It’s a weekday afternoon, and I’m talking to Susan Bass, the direc- tor of public relations at the Big Cat Rescue sanctuary in Tampa, Florida, about the charming issue of scooping up wild kitty poop.
The organization’s 85 lions, tigers, cougars, and other lesser-spotted
big cats aren’t exactly enthusiastic about being trained to use some
sort of oversized litter box contraption. Instead, Susan told me they
typically drop their nuggets within 10 feet of the perimeter of their
enclosure, at which point volunteers use a long metal pole with a
hook on the end of it to retract, bag up, and dispose of the feces.
BY PHILLIP MLYNAR
Enter the world of voluntourism, where you can
gain hands-on experience with big cats and help
felines in exotic locations around the world.
I’m not entirely sure I’d be able
to survive the olfactory attack that
comes with such mega-scale cat
poop maintenance, but that hasn’t
stopped other cat lovers with
tougher noses from spending their
time volunteering at the sanctuary,
often for spells of three months at a
time. They’re not alone either, with
voluntourism becoming a trending
movement that’s seen feline-loving