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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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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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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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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8 fast facts about white tigers – did you know?

In 2017, The Wildcat Sanctuary is currently home to FIVE white tigers. There have been others in the past and sadly, there will be more in the future. If white tigers are so rare, though, why are there so many in need of rescue? We hope you’ll learn these basic facts about white tigers. The

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Can Facebook Save the Planet?

Shanti Deva, a lioness who was rescued and brought to the Wildcat Sanctuary. This sanctuary is using its 3 million Facebook followers to change the lives of lots of big cats. (Photo: Wildcat Sanctuary) Learn how social media managers are using the Internet to amplify their causes. Nonprofits traditionally have a pretty tough time making

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So, do you think MY cat is a Bengal?

Whenever we share a photo of one of the dozens of hybrid wild cats we’ve rescued, someone always asks the question, “Could my rescue be a Bengal?” Tabby cats and Bengal cats can often look very similar. Without a bill of sale, some sort of registration/pedigree papers from the breeder, or more information from whoever

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Stop cross breeding and inbreeding big cats for profit

At one time, white tigers were indeed rare. The last one captured in the wild was Mohan in India in 1951. He was intentionally inbred with his daughter.  The resulting four white tiger cubs began a long line of inbreeding for profit. Fast forward to today when almost every accredited sanctuary in the U.S. has

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Behind the scenes – 3 tiger brothers move to new huge habitat!

Can you imagine the joy of finally living ‘wild at heart’ in a huge habitat, instead of a small cage where you spent the first six years of your life? Today, you don’t have to imagine. You can watch the first moments brothers Dimitri, Griffen and Zeke spent checking out their new home, as well

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What this BLIND bengal cat can do is simply amazing!

As far as phone calls go, this one didn’t seem all that strange. Another rescue group had been contacted by a private owner. He was having trouble with his Bengal cat not using the litter box consistently. We get these calls all the time since it’s such a common complaint about hybrid wild cats. He

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Big News! Two tigers become roommates

Big news for TWS’ biggest tigers! What’s better than introducing two huge tigers to their very own large, natural habitats at the Sanctuary?  Introducing them to each other!!! You can imagine the planning, discussions and strategy that goes into deciding whether or not two big male tigers should be introduced to each other.  But if a

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