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Donation - Wildcat Walkabout 2021

$10.00 USD

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 Protecting cats IN THE WILD!

Can't make it to the Virtual Walkabout?  You can still donate to help both projects!
Join us on November 6th as Big Cat Rescue virtually opens its gates to include you, our supporters, in special events that we host only one time a year! As always, proceeds from the ticket sales will go to conservation projects in the wild.

Tickets will be $4.99 and will get you access to the secret agenda.

Your ticket purr-chase will result in you receiving an email with an agenda of all of the day’s LIVE events, special discount codes for our big cat gear, and more. You will receive the agenda and other email updates as we get closer to the big day!

The best part of Wildcat Walkabout has always been meeting YOU so this year we are working on guest participation with a scavenger hunt and VIP Zoom meetings. If you have any ideas or questions, please email them to donate@bigcatrescue.org.

This will be a day of making and sharing memories and it’s all for a good cause!
PROJECT #1: Pampas Cat Working Group

The Pampas Cat Working Group (PCWG) is a network of conservationists and researchers that study and protect the pampas cat across its distribution in South America. Their main goal is to implement threat mitigation activities that will ensure the survival of this small wild cat in the current biodiversity crisis. The Pampas Cat at present has a conservation status listed on the IUCN red list as near threatened in some of its habitats, but in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, and Ecuador it is Vulnerable. The PCWG is working to increase awareness of the species, its needs and increase involvement from local communities. They are implementing direct on the ground conservation efforts such as road signs to reduce roadkills, building artificial water holes so in the dry season the pampas cats have somewhere to get this important resource, and developing sterilization and vaccination campaigns on domestic and feral dogs. A large portion of their work is done by volunteers and they have veterinarians who donate their time, but the funds from the Wildcat Walkabout will go towards funding materials to promote awareness, road signs in high road traffic conflict areas, camera traps and veterinary equipment required for both the cats they study, and the dogs they aim to sterilize/vaccinate to combat conflict and disease.
PROJECT #2: Geoffroy Cat Working Group

The Geoffrey Cat Working Group (GCWG) was created in December 2020, to bring together a network of individuals working to mitigate threats to the species, across its entire distribution range in South America, from Bolivia to Chile and Argentina. The network consists of conservation practitioners, researchers, and small cat enthusiasts committed to engage conservation actions to preserve this small and little-known felid.

In the past, the Geoffroy’s cat was the world’s second most frequently traded for fur, but nowadays, international trade is prohibited. Regardless of that, other serious factors threaten the survival of the species, such as poaching, habitat alteration, and destruction, road-kills, individuals killed by dogs, fire, poisoning, and disease. The Geoffrey Cat at present has a conservation status listed on the IUCN red list as near threatened but their numbers continue to decline.

The current span of the GCWG is 27 projects across 6 countries, and the hope is to increase that number. With funds raised from the Wildcat Walkabout the GCWG is looking to improve on awareness programs for the Geoffrey Cat in local communities, survey and monitor populations across their habitat range, initiate threat reduction actions, create and implement conservation policies with local governments and reduce direct conflicts with the species. They also aim to work on social media outreach, teaching more people about the Geoffrey Cat, its biology, threats, and conservation needs to increase interest in their work, improve future financial aid and develop a community of support to enable long-term support of the species.