Big Cat Rescue loves to claim that they're completely honest and transparent. They constantly assert that point by explaining how they have evolved over the years to become the "sanctuary" beloved by many that they are now. That sounds good on the surface if you have no interest in knowing the truth. The truth is completely opposite of what Big Cat Rescue claims. Big Cat Rescue is definitely not the honest or transparent organization they want people, more specifically potential donors, to think they are. How could they be with all of their lies that are routinely being uncovered?
Nairobi is a female serval that currently resides at Big Cat Rescue. If we are to believe the background stories of Big Cat Rescue's feline residents then Nairobi was a former mascot in a pet store window that arrived at Big Cat Rescue when the pet store owner feared that she would bite the small children who were always taunting her. The story of a beautiful exotic cat that was subjected to being a store mascot, constantly being taunted, would surely pull on people's heart strings, right? But what if we told you that never happened? What if we told you that this Nairobi isn't even the same cat that is mentioned in Carole's invented sob story?
First off, we should provide the details of Nairobi's history purposefully left out by Big Cat Rescue. We spoke to the now retired owner of this pet shop on May 26, 2015. We were told that even though Nairobi was very tame he was displayed behind glass to protect him from the public and was handled only by adult employees, never children. The former owner said there was never a concern that Nairobi would bite a child and children never taunted him. As a matter of fact, Carole Baskin, CEO/Founder of Big Cat Rescue, purchased him for $1000, and we were told that was not the only time Carole did business with this pet shop. Also notice how the previous owner referred to Nairobi as a 'he'. The USDA acquisition form confirms that the serval named Nairobi was indeed a male. Keep this in mind.
To prove the extraordinary lengths Big Cat Rescue is willing to go to deceive donors we need not look further than their own website. Before we go to their website lets take a look at what Carole has to say about Nairobi in the archived Wildlife On Easy Street website.
In 1997, the Wildlife On Easy Street website tells the story of a male serval named Nairobi.
"A male Serval born in 1993 came to us on 7/7/94 from a Pet Shop owner, who was afraid that some small child may be bitten by her otherwise fabulously tame adult male cat. He was raised in a pet shop, surrounded by people and walks well on a leash and enjoys riding in the car. He never knew how much fun a cat could have until he met the female Servals here on Easy Street."
That story sounds awfully familiar does it not? Fast forward a couple years and the story starts getting a little strange. In the Wildlife On Easy Street website archived in 1999 the story remains almost the same, but now refers to Nairobi as a female serval. Why the lie? What happened to the male serval Carole purchased from the pet shop?
"Nairobi came to Easy Street on 7/7/94 from a Pet Shop owner, who was afraid that some small child would be bitten, even though this cat is fabulously tame. She was raised in a pet shop surrounded by people. She walks well on a leash and enjoys riding in the car. She never knew how much fun a cat could have until she met the male servals here on Easy Street."
From then on Nairobi is still referred to as a female as evidenced by Big Cat Rescue's current page about her.
Nairobi was the mascot in a pet store window until she came to live at Big Cat Rescue July 7, 1994. The pet store owner was afraid that she would bite the small children who were always taunting her and she was right.
Nairobi spends her days lounging in her huge natural Cat.a.tat and can often be found draped over her favorite log without a care in the world."
Did Carole Baskin force Nairobi to undergo some sort of sex change operation? Or can we safely assume that the original Nairobi has been replaced with an entirely different serval of a completely different sex? If the USDA acquisition form, archived pages, and the words of Nairobi's former owner aren't enough to convince you then maybe the words of Carole Baskin are.
To find the proof that Nairobi was indeed a male serval that was replaced we have to look at a different cat. Big Cat Rescue's tribute website is where we accidentally uncovered the final piece of the puzzle. On the tribute website, located in the comment section of a serval named Cybil, we can find the words of Carole Baskin.
What was that? Did the CEO/ Founder of Big Cat Rescue just refer to Nairobi as a male serval? That was not a typo because the serval that was bred with Nairobi was a female. How do we know? Looking at the long list of deceased cats on the tribute website we find a female serval named Lucky Serval.
DOB 4/1/93 – 4/20/12
Arrived at Big Cat Rescue 6/6/93
Lucky arrived at Big Cat Rescue on 6/6/93 from an auction in Okeechobee, Florida. Although she was known as being rather hissy, she had never shown any real hostility toward people. She was happy to spend her time chasing lizards and lounging under her large trees."
If the words of the CEO/ Founder of Big Cat Rescue aren't enough to convince you then I don't know what will.
This whole male Nairobi cover-up further proves how Big Cat Rescue is willing to lie and fraud potential donors out of their money since the invented story they tell of Nairobi being a mascot at a pet store belongs to the original male Nairobi and not the current female impostor.
So we have to ask, what happened to the original Nairobi? And how did the impostor Nairobi arrive at Big Cat Rescue? Also if Big Cat Rescue claims to be honest and transparent why are they covering up whatever happened to the original male Nairobi by giving a different female serval the same name and the same background story, which we have proved is a lie invented by Carole Baskin to take money from donors. For those who claim this is in the past, remember, this cat is still on exhibit at Big Cat Rescue today and still assigned the same lie about her origins. Listen to what the former owner of the original Nairobi told reporter Chris Hawes in a Bay News 9 expose'.
Who do you believe?