Big Cat Rescue claims that they have evolved over the years to become the "honest" and "transparent" facility they believe they are now. Their usual spiel may be enough to convince their followers, however, the truth is usually the complete opposite of what Big Cat Rescue claims. They're definitely not the respectable organization they try portraying themselves as. How could they be when their lies are routinely exposed?
Nairobi is a female serval that currently resides at Big Cat Rescue. According to their website, Nairobi previously belonged to the owner of a pet store who would display her at their front window as a mascot. Eventually, fear of Nairobi potentially biting the small children supposedly taunting her drove the owner to surrender the cat to Big Cat Rescue.
The story of a beautiful exotic cat being used as a pet store's mascot and subjected to constant taunting by children, would surely pull on people's heart strings. What if we were to tell you that the story never happened? What if we can prove Nairobi isn't even the same cat mentioned in Big Cat Rescue's sob story?
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 and 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 get a clear picture of the extraordinary lengths Big Cat Rescue is willing to go to deceive donors, we need not look further than their own website. Before doing that, lets first take a look at what Carole had to say about Nairobi back in 1997.
With the use of the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine, we're able to access Carole's former Wildlife On Easy Street website and see the original story of a male serval named Nairobi (emphasis added):
Fast forward a couple years, Nairobi's story starts getting a little strange. According to the Wildlife On Easy Street website archived in 1999, the story remains almost the same except that Nairobi is now referred to as being a female serval (emphasis added):
Nairobi has been portrayed as being a female ever since as evidenced by Big Cat Rescue's current page about her (emphasis added):
What in the world happened to the male serval that was purchased from the pet shop? Did Carole force Nairobi to undergo some sort of sex change operation for no reason at all? The most likely explanation is that the original Nairobi was replaced with an entirely different serval. A pretty bold move to replace a male serval with a female serval and think nobody would eventually notice.
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.
For us to prove Nairobi was indeed a male serval that was replaced with a female, we had to look at a completely 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 of Big Cat Rescue just refer to Nairobi as being a male serval? That was definitely not a typo because the serval that was bred with Nairobi was a female serval. Looking at the long list of deceased cats on the tribute website we can easily find a female serval named Lucky Serval (emphasis added):
If the words of the CEO/ Founder of Big Cat Rescue aren't enough to convince you then nothing will.
This cover-up further proves how Big Cat Rescue is willing to deceive potential donors 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.
Again, what happened to the original Nairobi? 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?
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?