Andre is a male cougar who arrived at the sanctuary in 2009 when he was just 5 months old. He’d been found alone on a service road in British Columbia when he was approximately 5 weeks old. Emaciated and dehydrated, he was taken for veterinary care and placed with a local rehab facility.

Since they do not release cougars back into the wild there, they reached out to The Wildcat Sanctuary for placement. We were happy to accept this little orphan as a new resident.

From the day he arrived, Andre was one of the happiest cubs. He turned everything he saw into a toy or jungle gym. He chirped at caretakers constantly, wanting to be the center of attention. At that time, we’d also taken in other orphaned cougar cubs. Andre was very interested in them, but had to wait for them to grow up a bit so it might be safe to merge them into their own family.

Andre had been diagnosed with Metabolic Bone Disease and had fractures in both front legs. His fractures healed well and he received ongoing treatment for the disease.

Andre’s story is helping teach people in Canada how to co-exist with wild cougars.  He’s even featured in a brochure.

Andre As An Adult

We were able to successfully merge Andre with four other wild-born, orphaned cougar cubs. They’re affectionately called “The 5 Wild” by everyone here. Though we’re saddened they couldn’t experience life as nature intended, wild and free, we’re thankful we’ve been able to provide this second chance for them to live wild at heart.

Andre is the dominant one of the group. He’s easy for everyone to pick out since he lost a canine tooth at an early age, giving him his characteristic “Elvis lip” look. He loves climbing and jumping up on the tall poles in his habitat. He’s quite skilled at that!

How You Can Help

Rescuing orphaned wild cats is such an expensive commitment since it means 20+ years of care. That’s why our sponsorship program is so important. It helps provide the best life possible for those we’re able to rescue.

Thank you for considering becoming Andre’s sponsor parent or even giving a one time donation toward his care.  It makes such a difference for him!



10/7/2009 ~ A five-week old cougar barely old enough to see is now safe after being left to fend for itself earlier this season.

The Conservation Officer Service (COS) received reports of the kitten’s lone presence on the Mamquam Forest Service Road in British Columbia, Canada.

“The kitten was most likely on its own for three to four days and was emaciated and dehydrated, but still pretty feisty,” stated Bear Aware organizer Meg Toom in a mass email.”

The COS and volunteers eventually collected the kitten and transported it to a veterinary hospital in Langley. It was then brought to Langley’s Critter Care Wildlife Society for rehabilitation. But the cougar will never again live in the wild, said COS officer Byron Andres.

“As a rule cougars aren’t reintroduced into the wild,” he said.

Critter Care was tasked with finding a suitable place for the kitten to live, and the COS had reserved the right to veto any decision to ensure the best future for the animal. Both parties agreed to place Andre at The Wildcat Sanctuary in Minnesota.