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Washington, D.C. (May 21, 2013) – Jeffrey Flocken, North American Regional Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), issued the following statement regarding the serving of lion meat at restaurants across the country:

“It is extremely worrisome to see restaurants across the country promoting the sale and consumption of lion meat. The African lion population already faces many obstacles for survival: a restaurant’s choice to serve up lion meat is simply irresponsible.

As we witnessed at eateries Taco Fusion (Tampa, Florida) and Mokutanya Yakitori (Burlingame, California) in the last couple of weeks, and many other establishments over the last few years, customers respond negatively to publicity ploys like novelty meats. Modern history shows that almost every restaurant serving lion meat has pulled it from their menu as a direct result of public backlash. A recent Synovate poll found that 63 percent of Americans would stop frequenting an establishment if it started serving lion meat.

The African lion population has declined by more than 50 percent over the last three decades, and as few as 32,000 remain in the wild. In March 2011 IFAW, along with a coalition of animal welfare organizations, petitioned the U.S. government to list the African lion as an endangered species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. If listed, serving African lion meat in the U.S. would be illegal.

Restaurants serving lion meat send a message that they promote exploiting endangered animals. It not only alienates their customers, but it undermines conservation of this iconic species which is already fighting to survive. For any restaurants considering serving the meat of this imperiled species, we urge you to reconsider: African lions must be conserved, not consumed.”

About IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare)

Founded in 1969, IFAW saves animals in crisis around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org/bigcatadvocates. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


This material is being sent at the request of both Ms. Tippi Hedren and The Honorable Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA 25) and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-CA 46) regarding yesterday announcement about The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act. The passing of this bill will finally mean that captive big cats-tigers, lions, cougars and other species - will not threaten public safety, diminish global conservation efforts, or end up living in deplorable conditions. Congressman McKeon's office contact can be found below. For more information regarding Ms. Hedren's efforts with The Shambala Preserve and The ROAR Foundation, please visit Shambala.org.

