You read that title right folks. Big Cat Rescue is claiming that they will be unveiling the first augmented reality zoo in the world. The Tampa-based roadside zoo will be holding a free event at the Westfield Citrus Park Mall sometime in March where they will show off what they claim will be an augmented reality zoo. Knowing how low quality their real life roadside menagerie is, we won’t be holding our expectations too high.
On Monday, February 4th, Big Cat Rescue, a notorious roadside zoo located in Florida, posted a call to action on their Facebook page that has over 2-million followers. As usual, the purpose of this call to action is to have their followers bombard an organization with emails until the said organization complies with their demands. The intended target this time around is the Chabad of Sarasota.
Back in September, we presented you with the story of Dennis Lee Hoffman and his pet bobcat that was confiscated in Connecticut by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). Hoffman had contacted us under the assumption that we could possibly help in his endeavor to get his bobcat back. We usually refrain from getting involved in such matters unless Big Cat Rescue is connected which was the case (see Big Cat Rescue Wants To Buy A Bobcat).
On September 6th, an anonymous individual sent us an email explaining how they wanted to expose certain practices they found to be horrendous during their time volunteering for Big Cat Rescue. What sets this apart from prior volunteers that have spoken out is that this person claims to have volunteered at Big Cat Rescue sometime within the past four years.
In a article published just a bit over a week ago by The Dodo, Susan Bass, Director of Public Relations for Big Cat Rescue, went on to address a viral video in which a tiger stalked two men standing on the opposite side of it’s enclosure. The article contained an exaggerated description of what actually transpired, but that’s par for the course when it comes to The Dodo’s reporting.
Many people seem to be unaware of Big Cat Rescue's close association with the notorious animal rights organization known as The Humane Society of The United States. So how exactly are these multi-million dollar nonprofit entities connected?
On Friday, Big Cat Rescue decided to comment on a viral video that was making its rounds these past couple of days in which a lion managed to hold its ground in a game of tug-of-war with three WWE wrestlers. A crowd of onlookers watched as Fabian Aichner, Killian Dain and Ricochet took on a 2 ½ year female lion cub named Axelle in a friendly game of tug-of-war.
Does virtual reality technology have the potential to completely reinvent the way we will think of zoos in the near future? According to some groups, the inevitable advancements in technology will make the practice of zoological gardens exhibiting live animals in captivity obsolete. Carole Baskin, CEO and Founder of Big Cat Rescue, seems to also subscribe to that notion.
On Earth Day, March 22, 2018, Big Cat Rescue posted an infographic on Facebook that contained unverified claims asserting that the consumption of water, grain, land, and co2 emissions could be greatly reduced if people were to eat a vegan diet for a day. Unsurprisingly, some of their followers took issue with the post. People tend to get peeved when an organization they follow on social media starts posting unrelated content people didn’t follow them for.
We finally got our hands on a copy of Big Cat Rescue’s 2017 990 form. Like our previous review, we’ll keep this article brief by only focusing on the important bits of information they disclosed in their latest report to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).