One of the first black leopards you will see at Big Cat Rescue is the stunning 19-year old leopard named Jumanji. Upon seeing him, you may wonder what is his story? Was he abused, saved from being turned into a fur coat, or retired from a performing act? Why is his story nowhere to be found on Big Cat Rescue’s website? Why is an organization that claims to be so transparent keeping his story a secret?
Through the use of the Internet Archive, we have been able to determine that Jumanji was actually born at Big Cat Rescue, along with his littermate Black Majik. He was raised by Jamie Veronica, the CEO of Big Cat Rescue's daughter. Jumanji was apparently trained to walk on a leash and was often taken out in public.
Below is an excerpt from a 1999 archive of Big Cat Rescue's former Wildlife On Easy Street website (emphasis added):
Why does Big Cat Rescue now hide that story? One man sponsored Jumanji for a whopping $20,000. Was he told that Jumanji was not a rescue? How many people would knowingly donate money to care for a millionaire’s pet? To make matters worse, two Big Cat Rescue tour guides were caught on film lying to visitors about how Jumanji came to be at their facility. If one of those visitors donated money to sponsor Jumanji based on the guide’s lie, that is fraud.
Jumanji’s true story was posted on Big Cat Rescue’s website until around 2004, right about the time Howard Baskin came into the picture. From 2004-2006, Jumanji was then described as being “born into the pet trade”. From 2006 to the present-time, his true story disappeared completely from Big Cat Rescue's website.
Jumanji's story has gone from nonsensical ramblings such as the one below...
to what is currently written about him:
Again, why does an organization that claims to be transparent feel the need to omit the truth? Jumanji has even attacked a former volunteer of Big Cat Rescue causing her to receive 451 stitches, but you will not find that story on Big Cat Rescue's website. How many people sponsored Jumanji believing he was rescued?
UPDATE: Shortly after we brought this story to people's attention Big Cat Rescue scrambled to edit many of their cat's pages to finally reveal the truth.