How a Canadian orphaned cougar kitten made it to America

It’s fairly uncommon to hear of a cat in need months before their arrival.  We first heard of orphaned wild-born cougar Andre in late summer of 2009 when he was being cared for by Critter Care Wildlife in British Columbia. His story was so sad, found alone on a road, we had to try to

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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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Wild-born cougars released into new habitat at The Wildcat Sanctuary

Can you ever put a price on a life….on a moment…..on a new experience? Last year, you helped bring wild-born orphan kittens Snow, Storm, Aspen and Blaze home for the holidays. Though they came from two different areas, they’d each lost their mothers tragically. You helped them have a chance to heal emotionally and physically

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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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What is CITES and why should animal lovers care?

What does CITES stand for? CITES is a global treaty regulating international trade of threatened and endangered species of wildlife and plants. CITES stands for The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not

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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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“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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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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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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