Jumanji - (Deceased Leopard)
Jumanji basically became the personal pet of Carole's daughter. She taught him to walk on a leash, often taking him out in public.
It appears as though Carole Baskin, CEO and Founder of Big Cat Rescue, had previously created an ad seeking to purchase, trade, or lease a female leopard in hopes of breeding it with Jumanji and Black Majik. That's quite odd since Black Majik was allegedly born with genetic defects.
Through extensive research, we have discovered old news articles reporting on a leopard attack that took place at Wildlife On Easy Street (Big Cat Rescue). It turns out, Jumanji had viciously attacked a woman named Mindy Harrel. Her wounds required 451 stitches. You will not find this attack listed in Carole's statistics of big cat attacks.
In 2009 Big Cat Rescue posted that Jumanji had been sponsored by Chase Stockton of Panther International LLC, a software company in Clearwater, Fl for the sum of $20,000. We wonder if he was told that Jumanji was actually born at their facility to be a pet.
Questions for Big Cat Rescue:
- A tour guide was video taped telling the tour that Jumanji was a former pet forced to walk on a leash. Is this not a lie by omission since you were the "former" owners who made a pet of him and taught him to walk on a leash?
- Did Chase Stockton know he was donating $20,000 to adopt your personal pet, or was he led to believe that Jumanji was "rescued" from abuse?
- Is it ethical to ask donors to "sponsor" cats that you bought or bred without first admitting that they aren't rescues?
The Evolving Stories
Wildlife On Easy Street - 1997 - (source)
a male Black Asian Leopard. He was born at Easy Street along with his brother Black Majik on 2/23/96 and was bottle-raised. His natural parents are Saber and Lola.
Wildlife on Easy Street - 2001 - (source)
Jumanji was born at Easy Street, along with his brother Black Majik, to parents Saber and Lola. He was adopted and bottle-raised by Jamie Veronica, Carole Lewis’ daughter. He is leash-trained and loves to go out and meet the public. He will go anywhere that there is air-conditioning and is perfectly content to lay around and let everyone make a huge fuss over him. Jumanji participated in a fundraiser for African big cats in Chicago in 1997 with Jim Fowler, the animal handler best known for being the narrator on Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom show. Due to his brother's birth defects, Jumanji has been neutered. We no longer breed generic leopards.
Big Cat Rescue - 2004 - (source)
Jumanji was born into the pet trade. He was adopted and bottle-raised by Jamie Veronica, Carole Lewis’ daughter. When Jumanji was younger he was leash trained, but like all big cats as he grew older he became untrustworthy. Although he is still very sweet he can be to rough without even realizing it. Jumanji participated in a fundraiser for African big cats in Chicago in 1997 with Jim Fowler, the animal handler best known for being the narrator on Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom show. Jumanji also posed for a photo in an article about the sanctuary in People Magazine. He spends his days lounging on the large log in the center of his Cat-a-tat. For fun he participates in operant conditioning, where he learns behaviors that make routine veterinary care go more smoothly.
Big Cat Rescue - 2006 - (source)
Jumanji speaks to us of the Raccoon medicine people who are the protectors of the underdog and the providers for the young, infirm and elderly. Jumanji asks that you contact your inner warrior to become a protector and generous provider for those in need. Like the chiefs of old, Raccoon takes care of the tribe before taking anything for themselves. Chiefs earn their Eagle feathers when they promote every creature's right to dignity and acting in this way honors you and your family that includes all Creation. Jumanji urges you to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves and share your bounty of time and energy with those who are less fortunate.
Big Cat Rescue - 2015 (Before We Found Out They Changed it On May 31st)
Since he is one of the first black leopards you see at the sanctuary, Jumanji is used to quite a bit of attention. Most days, he can be found in the shadiest part of his cat-a-tat lounging on his fern-covered tree log. It is very easy to see how well black leopards camouflage themselves in the jungle since most people walk right by without noticing him there. People magazine certainly noticed Jumanji though. His photo was featured in an article written about Big Cat Rescue. On 2/3/09 Panther International pledged to donate $20,000 to Jumanji’s life time care.
Big Cat Rescue - Present (Altered After Our Video) - (source)
Since he is one of the first black leopards you see at the sanctuary, Jumanji is used to quite a bit of attention. Most days, he can be found in the shadiest part of his cat-a-tat lounging on his fern-covered tree log. It is very easy to see how well black leopards camouflage themselves in the jungle since most people walk right by without noticing him there. People magazine certainly noticed Jumanji though. His photo was featured in an article written about Big Cat Rescue.
Jumanji is also known as quite the superstar achiever in our Operant Conditioning Program. He learns very quickly and always wants to please, especially when treats are involved. If the keeper is not quick enough with the reward, Jumanji will offer other behaviors to see if maybe the keeper wants something else. He makes it easy to capture and reward other behaviors, which he will then subsequently remember. The adage that leopards have the longest memories truly applies to Jumanji.
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.
On 2/3/09 Panther International pledged to donate $20,000 to Jumanji’s life time care.