Welcome to the 21st annual
Fabulous Feline Follies
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Hosted by the Exotic Feline Breeding
Compound’s Feline Conservation Center
Welcome to the 21st Annual
Fabulous Feline Follies
5:30 PM Cocktail Reception, Animal Visitors courtesy of Conservation
Ambassadors. View our cats and enjoy close encounters with a
wide variety of visiting educational animals. Bid on silent
auction items, purchase raffle tickets ($5 each, 5 for $20).
6:15-6:45 PM Dinner (buffet style). Emcee will call table numbers.
7:00 PM Door prizes awarded.
7:15 PM Sponsor presentations and raffle drawing .
7:30 PM Silent auction closes. After the silent auction closes we will sort
the bid pads and distribute them to your tables. Please make sure
your table number is included with your bids
7:30 PM Conservation Ambassadors presentation.
8:00 PM Dr. Jim Sanderson/Dr. Constanza Napolitano presentation.
Our emcee this year is Eric Barkalow.
Gift shop open all evening, please pay for silent auction purchases by 9 pm
Message from the Follies Committee:
Welcome! Our efforts to fulfill our mission of feline propagation, preservation, and
spreading the word of the importance of conservation couldn’t be
accomplished without the support of people like you. We have made
definite progress this year in getting one side of Project Tiger
completed and the other side nearly done! A large new walk-in
freezer is operational and a great help to our hard-working keepers
and volunteers. We have also had additions to our feline residents
including Kiana (Persian leopard), Kai and April (both fishing cats)
and soon Kiana’s mate BamBam. The outside support has been
amazing this year with an article in the AAA magazine “Westways”
bringing in new interest and participation in our fund-raising events.
Three different interns, from as far away as Brazil, spent part of the
summer here learning and helping out. We can’t thank you all enough.
This year we are celebrating “Snow Tails," cats that live in cold habitats such as
snow leopards, lynx, Pallas’ cats, and more. These cats have thick fur and special
adaptations to living in the cold and often snowy conditions, sometimes at quite high
altitudes. Unfortunately, a lot of these animals are in grave danger. Not only do they have
to deal with people hunting them for their coats and loss of habitat due to human-caused
modifications but now a growing concern has arisen in the face of global warming.
Global warming is caused by increasing amounts of greenhouse gasses in the
atmosphere. Some greenhouse gas is good, it keeps the earth warm enough for us to live
(without any greenhouse gasses the earth would only be about 5° F [Walker and King,
2008]). The problem is too much causes an extra thick blanket around the earth heating it
up. The earth is generally kept in balance with the uptake of greenhouse gas, like CO2, by
plants and other ecological functions. However, the current rate of greenhouse gas
production has far exceeded the earth’s ability to uptake them. Already, the amount of
CO2 in the atmosphere is 31% above pre-industrial levels. In fact, scientists calculate that
there is more CO2 in the atmosphere than there has been at any time in the last 650,000
years (Environmental Defense Fund [EDF], 2009). Changes that have historically taken
thousands of years are now happening over the course of decades (National Geographic,
2010). The end result? The earth has heated up about 1°F over the past century and has
heated up more intensely over the last few decades. Doesn’t sound like a lot? Well, think
about this, the difference in global average temperatures between modern times and the last
ice age was only about 9°F (EDF, 2009; National Geographic 2010). If something drastic
isn’t done, scientists expect that the global average temperature will increase another
2-11.5°F by 2100 (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [IPCC], 2007).
Global warming is a hot topic and not something that can be summarized in a few
paragraphs. We can already see the effects on our local climates, such as the altering wind
patterns that influence tropical storms and drive ocean currents; increasing precipitation in
some regions, drought in others; melting snowpack, glaciers, ice caps, and polar sea ice;
and changing in the timing and intensity of spring snowmelt runoff and floods (EDF,
2009). Let’s not debate the causes. Instead let’s focus on how global warming and local
climate change affects the felines we are all here to support today.
