To those who excuse Big Cat Rescue's CEO/ Founder's lies as "in her past" we say you're wrong. Carole Baskin, CEO of BCR, is morally corrupt. She lies to the public today just as she has lied to donors for over 20 years.
On April 8th, 2015, Big Cat Rescue made a Facebook post telling their many followers that their serval named Arizona turned 26 years old. But did she really?
According to USDA acquisition forms in Carole's own hand, Arizona was born in 1989 and was 1 out of 3 servals bought from Pamela Mogensen on December 9th, 1994. This would make Arizona 26 years old.... if it was the same serval. (These 3 cats were most likely bought for breeding, as this was the business Carole was heavily into in 1994.)
This is where things start getting interesting. According to Big Cat Rescue's 1997 inventory sheets, Arizona and the two other servals purchased along with her were sold in 1997.
We can already then conclude that Big Cat Rescue bought another serval and gave it the same name.
According to the Wildlife On Easy Street Safari Guide, there was no birth-date given to the new Arizona. The only thing that is said about her arrival is, "She arrived in 1997 and is thought to be quite old".
Here is the direct quote.
"She arrived here 6/17/97 and is thought to be quite old. She is fully clawed and very aggressive at feeding time. She reached out while Carole was feeding her one night and ripped her wedding band in half with one swipe of her razor like claws."
Carole Baskin obviously did not know how old the second Arizona was but if she was "quite old" in 1997, 18 years ago, she would not be alive today. (Also it's highly unlikely a serval can cut a metal wedding band in half with it's claws while still leaving her finger intact)
If the inventory sheets and safari guide aren't enough evidence to make you believe us then maybe archived pages of Big Cat Rescue's former website are.
Notice how Arizona, Dakota, and Somara are listed on the Wildlife On Easy Street website archived on April 12, 1997? Well, just a couple months later they are nowhere to be found.
Anyway, getting back to the inventory sheets, you will see that the 2nd Arizona was purchased for $500 on June 17, 1997. This Arizona matches the arrival date of the one mentioned in her Safari guide, who if "quite old" in 1997 would surely be dead by now.
If Arizona 2 is the same Arizona that BCR is now claiming to be 26 years old then Carole must have replaced it with a 3rd Arizona since 18 years ago she described Arizona 2 as being "quite old". We were told by former staff that she often replaced a cat that was sold or died with a different cat and then exhibited it as the same cat. The fact that there are two Arizonas listed in the inventory sheets is further proof of this.
So what have we learned? The Arizona born in 1989 was sold and is not the cat Carole is claiming to now be 26 years old. Arizona 2 who has no birth-date but was thought to be "quite old" 18 years ago is not the cat Carole is claiming to be 26, as Carole did not know when it was born and this "quite old" cat would have died long ago.
Conclusion: Carole Lewis Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue is a habitual liar who has lied about her cats in the past and continues to lie in the present and wouldn't admit to the truth if her pants were on fire.