How Did Big Cat Rescue Get Started? -VR 180 3D

How Did Big Cat Rescue Get Started? -VR 180 3D


Hi! Welcome to Big Cat Rescue. I’m Howard Baskin, and I handle our administrative matters. And I’m Carol Baskin, the founder and CEO. And how about you come take a walk with us around the sanctuary? Big Cat Rescue started on November 4th, 1992. We were at an exotic animal auction, buying llamas to turn loose on big tracts of land to clear it, and this guy comes in with a bobcat who was just terrified. And I had done Bobcat rehab and released since I was 17 years old, I had never seen anybody try to make a bobcat into a pet. And the guy next to me started bidding on her, and so, I leaned over to him and I said, “When that cat grows up, she is gonna tear your face off.” And he said, “I’m a taxidermist. I’m just gonna club her in the head, in the parking lot, and make a den decoration out of her. Well, there was no way that that was gonna happen to that cat, and so, we brought her home that day. And, of course, as soon as she grew up, she was a horrible pet, as to be expected. She was terrorizing our German Shepherd. Terrorizing my daughter, and so, we decided this cat needed somebody of her own kind that would be tolerable of her energy and her ferocity. And so, we started calling around. And this guy said, “I’ll sell you a kitten, but you have to come up here in person.” So, we drove up to Minnesota and, when we got there, it turned out to be a fur farm. So, I asked the guy, “Was there this big of a market for these cats as pets?” And he said, “Oh, no, whatever we can’t sell this year, we’ll slaughter next year for their fur.” And so, we said, “How much for every cat here?” And came home with 56 Bobcats, Canada Lynx, and Siberian Lynx. And that was in 1993. That led to the rescue of 28 more off the fur farm the next year, and 22 off another fur farm the next year. And, then, people started calling and saying, “Hey, would you take my lion? Would you take my tiger?” And so, as they say, “If you build it, they will come.” And they were coming from everywhere. In the beginning, we didn’t know who to reach out to for advice. The zoos wouldn’t talk to us because we were part of “that horrible private sector” And we didn’t know how horrible that was, so the only people we could turn to for advice on how to build cages or how to care for these animals were the breeders and dealers. But, what we learned, once the internet came along, and we started going to trade shows for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, is that none of these cats can ever go free, and none of them serve any kind of conservation value. Big Cat Rescue’s mission is to put ourselves out of business. There shouldn’t be a need for a place that rescues exotic cats from horrible situations that people have put them in. What we mean when we say we want to put ourselves out of business is simply “to end having big cats in captivity as pets and at roadside zoos” so there are no cats being mistreated and therefore, no cats needing to be rescued by sanctuaries. Big Cat Rescue would, then, become a foundation supporting conservation of big cats in the wild, where they belong. What we are doing to make that happen is putting enormous time, energy, and money into what we call ‘advocacy.’ One critical element of that is the “Big Cat Public Safety Act,” a federal bill that would put an end to having big cats as pets, and to the cub petting and photo ops trade that drive so much of the excess breeding. Another major part of that effort is educating the public not to patronize cub petting exhibitors and roadside zoos, and educating venues not to allow traveling exhibits of big cats. Thank you for visiting the sanctuary with us, today, and learning about what we do. To learn more about ways that you can help, go to our website at BigCatRescue.org [Music] -EDITED-ACP-DQ

79 thoughts on “How Did Big Cat Rescue Get Started? -VR 180 3D

  1. You've done a great service for big cats. I'll visit your site and this channel more to learn more about what can be done to help big cats return to the wild.

  2. You are doing a wonderful thing. I hope that one day you will reach your goals and there will be no more need for wildlife sanctuary's.

  3. i love the vidoes but i dont have the VR set . so basically i am tilting my phone in some weird angles that i never discovered in ma life

  4. ฯ‰ฯƒฯ‰ ฯ… ฮฑโ„“โ„“ ัั”ฮฑโ„“ัƒ ะบฮนฮทโˆ‚! ฮน ะฝฯƒฯั” gฯƒโˆ‚ ะฒโ„“ั”ั•ั• ฯ…๐Ÿ˜„

  5. I appreciate so much everything you guys are doing. You are my Amazon smile chosen charity. I also frequently copy and paste links to your YouTube videos particularly on Twitter but also on Instagram when I see others innocently but disastrously posting pictures of a Cub petting situation or talking about how wonderful white tigers are. Stuff like that. What I find is that most of these people don't know what's really going on under the covers and how much suffering those types of things are fueling. I always try to approach it without sounding or appearing judgmental, and taking educating approach that only the information you have provided gives me an opportunity to pass along. To me this is like what blackfish did to the entire issue of orcas in captivity. I may just be a drop in the ocean, but I become a hurricane when I'm combined with many others who also are educated and willing to share that knowledge.

