever homes for unwanted animals.  And much, much more!

Be prepared for rain, bugs and summer sun.  The event cannot continue in the presence of lightning.

Conservation Projects YOUR Ticket Will Support

These are the 5 projects that Big Cat Rescue will be funding with proceeds from the Wildcat Walkabout:

Tiger: CITES Event – Ending Commercial Trade in tiger parts

Clouded Leopard: Wildlife Conservation Research Unit – To advance understanding and enhance the conservation of the Sunda Clouded Leopard and other threatened Bornean Wild Cats.

Canada lynx: Rocky Mountain Wild – Construction of wildlife corridors

Lion: Ewaso Lions – Promoting coexistence between people and wildlife.

Jaguar: Wildlife Conservation Society – Support innovations that reduce deforestation and reduce human/jaguar conflict.

 

 

 

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