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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If tigers are endangered, why are you neutering tigers you rescue?

This is a question we’re often asked when people find out our rescued tigers are neutered or spayed. The misconception is, if tigers are endangered in the wild, shouldn’t you allow captive tigers to breed? Four reasons accredited sanctuaries don’t breed captive tigers: 1. Tigers in the US in captivity have been overbred, inbred, and

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Evolution of The Wildcat Sanctuary – how the sanctuary began

“If I only make a fraction of the impact that Sampson and the other cats have made on me, then I am very blessed.” Days like this are when I realize how fast time flies and how special each moment is.  Today, I’m spending a few of the last days with Sampson, the caracal.  At

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Ligers – what’s the reality for these big cat hybrids?

We’re seeing more and more instances of ligers being intentionally bred by those who want to exploit wild animals for profit. So, what exactly is a liger? A cross between a female tiger and a male lion, ligers can grow to be around 900 pounds.  Contrast this to a lion weighing about 450 pounds and

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Tigers Pandora, Zeke, Dimitri and Griffen are home!

Four Tigers begin their new life at The Wildcat Sanctuary.  Welcome home Griffen, Dimitri, Zeke and Pandora. Born at a private zoo, Griffen and other cubs were torn from their mother when they were just a few days old.  They were put in a small room with large windows on two sides so the public

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7 reasons why black cats love Black Friday!!

Because these 7 gifts give them the ‘wild at heart’ life they love – what could be better than that!! In-Honor  In-Memory Gift Card For $25, we’ll send your chosen recipient a special Wildcat Sanctuary card, noting you’ve made a generous donation to support the wild cats in their honor. This is such a meaningful

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“But Mama, where did the tiger cub go?”

What’s the ONE most important thing you can do to reduce the number of big cats in need of rescue? Submit your comments today to the USDA asking them to STOP allowing public contact with dangerous animals – cubs or adults. If we want to help end the non-stop breeding by exhibitors who use these animals for

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How do you help unrelated, orphaned cougar kittens form a family unit?

Imagine the terror of watching your mother die, then you being darted, tranquilized, captured, put in a holding cell and later transported by plane to a strange place. The trauma of what these four orphaned cougar kittens endured before arriving at The Wildcat Sanctuary would break anyone’s heart. Though they were orphaned under  tragic circumstances

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