Do big cats roar or purr – or both?

We’re asked this question all the time!  Here’s the facts according to the National Wildlife Federation: “Contented lions might purr if they could, but they can’t. Only the smaller cats- – not just house cats, but also bobcats, ocelots, lynxes, cougars* and others- – have what it takes to purr. The relevant apparatus is a

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Rescued Wildcats Form An Inseparable Bond

In the woods of Minnesota, lies a beautiful sanctuary where rescued wildcats go to live happy, carefree lives. This beautiful story is about The Wildcat Sanctuary and an unbelievable friendship that formed there. At less than a year old, Morgan the bobcat was found in a room at the Ritz Carlton hotel in California. Yes,

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Cougar Steps In To Guide His Best Friend When She Goes Blind

Liberty, a 14-year-old cougar who lives at the Wildcat Sanctuary in Minnesota, has lost the majority of her eyesight — but she has one constant in her life to keep her company. His name is Raja. Raja, along with another cougar named Tasha, came to the sanctuary in 2007 — they had both been kept as house

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Unlikely friendship forms between animals at The Wildcat Sanctuary

WATCH NEWS VIDEO REPORT HERE SANDSTONE, Minn. – An unexpected bond has formed between two animals at the Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone. A friendship is blossoming between Shazam, a black leopard whose jaguar friend died last year and Nikita, a white tiger. Nikita was rescued from one of the most notorious criminals and abusers. Who

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The Wildcat Sanctuary speaks out against barbaric practice of breeding white tigers

PHOTO: Zoos often “trick” people into thinking white tigers need conservation however white tigers are purposely inbred by zoos as tourist attractions. (Reuters: Mariana Bazo) The facts on white tigers: Inbreeding ‘for beauty and tourism dollars’ By Paige Cockburn Updated 18 Feb 2016, 7:47pm White tigers, while incredibly beautiful and popular, are clouded with controversy

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So you want to start your own sanctuary?

At least weekly, I receive an email from someone asking me how to start a sanctuary. Some are good-hearted animal lovers. Many really only want to have exotic animals themselves, but think “framing” it as a sanctuary legitimizes their personal desire. But they really don’t understand running a sanctuary is all-consuming. You often sacrifice family,

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Cecil the lion – Trophy hunting is not humane or conservation

The true identity of the trophy hunter who killed the iconic Zimbabwe lion Cecil has been revealed to be a Minnesotan, not a Spaniard as has been reported in the past. Whatever your stance is about hunting and conservation, we do not condone sport and trophy hunting. We do not support the inhumane suffering and

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Do new laws mean dozens of exotic animals may be killed?

Recent headlines read: New law means dozens of exotic animals may be killed Mexico deadline to ban circus animals looms but doubt shrouds creatures’ fate Man forced to remove exotic animals from County property We’re often asked if we support legislation like this.  With a patchwork of laws across the United States ranging from state

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Cub Petting. Who pays the price?

A tiny, adorable, white tiger baby.  Who can resist?  Everyone wants this thrill of a lifetime; to hold one, to play with one, to bottle feed one, to take photos with one  – right? That’s exactly what exhibitors are counting on when they offer cubs for petting or posing for photos – for a fee.

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The Truth About White Tigers

What is a white tiger – really? White tigers are very popular with pseudo sanctuaries, breeders and exhibitors as they tend to bring in more visitors and more money. White tigers are Bengal tigers. They’re not albino or their own separate species, as many people think. White tigers occur when two Bengal tigers that carry a

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