Circus Tigers, Flavio, Bengali & SARMOTI
Circle of Life
Today is Jacquie Norris’ birthday…but she doesn’t know it. She is my maternal grandmother, although until the end she would insist that she was my mother because she didn’t want people to think she was old enough to BE a grandmother. She was beautiful and smart but after losing my grandfather in 1997, she was never the same. Depression took her body and mind over the past 15 years and for the last couple of years she has barely known who any of us are. My mother has been her primary caregiver, while running our real estate business, keeping the books at Big Cat Rescue and caring for my father through his triple bypass surgery, pacemaker and repeated scares since then. It would be easy for all of us to fall into despair at the ravages of old age and all that we have to do to stave off the final deep sleep, but then there were KITTENS!
Jack Talman, founder of FosteringIsCool.com mentioned that one of the saddest things he sees is that people dump newborn kittens off at Animal Services to be euthanized. Without their mothers the kittens have no chance of survival or adoption. Even when the mothers are dumped too, they all stand very little chance of walking out alive because cat diseases are often airborne and spread so quickly that the cats become too sick to adopt out before the clock runs out and they are euthanized.
We have volunteers and interns who are happy to be surrogate mothers until the adoption agencies and groups can find suitable homes for them. Today the first two kittens were brought and named Jack and Jewel after Jack Talman and his wife. At 8 weeks they will go to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay for adoption into a loving family. We love saving these precious kittens, and it helps us deal with the harder aspects of the circle of life. – Carole
Ask Nikon to Discontinue their Riflescope
Hope u are all well and still championing the cause for animal welfare.
The url below is self explanatory. As wildlife continues to be decimated from all walks of life the last thing we need is what Nikon is now up to, or has been for sometime it seems. Nikon produce a riflescope specifically designed for killing ‘large game’ and I would be grateful if you would please sign the petition on the website to encourage Nikon not to continue doing so. It is a disgrace that a company which encourages people to photograph beautiful wildlife keeps hidden the fact that they also encourage hunters to destroy that beauty.
I would ask you all to please get this message out as far and as wide as you can, through whatever means you can, such as your social networks.
Lets let Nikon know that their cameras will no longer be an item that people, who love photography over killing, will want to purchase in the future.
Thanks as always.
Chris Mercer and Bev Pervan
Campaign Against Canned Hunting, Sec 21 NGO
Kalahari Dream www.kalahari-dream.com
For the love of Wildlife www.fortheloveofwildlife.com
Recent Reviews of Big Cat Rescue
We swam with the manatees, walked on a Top 10 beach(Clearwater), and went offshore fishing in Tampa, but the highlight of our trip was the private tour at Big Cat Rescue. The dedicated people at this cat reserve pass on their knowledge to you while you get to view the cats up close in a serene environment. Many of them were rescued from small, inadequate cages or basements that never saw the outdoors. They run and play in a more natural environment and have balanced diets and great care. They don’t treat them as pets and encourage us not to see them as such. Just magnificent creatures to behold.
As you get this expert tour through the well-protected habitats, beyond looking at animals, the thing that got me was the stories. There is the story about the owners and how they came to start this place, growing from ignorance, gaining vision, and developing passion. Each resident (cat) has it’s story of how it came to be there. The stories of the tragedies from their previous homes, along with miserable stories of breeding, cross-breeding, and in-breeding. Then there is the stories of the interns who live on site, some 100 of them, who barely get anything to follow their dream of working with these animals. My heart was touched along with having enjoyed a tour of a fabulous place.
Call ahead for tour times. It is worth the $29 and I am considering taking the keeper’s tour next for $160. The 90 minutes of the regular tour flies by. You’ll be glad you did it.
This is a great thing to do for local residents who have not seen something that is right under our own noses.
The tigers are huge!! This is not like going to a zoo, you’re actually very close to them. Loved the cat that said “wow” lol. Our tour guide was well informed and funny. Such a great “retirement” home for these cats. Great place, would love to visit again and take one of the other tours offered.
Big Cat Rescue not only has a variety of big cats, but visitors also learn about the different species, the habitats and you get to see the cats up close. There is even a white tiger that we were able to see up close. If you are a cat fan you should definitely go. The tour guides are knowledgeable and the animals are beautiful. It is a great place to stay cool on a warm day.
Matt our tour guide was very knowledgeable. My son lives in Tampa and suggested the tour to my daughter and me since we were both visiting from out of town. We got so many amazing photos but wished we had known about the feeding tour- there is always next time. I was nice to see how well taken care of all the cats are. As for another post saying it was a little pricey – we got a discount showing our AAA card and we are helping the cats. Thanks for a great afternoon.
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