McKeon and Sanchez Introduce Big Cats & Public Safety Protection Act Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA 25) and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-CA 46) introduced H.R. 1998, the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act. The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act would prohibit private possession of big cats, such as lions, tigers, panthers and cheetahs, except at highly-qualified facilities, like accredited zoos, where they can be properly cared for and restrained. Additionally, since no agency, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), state agencies, or local first responders, currently knows exactly how many dangerous big cats are being kept in private hands, under what conditions, and in what locations, the bill would require any persons who currently possess big cats to register those animals with USDA in order to keep the cats they currently own. The bill would also outlaw the breeding of any big cat except at accredited zoos and research and educational institutions. Violators of the law could have their animals confiscated along with any vehicles or equipment used to aid in their illegal activity, and could face stiff penalties including fines as much as $20,000, and up to five years in jail. The need for federal legislation regulating the sale and captivity of big cats has become dire. An alarming number of wild cats have been bred and sold as domestic pets in the U.S. This trend threatens public safety and often results in the severe mistreatment of these animals. Most recently, the fatal mauling of young intern at a private wildlife park in Dunlap, California, and the tragic events in Zanesville, Ohio in October, 2011, where 49 wild animals were killed after they were let loose on an unlicensed wild animal preserve, showcase the dangerous implications of this rising trend. Currently, only nine states have laws enforcing “no wild animals permitted,” and the remaining states have weak or no laws in existence. This bi-partisan bill will deter the dangerous private breeding, selling and keeping of lions, tigers and other dangerous big cats, and will help keep the public safe. This bill will also help global big cat conservation efforts and will work to ensure that big cats do not end up living in horrible conditions where they can be subject to mistreatment and cruelty. “No matter how many times people try to do it, wildcats such as lions, tigers, panthers and cheetahs are impossible to domesticate for personal possession,” said Congressman McKeon. “These wild animals require much higher living standards compared to a domestic house cat and demand care that most black-market owners are not able to provide for. When accidents happen or when individuals learn they can't take care of these animals, and these wild cats are released into our neighborhoods, it causes panic, puts a strain on our local public safety responders and is extremely dangerous. This bill is a step forward in protecting the public, ensuring that wildcats are not exploited and making sure those that are held in captivity are taken care of humanely in proper living conditions.” “State laws addressing the private ownership and breeding of big cats vary greatly, with some states banning the practice outright while others impose few and partial restrictions,” said Congresswoman Sanchez. “This patchwork of regulations is confusing and it jeopardizes the safety of the public and the welfare of our animals. The Big Cats bill is a federal solution that will clarify these regulations and will lessen the interstate traffic of various species.” This legislation is supported by the Roar Foundation, Shambala Preserve, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Born Free USA, Humane Society of United States, Big Cat Rescue, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and Ian Somerhalder Foundation. Sincerely, Congressman Buck McKeon OFFICE INFORMATION WASHINGTON DC OFFICE 2184 Rayburn HOB Washington, DC 20515 phone: 202-225-1956 SANTA CLARITA OFFICE 26650 The Old Road Suite 203 Santa Clarita, CA 91381 phone: 661-254-2111 PALMDALE OFFICE 1008 W. Ave M-14 Suite E Palmdale, CA 93551 phone: 661-274-9688 Safety Act Talking Points o There are as many as 10,000 big cats kept in private hands, but no one knows exactly how many and where. o The exact number is a mystery because few records are kept. What we do know is that these animals should never be kept as pets. o Just weeks ago, a young woman in Dunlap, CA was attacked by an adult lion while she was cleaning his enclosure. Tragically, the young woman died, and the lion had to be killed by authorities. The incident took place at a facility that breeds and frequently transports its big cats for public display. o In the last two decades in the U.S., dangerous incidents involving big cats have resulted in 22 people being killed (including five children) and nearly 200 being mauled or otherwise injured. The numbers are likely higher as these are only the incidents widely reported by the media. o It costs at least $10,000 a year on average just to feed a big cat, and they need huge spaces to roam. Many big cat owners, even those with good intentions, quickly realize they are in over their heads. o Local law enforcement and other first responders are neither trained nor financially equipped to deal with animals the likes of a 300-pound tiger, and taxpayers must pay the cost when animals escape or otherwise jeopardize the community. o Furthermore, the USDA does not have the resources to adequately inspect big cat licensees and enforce Animal Welfare Act compliance. o Co-sponsor the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act today. Passing this bill would mean an amendment to the Captive Wildlife Safety Act to generally restrict breeding and keeping big cats (lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, and cougars) as pets. Current owners of any of these big cats would just need to register them with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The bill would provide exemptions for the following: zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), wildlife sanctuaries (that do not breed or allow public handling of their animals), wildlife rehabilitators, some research and education institutions, and some traveling circuses. o Unfortunately, reform came too late to Zanesville, Ohio. That's where a backyard exotic animal owner released 38 big cats and 18 other dangerous animals and then took his own life. To protect the surrounding community, law enforcement had no choice but to kill most of the animals. We can't stand on the sideline waiting for the next incident. Don't let your neighborhood be next. You, your family, and these animals all deserve protection. o Passing this bill will finally mean that captive big cats-tigers, lions, cougars and other species-do not threaten public safety, diminish global conservation efforts, or end up living in deplorable conditions

Reader’s Digest: When Animals Act Like People

April 17, 2013 – Reader’s Digest compiled a list of 12 stories that show animals at their most personal: practicing yoga, driving cars and comforting their closest friends. The stories include regular pets, such as cats and dogs, and animals as wild as a lion and marmots. Here are their stories:

· Lions Care About Their Hair – According to Peyton M. West, PhD, an evolution and animal behavior expert, female lions actively court males that are more heavily and lushly maned, especially at night, which is reserved for socializing and grooming. Of course, today such bald discrimination is frowned upon by men and women, but the big cats are content to be old-fashioned. When fights break out among members of the pride, lions with flowing tresses get preferential treatment.

