This leopard demonstrates, better than most, the fact that you may be able to take the animal out of the wild but you will never take the wild out of the animal. Sundari will watch very closely as groups of people walk through the sanctuary. She immediately sizes up “the herd” from a distance and determines who is the weakest, the youngest or the most infirm. That is the person who gets her utmost attention. She’s even been seen climbing to the top of her enclosure just to get a closer look at whomever she has singled out. It is easy to explain the concept of “survival of the fittest” with Sundari’s enthusiastic demonstrations. Two of our senior volunteers love the way Sundari will roll over on her back showing everyone just how beautiful she is in hopes of finding a “boy” leopard – or at least someone who wants to volunteer to be a boy leopard.
“Sunny” has so many places she loves to lounge in her cat-a-tat. You’ll find her literally hanging from her tree sound asleep or draped across her concrete bench with all four legs dangling over the side or on top of her mountain den or just upside down in the middle of her cat-a-tat with her belly proudly in view. She’s very personable and always interested in anyone who comes by to visit. With this personality, she’s earned her nickname.
Sundari was born here back before we learned that no privately held exotic cats serve any sort of conservation purpose. Back then, in the pre-Internet era of the 90’s, the only people we could turn to for advice were breeders and dealers who lied to us about the necessity of breeding exotic cats to save them. As soon as we learned better we stopped breeding and began campaigning to end the abuse of breeding wild cats for life in cages.
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More About Sundari:
* Today at Big Cat Rescue July 14, 2014 – This is a page with several photos and a video with footage of Sundari: https://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-july-10-2014/
* Sundari Leopard eats a skyscraper July 29, 2014: https://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-july-29-2014/
* Enrichment is given to Alex Tiger, Simba Leopard, Zeus Tiger and Sundari Leopard on July 23, 2014: https://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-july-23-2014/
* Sundari Leopard gets locked up so she can get some new platforms: https://bigcatrescue.org/now-big-cat-rescue-oct-9-2014/
* This page has photos of several of the cats, including Sundari, getting Christmas trees: https://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-dec-26-boxing-day/
* Today at Big Cat Rescue December 16th – This is a page with several photos on it including photos of Sundari enjoying her Christmas gifts: https://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-dec-16/
* Today at Big Cat Rescue October 11th – This is a page with several photos of the cats getting pumpkins. There are also photos of Sundari: https://bigcatrescue.org/today-at-big-cat-rescue-oct-11/