THE BIG CAT PICTURE PART 1 OF 3
This Big Cat Movie exposes the truth behind zoos, pseudo sanctuaries, circus acts, the fur trade, the animal entertainment industry, poaching, hunting, and the exotic pet trade. Meet the exotic cats of Big Cat Rescue and hear their purrsonal stories in this expose' that tells it all.
A dramatic documentary that will leave you understanding what you can do to help save these magnificent creatures. This is a 60 minute film that reveals the plight of big cats, such as lions, tigers, leopards, bobcats and 18 of the 35 species of exotic and endangered wild cats in the wild and in captivity.
THE BIG CAT PICTURE PART 2 OF 3
Big cat distinguishes the large wild cats from much smaller species. One definition of big cat includes only the four species of cat in the genus Panthera: the lion, tiger, leopard, and jaguar. Members of this genus are the only cats able to roar, and this is sometimes considered a distinguishing characteristic of big cats. A more expansive definition also includes the cheetah, snow leopard, clouded leopard, and cougar. The roaring cats may also be distinguished from the other big cats by referring to them as "great cats". Another distinction is the offspring of the great cats are called cubs while the offspring of the lesser big cats are referred to as kittens.
Three of the four largest cats are members of the genus Panthera; the cougar is the fourth largest cat, exceeding the leopard in size. Some medium-sized cats like the Eurasian lynx may weigh as much as 25 kg (55 lb), but they are not considered big cats.
Despite enormous differences in size, the various species of cat are amazingly similar in both structure and behavior. All cats are carnivores and efficient predators. Their range includes the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe; Australia and Antarctica have no indigenous species of cats.
The principal threats to big cats are habitat destruction and poaching, including so-called canned hunts, in which captive animals on reserves are shot for sport.
Big cats were threatened by the exotic pet trade but now international trade is regulated by the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES).
THE BIG CAT PICTURE PART 3 OF 3
“This film exposes the grave problems associated with the widespread trade in big cats. These extraordinary creatures are kept as pets, killed in canned hunts, and languishing in roadside zoos and circuses. We need strong laws properly enforced to curb the growth in this underground and often above-ground trade in big cats.”
Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO, The Humane Society of the United States
"Thank you for sending the video with the explanation of why your facility exists. Your facility is one of the finest of its kind in the world and serves as a model of what can be done when someone decides to make a difference. Thanks to your efforts these beautiful cats will have a chance to live out their lives in peace. Your facility also serves to educate the public about the natural needs of these cats and for this you and your staff are to be commended. You've given the public a unique opportunity to experience these cats close-up.
I know we both support the cat's continued existence in the wild and I'm certain that your many ambassadors can convince the public this is well worth doing. Surely there is room in the wild for these magnificent creatures, nature's most perfect predators. However, the support of every visitor to Big Cat Rescue is necessary to ensure that this happens. All these wild cats want is to be left alone in the wild to live out their lives. It's seems in an increasingly human-dominated planet this is becoming more and more difficult and it is up to humans to leave room and resources for the wild cats that so fascinate and delight our own existence."
Jim Sanderson, Ph.D., TEAM Research Scientist Center for Applied Biodiversity Science Conservation International Small Cat Conservation Alliance