· Whale Says Thanks – Each winter for nearly 20 years, Great Whale Conservancy co-director Michael Fishbach has traveled with other research scientists to the Sea of Cortez off Mexico’s west coast to study blue and humpback whales. In 2011, he and his team spotted a humpback whale trapped in a fishing net and spent an hour freeing it. Afterward, in an hour-long display of thanks, the whale swam near their boat and leaped into the air about 40 times.

· Pandas Like to Cavort – Is there anything cuter than a baby panda, except maybe a human baby? Even the word “panda” is cute. In fact, cubs sometimes behave like human babies: They sleep in the same positions and value their thumbs (pandas use theirs for holding the bamboo they munch on all day). Pandas have been known to wander inside mountain homes and get into the pots and pans. And although they grow into solitary adults who roam alone and mate just once a year, they also like to snuggle. If given the chance, they’ll sleep side by side with domestic animals.

· Bear Does Yoga – Santra, a female bear at Finland’s Ahtari Zoo, entertained visitors with a 15-minute “yoga” routine following a nap. Sitting upright, Santra used her front paws to grab her right back paw, then her left, stretching her legs as if doing a One-Legged Split. Next, she demonstrated the Open-Leg Seated Balance Pose with near-perfect form, pulling up both hind legs while keeping her balance.

· Horses Are Picky Eaters – Horses have an even keener sense of taste and smell than humans do, say equine scientists. When horses wrinkle their noses and flare their nostrils, they’re activating their vomeronasal organ, which allows them to sense smells we can’t detect. Horses also have taste buds on the back of their tongues and the roofs of their mouths, which might explain why they reject stale water and meticulously move around meadows, grazing on only the tastiest herbs, experts say.

· A Cat Honors Its Owner – A sprig of acacia, paper towels, and a plastic cup are just a few of the gifts that Toldo, a devoted three-year-old gray-and-white cat, has placed on his former owner Iozzelli Renzo’s grave in Montagnana, Italy, every day since the man died in September 2011. Renzo adopted Toldo from a shelter when the cat was three months old, and the two formed an inseparable bond. After Renzo passed away, Toldo followed the coffin to the cemetery, and now “stands guard” at the grave for hours at a time, says Renzo’s family.

· Pigeons Serve Their Country – Pigeons’ speed and navigational skills made them prized military messengers in World Wars I and II and the most decorated animals in military history. Thirty-two messenger pigeons have received the Dickin Medal, a British award that honors the gallantry or devotion of animals in war. At the moment, pigeons are resting on their laurels. They’ve fallen out of military favor and are no longer used — for now.

· Dogs Drive Cars – Three New Zealand dogs recently navigated a specially modified Mini Cooper around a racetrack at about 20 mph. (Engineers raised the gearshift and pedals and added handles to the steering wheel.) The stunt was an effort by the Auckland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to show off canine intelligence and boost adoptions from animal shelters. After months of practice, Monty, a giant schnauzer, Porter, a bearded collie mix, and Ginny, a bearded collie–whippet mix, followed trainers’ commands to put the car into gear, press the accelerator, and steer with their paws. Since a video of the test drive appeared online last December, all three dogs have been adopted.

· Monkeys Do Math – If capuchins ran the world, we might have avoided the recent banking crisis. In an experiment conducted at Yale, capuchins demonstrated an understanding of pricing and budgeting, as well as a desire to avoid losses when required to buy food with tokens.

· Cat Guides Blind Dog – After Terfel, an 8 year-old chocolate Labrador retriever in North Wales, U.K., developed cataracts last year, he began to bump into walls and furniture. Soon enough, the once energetic dog was spending most of his time in his dog bed, unable to find his way around. On a whim, Terfel’s owner Judy Godfrey-Brown let a stray cat, whom she named Pwditat (pronounced Puddy-tat), into her home. The feline made a beeline for the blind dog and began using its paws and head to herd Terfel into the garden. Now the unlikely friends sleep together, and Pwditat helps Terfel find his way everywhere.

· Camel Eats Breakfast with People – The first time Joe dined with British farmers Nathan and Charlotte Anderson-Dixon, he was uninvited. The four-year-old Bactrian camel stuck his head through their open kitchen window in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, and proceeded to empty the contents of a fruit bowl. Now the couple, who rent out reindeer, camels, goats, and other creatures for television shows, movies, and photo shoots, set a place at their table for the assertive double-humped creature, where he munches on cereal and his favorite: bananas on toast.

