CataBlog #01 – First blog, Let’s get it correct

CataBlog #01 – First blog, Let’s get it correct

I have been working with cats for almost 25 years now and the one thing I can always count on is that the facts about cat we thought to be true in the past may change in the future. I can give a big list of facts, or maybe I should call them ideas, that we thought were true but they ended up being our best guess at the time.  Here are a few examples:   1. Clouded Leopards are descendants of the Saber Tooth cats.  This has now been proven to be false with DNA testing.  2. White Tigers are inbred and that is why they have genetic defects. This has very recently been studied and proven to be false.  (This will be the subject of my next blog).  3. Cheetahs hunt only in the day light hours. Not true!  4. Fishing Cats have webbed feet.  Not true!   5. Guinas (Kodkods) live in trees. Another wrong assumption and there are many more . I wouldn’t  be surprised if more “facts” are proven to be wrong by the time you read this blog! It is very frustrating to learn something and then have to be told that is not correct anymore, but I guess that is the story of many things in life. The world is not flat, the moon is not made of cheese, there is no Santa Claus and reindeer don’t fly. It bothers me when people present ideas or a “best guess” as fact. Often times these ideas that are accepted as truth have no scientific facts to back them up. There are other bothersome beliefs about cats that never seems to go away. Dark colored leopards are called “panthers” when in fact “panthers” are not a species of cat. These words are now stuck in the language and will probably never be removed. A dark cat can be a leopard or jaguar, we call them “melanistic” or dark in color. If you look closely,  they are not really black but dark brown and their rosettes are more dark in color and show through. There are also small species of wild cats that can be melanistic.  The term “panther” is just a nick-name for any dark colored cat, whether a leopard or a jaguar! We will blog about many things. Some times you will say “what the heck?”, or maybe, “wow I didn’t know that!”, but through it all, I hope that it will make you think.  We will make every effort to provide you with true facts and current information but remember, researchers are making new discoveries all of the time.  If information changes, we will update and let you know!  This blog serves to share information...

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Featured Cat: Maytag

Featured Cat: Maytag

Maytag is a classy girl, particularly in her ways with her toys or her food. She is shy at first, bobbing her little tail as if deciding how she feels about the matter at “paw”, but make no mistake that she is always watching the show. In true bobcat form, she’ll climb high to the top of her branch to watch tours as they embark on their adventure. You’ll then find her sitting elegantly waiting to welcome everyone back. Maytag and her sister Whirlpool came to the Cat Haven under unique circumstances. After their mother had been killed, the sisters were found in an old washing machine not even a week old. Because their chances of survival were low without a mother to raise them they were brought to us and are the only two cats directly from the wild. At two months of age the sisters decided they weren’t too fond of sharing a room anymore. This year they celebrated their sixth birthday. Unlike her sister, Maytag prefers her food not cut up in small pieces and would rather do it herself. She is quick to let keepers know if she is in the mood for company or not. On cold days, if she sees a keeper coming to sit with her, she’ll hop out of her house, purring in excitement and will jump straight into the first lap that is offered to her to keep warm. On summer days you’ll find this cute girl lounging in her pool or playing with her favorite rope ball. Above all, she loves her scented cardboard boxes. Not just any box though, there’s a certain kind she prefers as well as a few selected scents. She crawls in rolling and rubbing all around to let everyone know “this is mine” and then starts drooling, forgetting about the world around her. So come let Maytag welcome you on your tour and perhaps see her enjoy playing in her prized box!...

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Meet Us

Meet Us

History Founded in 1993 with the purchase of 100 scenic acres just west of King’s Canyon National Park the Cat Haven offers guided tours of some of the rarest cats in the world. It also promotes grass-root level support for range country conservation through Project Survival, a 501 (c) (3) organization. Snow leopard Zoom in Amur leopard Zoom in Clouded leopard About the Location Project Survival’s Cat Haven is located at an elevation of 2400′ – 3000′,15 miles west of King’s Canyon National Park, an area internationally famous for its giant sequoia redwood trees. The nearest major city is Fresno, California, forty-five miles to the west. Zoom in The View from the Cat Haven The facility commands panoramic views across the foothills of the Shannon Valley. It benefits from cool evening breezes, low humidity and equitable temperatures. Old growth manzanita, live oak and buckeye trees, interspersed with small to massive granite boulders, make the terrain highly attractive. Three springs on the property produce excellent water and supply a year round pond and waterfall. Cat enclosures take advantage of these natural features, providing the animals with great opportunities for play and privacy. The exhibits are spaced at intervals along a pathway which winds beneath oaks and manzanita, giving visitors a sense of discovery as they walk up to each...

