Wildcat News Brief & Chat

Exotic Feline Rescue Center providing a home for unwanted captive big cats

An article in the The Star Press this week focused on the work being performed by the Exotic Feline Rescue Center (EFRC) in Center Point, Indiana. Joe Taft, director of the EFRC, said the facility is one of the largest of its kind and receives big cats from all across the U.S. “A lot of … Continue reading Exotic Feline Rescue Center providing a home for unwanted captive big cats

All tigers seized from Tiger Temple ~ charges for illegal practices filed against members

A week long endeavor to remove 137 tigers from the Tiger Temple in Thailand that began on Monday, May 31, concluded on Saturday, June 6. During the operation to seize the tigers from Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, also known as the Tiger Temple, wildlife officials made some gruesome discoveries. Wildlife officials found 40 dead … Continue reading All tigers seized from Tiger Temple ~ charges for illegal practices filed against members

U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance completes near total elephant ivory ban

June 2, 2016: The Administration Takes Bold Step for African Elephant Conservation: Completes Near-Total Elephant Ivory Ban to Cut Off Opportunities for Traffickers ~ Special rule for African elephants under the Endangered Species Act contains limited exemptions for bona fide antiques and items with small amounts of ivory that are not drivers of poaching. In … Continue reading U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance completes near total elephant ivory ban

Saving lions: Africa agrees on ways forward

June 1, 2016: First African Lion Range States meeting led by CITES and CMS brings about constructive outcomes in the lead up to CITES CoP17 and CMS COP12. In a historic move, representatives of 28 African lion Range States have reached broad agreement to secure the survival of this iconic species in the wild across … Continue reading Saving lions: Africa agrees on ways forward

Florida panther relased back into the wild

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced this week that a 2-year-old Florida panther is now back in the wild at its new home in Big Cypress National Preserve. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), and National Park Service staff successfully released the panther Wednesday afternoon near … Continue reading Florida panther relased back into the wild

Ohio passes felony animal cruelty law

May 26, 2016: Ohio lawmakers passed a law that would make it a fifth-degree felony to knowingly harm a pet by inflicting pain or depriving it of food, water, or shelter for a first offense. On Wednesday, House Bill 60 passed through the state Senate unanimously with a 33-0 vote, and the House approved of … Continue reading Ohio passes felony animal cruelty law

Ohio Supreme Court rules exotic animals do not have to be returned to Stump Hill Farm

On May 19th, the Ohio Supreme Court overruled a Stark County judge who ordered ten exotic animals be returned to Stump Hill Farm after they were seized by the State Department of Agriculture earlier this month. Stark County Common Pleas Judge Frank Forchione signed the search warrant that gave the agency permission to go onto … Continue reading Ohio Supreme Court rules exotic animals do not have to be returned to Stump Hill Farm

Wildlife crime assessed globally for the first time in new United Nations on Drugs and Crime Report

The UNODC on May 24, 2016 launched its inaugural World Wildlife Crime Report, highlighting how the poaching and illegal trade of thousands of different species across the globe not only present real environmental dangers but ultimately undermine the rule of law by potentially fuelling conflict. The report, part of UNODC’s ongoing Global Programme on Wildlife … Continue reading Wildlife crime assessed globally for the first time in new United Nations on Drugs and Crime Report

A rare Lykoi kitten found by animal rescue group in Cape Town

A rare Lykoi kitten found by an animal rescue group in Cape Town, South Africa. This extremely rare cat breed comes from a naturally occurring gene in feral cats, according to the International Cat Association. According to Tears Animal Rescue, “The cat, found under a bush, is the only natural-born Lykoi on record in South … Continue reading A rare Lykoi kitten found by animal rescue group in Cape Town

Two incidents involving humans entering lion exhibits at zoos in India & Chile led to lions being shot

Last week in India at the Nehur Zoo Park, a visitor, who was allegedly drunk, was arrested after he was caught on camera trespassing into a lion exhibit. According to The Hindu, the 35-year-old man entered the exhibit that was located more than 12 feet below ground level. He approached the lions and put his … Continue reading Two incidents involving humans entering lion exhibits at zoos in India & Chile led to lions being shot