· Marmots Befriend a Boy – A colony of marmots in the Austrian Alps has embraced eight-year-old Matteo Walch, whose family vacations there in summer. The Alpine marmots are the largest of their species, sometimes reaching 15 pounds. Typically, they beat their tails, chatter, and whistle to warn other marmots of danger, but with Matteo, they behave much differently, allowing the boy to feed, pet, and even touch noses with them.

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Fierce Beauty Celebrates Endangered Wild Cats with Stunning Photography

SAN RAFAEL, CA, October 2012 – Fierce Beauty is a vibrant photographic celebration of the beauty, power, and grace of the tigers, leopards, lions, ocelots, and other wild cats that inhabit the Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (TIGERS). This wildlife preserve in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is home to more than one hundred rare animals, from ligers (a hybrid cross between a male lion and a tigress) that stretch nearly twelve feet long to cheetahs capable of running seventy miles per hour.

The intimate photographs in Fierce Beauty showcase these spectacular creatures in a natural setting, revealing their vibrant form and striking personalities and highlighting their significance in the world and the importance of protecting them. The more than three hundred images in Fierce Beauty, which artfully capture playful, tender, and imposing moments with wild cats, are accompanied by essays by such animal-rights luminaries as zoologist and TV personality Jim Fowler and Dakota Zoo director Terry Lincoln, among others, and a foreword by renowned actor and activist Robert Duvall. Discover what makes these animals unique cohabitants of mankind with dozens of exclusive never-before-seen portraits from preeminent nature photographers Tim Flach and Barry Bland.

Fierce Beauty is a treat for wildlife enthusiasts, cat lovers, and photography buffs of all stripes. Proceeds from the book help fund the preservation efforts of the Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (TIGERS).

Bhagavan Antle is the director of the TIGERS wildlife preserve in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and the founder of the Rare Species Fund, which supports animal conservation projects around the world.

Robert Duvall is an American actor and director, starring in some of the most acclaimed and popular films and TV shows of all time. He and his wife, Luciana Pedraza, are active supporters of Pro Mujer, a nonprofit charity organization dedicated to helping Latin America’s poorest women, and of efforts to preserve endangered species, particularly tigers.

Tim Flach, best-selling author of Dog’s Gods and Equus, is a photographer best known for his highly conceptual portraits of animals. His images of animals are a departure from traditional wildlife photography, and he has been described as “a potent example of a commercially trained photographer who’s now reaching a global audience through the boom in fine art photography.” His clients include the Sunday Times, Cirque du Soleil, Sony, Hermès, and the Locarno International Film Festival. His images have twice been featured on UK Royal Mail stamps, and his fine art prints are represented in London by the Osborne Samuel gallery. Leading organizations and publications, including the Association of Photographers, American Photo, Photo District Annual, Communication Arts, Creative Review, and Design & Art Direction, have repeatedly honored Flach. He is the recipient of the International Photography Awards Professional Photographer of the Year.

Barry Bland is an internationally acclaimed photographer specializing in photography of animals both wild and tame. Barry’s work regularly appears in UK newspapers, including the Daily Mail, the Sun, Daily Telegraph, and Independent. In the U.S. he has been published in the New York Post, New York Daily News, and In Touch and People magazines, and his photos have appeared on Oprah, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America, Inside Edition, and ABC and NBC news.



We are at a world-changing time in the history of wild animals in captivity and in the wild!!!......WE NEED YOUR HELP IN ORDER FOR TWO ISSUES TO COME TO FRUITION!!!!

First..... the Federal Bill I brought to my U.S. Rep. Buck McKeon to stop the insanity of breeding Exotic Felines such as, Lion, Tiger, Leopard and Jaguar in the U.S. to be sold as pets or for financial gain will be before Congress again within the next few weeks. The title, "Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act", formerly H..R.# 4122, and S. # 3547, will be given new numbers during the coming session.

