Listen to Ty the Serval Om Nom Nom while eating his dinner!
Monday, December 20, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Thanks to the generosity of the family of William and Lois Modglin of Glendale, California, this grant provides that any donations to Big Cat Rescue that indicate they are to be submitted for a match from this grant will be matched dollar for dollar by a donation from this grant immediately upon receipt of you donation up to the $200,000 maximum. This 100% match means your donation has twice the impact!
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
By Damian Mann
If you want an alligator or monkey as a pet, you're out of luck. The same goes for lions and tigers and grizzlies.
Only Oregon residents who already have permits for some of these exotic animals will be allowed to keep them starting Jan. 1.
The new law
Beginning Jan. 1, the state will not issue any new permits for exotic pets. Current owners will be able to renew their permit and keep their pet until the animal dies or is sold. Owners of exotic pets that don't have permits will have to give them up or sell them legally to someone out of state.
The law covers the following animals:
* Felines not native to Oregon, with the exception of domestic cats.
* Non-wolf canines not indigenous to Oregon, except domestic dogs.
* Primates such as monkeys or capuchins.
* Members of the crocodile family.
Anyone who obtains one of these animals before the new law takes effect will not receive a permit.
* Black bears that aren't wild are OK because they are native, but still fall under Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife rules.
A new state law, passed in 2009, is designed to protect the public from these type of animals and to limit the number of non-native species in Oregon.
"They are still classified as potentially dangerous animals," said Bruce Pokarney, spokesperson for the Oregon Department of Agriculture, which regulates the permits.
Residents who already have a permit will be allowed to get renewals until their exotic pet dies. No permits will be issued for any new pets obtained by Oregon residents from now on.
"It's too late to go out and get a new animal," Pokarney said.
Dave Siddon, executive director for Wildlife Images in Merlin, said he doesn't remember anyone ever asking for a permit for a pet grizzly. The most popular exotics are felines.
Siddon knows all too well how dangerous it can be to own an exotic pet.
Nikki, a sedate-looking Siberian Lynx who barely looked at its raw meat sitting on a table Tuesday, was rescued from Washington after it bit an adult woman and 3-year-old child.
"They were ready to euthanize him," Siddon said.
Many of the animals are easy enough to deal with when they're young, but become powerful predators with sometimes unpredictable instincts when they get older.
Siddon's organization rescues sick, injured and orphaned animals and offers the public a chance to view indigenous species such as cougars, bobcats and bald eagles.
He said many people decide to take ownership of exotic pets without giving it much thought.
"We've been called out for people who died and left their animal in an abominable state," he said. "They think with their emotions, instead of their minds."
Siddon has seen tigers kept in flimsy chicken wire compounds.
Some of the animals can only be cared for in facilities such as Wildlife Images. Kody, a grizzly bear rescued from Alaska, sat comfortably enough in a large enclosure, waiting for his next meal. Because it's wintertime, his intake of fish and chicken goes up from 5,000 calories a day to 25,000, Siddon said.
Wildlife Images exhibits the animals, so it falls under five different regulatory agencies in order to operate, Siddon said.
The Department of Agriculture has issued 49 permits for 88 exotic animals statewide. Most of the permits are for exotic felines, followed by primates.
In Jackson County, three permits have been issued, one for 12 wolves in Rogue River, one for a serval (African wild cat) in Eagle Point and an alligator in Medford.
In Grants Pass, one person has two permits, one for five capuchins and another for a vervet, or primate.
Ultimately the law will result in no more exotic animals in the state, except in wildlife parks designed to house and exhibit them.
Other local laws may restrict snakes and other animals not specifically cited in the new law.
If a resident doesn't have the appropriate permit for one of these exotic animals, law enforcement could remove it.
Any resident who doesn't have a permit and can no longer keep the exotic pet could contact Wildlife Images, which might be able to take the animal. The number is 541-476-0222.
"We expect an influx of these animals once the new law takes effect," Siddon said.
Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476, or e-mail email@example.com.
Sunday, December 05, 2010
Of course we think all of our cats are cute, but we have selected 15 different cats to let viewers decide which they think is the CUTEST! Watch the video decide which cat you think should win, then simply visit our facebook page and comment on their photo, the cat with the most comments and "likes" will be crowned "Big Cat Rescue's Cutest Cat" and the person with the funniest comment will WIN an original Paw Painting by Contestant #8 Narla the cougar worth $100 - The purr-fect Christmas gift!
