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What Cub Petting Really Is

It’s hard to resist a cute and cuddly tiger cub, the reality behind cub petting though, is a dark one. Those facilities that are involved in cub petting are only concerned about one thing, and that is how much money they can make.

Quarantine: A Welcome Mat for Rescued Animals

We had a dream for a better welcome experience for our new animals- outdoor access, where they could lounge in the sun, hear the lions oofing at twilight and get used to the sounds of the tractor and vehicles. We want to really roll out the welcome mat and ensure these animals are comfortable and well-adjusted.

Top Threats Wild Cats Face

Nine tiger subspecies roamed the far east fewer than 100 years ago. Due to poaching and habitat loss, the Caspian, Javan, and Bali subspecies, which were all once found in Indonesia, were wiped out. The South China tiger is also considered functionally extinct. Though a few remain in zoos, one has not been spotted in the wild in more than 25 years.

WildTrack – How Captive Tigers Are Helping Their Wild Cousins

WildTrack, which uses non-evasive research to monitor wildlife, has been working with Carolina Tiger Rescue for several years to build a database of tiger footprints. They currently have prints from more than 20 animals, which are the foundation for their software called FIT (Footprint Identification Technology). By collecting prints, they have been able to extract algorithms to identify tigers. They can determine the subspecies, age, sex, and individual animal all from an image of their footprint.

Tigers Found in Train Car – How the Virginia Girls Came to Call Carolina Tiger Rescue Home

State officials in Virginia found the trio in a small, manure-filled cattle trailer during a raid in August 1995. The tigers were meant to be sold. Officials sent the trio to us when we were still known as Carnivore Preservation Trust, and they lived in peace.

How the Sanctuary is Cleared Every Morning

The first step every morning for Carolina Tiger Rescue animal keepers is to clear the sanctuary. One of our skilled keepers will drive around the sanctuary in an closed vehicle to check the health and safety statuses of the big and medium residents. Once complete, the staff will hear the “Sanctuary Safe” call over the radios. Watch Keeper Lauren clear the sanctuary!

Tigers Get a Visit from the Dentist

During the two-day mission for the Colorado-based nonprofit, doctors provided 14 root canals, four gingivoplasties, and one extraction. A gingivoplasty is a procedure to reshape gums. Enclosure mates Saber, 7, and Shenandoah, 15, got root canals on each of their four canines. Sebastian, 16, got an extraction and three root canals; Tio, 16, also got three root canals.

Why Servals Make Bad Pets

Hobie Serval has never lived in the wild. His species is native to Africa, but he’s never been there. He won’t ever go. The 12-year-old wild cat was formerly a pet whose family thought loving him would be enough to domesticate him. That’s hardly ever the case with pet servals.

Why captive breeding will not save the wild tiger

In contrast to wild tigers, the number of captive-bred tigers is reportedly growing. The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) estimates that there are 7,000+ tigers in captive-breeding facilities across China, Lao PDR, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam. The vast majority of these facilities do not contribute to the conservation of tigers in the wild. What they do contribute to is persistent trade in tiger parts and products.

When Lions Attack Porcupines, Humans Suffer Unexpected Consequences

The first study of lion-porcupine interactions shows the spiny creatures can kill or seriously injure the big cats, with surprising impacts.

Infectious Outbreaks Threaten the Last Asiatic Lions

Parasites and dog disease in India sweep through the cats’ only home, triggering fears for the species’ survival.

Five Botswanan Lionesses Grow Manes, Start Acting Like Males

Though rumored for quite some time, scientists have officially reported the existence of maned female lions and have documented their more typically male behavior.

These dogs scare bears away—to protect them

Karelian bear dogs are a new, non-lethal tool for wildlife agencies concerned with ursine visitors getting too comfortable around humans.

How Mountain Lions Boost Biodiversity

Predators like wolves and lions run the animal kingdom’s version of meals on wheels, distributing food on a regular basis to those in need. But lions, it turns out, distribute food in their own way.

How a South African Industrial Site is Providing a Safe Haven for Wild Cats

Ever since the industrial revolution, human activities have resulted in rapid environmental changes including degradation, fragmentation, and destruction of habitat, climate change and biodiversity loss. Animals, such as large carnivores, are often among the first to disappear as human disturbance increases.

Lions Have Adapted to Hunting Seals

Lions in Namibia have turned to hunting seabirds and seals in the face of scarce food resources in the desert landscape, research has found.

Panthera’s Small Cat Program

Ranging in size from the diminutive rusty-spotted cat, weighing around 5 pounds when fully grown, to the 50-pound Eurasian lynx, small wild cat species inhabit five of the world’s seven continents (excluding Australia and Antarctica) and are superbly adapted to an array of natural and increasingly unnatural environments, from deserts to rainforests to city parks.

Rat Poison Found in Tested Mountain Lions, Bobcats, Fishers

A new state analysis has documented super-toxic rat poisons in more than 85 percent of tested mountain lions, bobcats and protected Pacific fishers, prompting state regulators to open a new evaluation of whether to further restrict or ban the powerful toxins.

Tiger Population Doubles in Nepal

The number of wild tigers in Nepal has nearly doubled since 2009 to 235, according to the government’s latest survey. In 2009, there were just 121 tigers in the Terai Arc Landscape (TAL), a range that spans India and Nepal.

Bobcat Makes Iguana a Snack in Florida

A bobcat is apparently doing its part to control the growing iguana population in South Florida.

Mountain Lions Effected by California Wildfires

Officials with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area say eight mountain lions are alive and moving based on GPS collars, apparently surviving the wildfires.

Eastern Cougar Declared Extinct

Many years prior to this tragic declaration, the species could be found in the eastern states of the country – particularly along the Mississippi River. However, the Eastern Puma had been listed as an endangered species for some time – and hasn’t been seen in the wild in over 80 years.

Tiger Deaths Hit the 100-Mark Again

It’s a classic case of viewing the glass as half empty or half full. For the third straight year, the number of tiger deaths in India have touched the 100-figure mark. However, the number of deaths in 2018 have decreased as compared to the year before that.

Tiger and Snow Leopard Migratory Patterns Overlap

History has been created with the first-ever camera footage of the Bengal Tiger and the Snow Leopard roaming the forests of the Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary, East Sikkim. While this is the first time that a tiger has been spotted in the state, it is also a first for the snow leopard being spotted in the eastern part of Sikkim.