Educational Course on Exotic Felines Jan. 10-12th, 2013

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WILDCAT WEEKEND -  Come to the Big Cat Habitat for an educational course from the Feline Conservation Federation Jan. 10-12th, 2013.

Dates and Location

Feline Conservation FederationFriday, January 10 through Sunday, January 12, 2014 at the Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, 7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, Florida

Cost and Attendance Info

  • Courses are $125 each for FCF members, $160 non-members. (Join FCF online today and get the members rate.)
  • Saturday’s special guided tour is $15.
  • Register online and pay for both classes and your Saturday tour is free!
  • Stay just 2 miles away at the AmericInn, 5931 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34232.
  • Travelocity has a monster sale right now – pay only $76 per night. Or save even more by combining your flight with AmericInn Hotel reservations. Check it out!

DAY 1

The BASIC EXOTIC/WILD FELINE HUSBANDRY COURSE is designed to aid caregivers at any level of experience. The course instruction helps attendees provide better quality of life for their animals while also making them aware of larger issues in the feline ownership world.

The Husbandry Course includes an introduction to all the species of wild cats, and specifically covers nutrition, health care, habitat construction and enrichment, laws and regulatory agencies, contingency planning, behavior conditioning and much more. The recently updated student textbook includes demonstrative photos and notes to provide reference for years to come.

A special feature of this year’s event will be a one hour, live animal show at 2:00 pm. The course attendees will watch as a variety of felines are given a daily training class that uses positive reinforcement to shape desired natural behaviors. See firsthand how professionals handle and work around big cats.

Students receive a textbook, test, and Certificate of Completion. Lunch is provided.

Recharge from the day of course work by returning to Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary on Saturday for a very special guided tour of the facility and watch another training demonstration. Kay will give us special treatment as she points out how this facility operates, with special emphasis on topics taught and practices learned in the husbandry course.

DAY 2

Recharge from the day of course work by returning to Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary on Saturday for a very special guided tour of the facility and watch another training demonstration. Kay will give us special treatment as she points out how this facility operates, with special emphasis on topics taught and practices learned in the husbandry course.

DAY 3

FCF is proud to announce another chance to attend The WILDLIFE CONSERVATION EDUCATOR’S COURSE is a “how to” course designed to cover all the basics of developing a safe, informative, entertaining and successful wildlife educator’s program. Already working as an educator at a zoo, sanctuary or nature center? Let FCF help you stand out and be more valuable to your employer by learning new creative ways present wildlife programs.

Taught by an experienced wildlife educator, the course is designed to take you step by step from starting a business, to booking shows, promoting, advertising and expanding your business, and most importantly, developing conservation messages that engage, entertain, and capture your viewers’ attention. You will also learn how to manage different types of audiences and how to speak and act professionally. And of course, the class covers federal licensing required and how to choose and train animals for outreach ambassador rolls.

The Educator’s Course also includes two interactive workshops. And as a special added benefit, attendees will watch a one hour training demonstration of felines at the Big Cat Habitat, put on by a professional animal trainer. This is a unique opportunity to actually see how professionals shape desired behaviors and condition and ready animals for public display.

Students receive a textbook, test, and Certificate of Completion. Lunch is provided.

A Great Educational Experience

This is a great opportunity for exotic feline owners, or those hoping to be owners, to learn about how to properly care for these wonderful creatures. We hope you can attend.

Sarasota, the Perfect Christmas Gift for Your Loved Ones!

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Need a gift for a loved one in the Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice area? We now have yearly memberships for adults and children! General admission all year, special events excluded.

$50 for adults and $25 for kids! You can stop by the habitat and buy them anytime we are open or contact us at 941-371-6377!

We Are Open 5 Days A Week, Wednesday thru Sunday 12:30PM-4:00PM, 7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34240

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Big Cat Habitat Unveils Major Expansions Today

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sheebaAdditions to the sanctuary include primate condominiums, aviary, expanded petting zoo and large koi pond. Elephants also will be given a permanent home at the sanctuary with the planned construction of a new elephant house and enclosure.

10:30am Ceremony November 20th

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, a nonprofit safe haven for big cats, bears and other animals in need, will celebrate the grand opening of its first major expansion today with help from its animal friends. Cutting the ribbon at a special 10:30 a.m. ceremony at 7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota, will be Chance, a three-year-old chimpanzee, who is back home from New York City where he finished filming his big screen debut with co-star Leonardo DiCaprio in the upcoming Martin Scorsese movie, “The Wolf of Wall Street.” The gates will open to the public at 12:30 p.m.

Expansions

The expansion includes a new aviary, larger primate “condominiums”, a koi pond, and expanded petting zoo area, said Kay Rosaire, Big Cat Habitat’s founder. The $150,000 expansion was made possible through private gifts from Russ and Sharon Stephens of Siesta Key, who sponsored construction of the Russ and Sharon Stephens Aviary, and the Nelson Trust as well as individual donations to the project. Admission fees and contributions made by visitors to the sanctuary also were important to completion of the project, Rosaire said. Generous donations of time by Sentry Protection Technology, Denham’s Aluminum & Screen Services, and Stuart Home Services made the new expansion possible, she added.

In addition, ground will be broken soon on a new $150,000 hurricane-hardened elephant house and enclosure, Rosaire said. The 7,000 square foot elephant house and visitor center will accommodate at least two elephants. Community support for an additional $50,000 in donations is needed to complete the project, she said. Construction of the concrete reinforced block building, which will be hurricane hardened to withstand winds up to 240 mph, will get under way with support from Armour Tight Concrete and R.D. Johns, Inc., both of Sarasota.