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
The idea of petting and playing with a tiger cub has an understandable natural appeal. The cubs are adorable, and the tiger is one of the most powerful and fascinating of all animals. What you don't know haunts them for a lifetime of deprivation and abuse.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
We celebrate Thanksgiving at Big Cat Rescue and it's a favorite holiday for the Tigers, Lions and Leopards too! Watch as we hand out whole turkeys and chickens to the big cats living at the sanctuary, the cats consume the whole bird bones 'n all!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
When you pay to pet a cub, what are you really supporting? This video shows you how people pimp out tiger cubs to support themselves while making no provisions for the lifetime care of the big cats they are breeding and buying. Watch this video about two such pay to play schemes run by Kathy Stearns of Dade City's Wild Things and Joe Schreibvogel of G.W. Exotics.
Sunday, November 07, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Tigers, Lions, Leopards ... we recycle a little differently at Big Cat Rescue! With 45 acres and over 100 big cats to care for we have lots of landscaping projects as well as lots of cats to keep enriched, so we do both at the same time!
Saturday, October 02, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
By MEAD GRUVER
Associated Press Writer
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service erred little when it designated a vast area scattered over six states as critical habitat for the threatened Canada lynx, a judge ruled Thursday.
The designated habitat totals 39,000 square miles, an area the size of Indiana that includes parts of northern Idaho, Maine, Minnesota and Washington and swaths of western Montana and western Wyoming.
The Fish and Wildlife Service designated the habitat last year, prompting a lawsuit from snowmobile enthusiast groups in Wyoming and Washington state. The groups worry the designation could close off areas to snowmobiling and harm snowmobile-related businesses.
U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal upheld most of the designation after hearing oral arguments in the case. Her lone exception was certain national forest land in the North Cascades in northern Washington state, where Freudenthal said Fish and Wildlife didn't adequately consider the economic effects of designating the habitat.
"To be perfectly frank, the court is not of the opinion to enjoin the entire 2009 rule," said Freudenthal, issuing one of her first rulings since becoming a judge in June.
She is the wife of Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal, who nominated her for the bench.
"We're really pleased she's upheld the designation almost entirely," said Sean Helle, an attorney with the environmental law group Earthjustice, which represented environmental groups that intervened on the government's side in the case.
The Wyoming State Snowmobile Association and Washington State Snowmobile Association sued Fish and Wildlife last year over the habitat designation.
The designated habitat covers more than 20 times more area than what Fish and Wildlife designated as critical habitat for the Canada lynx in 2006. Fish and Wildlife revised that habitat designation after it became known that a deputy assistant Interior secretary, Julie MacDonald, improperly influenced findings for lynx and other species.
"This rule is replete with controversy. That's why we're all here today," Beth Ginsberg, an attorney for the snowmobile groups, said in court.
Ginsberg argued that Fish and Wildlife didn't go far enough to study the potential effects of the new habitat designation. The habitat designation already has harmed at least one Washington state snowmobile sales business, she said.
Meanwhile, 500 square miles of recently burned forest in Washington state can't reasonably be considered lynx habitat until the trees grow back years from now, Ginsberg said.
U.S. Department of Justice attorney John Martin, representing the Fish and Wildlife Service, said federal law doesn't require Fish and Wildlife to do more than a basic environmental analysis. He pointed out that most of the designated habitat is on federal land already being managed to protect lynx.
The snowmobile groups have a "subjective apprehension" about what the federal government "might do in the future," he said.
Helle, the Earthjustice attorney, argued that even the burned-out area should be part of the designated lynx habitat. Forest fires help lynx habitat by encouraging the growth of healthy young trees, he said.
Freudenthal said she would issue a written ruling soon.
Thursday, September 09, 2010
TIPP CITY, Ohio -- A Tipp City mountain lion owner disagrees with state officials on the proposed ban of exotic animals.
Several high-profile animal attacks, including one in Ohio last month, has state officials cracking down on exotic pets.
Javier Perez owns a full grown mountain lion. He believe dogs on the loose pose more of a threat to public safety than his caged mountain lion. Perez believes the ban would be unfair.
The sale and ownership of exotic animals would be banned and the rules would grandfather current pets but not allow replacement or breeding of pets.
Governor Ted Strickland's agreement indicates that banned animals will include big cats, bears, primates, large constricting and venomous snakes and alligators and crocodiles.
