The first thing we did was do a full tour of the sanctuary I got to see all of the cats that I haven't seen in a year. I was super excited!
This is Joseph and Sasha and than Zabu
On one of the days the Florida Aquarium came in and let us dissect a squid! Sorry no pictures of that!
We even got the chance to talk to Big Cat Rescue's Vet and Founder Carole Baskin!!! It was super exciting I loved hearing about all the rescue updates and their perspective of the Big Cats! I want to be a vet in the future so it was really cool to talk to the vet and hear her daily life working with Big Cats! During the week we got to prepare some of the food for the Big Cats, my group worked on preparing food for some of the Big Cats who had specific meals. Like some of them needed food with out bones in it because they were to old, we prepared food like that. It was so fun and really helped out the volunteers. By the end of the week we had made some enrichment for TJ the tiger. TJ had a habit of stalking Big Cat Rescue's golf carts, some of the volunteers wondered if he ever actually caught one what would he do? So we figured we would make him one made of cardboard, and covered it in smelly spices and meat to see what he would do. It also allowed him to have some fun! :)
TJ vs The Golf Cart!!!
The little kid group was also working on their own enrichment project with Saber the Black Leopard they had made a giant Lizard for him! He was a little nervous at first and was determined to take all the meat inside. But an hour later he was sleeping inside the giant tube!
During the week I went it was also Discovery Channels Shark Week! And Big Cat Rescue celebrated by giving some cats shark inspired enrichment! It was such a special opportunity to watch some of the cats enjoy even more enrichment!
The first one was a Leopard they hung a shark in a tree we were so excited to watch!
Than Joseph and Sasha got a shark but Sasha was really nervous with the big group of people watching so Joseph was the only one who came out to see what we had brought!
He was so proud of his enrichment he decided to let every one else know! You can see Sasha in the background roaring with him it was so cool to be that close to them!
The keepers showed us how they did operant and conditioning with the cats!
I had a really grrrrrreat time with the cats and can't wait to go next year!
For more info go to www.BigCatRescue.org