Schools Raising Money To Feed Lions, Tigers

It costs $250 a day to keep Snorkle, a Siberian/Bengal tiger, fed and contented at Big Cat Rescue

Schools Raising Money To Feed Lions, Tigers

The Tampa Tribune
Published: April 4, 2009

TAMPA – Teachers across Hillsborough County hope to inspire children this month to raise money to keep lions and tigers fed.

Public schools are participating in a fundraising drive throughout April for Big Cat Rescue, an exotic cat sanctuary in Citrus Park. Each school will try to raise $250, which would cover the cost of feeding the lions and tigers for a day.

The local chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, a professional educators association, is coordinating the charity drive and kicked it off Monday. About 40 teachers and administrators visited Big Cat Rescue to learn about the nonprofit organization’s mission and how donations would benefit it.

Big Cat Rescue is offering district educators free admission for tours of the 45-acre facility during spring break next week.

Students at the schools that participate in the fundraiser will have a chance to do a podcast with Big Cat Rescue and attend a field trip where they can watch the lions and tigers get fed.

The teacher, principal and area director of the class that raises the most money will receive a three-day weekend in a Jaguar and two-night stay in St. Pete Beach, thanks to corporate sponsors.


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