Fall is Finally Here!
It has been an extremely busy fall so far! With lots of guests still coming out for tours even as the weather cools. Keeping up with updates can
sometimes be a challenge. One fun event that has been happening is pumpkin enrichment! Generous donors have supplied enrichment for the cats to play with. Pumpkins are an excellent way for the cats to destroy a toy with no negative effects. It is non-toxic and safe for the animals in case they accidentally eat any; and if it doesn't get completely cleaned up, it will simply degrade back into the environment. Many of the cats have a love for this type of enrichment. Harry, one of our young male tigers, loves carrying his toys around and eventually deposits them in his pool.
Our youngest resident, McKade, got to enjoy his first chance in the media spotlight and his very first pumpkin. We were visited by KY3 and KOLR10 out of Springfield for a story about this little cutie. He and his mother Farah are getting ready to be moved into a new habitat in the next few weeks. This means that he will soon be on display for the public! In the meantime, he has been extremely energetic, playing with the live stream camera and putting on a show with his toys. After he played with his small pumpkin for a few minutes, he saw his mother's bigger pumpkin, he forgot about his own and had to help destroy hers. He played on the live stream with the pumpkin for more than an hour, raking in over 500 viewers at one time and over 30,000 views in total. You can re-watch the stream of his pumpkin fun by following this link
If you've come out for a visit recently, you might have noticed all the pumpkins decorating the sign and the sidewalk going into the welcome center. We currently have a surplus of pumpkins and will probably not need any more donated for some time. Thanks to the support of Susan Meadows and the generous customers of
Charley's Discount Grocery
in Billings, MO, we have more than enough pumpkins for everyone to have at least one! And after the recent donation by
in Nixa, MO, who brought out 50 more pumpkins, we believe every cat will be able to have multiple toys this fall! Again, thank you so much to all the generous donations and support of the big cat's Fall toys! We look forward to sharing more videos and photos of the animals all having a good time!