Please stay on top of this urgently needed bill thru www.shambala.org and write to your Congressional Representatives and Senators.

Second....The .U.S. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife is considering and is urgently requesting studied opinions on adding The African Lion to the Endangered Species List. Considering the rapid diminishing numbers of this species due to encroaching civilization, trophy hunting and poaching, (same issues I've talked about for years), it is indeed time we take advantage of this opportunity to let our Government know the severity of this huge problem and encourage them to put the African Lion on the endangered list as stipulated in the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as soon as possible.

Again, we are at a very important time in the History of Greats Cats on our planet. We have until 11: 59 P.M. January 28, 2013 to have your opinion registered!!! After that, your statement may not be registered or given credence!!!!!!

Please, contact friends, family, celebrities to help this monumental problem come to a close!!!!!

Below, you will find information on why it is so urgent to be a part of this movement!!!!....included are important, and not well publicized issues, that will help you with your statements.

U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife link with information

U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife link to make comments


Your voice is important!!!!!......It counts!!!!......Use it!!!!!.....Please, and thank you for caring, and acting on those feelings.

With love for The Wild Ones Everywhere!!!!!







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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Issues Positive Finding on

Groups’ Petition to List Lions as Endangered

WASHINGTON D.C. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the African lion may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), following an initial review of a petition seeking to protect the species which was filed by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Humane Society International (HSI), Born Free USA, Born Free Foundation, Defenders of Wildlife and the Fund for Animals. The groups thanked the federal agency for its preliminary positive 90-day finding on the petition to protect lions.

“Today’s decision is an important first step as we work to protect the African lion—a species confronted with mounting threats and a steep population decline,” said Jeff Flocken, DC Office Director, IFAW. “The ESA is the most powerful law we have to safeguard the African lion against the unnecessary threat of U.S. trophy hunters.”

The number of African lions has declined by more than 50 percent in the past three decades, with fewer than 35,000 believed remaining today. Despite the significant and continued declines in population and range, the number of lion trophies imported to the United States is increasing. Listing the African lion as Endangered would generally prohibit the import of lion trophies into the United States, an essential step to reversing the current decline of the population.

“African lions are in danger of losing the land they require in order to thrive, are exposed to a variety of deadly diseases, are slaughtered for their meat and organs or in retaliatory killings – including by gruesome poisoning – as a result of livestock predation, and are killed for trophies and commercial sale of their parts,” noted Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President of Born Free USA. “The US government deserves high praise for taking the necessary first step toward ensuring a chance at survival for this beleaguered species.”

“The African lion has been pushed to the brink of extinction in part by irresponsible American trophy hunters,” said Teresa Telecky, Director, Wildlife Department, Humane Society International. “It’s time for the U.S. government to recognize the perilous state of this species and put the brakes on killing rare animals to get one’s name in a trophy book.”

Now that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued its positive preliminary 90-day finding on the petition, the agency will next receive information from scientists and the public about the status of the African lion to determine whether an endangered listing would be appropriate.

For more information visit www.helpafricanlions.org.


Born on January 19, 1930, actress Tippi Hedren was discovered by Alfred Hitchcock, who cast her in her two most notable films, The Birds (1963) and Marnie (1964). She later appeared in Roar (1981), which she also produced,

Deadly Spygames (1989) and Citizen Ruth (1996). In 1972, she founded the Roar Foundation and Shambala Preserve, an animal preserve outside Los Angeles. Hedren is the mother of actress Melanie Griffith.

Acting Career

Actress Tippi Hedren was born Nathalie Kay Hedren on January 19, 1930, in New Ulm, Michigan, to Bernard Carl Hedren and Dorothea Henrietta (Eckhardt) Hedren. Hedren was discovered by Alfred Hitchcock, who cast her in her two most notable films, The Birds (1963) and Marnie (1964).

Hedren's later films include Roar (1981), which she also produced; Deadly Spygames (1989); and Citizen Ruth (1996). Additionally, she has appeared in several television movies, including Birds 2: The Land's End (1994).