The IPCC predicts that up to 30% of all species are at risk of extinction at a global
temperature increase of 3.6-5.4°F. In addition, the timing of plant and animal life cycles
(phenology) is changing and, in some cases, interdependent species are falling out of sync
with one another (EDF, 2009). This can be disastrous for animals that have evolved
intricate seasonal patterns to ensure they get to where they need to be at the right time and
with the right conditions to obtain the food, water, and shelter in which they need to live
and breed successfully. Let’s take the Canadian Lynx as
an example. It has long legs and wide densely furred
feet, which allows it to hunt in deep snow, which is
historically common across its range. The lynx
population is closely tied to that of its main prey, the
snowshoe hare, which is also adapted to deep snowy
conditions. Originally the Canadian lynx was listed as
threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
primarily due to habitat loss and over-trapping for its fur.
The impact of climate change on U.S. population in the
lower 48 states is now raising new concerns (EDF,
2009). Warm winter periods can affect snow texture,
depth, and extent of cover as well as the composition of
lynx primary habitat, boreal and alpine forests (warmer
temperatures are causing devastating bark-beetle infestations killing the trees and leaving
the forest vulnerable to fire). Deep snow also typically excludes the lynx’s main
competitors - coyotes and bobcats - as well as its main predator the mountain lion, from
its winter habitat. Thus, the changing climate leaves the Canadian lynx particularly
vulnerable to a myriad of obstacles and dangers. Canadian lynx aren’t the only creatures
being left vulnerable by climate change. Everything from polar bears to pikas have seen
declines due primarily from the secondary effects of climate change.
Just remember, the world is not doomed yet. Jane Goodall put it very succinctly in
her book “Hope for Animals and their World: How Endangered Species are Being
Rescued from the Brink”:
"There is an old maxim: ‘While there is life, there is hope.’ For the sake of our children
we must not give up, we must continue to fight to save what is left and restore that which
is despoiled. We must support those valiant men and women who are out there doing just
that. And it is important for us to realize that we cannot relax our efforts on behalf of
endangered animals - for the threats to their survival are ever present, often growing.
Human population growth, unsustainable lifestyles, desperate poverty, shrinking water
supplies, corporate greed, global climate change - all these and more will, unless we are
vigilant, undo all that has been accomplished."
It is people like you continuing to support the efforts being done to turn back the
destruction going on and the devastating effects it is having on our world that are going to
make the difference. Thank you.
TITANIUM - Donations of $2,500+
Mary Marlowe - Los Angeles
Diamond Jim’s Casino - Rosamond
Garner Holt Productions - San Bernardino
Eric Barkalow & Nancy Vandermey -
PLATINUM - Donations of $1,000
Complete Packaging Supplies - Burbank
Steven M. Crutchfield - Virginia
Susan Lozier & Ian MacLeod - Nebraska
George & Joan Paulikas - Palos Verdes
Scott & Nicole Pearson - Cheviot Hills
Tahoe Translation Group - Reno, NV
SILVER - Donations of $300
In memory of Steve Rendes, former EFBC Director, by Irene
& Cherylrenee Rendes - Fullerton
Sav-On Fence, Larry Purcell - Lancaster
BRONZE - Donations of $200
Louis Allred, Sr. - Rosamond
Diane M. Citron - Santa Monica
Katz Kreations Photography - Ventura
Halley Olsen Murphy, Funerals & Cremations - Lancaster
Jeff & Ann Conrad, Georgia
Alice Bickers - Los Angeles
Siberian Slushy drinks
Purchase a Pina Colada or your favorite cocktail and
take home a hand-painted glass as a souvenir!
Thanks to Kim Blaquera and Misty Hailstone for their
Silent Auction and Raffle Donors
Larry Purcell Sandy Masek Trina Ray Scott & Nicole Pearson
Nancy Vandermey Eric Barkalow Camille & Jerry Gadwood
Julian & Katharine Donahue Kristi Krause Mike & Lori Brethour
Lori Hands Betty Platero Donna Cohen Yvonne King
Pam Rose & Gene Bowan Chris Fawkes Debra Bernard
Fox Films Entertainment American Humane Film & TV Unit
Leslie Simmons Don Patterson Laura Maluccio Dee Westlund
Antelope Valley Fair Gibbon Center Antelope Valley Country Club
DreamWorks Animation SKG Kim Blaquera Katz Kreations Photography
Irene & Cherylrenee Rendes
EFBC Feline Conservation Center is:
Joseph W. Maynard, President
Larry Purcell, Vice President
Sandra Masek, Treasurer
Nancy Vandermey, Secretary
Camille Gadwood, Public Relations
Jeff Conrad, D.V.M
Nicole Pearson, Esq.
