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(replay)Hosts Simba WIltz and Asli Goncer interview Janice Carter, staff photographer for CFAR. For several years, Janice has provided beautiful images of the cats in the form of posters, calendars, and framed pictures. We... more

Enrichment is a vital part of what we do at CFAR. Simba and Asli talk about this in the context of creating interesting adventures for the cats. Kukla the cougar is the poster kitty for an enriched environment--and a food-challenge gives white... more

In part 2 of this show, Asli and Simba discuss the conflicting desires of wanting animals to stay wild and the need for captivity. We get updates on Wowicala, the tigress with the mammary tumor. Also, a brief commentary on the... more

Our complicated relationship with animals has led to many efforts to preserve and protect them in places from natural habitats to zoos. But what does this mean for the animals and how do we address the issues surrounding captivity?... more

Join Dr. Simba Wiltz and Asli Goncer as they talk about one of the most common conditions among humans and cats: arthritis. We talk about treatment for arthritis in humans and animals, and introduce the newest segment to the show:... more

Join Dr. Simba Wiltz and Asli Goncer as they continue their conversation about conservation and its techniques. Discussion about capstone species leads into discussion on how we can reintroduce cats to the wild--but like everything with... more

Hosts K. Simba Wiltz and Asli Goncer talk about conservation in its many forms, specifically about big cats and the techniques used to make the point for many people. What exactly is a capstone species, and why is it so hard to define?... more

We get an update on Raz and her progression, as well as a big news announcement for the future of the facility. Find out what the Commission said when we talked to them recently! Also, further talk on big cats in the wild... more

Hosts Simba Wiltz and Asli Goncer review the latest in the story of Raz; which leads to an interesting discussion revolving around pain and discipline. Just how do you manage pain in a tiger? And how does that relate to us as people?... more

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