More recently, Hedren was cast in the film I Heart Huckabees (2004) and starred in the TV movie Tribute (2009), which aired on the Lifetime network and also starred Brittany Murphy.

October 2012 marked the debut of HBO's The Girl, a film based on the Donald Spoto novel Spellbound by Beauty: Alfred Hitchcock and His Leading Ladies, which details the famous director's relationships with several film actresses, including Hedren. In recent years, Hedren has publicly discussed her working relationship with Hitchcock; according to Hedren, Hitchcock made several aggressive sexual advances toward her while they were working on The Birds and Marnie, and when she rejected him, he treated her coldly. The Girl stars Toby Jones (Alfred Hitchcock) and actress Sienna Miller (Hedren).

Life Off-Screen

Outside of acting, Hedren has been involved in various projects. Among them, she has dedicated her life to animal rescue efforts. In 1972, she founded the Roar Foundation and Shambala Preserve, an animal preserve outside Los Angeles. It houses over 65 animals. Shambala also became the home for Michael Jackson's two Bengal tigers after he closed his Neverland zoo.  WWW.SHAMBALA.ORG

Hedren is the mother of actress Melanie Griffith. She was married to Peter Griffith, Griffith's father, for nearly a decade, from 1952 to 1961. She has since been married twice, to Noel Marshall (1964-1982) and Luis Barrenechea (1985-1995), and in recent years, has been romantically linked to Martin Dinnes.

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            Martine Colette, founder and director of the Wildlife WayStation, is facing what she calls – bluntly – the “final chapter” of the acclaimed wild and exotic animal sanctuary that has long been a Los Angeles fixture and is home to around 400 animals, birds and reptiles. 

            But home for how long? 

            That is Colette’s predicament and it’s crunch time for the animal supporter and her life’s work. 

            Says Colette: “If the WayStation does not find a way out from under the horrific financial burden it is currently facing, caused by the current recession and disastrous economic downfall, then all these animals that came to us for safe haven are in real jeopardy. 

            “And sooner rather than later.”

            Funded solely through corporate and foundation grants, private donations, animal sponsorship and bequests, the non profit WayStation, situated in the Angeles National Forest just outside Los Angeles, has seen the results of fundraising activities drop abruptly.

            “Donations are down,” notes Colette. “This is the worst I have experienced in my 45 years of animal welfare and rescue..

            “We have been forced to cut back severely on WayStation staff, relying on volunteers and supporters day-to-day. They do a great job but it’s frustrating not having a complete, permanent staff to serve our animal population.

            ”The economic situation adversely affects our work on the County of Los Angeles-required WayStation improvements that would allow us to reopen our sanctuary to the public, another way we raise money. The work is proceeding, but slowly.

            “All in all, this has been one horrific year.”

            Colette views the upcoming Thanksgiving-Christmas period – a peak time for donations and fundraising – as “crisis time,” the make-or-break period for the WayStation.

            Facing the reality of the WayStation’s downward financial spiral, Colette and fellow board members are looking to change the Waystation’s business methods and philosophy.

            Colette’s opinion is that the WayStation management, herself included, must become more progressive and proactive,

            Says Colette: “We are putting real emphasis on the possibility of some organization going into partnership with the WayStation, a company that sees a real advantage in aligning with the WayStation brand that could take us – and them - in a different direction. An organization that will find the WayStation image and history advantageous to them.

            “Frankly, we are open to any and all suggestions – a merger with another like-minded animal organization is not out of the question. A wedding chapel with the WayStation has background has even been suggested! Just as long as respect for the animals is part of the package, the first priority.”

            While the WayStation is seeking an organizational partner with deep pockets, the small change is not being neglected in the fundraising drives.

            “People can sponsor a particular animal, or contribute to a food bill. I can tell you to the last cent how much it costs to feed one tiger or one chimp for one day. If someone wants to help that way, I am just as grateful. The most important thing is that the Wildlife Waystation must survive

            “A large part of the WayStation’s appeal is its connection with the public, whether in the school room or the other outside events that feature the Waystation’s animals.”

