Making The World Aware of the Plight of the World's Greatest Cats and Their Fight to Prevent Extinction
A SUBJECT THAT
IS VERY CLOSE TO OUR HEARTS
Both Jan and I have had a love affair with cats for as long as we have been alive. At one time, I had seven cats living in my house. Actually, those seven creatures ALLOWED me to live amongst them. And Jan has always had numerous furry critters (nine cats at one time) roaming her homes, too. We have both been fascinated with the big cats, and I know that in our frequent visits to zoos, I would spend most of the time talking with the tigers, lions and other big cats.
It is true that in another life, I was actually a feline. Not sure what kind, but I know I share a lot with these gorgeous beings. I must have. There is no other explanation for the behavior of cats when I am around them. They treat me like one of their own. We communicate on many levels. Hard to explain, you would have to witness this to appreciate it.
This is especially true with big cats. Tigers especially. Also lions, cougars, leopards, they all seem to connect with me very deeply. I have had many opportunities to be with these big cats. Sometimes in the cage with them. Very comfortable with them. It's uncanny.
Anyway, I digress. As you know, I am a film maker as well as a magician. I have been working on a number of film projects over the years, and two of them will be completed in the next six months. One of them is called,
are places on this planet that exist solely to provide a safe home for
these magnificent cats. One of those places is "Big
Cat Rescue" in Florida. (This photo is one of their "babies",
Shere Khan). Founded by Carole Baskin,
this one hour program, which will air on cable and television outlets
and then be sold in video outlets and pet shops, more people will be
exposed to these unique places and become aware of the necessity to
do all we can to prevent these endangered species from disappearing
A SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS
India had a population of around 40,000 tigers at the beginning of the 20th century. By 1972 their numbers had gone down to 1,827. Now, the population of tigers in the country is estimated to be at about 3,500.
Incidentally, India is the only country in the world to have natural habitats for both tigers and lions.
Tigers are in the category of endangered animals. The Caspian, Bali and Java family of tigers has already become extinct while the number of South China tigers is estimated to be between 20-30.
Royal Bengal tiger of India is also on the list of highly endangered
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