  6. Lovely video. Loved seeing all those amazing cats. I hope someday your true goal to not need to exist can happen.

  7. Most of the time great things have very small beginnings. In this case, one tiny bobcat slated for destruction led to not only many cats of all sizes having the best lives possible, but an organization with a powerful voice to help save many more. Well done Big Cat Rescue, well done.

  8. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฆ you guys are amazing!!! I wish I lived closer, I would be there a lot more. As it is, I have never been there before. But it is on one of my to visit places.

  9. U are the greatest foundation for this previous cats they deserve best and u are giving them the greatest chance in their life time ………thank u so much for this …..love from Chennai India

  10. Ugh I can't believe people want these as pets, it's just not a quality life no matter which way you try to flip it. So happy Big Cat Rescue had such big hearts and the means to take them all in!

  11. Is awesome what you guys are doing. I do agree with you that big cats or any animal that is exotic for that matter does not need to be taken out of the Wild and made to be pets. They should stay in the wild where people can admire them from afar. My favorite animal is of course the Tiger. I just love their stripes. I have known of them being pets and that's just not right so what you guys are doing is a great thing. God bless you guys in your effort 2 educate people about not having these animals as pets. Thank you for sharing this video

  12. I an't imagine why anyone in their right mind would want a big cat for a pet. Sometimes I cannot understand where people's brains are. We have five domestic house cats and it's plenty to take care of. Big cats belong in the wild, not as pets of any kind.

  13. Carole and Howard ;the two of you have such beautiful souls! The thoughts are disturbing hearing about the start of bcr .although we love to see these beauties it's not something that should be. Heartless people. Make me so Ill. I do thankyou for rescuing these cats and caring for them . true what you said about going out of business. Smart thinking .bless you both!!!โคโค

  14. I would love to see a longer documentary-style video on how Big Cat Rescue started and how it became what it is today. The journey and the lessons learned would be beneficial to a lot of people.

  15. What I like about Big Cat Rescue is that they do rehabilitate cats where possible and return them to the wild.

  16. Thank you so much for starting this, our family lives in the Tampa area and visit at least once a year to help support these beautiful creatures.

  17. While I loved hearing about how you started, your mission and plans for a foundation (a pray that time will come soon). I unfortunately felt I had to give this particular video a ๐Ÿ‘Žbecause of the way it was filmed. It was extremely hard to watch (having to angle my phone all different ways to get the cat in the picture, to even, on the last tiger shown, moving the phone & my entire head all the way to the right to see the entire tiger). I've never given one of your videos a thumbs down before but, I've also never seen one filmed this way. I deeply appreciate all you do for the cats(especially my beloved tigers). I know it is many times a thankless job. Please don't take my thumbs down as a reflection of what you do. โค๐Ÿ…

  18. I'm sure this is a great story, and I'd really like to watch the video, but the whole vr thing is too annoying for words. Please make non-vr versions available for those of us who can't use it.

  19. Carole and Howard, congratulations for your amazing, wonderful and hard job with these gorgeous animals ….. you make possible this world be a better one …. thanks ….

  20. Love what your doing for the safty and happyness of Big cats.
    God Bless you all.

  21. Have you guys ever thought of raising money for reptuable breed release programs of big cats such for like lions tiger and up an starting reintroduction programs for jaguars?

  22. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฅ im so happy BCR exists….i just wish it didnt HAVE to exist ๐Ÿ˜”

  23. Thank you so much for all you do! The big cats in your care are blessed to be there, where they can get proper care. God Bless you for rescuing them. Yes, the exotic pet trade must be stopped. I enjoy your informative videos a lot. Keep up the Great work. ๐Ÿ’–

  24. Great job! I hope you, and we, are successful in "putting you out of business." Thank you for all you do and share. <3

  25. Yโ€™all are doing good in this world and donโ€™t ever forget it. I do have a question: what happens if you rescued a pregnant lion or tiger or other exotic cat? Would you raise the babies and keep them at BCR?

  26. Would the big cat public safety act band or control the breeding of hybrids because i understand F1 is mixed with a "big cat" but most people dont consider them of F2 and on wild cats

  27. You guys are actual heroes, I'm from Brazil and I've been following your channel for a few years now, and it's absolutely on the top of my bucket list to one day be able to come visit the sanctuary and if possible even work as a volunteer for a while! Keep the good work ๐Ÿ™‚

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