Minnesota Sanctuary Bears Burden of Boom in Big Cats

DARLENE PROIS Star Tribune of Minneapolis Posted on Mon, Jan. 08, 2007 SANDSTONE, Minn. – The Wildcat Sanctuary, the state’s only certified home for exotic cats, had 20 felines when it moved out of Isanti County last year after its relationship with township leaders grew contentious. Since last spring, the sanctuary’s new home on a

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The Future of Change – The New Animal Care Center

Meeting a cat for the first time during a rescue, looking into their eyes, you learn a lot about who they are. They provide so much information without speaking the English language. That’s when the healing process begins. We knew bobcat Luna had been kept as a pet and rehomed several times.  Looking into her

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Safety is The Wildcat Sanctuary’s #1 Strategic Anchor

When we hear about accidents or fatalities happening at other facilities, it’s heartbreaking. But it reconfirms why here, at The Wildcat Sanctuary, human safety has always been the #1 Strategic Anchor our sanctuary’s built upon. We realize that, without making safety a priority, it jeopardizes the lives of all the animals we’ve worked so hard

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2018 was a PAWsome year for the cats at The Wildcat Sanctuary

Looking back over the year, it’s amazing what our donors and supporters accomplished for so many! Habitats and Residents  7 lions, 2 servals, 1 bobcat, 1 Eurasian Lynx and 5 hybrids were welcomed to the Sanctuary.  The sanctuary completed our largest international rescue to date, coordinating with four separate zoos from Argentina. This took years

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Two Argentina lion siblings will finally be reunited at The Wildcat Sanctuary in Minnesota!

Many times we’re asked, “Well, if zoos and circuses shut down, where will the animals go?” What’s happening in Argentina is an example. As their zoos change from exhibiting wild animals to instead becoming more compassionate eco-parks, it’s meant many of their big cats have needed placement. You’ve already helped lions Salteña, Chupino. Kimba, Sofia

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Help Keep A Wild One Warm This Winter

What’s a rescued leopard supposed to do on a cold Minnesota winter day? Play on his indoor jungle gym, or curl up in a cozy hammock inside where it’s toasty warm!  Even though our warm weather cats like leopard Shazam enjoy playing outdoors in the snow, we also think it’s important to provide our cats

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The Lions are Home

Exhale! Finally, I can breathe a sigh of relief.  Kimba, Sofia, Gino, Salteña and Chupino arrived safely. After a day of loading, a 9-hour flight from Argentina to Miami and a 38-hour drive, the anticipation was making our hearts skip a beat.  Our primary concern was for the eldest lioness, Salteña. When the two semi-trucks pulled

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Jungle Boogie – Welcome to the Jungle!

Jungle Boogie – Welcome to the Jungle Sunday, October 13, 2019 Minneapolis Marriott West:  9960 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis Minnesota 55426 Contact [email protected] with any question regarding you reservation. Welcome to the Jungle is a celebration of our 20 years of saving lives! It’s been a wild ride, one we couldn’t have done without YOU! Join

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For their future – join our Legacy Pride

BECOME A MEMBER OF OUR LEGACY PRIDE When tigress Daisy first arrived, her future was counted in only days. Barely able to walk or stand, we didn’t know if we could help her. But we had to try. Your ongoing support helped provide her specialty care and treatments for spinal meningitis and gave her a

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Big Cats Big World of Rescue Work

It’s hard to believe a small Midwest sanctuary that started out almost 20 years ago would be involved in so many national, and even international, big cat rescues. Sadly, there isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t hear about a big cat somewhere in the world in need of rescue.  Because of social

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Big Paws, Big Eyes, Huge Appetites, Enormous Personalities

Searching for the right internship At a very early age, from the first time I laid eyes on them, I felt an instant affinity towards big cats. I was intrigued. I was in love. What made them tick? Why were they so special, so intriguing, so magnificent? Their eyes, the way they move, their language,

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Tractor the bobcat, a former wild pet

Creating WILD SPACES for rescued bobcats!

Help us renovate Wildcat Pines – our bobcat area at The Wildcat Sanctuary! We have big plans for our rescued bobcats and you can be a part of this special project! Wildcat Pines was the first area built when we moved to the site in 2006.  It currently utilizes insulated and heated den boxes for

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