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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Why we are a “no contact” big cat sanctuary.

We’re often asked if we pet or interact with our cats. And, if they were previously owned as pets, don’t they miss that interaction? The simple answer is no, we do not have free contact with big cats – for their protection and ours.  But the answer is more complicated than just a yes or

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Titan the Bengal tiger

How to provide comfort care for an aging big cat

We often hear from people that we have dream jobs and how lucky we are to get to work with big cats.  We definitely do, and feel blessed each day that your support enables us to care for over 100 wild cats. But our days are much different than most perceive.  It’s not all about

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How do you know when a rescued wild cat is happy?

Most think, if you provide a rescued wild cat with good nutrition, an optimal natural environment, enrichment to challenge his or her senses, and quality veterinary care, they should be happy – right? But, what happens if that’s not always the case? That’s why behavioral monitoring of our cats is a high priority. Just as

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Holiday enrichment for the cats of TWS!

Make a holiday wish come true for one of the TWS cats – purchase toys they love for any TWS resident at:  http://www.sanctuarysupplies.com/sanctuary_wishlist.asp?id=1009 When you think of animal care, a few things usually come to mind such as diet preparation, cleaning habitats and providing vet care.  These are all extremely important to the health of

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What does it really mean to be called a “Sanctuary?”

It seems like “sanctuaries” are very much in the news lately.  We keep reading and hearing about them being forced to close down due to so many reasons. Passage of tighter regulations (as in Ohio), financial shortfalls, escapes or injuries by their captive animals, failure to meet minimal USDA standards, and so on.  When substandard

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