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Goodbye to Willow the Siberian Lynx


Willow Siberian LynxFemale Siberian Lynx

DOB 5/6/94 1/3/2013

Arrived at Big Cat Rescue 6/1/94


Willow (on right) was born at a fur farm in Canada. We had bought all of the kittens the farm had and they were shipped here in crates so small that the kittens could not move. The little wire crates appeared to be full of sticky, smelly gray fur. We opened the crates and pulled out the contents, and found a group of soiled, starving, sick and stressed little kittens. None of them died in transit, which was a astounding, considering the condition in which they had arrived, but sadly several did not survive long after. Willow was always one of the skinniest and willowiest of the group and thus her name. She was raised with Natasha and Alexander, the bobcat hybrid, and still remains one of the friendliest cats here. She shared her large grassy habitat with Natasha. Ironically, they were often seen lying in the sun grooming each other’s beautiful fur coats.


Like all wild cats, Willow was stoic and showed no signs of being ill until she refused her food one night. The next day she seemed just too tired and stiff to move so she was taken in to the vet where she was found to be in the final stages of renal failure. She made it clear that she was ready to go. Natasha sleeps most of the time now and is a year older than Willow. When she is awake she seems to be looking for her old friend from her resting spot. We are heartbroken at the loss of Willow and even more so, to see Natasha looking so sad.



Today at Big Cat Rescue Jan 11 2013


Safe-Capture International will be returning to Georgia & Florida


with the 16 hour workshop "Chemical Immobilization of Animals" at the following locations:


Georgia: Athens: UGA College of Veterinary Medicine: February 23-24, 2013


Florida: Kissimmee: Holiday Inn Main Gate East: September 18-19, 2013


***This program will extensively cover immobilization techniques in

Exotic and Native Cats, Wolves, and other Carnivores***



Use this link to access Detailed Presentation Outlines:


Instructor information, printable registration forms and electronic registration are available on our website: Brochures containing all workshop details and registration materials are also available by telephone (608-767-3071) or e-mail ( request.


Our training program is presented over a 2 day period. It consists of 14 hours of multimedia/ lecture/ PowerPoint/ video presentation, followed by 2 hours of "Hands On" training where participants are divided into small groups and are taught how to safely use blowguns, long range projectors, darts, human protective safety equipment, and dart associated radio-tracking devices.


Topics to be discussed will include:


· Custom drug combinations and formulations which minimize induction times--the time from dart impact until the animal is immobilized. (Dr. Amass has drug combinations and techniques that will safely and rapidly limit the escape potential of most animals within 64 seconds to 3.5 minutes).

· Proper injection sites to ensure rapid drug absorption and effects

· Capture strategies to minimize capture stress on the animal, and procedural stress of the operator

· Advantages and disadvantages of the various commercially available darting systems

· Techniques for sighting in dart projectors to ensure accurate, atraumatic dart delivery

· Techniques and modifications which are necessary to have field accuracy and consistent results with currently manufactured darting systems and radiotracking devices.

· The latest in safe, practical species specific and scenario specific drug and dosage recommendations

· Dosage calculation

· How to re-dose animals incompletely immobilized on approach

· Where to obtain and how to use "superconcentrated" drugs which give you a faster knockdown, and allow you to use smaller, less traumatic darts

· Post immobilization care of animals

· Medical Monitoring: Assessment techniques to ensure the immobilized animal stays physiologically stable throughout the procedure

· Medical Emergencies associated with capture and handling: How to prevent, recognize, and treat: capture myopathy, shock, hyperthermia, hypothermia, seizures, and other complications which can be avoided and managed in association with immobilization

· Accidental human exposure to immobilizing medications: Which drugs are dangerous to humans? What can you expect with accidental human exposure? Standard Operating Procedures to prevent human exposure to immobilizing drugs. How to coordinate with your physician and local poison control to develop protocols should an accidental exposure occur.

Hands-On Lab will include:


Safe Handling and Use of Immobilization Darts: Assembly, loading, unloading, and cleaning of the various brands available in the US.

Use of Safety Equipment for Prevention of Accidental Exposure to Anesthetic Drugs

Safe Handling and Use of Short and Long Range Projectors including: CO2, Air, and 22 blank powered projectors

Practice and Development of Proficiency with Pole Syringes

Practice and Development of Proficiency with Blowgun Delivery of Anesthetic Darts

Practice and Development of Proficiency with Radio-Tracking Darts.

Our program has been presented since 1989, and is considered by US government agencies to be the standard in Chemical Immobilization training. We have provided training to well over 10,000 professionals in the US, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Canada including the Beardsley Zoo, Audubon Park Zoo, Folsom City Zoo, Dallas World Aquarium, Dallas Zoo, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Merck and Co., Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game, Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, New Jersey Fish and Wildlife, Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries, Texas Parks and Wildlife, New York Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, US Fish and Wildlife Service-Alaska, USDA Wildlife Services, Beijing Biodiversity Center, Animal Rescue League of Boston, New York ASPCA, Virginia Animal Control Association, Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy, Essex County College Police Academy, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority and a multitude of others.


We provide evaluation questionnaires to course participants asking for ratings of Excellent, Good, Satisfactory or Disappointing. Over 90% of participants have rated our program excellent! The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources, Utah State University, and Oregon State University have granted our program 1 academic credit.


We do not sell equipment, nor do we have contracts with equipment manufacturers. We provide only education in Chemical Immobilization and field assistance, and our recommendations for drugs and equipment stem from practical field use. Our instructors are Zoo/Wildlife Veterinarians specializing in remote anesthesia. They are internationally recognized experts, who are friendly, experienced, easy to talk to, welcome questions, and have the answers you need. This is the most complete, up to date training program available on Chemical Immobilization, presented in an easy to understand manner, applicable to all experience levels.


This is a completely revised and updated program. The all new 175-page manual:

"Chemical Immobilization of Animals: Technical Field Notes 2013" will be distributed at this workshop!


Certificates are awarded to those satisfactorily completing the program.


Cost for this workshop is $645 for early registration and $695 for general registration. Those who have attended our workshop previously may attend again as a refresher for $395.


For more information visit our website at or contact us at:


Safe-Capture International, Inc., PO Box 206, Mount Horeb, Wisconsin 53572

Tel: 608-767-3071, FAX: 608-767-3072, E-Mail:


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