                        Martine Colette acknowledges: “Animal rescue and protection has never been a money making business and those operations with large animal populations are especially vulnerable. Two respectable large animal sanctuaries in Texas have just gone belly up, victims of the same financial crisis that’s affecting the WayStation. And the blunt fact is that, in these cases, there is no place for the animals to go.

            “If the worst happens, there is no place in Los Angeles County that can take in an animal population of 400 – tigers, chimps, bird, reptiles.

            ”This must never happen. We do good work here.”


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Text Wildlife to 20222 on your cell phone to make an instant $10 donation that will show up on your next bill.

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Tracking Elusive Jungle Jaguars, Investigating Unprecedented Battles Between Big Cat Species, Pursuing Mountain Lions under Siege by Wolves and Rescuing Cubs So Rare They’ve Almost Never Been Filmed in the Wild


Big Cat Week Premieres Sunday, December 11, through

Saturday, December 17, 2011, on Nat Geo WILD

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 2, 2011) The beauty and agility of nature’s most majestic cats, including lions, tigers, cheetahs, jaguars and cougars from around the world, have enthralled us and captured our imaginations.  Their incredible strength and skill have amazed us for years, leaving us wanting to discover more.  Now, Nat Geo WILD gets closer than ever, studying big cats in their habitat as they kill prey for survival, mate and care for their cubs. 


Nat Geo WILD presents the SECOND ANNUAL BIG CAT WEEK to dramatically showcase the world’s most extraordinary big cat species premiering Sunday, December 11 through Saturday, December 17, 2011.  The seven-night television event features visually stunning and powerfully resonant stories of nature’s fiercest felines and the people working to save these majestic cats.  This year, BIG CAT WEEK premieres include programs from Dereck and Beverly Joubert, award-winning filmmakers and National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence; wildlife naturalist Casey Anderson; and expert big cat wrangler Boone Smith, a fourth-generation tracker and houndsman.


More than a television event, BIG CAT WEEK is an extension of National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative (BCI), a long-term commitment to halt the decline of these iconic animals in the wild.  This year’s shows document some of the world’s most iconic and endangered predators. Did you know that Africa’s lion population has declined by more than 90 percent in the last 50 years? That there are now more tigers living in captivity than in the wild?  And that, cheetahs have disappeared from more than 75 percent of their range?


To address this critical situation, Nat Geo WILD is asking people to “Cause an Uproar” and support BCI.  This year’s BIG CAT WEEK follows a series of fall events, including the BCI Educator Conference, which brought together leading experts and teachers to bring information on big cats into classrooms around the country, and the first annual Trick-or-Treat for Big Cats Program, an initiative to encourage kids to collect change for BCI along with their candy.


Big Cat Week Premieres include:


Stalking the Mountain Lion with Casey Anderson

Sunday, December 11, 2011, at 8 p.m. ET/PT

Naturalist Casey Anderson sets out to track one of North America’s most elusive ghosts: the mountain lion.  Casey’s longtime friend and cat expert Tyler Johnerson is on hand to help him in his quest to witness “the ghost of the Rockies.”  Armed with specialized camera technology, they hope to capture never-before-seen footage of mountain lions and their cubs living in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem.  A nearly impossible challenge given that this formidable and cunning predator is capable of jumping vertically nearly 20 feet in a single leap.



American Cougar

Sunday, December 11, 2011, at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Cougars struggling to survive in the severe landscape of the northern Rocky Mountains have a new archenemy to contend with—reintroduced wolves competing for game and out to kill their cubs.  With data pointing to unprecedented deaths of cougar kittens, big cat wrangler Boone Smith mounts a grueling expedition to track, capture and radio-collar cougars to study how this species is adapting.  To gain insights, Boone will meet with Dr. Howard Quigley, a world-renowned expert on big cats.  On our journey, we’ll come face-to-face with a crafty young female preparing to deliver her unborn litter in the territory of wolves.  Then see how another resourceful cougar demonstrates her escape skills as Boone and team race the clock to replace her failing radio collar before the essential data she carries vanish into the rugged landscape forever. 


