Today at Big Cat Rescue Dec 14

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The Lightning Team was Lightning Fast

Workgroup 2011 Lightning

2011 Lightning Workgroup Part 1 of 2

Today the Lightning support team sent two work groups of about 25 people each.  Now that we have a new 8 foot wall around most of the sanctuary we were able to start tearing down the layers of fencing that had been our perimeter wall adjoining the new 10 acres we bought last December.

This gives us, guests and the cats an unobstructed view of about 7 of those acres.  Future plans for this area are enormous play yards for the cats.


Tampa Bay Lightning Offer Olive Branch To Florida Panthers?

by Steve Slowinski • Dec 14, 2011 12:38 PM EST

Ever since both teams burst into the NHL in 1992-1993, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers have been regional rivals. They both compete in the Eastern Conference and the Southeast Division, and both teams have had spotted histories of success. I don’t claim to know the whole history or depth of the feud, but I think it’s safe to say that they don’t get along.

So when the following press release dropped into my inbox yesterday, I was stunned.

In an effort coordinated by the Tampa Bay Lightning through their C.H.A.R.G.E program, staff members from both the Lightning and Jabil Circuit will descend on Big Cat Rescue in Tampa on Wednesday, December 14. […]

“We are thrilled to have two work groups from the Lighting donate their time (and their strong backs!) to helping make the ten acres we purchased last December usable,” Big Cat Rescue Advisory Board Chairman Howard Baskin said.  “This volunteer labor is a great cost savings for the sanctuary and we appreciate it very much!” […]

Big Cat Rescue is the largest accredited sanctuary in the world dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned big cats.  It is home to more than 100 lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars and other species, most of whom have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, saved from being turned into fur coats, or retired from performing acts.

Are the Lightning trying to give the Panthers a covert stick tap for their blazing hot start to the season? Are they trying to bring about some peace between the two franchises? Let the conspiracy theories fly!

If so, they’d better keep their mascot ThunderBug away from the Big Cat Rescue. From his bio at, one of his favorite hobbies is, “…wrestling Florida Panthers.” Somehow I don’t think that’d go over well with the rescue team.


Priority One employees “Give Thanks” to Tampa

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Priority One Financial Services gave back to three organizations in the Tampa Bay area this November for its third annual “Give Thanks” program. Employees of Financial One spent time assisting at Bay Pines Veterans Hospital, Big Cat Rescue and the American Cancer Society’s Benjamin Mendick Hope Lodge throughout November.

The Priority One staff spent time at each of the charities, assisting patients and helping prepare meals, as well as getting dirty and pulling weeds and cleaning up the grounds.

“It’s great to get out into the community and give back, especially to those who have served our country and put their lives on the line for each of us,” said Jason Bagwell, operations manager at Priority One, about spending time at the Bay Pines Veterans Hospital.


Kalahari Dream

A wildlife movie book


Watch the Promo video


From the authors of the critically acclaimed book “For the Love of Wildlife” comes a compelling must read for animal lovers, and a book which should be made compulsory for conservationists.


Invoking the magic of the Kalahari, this powerful story of wildlife rehab includes sixty unique video clips of birds and animals. There are more than a hundred photos on the book website ( to illustrate the text.


“A magnificent book” Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson– NY Times No1 best-selling author


“It is a story of the indomitable spirit of living beings” Phil Wollen – Australian philanthropist


A brand new reading experience! The electronic formats are fully integrated with the web, allowing the reader to click seamlessly from text to video, and back.

There has never been a wildlife book like it:


New Printable Christmas Game

This cute little free printable Christmas game helps the wee ones with matching skills, taking turns, and counting. CLICK HERE for more info and download links.

New Printable Christmas Worksheet

Here are some free printable worksheets. These work sheets have cute colorful graphics.

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