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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TWS’ Animal Enrichment Program

We use the term enrichment all the time in our newsletters and blogs and we thought, “Maybe our donors and supporters aren’t aware of what enrichment really means.”  So here it is, enrichment in a nutshell. What is enrichment? It’s an animal husbandry principle that can help improve the quality of life of captive animals.

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A bi-partisan issue we can all support – Big Cat Public Safety Act

2019 UPDATE – This important amendment was reintroduced February 26, 2019 H.R.1380 — 116th Congress (2019-2020) – To amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to clarify provisions enacted by the Captive Wildlife Safety Act, to further the conservation of certain wildlife species, and for other purposes.  Sponsor: Rep. Quigley, Mike [D-IL-5]           

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T.E.A.M. – Treating The Entire Animal at The Wildcat Sanctuary

It can be easy to think that, with just a little TLC, you can turn around the life of a rescued resident.  In the best case scenarios, that can happen.  But, more often than not, the cats that come to the Sanctuary have extreme medical conditions, unknown history and, understandably, behavioral issues or fear of

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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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Rescued Tigers play in the 400-pound Tiger Bowl!

Minnesota’s hosting the ? Super Bowl ? this year. Our Vikings may not be in the lineup, but our tiger trio sure is! Dimitri, Zeke, and Griffen’s caretakers set up the playing field, complete with referees and back-up players for our very own 400 POUND KITTEN BOWL! The boys raced to the field, anxious for play to begin…. Halftime

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Sponsor a Wild One

ANNUAL SPONSORSHIP OF A WILD CAT “If I were to come back as a tiger, I would want to live out my days at The Wildcat Sanctuary.” Dr. Ronald Tilson – Senior Conservation Advisor and World-Renowned Tiger Expert/Researcher   The cats will live at The Wildcat Sanctuary the rest of their lives.  Unlike a dog or cat

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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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Won’t You Help Feed a Feline Today at The Wildcat Sanctuary?

Feeding big cats is a big job.     Tonka the tiger is the largest cat at the Sanctuary.  He was a former exhibit cat living in a small, non-compliant enclosure prior to arriving at The Wildcat Sanctuary. Thanks to you, Tonka now has room to roam. His natural enclosure provides tall grasses for stalking,

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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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