Safety is The Wildcat Sanctuary’s #1 Strategic Anchor

When we hear about accidents or fatalities happening at other facilities, it’s heartbreaking. But it reconfirms why here, at The Wildcat Sanctuary, human safety has always been the #1 Strategic Anchor our sanctuary’s built upon. We realize that, without making safety a priority, it jeopardizes the lives of all the animals we’ve worked so hard … Read more

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]            … Read more

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, … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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, … Read more

How one volunteer built one of Facebook’s biggest environmental pages

Griffen was living at a pay-to-play breeding facility before he was rescued. (Photo: Wildcat Sanctuary) Julie Hanan focused her energy on a small animal refuge in Minnesota, and the results have been amazing. Julie Hanan helped out at domestic cat rescues for years before she heard about The Wildcat Sanctuary, a refuge that cares for … Read more

Amazing medical progress for tigers Daisy and Mohan!

What a difference a couple of months can make for two very ill tigers! When we picked up Mohan, he had such difficulty walking. With degenerative joint disease of the knees due to untreated cranial cruciate ligament injuries and with nails grown so long they’d embedded in his front paws, walking was so painful.  Look at … Read more

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 … Read more

How to create a Facebook fundraiser so your friends can help, too!

Have you heard of this new way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or special occasion in your life?  Or a way you’d like to memorialize or honor someone (human or pet)?   Now, it’s really simple to create your very own customized fundraiser on your Facebook page! It’s an amazing way to help support the … Read more

Cub Petting – the sad reality behind this industry

Cub petting is the practice of using baby animals, like tigers, as photo props for paying customers. These operations are deceptive because they prey on people’s affection toward baby animals, and exploit the desire to hold or care for them. This masks a secretive dark side, inherently dependent on animal cruelty for its very existence. … Read more

Priya’s story – a tiger rescued from cub petting

Note: This article is the second in a multi part series explaining cub petting. For the first part, go here. This tigress has had a tough life. Following the rescue of more than 100 big cats, including 75 tigers, from a cub petting operation, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) and Tigers in America (TIA) took over … Read more

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