Scott Lope–Big Cat Rescue “Hero”

Scott Lope–Director of Operations at Tampa’s Big Cat Rescue, one of the largest sanctuaries of its kind in the world, housing more than 100 big cats, spanning more than 40 acres, and recently named Animal Planet’s “Hero Of The Year”

—discusses his background, including being the kid who was always bringing home sick and injured animals; recounts his path to Big Cat Rescue some 11 years ago; explains more specifically what Big Cat Rescue is, and does, including some of the gambits employed to keep these captive big cats stimulated and enrich their existence; addresses various aspects of winning Animal Planet’s “Hero Of The Year” award, which recognizes individuals nationally who have demonstrated extraordinary service for the welfare of animals. []

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COMEDY CORNER: Paula Poundstone’s “12 Cats” (

MUSIC: Donna & Andy’s “Computer Cat,” Split Lip Rayfield’s “Tiger In My Tank,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Jefferson Starship’s “Ride The Tiger”

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