Cat Wars: Lion vs. Cheetah

Sunday, December 11, 2011, at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Caught on tape in Africa’s wild Serengeti is a stunning act of violence between two top predators.  Three cheetahs are brutally attacked by two male lions — the first time an attack like this has ever been filmed.  Now, filmmaker Leo Kuenkel, who witnessed the attack, is trying to make sense of it.  Was this a once-in-a-lifetime “perfect storm” event?  Or do these iconic African cats have a deep-set, sinister reason to fight to the death?  Joining forces with world-renowned lion expert Craig Packer, they put the best scientific theories to the test, going frame by frame through the footage of this extraordinary fight.  Along the way, we’ll make stunning revelations about the dark relationship between lions and cheetahs, and perhaps finally explain this great wildlife mystery.


Hunt for the Shadow Cat

Monday, December 12, 2011, at 9 p.m. ET/PT

The jaguar — some call it the most mysterious and magnificent of all big cats.  Ancient cultures considered them gods for their power, beauty and speed.  But little is really known about this species that stalks the deepest jungles.  Researchers have collected information about male jaguars, but half of the picture is missing … we don’t know as much about females.  For the first time, Boone Smith brings his expertise to Central and South America as he teams up with Dr. Howard Quigley, who leads Panthera’s Jaguar Program.  They are on a mission to capture, film and attach sophisticated tracking collars on the cunning and elusive jaguars — including a female — in the jungles of Belize and the swamps of Brazil and finally enter the jaguar’s secret lair.


Night Stalkers: Jaguar Ambush

Monday, December 12, 2011, at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Wildlife filmmaker Martin Dohrn leads an expert team of night-filming specialists into the jungles of Costa Rica on the hunt for Central America’s big cats.  Pumas, ocelots and the elusive jaguar all live in the dense tropical forest, but filming them is far from an easy task.  Starlight, thermal and infrared cameras are deployed throughout the forest, together with remotely operated cameras suspended above and on the forest floor.  With the forest wired for night vision, it’s only a matter of time before the team starts to discover mysterious big cats.


Swamp Lions

Tuesday, December 13, 2011, at 10 p.m. ET/PT

A pride of lions is on its knees.  Its mighty male was killed by poachers, leaving three mothers and their cubs vulnerable in one of the toughest landscapes in Africa.  Hunting in the shoulder-deep mud of Busanga Swamp is all but impossible, and deadly hippos and crocodiles patrol the ever-present waters.  Trying to hunt while protecting their cubs is a daunting challenge, but now the threats are even greater, as two massive male lions want to claim the females and the territory as their own.  To accomplish this they must kill its cubs, but the mothers are ready to fight tooth and claw to make sure that doesn’t happen.


Return of the Clouded Leopards

Wednesday, December 14, 2011, at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Two very rare 6-week-old clouded leopard cubs are rescued from poachers, giving conservationist and filmmaker Sandesh Kadur the opportunity of a lifetime.  For the next year, Sandesh attempts to raise the cubs, doing everything their mother would have to teach them how to survive.  No small tasks, given that these elusive cats occupy tree tops hundreds of feet high.  Then, when the cats are ready, they are radio-collared and released into the northern jungle in India.  Will his adopted family lead him into the secret lives of these mysterious big cats? 


The Last Lions

Friday, December 16, 2011, at 8 p.m. ET/PT (Two-Hour Premiere)

According to The New York Times, The Last Lions is “one of the most urgent and certainly among the most beautifully shot documentaries to hit the big screen in recent memory.”  Having just taken top honors at the Jackson Hole Film Festival film, this film now moves to TV to provide viewers a suspense-filled tale of a determined lioness ready to try anything — and willing to risk everything — to keep her family alive.  Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert follow the epic journey of a lioness named Ma di Tau (“Mother of Lions”) as she battles to protect her cubs against a daunting onslaught of enemies in a desperate attempt to ensure their survival. 


Nat Geo WILD’s Big Cat Week shows, apps and books are available on the iTunes store at iTunes.com/BigCats. For additional programming information, please visit www.natgeowild.com.  For Big Cats Initiative information, please visit www.causeanuproar.org.

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