Have you ever wondered if big cats are obsessed with boxes as much as house cats are? We have. The Big Cat Rescue sanctuary uncovers this intriguing mystery. BCR is one of the largest sanctuaries in the world dedicated to abused and abandoned big cats. It is home to over 80 feline residents, including lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars; who have been abandoned, abused, saved from becoming fur coats, or retired from performing acts. Watch how different big cats react to THE BOX! It’s hilarious! Please, Like and SHARE.
Big cats, who end up at Big Cat Rescue, were either abused or abandoned by owners who had them as pets, or retired from performing acts, or saved from being slaughtered, or rescued as babies after losing their mothers to hunters. The sanctuary works as an advocate for the big cats, it is also focused of educating people about the endangered feline species in the wild. In 2015, Big Cat Rescue provided 70 educational tours to school and community groups and did dozens of on-site presentations. The sanctuary’s mission is to end abuse of big cats in captivity and prevent extinction of big cats in the wild.
Big Cat Rescue has many species of cats, some of them are threatened, endangered or extinct, including: leopards, cougars, bobcats, lynx, servals, ocelots and caracals. In 2015, it rescued 12 exotic cats, including 2 tigers, a leopard, and 7 rehab bobcats. Some of these cats are still part of a lawsuit, so they are just temporary residing at Big Cat Rescue center until it is resolved.
By the end of 2015, the sanctuary had 88 exotic cats and 66 of them were over the age of 12, 56 of those were over the age of 15, and 20 of those are over the age of 20.
In 2013, the sanctuary also started fostering newborn kittens. Those are usually killed by Animal Control, because they require a lot of attention. Since 2013, Big Cat Rescue has saved 275 kittens. They raise them, with help of the interns and volunteers, until they are 2 pounds and healthy. Then the kittens are brought to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay to be fixed and adopted out.