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Monday, September 06, 2010
And attacked we were, albeit mostly just vile verbal attacks from people like Vernon Yates, Alan Rigerman, Gloria Johnson & Lisa Welch among others who wouldn't curse me to my face, but hissed the evil they would do to me as I passed. Others including Kevin Antle of T.I.G.E.R.S, Zuzanna Kuko of R.E.X.A.N.O., Joe Schreibvogal of G.W. Exotics and others have slandered us on the Internet.
Want to help Big Cat Rescue AND get great pet supplies? Visit www.petsuppliestampa.com, the brand-new online pet supply store started by Big Cat Rescue’s Operations Manager Gale Ingham and volunteer senior keeper Willow Hecht. Ten percent of the profits from the website will go to Big Cat Rescue!
Petsuppliestampa.com features affordable, quality pet supplies and great customer service from two animal lovers. The site has everything you need for cats, dogs, birds, reptiles, and small mammals, and features products not found in local pet stores. The site also has an extensive inventory of professional-grade grooming supplies, such as shampoos, flea dips, and clippers. Visit www.petsuppliestampa.com to pamper your pets and help the big cats.
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
The AdvoCat Newsletter
Big Cat Rescue August 2010
in this issue:
Help Takoma the Bobcat
Bucs Club Seats Raffle
"Most fun event I've..."
AdvoCats Make a Difference
Grrreat Videos to Enjoy
HUGE Enrichment Donation
Cat Behavior Classes
Catera & Sophia Pass On
Bobcats & Blue Martinis
Inside Big Cat Rescue
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Cougar/Mountain Lion/Panther/Puma/Grey Ghost, whatever these cats are known by, they are very unique animals. Watch the video to learn more about this cat and the problems it is facing in the wild.Cougar/Mountain Lion/Panther/Puma/Grey Ghost, whatever these cats are known by, they are very unique animals. Watch the video to learn more about this cat and the problems it is facing in the wild.Cougar/Mountain Lion/Panther/Puma/Grey Ghost, whatever these cats are known by, they are very unique animals. Watch the video to learn more about this cat and the problems it is facing in the wild.Cougar/Mountain Lion/Panther/Puma/Grey Ghost, whatever these cats are known by, they are very unique animals. Watch the video to learn more about this cat and the problems it is facing in the wild.
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Monday, August 02, 2010
Dr. Dan Laughlin states, “…every white tiger in the U.S. is not only the result of repeated inbreeding of genetically defective animals but, even worse, is a hybrid or crossbred animal. Thus, anyone involved in breeding and/or exhibiting white tigers is doing a great disservice to honest conservation and preservation efforts to save the five remaining and endangered subspecies of tigers barely clinging to survival…”
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Liger, Tigers, Lions, Leopards, Cougars, Lynx, Ocelots, Servals, Sand Cats,...Big Cat Rescue located in Tampa Florida, is the world's largest accredited non profit sanctuary. Home to over 100 unwanted, abandoned and abused exotic big cats.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Thursday, July 08, 2010
The July 2010 issue of the Big Cat Rescue AdvoCat has stories about new tour times, the death of a beloved tiger, how concerned citizens are making the world a safer and more humane place and how a liger and an ocelot were given extraordinary vet care.
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
When PurrFection the Ocelot developed a hemotoma on her ear she needed emergency surgery to alieviate the swelling. It's been raining for days on end and we didn't want her to suffer so Big Cat Rescuers braved the weather to get her the vet care she needed. When you operate a sanctuary for big cats it is a non stop committment. That means feeding, cleaning, enriching and providing top notch vet care no matter how miserable the weather. Watch this video of the day in the life of Big Cat Rescuers.
Monday, July 05, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Angelica the BOBCAT was rescued by Big Cat Rescue after her owner was in foreclosure and unable to keep her any longer. NO wild cat species will ever make a suitable "pet" ... ignorant or uneducated people often find this out the hard way and the cats are always the ones that suffer!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
The AdvoCat is a free monthly big cat magazine about the daily operations of a world class sanctuary for lions, tigers, leopards, bobcats and many other exotic wild cats. This June 2010 issue brings the sad news of the death of the "founder."
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Ligers, Sand Cats, Tigers, Lions, Leopards, Cougars, Lynx, Bobcats.....Big Cat Rescue's Theme Song is Beautiful, Wild and Free.