The new aviary has enclosures for the larger exotic birds, including blue macaws, cockatoos, and others. It includes natural touches like a rock wall and water feature. A special enclosure will allow smaller birds to fly free and be hand fed by visitors. The primate condos include expanded climbing opportunities, activity areas and enrichment toys.

Recent Changes

The sanctuary recently gave permanent homes to several residents that now are housed in the new primate area, including lemurs and spider monkeys from a private collection. A large pond with a waterfall was built to house koi rescued when King Richard’s Family Fun Park in Naples, Fla., closed earlier this year, she said. The petting zoo has been expanded to add a climbing tower for the goats and an enlarged tortoise enclosure. It also allows more interaction with the animals, which include peacocks, turkey and other fowl, and ostrich-like emus, including the emu that Sarasota County Animal Control rescued in October after finding it wandering near Fruitville Road.

“We are so grateful to everyone who helped us provide homes for more animals in need with this expansion. Exotic animals may have multiple owners in their lifetime, but our promise is to provide a permanent home to every one that comes to us,” Rosaire said. “We believe in the human-animal bond with all our hearts, and with a few exceptions, like the koi, every one of them has a name. Our goal is to provide for their mental and emotional well being with stimulation and companionship as well as taking care of them physically.”

Visitor Information

Big Cat Habitat is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Check http://bigcathabitat.org/visit/calendar/ or call 941-371-6377 for days and times of operation. No reservations are necessary, and parking is free. Refreshments also are available. Admission is $15 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under, and annual passes are available. More information can
be found at www.BigCatHabitat.org or by calling 941-371-6377.

WE NEED YOUR HELP: 36 Hour Challange

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YOUR DONATIONS CAN BE MATCHED! 

image001The Money Will Give BRUTUS our 900 Pound Liger a NEW Habitat

Here’s How To Give….March 5 at 7 a.m. to March 6 at 7 p.m.

  1.  Visit GivingPartnerChallenge.org
  2. Go to “Find an organization”
  3. Then click on “animal related”
  4. Choose Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary as your Charity
  5. With a credit card you can make a Secure Online Donation.
  6. Your Gift will help Big Cat Habitat Share in more than $645,000 in Matching and Challenge SUPPORT.
Brutus the Liger

Brutus the Liger

THE 36-HOUR GIVING CHALLENGE COUNT DOWN HAS BEGUN…

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What is the 36-Hour Giving Challenge

It is an online giving event providing donors the opportunity to learn more about nonprofits and their causes in the Sarasota area.  Matching funds and special grants totaling more than $600,000 are available to 501 (c)(3) nonprofits as incentives during this short, exciting period of time.  Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is partnering with the 36-Hour Giving Challenge.

Visit our profile at www.thegivingpartner.org.

Here’s How To Give….March 5 at 7 a.m. to March 6 ‘at 7 p.m.

  1.  Visit GivingPartnerChallenge.org
  2. Go to “Find an organization”
  3. Then click on “animal related”
  4. Choose Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary as your Charity
  5. With a credit card you can make a Secure Online Donation.

WHY Donate? Brutus Needs a New Home!

To partner directly with Big Cat Habit and Gulf Coast Sanctuary to create a NEW habitat for Brutus, the 900 plus pound Liger (father – a lion & mother – a tiger).  Brutus is three and a half years old.  He will continue to grow until his 5th birthday.  At that time he should weight between 1200 to 1300 pounds.  Brutus needs your help to make this a reality, please,

DONATE..minimum donations are $25.00 to have your name posted on the Leaderboard.  Smaller contributions can be sent by check to Big Cat Habitat, 7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240.

When You Can Help

The online Giving Event will take place from 7 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, 2013.  Anyone who wishes to participate will be able to make a secure donation to Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary by debit or credit card.

Where: Donate Online

Access the 36-Hour Giving Challenge through a link on The Giving Partner website at www.thegivingpartner.org directly through the Challenge site at www.givingpartnerchallenge.org.  It is not possible to donate on the Challenge website until 7:00 a.m. on March 5.

Who is Matching Donations & Giving Grants?

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County and the Patterson Foundation are presenting partners in the Challenge, with support from sponsors Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Manatee Community Foundation, Charlotte Community Foundation and the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation.  These Foundations are providing the matching 1:1 grants and the special grants throughout the Giving Challenge.

Some Big Cat Funny Memes: Lions, Tigers, Cheetahs

03/01/13 2 COMMENTS

Thanks to several intelligent geeks and nerds creating humor on the web there are many funny and fantastic lion and tiger memes out there. Here are just a few, for your enjoyment:

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Lemur Humor

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We are starting a new series on Big Cat today. We are going to start showing you some fantastic and humorous images of the different species of animals we love. As cute and funny as all animals are, they still need us to fight for their survival. Today we start with LEMUR humor.

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Afternoon Hours Starts Today – Now Open 12:30-4PM

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Our afternoon hours will remain in place until June 2013! So, please come and enjoy the cooler weather with the animals at Big Cat Habitat!

(941) 371-6377
Habitat Address:
7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34240

Wild-o-Ween at Big Cat” Saturday and Sunday from 4:00pm-6:30pm

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Big Cat Habitat will host the family friendly Wild-O-Ween this Saturday and Sunday from 4:00pm-6:30pm. Kids in Costume enter for FREE!

There will be a “not so scary” Costume Contest, Pony Rides, a TP mummy wrap contest, fun games, and food and drink available.

See lions, tigers, LIGERS, bears, chimpanzees, a petting zoo and so much more! For more information please visit www.bigcathabitat.org or call (941)371-6377.

We Will Be Closed on Sunday August 26th Due to Tropical Storm Isaac

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The Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary will be closed on Sunday, August 26th. We hope all of our neighbors and our state remain safe throughout the storm.

For more information on Isaac visit Weather.com and the National Hurricane Center.

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