The Wildcat Sanctuary hosts the 2017 Big Cat Sanctuary Conference
The Wildcat Sanctuary was honored to host the third Big Cat Sanctuary Conference. This is an annual gathering of reputable sanctuaries dedicated to ending the captive wildlife crisis.
In early September 2017, 35 leaders from 16 U.S. sanctuaries and representatives from International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) came together to network and share best practices. Topics included habitat design, veterinary care, sustainability, crisis management, and advocacy to benefit captive wild cats.
The Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance (BCSA) was also launched to help sanctuaries speak as one unified voice on many topics. The issue include the exotic pet trade, big cats used in entertainment and other areas of abuse. The BCSA works towards the day when sanctuaries are no longer needed because the ownership and commercial exploitation of wild cats has been eliminated. The Wildcat Sanctuary’s founder, Tammy Thies, serves on various BCSA committees.
The conference ended with a visit to The Wildcat Sanctuary. Leaders enjoyed the facility, fall colors and collaborated on operations and other topics.
It was a very special weekend and sanctuary’s represented are looking forward to next year’s conference.