Wildlife Sanctuary raises emergency funds for 200 recently seized big cats in poor condition in Mexico

Photos courtesy of Tiger and Bear Lions

Some big (and non-domestic) cats need help and they get it from a local sanctuary, but they need it even more.

A coalition of accredited big cat sanctuaries, veterinarians and concerned citizens are urgently calling on Mexican authorities to safely relocate approximately 200 recently seized big cats to the Black Jaguar-White Tiger Foundation pseudo-sanctuary near Mexico City.

The leader in calling for support among accredited sanctuaries is San Diego Lions Tigers & Bears refuge for big cats and bears.

“We need to keep these animals from going from one bad situation to another,” said Bobbi Brink, Founder and Director of Lions Tigers & Bears. “These cats are underweight, malnourished and have open wounds…they need to be moved to accredited sanctuaries so they can live their lives safely and with dignity.”

Since there are no World Federation of Animal Sanctuary-accredited big cat sanctuaries in Mexico, the coalition is asking that the animals be sent to accredited sanctuaries in the United States.

Brink and his rescue team are leading a coordinated effort among 16 members of the Sanctuary of the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance, who have offered to provide transportation, logistics and lifetime homes for at least 50 cats at their US-based sanctuaries. The team is also working to identify other placement opportunities at other established true sanctuaries.

On Tuesday, the San Diego Sanctuary raised nearly $5,000 through a GoFundMe page to send medical supplies, including medicine, wound care, antiseptic, dewormer, pain treatment, microchip supplies, etc., to the veterinary team in the field, while they are on the move. take care of cats.

Last week, the facility was raided by the Mexican government, which took control of more than 200 big cats on the property over health conditions, including African lions, white lions, tigers, jaguars and pumas.

Since then, eight cats in critical condition have been transferred to local zoos for treatment. However, the other cats are still at the scene, monitored by government officials and veterinarians. Many are underweight, malnourished and have open wounds.

A update with pictures from the Mexican government on July 7 indicates that the specimens have “an advanced degree of malnutrition, dehydration and general neglect”. There is no running water or electricity where these animals are kept, and many are in fair to poor condition.

For years, the Black Jaguar-White Tiger Foundation facilities have been a travel destination for actors, reality TV stars, athletes and entertainers, who have engaged in public contact with animals. Unfortunately, the facility has tricked its visitors into operating under the guise of conservation.

“A real sanctuary doesn’t allow contact or breeding, when you see a facility conducting such practices, that’s a huge red flag,” Brink said. “Setups that allow full contact with the big cats need to constantly breed to have a supply of cubs for photo ops. Setups like this only have the best interests of the owner in mind…while it is the animals that suffer, as we have seen with Black Jaguar-White Tiger.

Lions Tigers & Bears has provided refuge to abused and abandoned big cats and bears for 20 years and inspires and educates the public to end the exotic pet trade. Brink and his team have coordinated the rescue of more than 1,000 exotic animals over the years, bringing them from horrific living conditions to accredited sanctuaries across the country, including his own.

To donate or learn more, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/200-big-cats-in-mexico-need-help.

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