Monday, September 17, 2012

Jasper Is On the Move, Again?

Welcome back!  We hope you had a wonderful weekend.  What do you say we start the week off with an update on Jasper?

I'm moving where, again?
On August 7th, we reported that Jasper moved from Tacoma's quarters, where he was temporarily housed, to Nefertit's quarters.  We hoped that Jasper and Neffie would get along so both cats would have a playmate to keep each other company.  For weeks, Jasper and Neffie kept their distance, not willing to interact with one another--that was until last week.  It seemed Jasper lost his fear of Neffie and was seen chasing her around their quarters.  Unfortunately, Jasper's playfulness really upset Neffie as she hissed and screamed at the boy's attempts to play with her.  She was not used to a rambunctious young bobcat chasing her around, so we made the decision to move Jasper to new quarters.

To Neffie's delight, Jasper packed up his toy duck and quietly moved to his new home with the lynxes.  

Jasper's prized toy duck

Jasper and his duck moved into Tobias, Trooper, and Duchess' quarters last Thursday. For now, the lynxes will be kept separate from the boy until such time we are confident that all four exotic cats will get along.

Tobias (left) saying hello to Jasper!
Jasper is absolutely fascinated with his new home.  As soon as he entered his quarters, Jasper ran up the ramp to get a "cat's-eyed" view of his new neighbors.  The only lynx that paid any attention to Jasper was Tobias. He was fascinated by this new cat while Jasper is not quite sure what to make of his curious new neighbor.  It will be a while before we can slowly introduce the cats together with supervised play dates and overnight visits. Until then, Jasper will continue to explore his new world lone.

Jasper taking in all the sights and sounds of his new home.

It's a brave new world, Jasper!

Cheetahs' Fast Track Habitat is Almost Finished!

The work on the cheetahs new home is moving at a fast pace.  Very soon we hope to announce the official date of its grand opening!

More concrete was poured last week and the cheetahs' house was built. 

Concrete from Top Cat for our Top Cheetahs' Quarters!  

Inside view of the cheetah house

Outside view of the cheetah house

As we move closer towards the big day when the cheetahs finally move into their new habitat, we want to take a moment to reflect upon our progress and thank all the donors who made this project possible.  We'd also like to thank all the volunteers who tirelessly worked so hard to build the cheetahs new home.  Our donors and volunteers make one a terrific team -- thank you everyone for making this project a reality!

We hope you enjoyed today's blog posting and will join us again tomorrow for more news and updates on our wild ones! Don't forget to let us know your reaction to this posting by clicking on one of the reaction buttons below--and share this blog posting with others please ~ Thank you!



  1. Jasper chasing Neffie around their enclosure cracked me up, even though I know Neffie wasn't amused! I'm really hoping Jasper and the lynxes are as good fit!

  2. Just out of curiosity, (and yes, I know lynxes and bobcats are different species in the same genus...but so are lions and tigers) why are you putting Jasper in with the lynxes and not with the other bobcats? Is it a space issue? (I know you've gotten several bobcats over the past few months, not all of whom could be released to the wild).

    1. That's a great question, Diana! When introducing a cat to new friends, we have to consider the personalities, temperament, and ages of the cats (some older cats are not thrilled with having a younger, high energy cat bouncing and playing around with them).

      In Jasper's case, we think he'll get along with the lynxes better than the other bobcats--at least that is what we are hoping. Only time will tell and we'll keep you posted on his introductions to the lynxes!

  3. Many years ago Duchess the lynx and Zacc the bobcat were enclosure mates (where Nugget lives now) and enjoyed a wonderful life together - then Trooper arrived. Zacc then became newcomer Moses the bobcat's companion. Zacc's mom and Kahn's mom Marcia

  4. I don't know which is cuter, Jasper's angelic face above, or Gideon's look while at the Vet's. I must crop Jasper's face and make him my wallpaper. He's to to be the most gorgeous bobcat I've seen. Don't tell Moses I said that.