In 2013, thanks to YOUR generous donations, Big Cat Rescue was able to build a wonderful 2.5 acre Vacation Rotation enclosure for our cats to enjoy during two-week “vacations” to experience new sights, sounds and smells.
We originally thought most of our smaller cats would use the Vacation Rotation too. But we have so many small cats it would mean that our biggest cats – our lions, tigers and leopards – who are LOVING their vacations, would have to wait a very long time for their turn to go on another vacation.
So….(drumroll please!) we are building the small cats their very own Small Cat Vacation Rotation!! It will be 20,000 square feet of lush foliage, trees, dens, hills, platforms and pools. We anticipate most of our lynx, bobcats, servals, caracals and hybrids (like JoJo – a serval/caracal mix) will take a leisurely stroll from their permanent enclosures into and out of the new Vacation Rotation through specially-constructed, above-ground tunnels. We know they are going to just love exploring a fun new space all their own!
And the BEST part is this means that TWICE as many cats can be on vacations at the same time! Big cats enjoying the original Vacation Rotation while smaller cats simultaneously enjoy the Small Cat Vacation Rotation. Yeah!
All this planning for our small cats has got us thinking about our beloved bobcats Raindance and Little Dove, both of whom turn 21 this month (May 2014). That is beyond ancient in bobcat years.
Raindance and Little Dove are the last remaining cats of the 56 bobcat and lynx kittens our founder Carole Baskin rescued in 1993 from a fur farm. They were less than 3 weeks old when Carole brought them back to Tampa and the rest is history: Raindance and Little Dove helped launch Big Cat Rescue.
But they’ve never been on a vacation. We need your help so Raindance can lead the way and help launch the Small Cat Vacation Rotation area!! Raindance will be the first to enjoy a two-week vacation in the new enclosure once it’s funded and finished. Little Dove is a bit reclusive, so she will go on vacation only if she feels like it. The cost is approximately $50,000 to complete this very special enclosure.
Will you please help Raindance and most of our other small cats experience the joys of a new place to roam and explore? To test out new platforms and nap in the shade of new dens?
Donors of $500 or more will have their name on a permanent recognition sign near the enclosure. Any funds donated in excess of project costs will be used for other needs for our cats. Thank you for your amazing support of our cats! Raindance and the rest of our little guys and gals thanks you too.
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