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My Favourite Charity - Big Cat Rescue

Updated on July 11, 2014

A sanctuary for over 100 big cats

The beauty and spirit of a wild creature calls to all of us, and surely the most beautiful and independent of mind is the Big Cat. The Big Cats are not found just in the last remaining pockets of natural habitat scattered around the globe, but in a paddock, or cage, near you.

There are people who own these wild creatures and cruelly confine them to circus acts, use them as promotional gimmicks or raise them for slaughter to turn into fur coats.

Why would anyone have a Big Cat for a pet? It's impossible to care for a wild animal once it has grown to adulthood. Big Cat Rescue rescues exotic cats who have been abused, abandoned, bred to be pets, retired from performing acts, saved from slaughter and provides a permanent home for them.

The sanctuary is home to the most diverse population of exotic cats in the world, with 16 species and subspecies of wild cat represented among more than 100 residents. These include tigers, lions, liger, leopards, cougars, bobcats, lynx, ocelots, servals, caracals and others, many of whom are threatened, endangered, or now extinct in the wild.

Big Cat Rescue

Why are big cats bred in captivity? There's no legitimate reason to be doing this. None of these captive cats have ever been successfully released back to the wild.

Visit Big Cat Rescue and see for yourself the haven that the Sanctuary provides.

Big Cat Rescue is the world's largest accredited big cat rescue facility, and you won't find it in the plains of Africa or the jungles of India, but in Tampa, Florida.

White Tigers - There is no such species as a Royal White Bengal Tiger

White Tigers can only exist in captivity. They are produced by unscrupulous breeders by continual inbreeding, such as father to daughter, brother to sister and mother to son. They are not bred for any conservation program but merely for sale.

The so-called "Rare White Bengal Tiger" aren't even pure Bengal tigers, but rather are all the offspring of an original Siberian / Bengal cross breeding. The inbreeding results in many defects, early deaths and still births.

Dr. Ron Tilson, Conservation Director of the Minnesota Zoo and manager of the world renowned Tiger Species Survival Plan, explains :

"White tigers are an aberration artificially bred and proliferated by some zoos, private breeders and a few circuses who do so for economic rather than conservation reasons..... For private owners to say, 'We're saving tigers,' is a lie, they are not saving tigers; they're breeding them for profit."

So what is Big Cat Rescue?

What we can do

If you can't visit, donate

I can't get to the Sanctuary to take a DayTour but if you live in the vicinity or you're planning a trip to Florida, then you certainly can.

Spend a day with the Keepers, see the work that's done and marvel at the sheer wonder of these wild creatures. Why not go on a photo safari?

The only way to visit is with a guided tour, no one can wander around without an escort.

Tours take place from Monday to Friday at 9:00 a.m. and at 3:00 p.m. with more tours available on Saturdays, all for the low cost of $25.00 per person. Children under the age of 10 are only allowed on the Saturday 9:00 a.m. special Kids Tour. ($15.00 per child)

All of your donations are tax deductible and all of the proceeds go directly to the cause.

What goes on at Big Cat Rescue

Got Five Bucks?

use your phone

Text TIGER to 20222 and you can donate $5.00 via your cell phone to Big Cat Rescue

Your $5 goes directly to the care and rescue of Big Cats

Leave your comment - Always much appreciated

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'm out and about for the Angels April Fools' Day Quest

      ~ Squidoo Angel Blessings ~

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      rlivermore 6 years ago

      Beautifully done. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Magnificent animals, so graceful, so powerful, so beautiful. Sickening what happens to animals, especially in the name of fashion. Great lens and a great cause. *SquidAngel Blessed*

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      I've never understood why the human race can't treat the other creatures with which it shares a planet with respect. And I agree, wearing fur is crass in every way.

      Thanks for promoting the work of Big Cat Rescue, I'm glad Squidoo can send some much-needed funds their way.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Big Cat Rescue is one of my fav charities too. They have offered a home to the "Truckstop Tiger" who has been exhibited as a tourist attraction at a smelly truckstop for the past 10 years, but the owner wont give him up.

      Big Cat Rescue does fantastic work with big cats and I am so glad you are promoting them oin this way.

      lensrolled to Tony the Tiger.

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      Carol Fisher 8 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      A friend once said, "If anybody bought me a fur coat, I'd be insulted that they thought I was the kind of person who would want one or find it acceptable."

      I believe we have no right to drive any animals to extinction.

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      CoolFoto 8 years ago

      Thanks for this lens about Big Cats. It is right in my neighborhood, almost, about 60 miles away.

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      bdkz 8 years ago

      Great charity!