BIG CAT Conservation

BIG CAT Projects

Projects BCC supports

BIG CAT Conservation has helped raise awareness, funds and support for various registered wildlife charities, rescue shelters and non-profits, including The Cat Survival Trust, UK, the Cheetah Conservation Fund, Namibia, Cheetah Outreach Trust, South Africa, The Anatolian Livestock Guarding Dog Project for the Endangered Wildlife Trust, South Africa, Las Pumas Rescue Shelter, Costa Rica and Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand. 

We have either visited each project we wish to support or have met or had direct contact with the people, the animals in their care and the projects planned and how the funding will be spent, such as sponsoring a livestock guarding dog, funds towards new enclosures, educational projects, camera traps, veterinary supplies, etc.
 
If you would like to get involved and be part of BIG CAT Conservation projects, please fill in the 'Contact Us' form in the side menu or email: shelleylozano@mail.com
 
Any donation you can afford could help towards sponsoring livestock guarding dogs, projects to release rehabilitated big cats back into the wild or to help improve the lives of the animals that have been rescued, abused or injured that are now in the care of rescue shelters.  For animals that cannot fend for themselves in the wild or who are too badly injured or too used to human contact, to be released, this is where they will stay for the rest of their lives, as long as there is sufficient funding to support them.
For £25 per year, you can join Big Cat Conservation in their plight to help big cats through various projects and will receive a certificate, photographs and BCC's quarterly newsletter with updates and information from the projects we support.  At the end of each year we present the registered charities with a cheque for the funds BIG CAT Conservation has raised from supporters, sponsors, donations, talks, events and wildlife merchandise sold.

Projects we currently support or have worked with in the past.

Wildlife Calling

Wildlife Calling

Wildlife Calling are delighted announce that Shelley Lozano has joined our 'family' as our Honorary Ambassador.  Shelley is well known as a radio presenter, entertainer, author and speaker.

Every penny donated to Wildlife calling will be spent on causes that need your help.  We are a non-profit small charitable organization raising funds to help keep our wildlife, in particular species that are at risk of becoming endangered or at risk of harm.  Our mission is to raise awareness of wildlife issues around the world and to hold fund raising events to help with the conservation and salvation of those wildlife issues.  Not only are we a small charitable organization but we sometimes act as an "umbrella of resource" for other organization and / or causes.

More information can be found about wildlife calling here:

http://www.wildlifecalling.org.uk/ 

The Cat Survival Trust

Cat Survival Trust

The only British charity devoted to the care, rescue and conservation of wild cat species and the preservation of their natural habitat.

Snow Leopards of Leafy London, is a 7-part documentary showing the work of the Cat Survival Trust that got worldwide release in 2013 on Animal Planet.

The charity has been in operation for over 30 years and  in that time has helped place over 2000 surplus captive cats, bred over 250 cats in captivity and bought a 10,000 acre reserve next to Pinalito, Misiones, north-east Argentina where we have over 70 cats from 5 species living free in their own environment. Our project in Argentina has saved over 5,000,000 trees, millions of insects and plants and hundreds of thousands of mammals, reptiles, primates, birds and fish.

The project protects some of the water courses of the River Peperi, over 54 medicinal plants which have been used by local people for generations and many original genetic species of plant which have been used to produce hybrid species of fruit, vegetables and nuts currently grown in Argentina and elsewhere. These food products are commonly found in shops worldwide including the United Kingdom.

 Shelley Lozano was delighted to meet with Hon Director Dr. Terry Moore and feature The Cat Survival Trust as our 'charity of the week' on Voice FM's Wildlife80's show on Southampton's local radio. 

Veterinary supplies have also been donated to the Trust.

More information can be found at http://www.catsurvivaltrust.org/ 

The Cheetah Conservation Fund, Namibia.

Cheetah Conservation Fund

www.cheetah.org.uk

Having met with Dr. Laurie Marker, founder of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, Namibia, Shelley Lozano is delighted to offer talks and presentations in the UK on their behalf.  If you are a School or other organisation and would be interested in having a an illustrated educational talk about big cats and the Cheetah Conservation Fund, please contact Shelley for further details.

 The CCF has its headquarters in Namibia where it works to reverse the decline in the wild cheetah population and its wilderness habitat through education and public outreach, as well as with science and research, and international collaboration. CCF conducts outreach programmes at schools throughout Namibia, as well as educating everyone who visits our centre in the heart of cheetah country. Our educational goal is to raise awareness of the plight of the cheetah and of our role in its long-term survival. If the cheetah is to survive, it is essential that the value of the world’s fastest cat is recognised both within its range countries and internationally. As such, we are registered as a charity in various countries and conduct educational andfund-raising activities across the globe.    

If you would be interested in organising an educational event at your school, either as part of your curriculum, or as an assembly or after-school event, please do not hesitate to contact Shelley Lozano by using the contact form from the menu sidebar.

More information can be found about the charity at www.cheetah.org and www.cheetah.org.uk. 

Cheetah Outreach 

Cheetah Outreach

www.cheetah.co.za

Founder Annie Beckhelling launched Cheetah Outreach in January 1997 to promote the survival of the free ranging Southern African cheetah through environmental education and conservation initiatives. Cheetah Outreach is an education and community-based programme created to raise awareness of the plight of the cheetah and to campaign for it's survival. 