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Help us Rescue Victoria

Help us Rescue Victoria

The jaguar named Victoria was born in September 2011 at Rio Branco Zoo, Acre State, Brazil. During her first weeks of life, the vets from the zoo noted that she began to have neurological symptoms such as incoordination and changes in skull shape. Looking for a better veterinary assistance they moved her to Sorocaba Zoo in November, 22 2011 when she was weighing only 12.80 kg. After the first clinical evaluations, the Sorocaba Zoo team decided to transfer her to a university hospital, where she could receive specialized care.  She was moved once again, now to Veterinary Hospital of the São Paulo University (UNESP/Botucatu). Victoria was treated at the University until June, 19 2013 when she was released to come back to Sorocaba Zoo. Unfortunately, Sorocaba did not have an enclosure for her, and she has been housed in an extra sector waiting for a better destination, now weighing 54,6 kg. All the another Brazilian zoos contacted did not have enclosure for her either because of animals coming from the wild which still happens frequently nowadays. Project Survival’s Cat Haven contacted CENAP with the interest to receive jaguars from Brazil and it looked to be a good solution to provide a better life for Victoria. As we work on the paperwork and permits, we also need to raise funds to have a nice home waiting for her when she arrives. We currently need: $5000.00 for the transportation crate $2500.00 for permit and related fees $17,000.00 to complete her home in Jag Jungle at Cat Haven...

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Safari with Cat Haven

Safari with Cat Haven

Itinerary 2017 Witness the greatest wildlife migration on earth and the savage rituals of predator and prey acted out before your eyes, this is considered the ultimate safari experience. On this journey into the heart of wild and untamed Africa, treat your eyes to stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro, Lake Manyara, descend into the most unique caldera in the world: Ngorongoro Crater, often called the Eden of Africa. You will also visit the Serengeti. The name Serengeti is derived from the Maasai word for “endless plains,” and this is where millions of animals move in the ancient rhythms of the seasons. Journey to famed Olduvai Gorge, an archeological goldmine where the remains of the earliest man were discovered. This journey is the quintessential experience of Africa’s unspoiled wildlife and natural beauty. Accommodation At Glance:  Lake Duluti Serena lodge – Arusha, Tarangire Safari Lodge – Tarangire, Ngorongoro Farm House- Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Ndutu Lodge, Southern Serengeti, Kubukubu Tented lodge, Central Serengeti, Kia Lodge for Day room     Suitability: This travel package to Tanzania is suitable for travelers seeking a sense of isolation, exploration and discovery. Note: This package is based on – arrival and departure from Kilimanjaro International Airport.   Day 01,   15th Nov.                                  Arrival Arusha, Tanzania  Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International airport, you will be met by Jombi Kivuyo you will be assisted through customs and immigration formalities. Thereafter drive to Arusha. Dinner and Overnight at Lake Duluti Serena Day 02, 16th Nov.                                                 Arusha- Tarangire After breakfast drive to Tarangire national park, we will arrive for Lunch and thereafter will go for afternoon game drive. This delightful park, covering an area of 2,600 sq km was established in 1970, and it is the numerous baobab trees that will initially catch your eye. The Tarangire National Park derives its name from the Tarangire River that rises in the highlands of central Tanzania and winds its way through the game sanctuary. The river irresistibly lures the herds of plains migrants from the parched surrounding area to its shrunken – but permanent – brackish waters during the dry season. The animals come by thousands from as far north as the shores of Lake Natron, dramatically swelling the resident population with wildebeest, zebra, eland, elephant, hartebeest, buffalo and fringe-eared Oryx. Tarangire is said to have the highest recorded number of breeding bird species for any habitat in the world. As the rainless days continue the Tarangire pools are clotted with thirsty migrants, and elephants begin to dig for underground streams in the dry riverbed. Meals and accommodations at Tarangire Safari Tented Lodge Day 3           17th Nov.                                Tarangire National Park You will have two full days to explore Tarangire National Park and...

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