We said it before and we’ll say it again. Big Cat Rescue (BCR) is known for cloaking the true stories of how many of their cats arrived at their facility. They assert to be open and honest but we all know that just isn’t the case. We've repeatedly called them out on their lack of transparency and in this one instance our message has finally gotten through. Carole Lewis Baskin decided to be a tiny bit truthful about SOME of her cats biographies by disclosing certain facts that have been concealed for many years.
One of the cats Big Cat Rescue decided to confess about is a black leopard named Jumanji. The quote below is now part of Jumanji's current biography found on Big Cat Rescue's website.
(If you click the link to BCR's website they say, "[Jumanji is a] superstar achiever in our Operant Conditioning Program." Duh! He was raised as a pet.)
“Jumanji was born here back before we learned that no privately held exotic cats serve any sort of conservation purpose. Back then, in the pre-Internet era of the 90’s, the only people we could turn to for advice were breeders and dealers who lied to us about the necessity of breeding exotic cats to save them. As soon as we learned better we stopped breeding and began campaigning to end the abuse of breeding wild cats for life in cages.”
Even when they attempt to be a little honest they just can’t resist making an excuse. Breeders and dealers didn’t force them to buy $95,000 worth of exotic cats which they then in turn misrepresented as 'rescues'. They certainly didn’t only breed cats in the 90s, they were still breeding their animals until 2001. Only when their bed and breakfast sleep with-a-wildcat-business failed miserably did they then stop breeding. The conservation excuse is laughable because if they truly believed in conservation through captive breeding why did they purchase many Bengals? Bengals certainly weren't endangered and aren't found in the wild since they are hybrid domesticated cats. Not to mention, BCR doesn't believe in the Species Survival Program as stated at the end of their 20 year plan.
Don’t get us wrong, it’s great that Big Cat Rescue finally told the truth about Jumanji and another leopard born at their facility, but the thing is, they omitted and lied about the fact that Jumanji was born at their own facility for a over a decade. How many people have sponsored Jumanji thinking he was rescued in that span of time? Chase Stockton of Panther International in Clearwater even donated $20,000 to provide for his lifetime care. Was he told Jumanji was born and raised there as a pet? BCR revealed Jumanji was born at their facility shortly after we created this video.
The other leopard BCR revealed to be born at their facility is Sundari. I guess they didn't want us making a video about her too.
As we already mentioned, they have only been a tiny bit honest. They are still covering up many of their cats stories. For example, they will never admit the truth about Nairobi and how "she" actually used to be a "he" until BCR replaced him with a different serval that was a female. What happened to the original Nairobi? We can only speculate that he was either sold or he died. Don't even get us started on BCR's tribute website where they have the stories of the many cats that have died in their care. We'll leave it up to you to compare and contrast many of the cat's stories found on that website to the true stories we have been able to uncover.
Maybe we'll be able to get BCR to finally stop spreading lies and misinformation. One can only hope.