Terez Hartmann, is a seasoned entertainer, speaker, forward-thinking pioneer, entrepreneur and business professional with a background in marketing and psychology.
Because she was so deeply touched by her experience with the magnificent cats of Big Cat Rescue, she chose to write a song to honor these amazing creatures AND for a limited time, offer a portion of the proceeds of this download purchase to benefit the cats!
Saturday, June 05, 2010
Friday, June 04, 2010
Don't miss Dangerous Trade on Planet Green (which features International Tiger Coalition and Global Tiger Initiative members)!
Tune into Planet Green at 10 pm on June 6th (in the USA) to follow the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) as they protect the natural world from environmental crime and abuse.
Working undercover to expose international environmental crime—illegal wildlife trading, illegal logging and trade in timber species, and the worldwide trade in ozone depleting substances—EIA has directly brought about changes in international laws and the policies of governments, saving the lives of millions of rare and endangered animals and putting a stop to the devastating effects of environmental criminals. The work they with their Indian colleagues at the Wildlife Protection Society of India, for example, helped to piece together the tiger skin trail in 2004 and 2005—which contributed to major changes in the patterns of consumption.
As the tiger team leader Debbie Banks puts it, the primary message of the show is: "this isn’t rocket science... it would be very straightforward to break the back of this illegal trade. If a small NGO with limited resources can uncover such a vast amount of information in a short space of time, then why can’t the Chinese authorities? If only they would apply the resources, they could make a serious dent in the criminal networks that control this trade."
At the start of Dangerous Trade and the tiger trade investigation, the Environmental Investigation Agency finds that people were being forced by Chinese officials to wear skins at traditional festivals to undermine the Dalai Lama’s appeal in 2006 to respect the tiger, which led to Tibetans burning all their big cat skins. Additional information indicated that people were still trading skins... Find out what EIA?s learns about who is trafficking skins into China and how. Cameras follow the surveillance team as it tracks the EIA undercover operatives—watch the show and you'll learn in suspense!
Check out the tv schedule for listings.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tampa, Fl.… On Thursday, May 27th, company members from the North American touring production of MARY POPPINS, currently performing at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts (formerly the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center) through Sunday, June 6, 2010, will visit Big Cat Rescue, the largest accredited sanctuary in the United States dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of exotic cats.
The MARY POPPINS North American tour celebrated its first anniversary on March 25, 2010 and announced that it had achieved the milestone of being the most successful touring theatrical event in 2009.
Big Cat Rescue, a non-profit educational sanctuary, is devoted to rescuing and providing a permanent home for exotic (i.e. wild, not domestic) cats who have been abused, abandoned, bred to be pets, retired from performing acts, or saved from being slaughtered for fur coats. The sanctuary’s mission includes educating the public about these animals and the issues facing them in captivity and in the wild.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to partner together with the cast of Mary Poppins” said Jeff Kremer, Director of Donor Appreciation with the nonprofit sanctuary.
The company of Mary Poppins will arrive at Big Cat Rescue at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 27th , for a private tour of the sanctuary, where “A Spoon Full of Catnip Helps the Medicine Go Down!”
Big Cat Rescue is a 501(c)(3) not-profit charity. The sanctuary receives no government support and relies on its educational activities, such as tours of the facility, and the generosity of donors such as the cast and crew of Mary Poppins to support the magnificent animals that call the sanctuary home.
Following their visit to the sanctuary, these energetic folks will head back to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts to take the stage in what will likely be a most inspired performance.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
TONGA, a very rare White Serval - (Only two in the world that we know of) was found to have a broken tooth. We assessed the tooth and decided that the best thing to do was to capture Tonga and take him to the veterinary clinic where it could be treated.
WATCH THE VIDEO TO SEE HOW HIS TREATMENT WENT!
Monday, May 17, 2010
A bobcat with a broken leg nears starvation so his human neighbors called Big Cat Rescue to come to his aid. Voting for Big Cat Rescue at the Animal Rescue Site is a great way to help rescue bobcats like this at no cost to you.
Saturday, May 08, 2010
Update on the three orphaned bobcat kittens...Midnight, Rain and Storm are all doing grr-eat thanks to their surrogate mum Bobbi the domestic cat!
They're all eating well and gaining weight and starting to explore their environment more!
Follow the progress of the kittens here LIVE! http://www.bigcatrescue.org/video/003...
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