BIG CAT Conservation supports their Livestock guarding dog project where puppies are carefully placed with farmers to help prevent predation of livestock from leopard or cheetah. The Anatolian puppies are given free of charge to the farmer for a whole year, along with free veterinary treatment, free food and monthly health checks on the dogs as well as advice and training and regular meetings with the farmers to see if there are any issues to discuss.  After one year the Anatolian guarding dog is handed over to the farmer as his responsibility and a contract is signed by the farmer agreeing not to shoot, kill or trap cheetah and leopard on his land.  The more farmers that take on these dogs the more cheetahs and leopards can be saved.

More information about Cheetah Outreach can be found at www.cheetah.co.za   

The Endangered Wildlife Trust, South Africa

The Endangered Wildlife Trust 

www.ewt.org.za

Big cat conservation has supported the work of the EWT's Anatolian Livestock Guarding Dog Project since 2010 and sponsored "Benjamin" one of the Anatolian Shepherd dogs protecting farmers livestock from predation.

Anatolian Livestock Guarding Dog Project

 These amazing shepherd dogs from Turkey are ambassadors for conservation and can have a 98-100% success rate at protecting Farmers’ livestock from predators.

Many farmers do not see leopards or cheetah through the same eyes as tourists and won't hesitate to shoot these beautiful spotted cats on sight to prevent predation to the domestic livestock from which they make a living.

The largest part of South Africa’s Cheetah population occurs outside protected areas on privately owned cattle and wildlife ranches. Conflict with landowners is common  along with persecution, trade in live animals, habitat fragmentation and reduction due to mining and other forms of altered land use, inbreeding in fenced reserves, snaring, persecution and road accidents are the major threats to cheetah survival and carnivores in South Africa.

More information can be found at http://www.ewt.org.za/

Las Pumas Rescue Shelter, Costa Rica

Las Pumas rescue shelter

http://www.centrorescatelaspumas.org/

The Rescue Shelter Las Pumas was created approximately 40 years ago by Swiss conservationist Mrs Lilly Bodmer de Hagnauer who bought, received, rescued and saved the lives of more than 160 animals of over  60 different species, caring for the animals and helping to re-populate and protect the wildlife of the tropical forest.

 In 2003 the Hagnauer Foundation was set up in memory of Lilly Bodmer and to continue the valuable work of the shelter.  The main objectives are to care for animals that have been rescued, given up, or confiscated by the authorities in a similar environment to that of their natural habitat, to serve as a centre of environmental education and scientific investigation and the preservation of the wildlife of Costa Rica.

 Some of the animals have already been successfully returned to the wild but those who are not capable of being freed are cared for in captivity in enclosures within the forest.  Las Pumas currently has 5 of the 6 species of felines living in Costa Rica which include the Ocelot, Puma, Jaguarundi, Margay and Jaguar.  Other wildlife at the centre includes a grey fox, racoon, white-faced monkey, white-tailed deer, toucan, parakeet and macaws.

 “Las Pumas” does not receive any government funding and depends entirely on donations which are so vital in keeping the shelter running.  BIG CAT Conservation would like to continue to support the important work of Las Pumas. 

Shelley with Biologist Carmen attending to rescued puma 'Samson' who, along with his sister 'Delilah' were set upon by a pack of hunting dogs that belonged to a farmer.

Big Cat Conservation has helped Las Pumas in the past with Veterinary supplies and donations.

Wildlife Friends Foundation, Thailand (WF FT)

 Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand

www.wfft.org

WFFT was founded in 2001 by Dutchman Edwin Wiek and was built on land generously donated by the Abbot of Kao LookChang Temple, situated in Petcharburi, near Cha-Am. 

Funds raised by BIG CAT Conservation helped towards new enclosures for the leopard cats and the 2 fishing cats that tested positive for FIV (feline leukaemia) that were previously housed in quarantine. 

Since opening, the wildlife rescue centre has provided sanctuary for over 200 abandoned, abused and neglected wild animals of Thailand, such as gibbons, reptiles, birds, bears and tigers. 

This Bengal tiger “Meow” was rescued by WFFT after being found chained up at a gas station where he was kept for 5 years as a tourist attraction.  

We hope to continue our work in supporting big cat welfare at WFFT and Big Cat Conservation has previously helped with donations.

Tiger Temple, Thailand

This was BCC's first Project in 2006 to try to help improve conditions for tigers at the controversial Tiger Temple after an undercover investigation.  Tigers were kept in small, barren, concrete cages with iron bars and no enrichment.  BCC raised over £2,000 which, on the advice of Care for the Wild International, who were investigating Tiger Temple at the time, helped to fund the cost for an Animal Behaviourist and Trainer from Canada to work with staff and tigers at the temple in July 2007.  As a result, a new, better enclosure for the leopard and an open air enclosure to house three of the tigers was built in September 2007 offering some  hope of improvement.

    IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT as of 21.06.08   Please note that BCC no longer supports Tiger Temple and has been aware of serious tiger welfare issues at the temple that have been investigated by CWI (Care for the Wild International), which included issues of cruelty and illegal trafficking of the tigers, all of which have been denied by the temple.

At the time, the East Asian Director for CWI kept us up to date and advised us on the best way to help improve conditions at Tiger Temple.  BCC would like to thank everyone for helping us try to improve conditions for tiger welfare and wildlife at the temple.

Big cat conservation funds

We have taken advice from the Charity Commission in the UK and are not required to be a separate registered charity, because we are already working in collaboration with other registered wildlife charities or rescue shelters with their permission and we are not currently raising more than £5,000 per year.  BIG CAT CONSERVATION raises awareness, funds and sponsors from the UK for big cat projects in this country and overseas, acting as an 'umbrella' for other registered charities and has a special account set up purely for this purpose.