Scott Weldy, D.V.M.
Kristi Krause, D.V.M.
Sandra Masek, General Manager
Melany Marotta, Head Keeper
Roena Ross, Keeper
Lori Hands, Gift Shop
Cindy Sparks, Gift Shop
Mitch Yost, Maintenance
Ana Marquez, Dietary Prep
Trey Alcazar, Eric Barkalow,
Kim Blaquera, Debbie
Crosthwait, Heather Derby,
Brittany Furr, Camille
Gadwood, Alex Gray, Misty
Hailstone, Rebecca Hall,
Heather Kuhn, Judy Laney,
Jacky Maya, Laurie Peters,
Keep up to date on our new arrivals, births, and construction projects Christina Riley, Pam Rose,
on our web site, www.wildcatzoo.org Leslie Simmons, Megan
Smith, Jenny Swartzbaugh,
Not receiving our quarterly newsletters? Become a member today! Nancy Vandermey, Alan
Admission to our facility and select other zoos nationwide included, Weeks, Richard West
as well as a 10% discount in our gift shop
This year we
Scott Weldy and
Dr. Weldy graduated in 1985 from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University
of California in Davis. He has always had an interest in birds and other exotic animals
and while working in a small animal hospital he began branching out into different
animal fields. He volunteered as a veterinarian with local animal controls, the
Department of Fish and Game, local rehabilitation centers and U.S. Fish and Wildlife.
His knowledge and interests increased and in 1990 was asked by Dr. Pat Morris of the
Knoxville Zoo and the University of Tennessee along with researchers at the San Diego
Zoo to assist in a project at the Exotic Feline Breeding Compound involving embryo
transfers in exotic cats. Shortly thereafter Dr. Weldy became the Veterinarian of Record
(VOR) for the Exotic Feline Breeding Compound/Feline Conservation Center and has
continued to work at the facility as part of the veterinary team. Dr. Weldy continues to
assist local, State and Federal agencies and is the VOR for the Santa Ana Zoo, Orange
County Zoo, the Orange County Bird of Prey Center, California State University in
Fullerton, Children’s Hospital of Orange and Rancho Las Lomas.
Dr. Krause graduated in 1997 from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University
of California in Davis. Upon graduation she worked primarily in companion dog and cat
medicine, but continued to develop and nurture her interests and skills in avian/exotic
medicine, feline medicine and emergency medicine. In 2003 Dr. Krause began working
part time with Dr. Weldy and quickly became a full time associate at the hospital. She
acquired her Board Certification in Feline Medicine in 2005 and serves as an integral part
of the veterinary team assisting local, State and Federal agencies, the Santa Ana Zoo,
Orange County Zoo, the Orange County Bird of Prey Center, California State University
in Fullerton, Children’s Hospital of Orange, Rancho Las Lomas and the Exotic Feline
Breeding Compound/Feline Conservation Center. Her passion is Pallas’ Cats and she
serves as the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) fishing cat SSP veterinary
Our three summer
interns, left to right,
Kathryn White, and
helping with Amur
treatment for sinus
at the Summer
Camille Gadwood Dr. Scott Weldy, DVM Dr. Jim Sanderson, PhD
Cherylrenee Rendes David & Anita Jackson George & Joan Paulikas
Pat Quillen Pamela Gray Nancy Vandermey
Steve Rendes Jerry Gadwood Dr. Patrick Morris , DVM
Richard & Jakki Baker Ron Wildermuth Larry Purcell
Julie Abraham Mark Purcell Betty White Ludden
Felitarians are those people who have made a difference, specifically in the area of our
mission: to protect and preserve the world’s endangered felines. Dr. Jim Sanderson has
returned to introduce us to one of his partner field researchers in small wild cat
Our speaker this year is Dr. Constanza Napolitano, PhD"
Guigna: Smallest of the South American Cats"
Founder and Director of Wildcats Chile (www.wildcatschile.org), Dr. Napolitano has
worked with different wild cats species and human-felid conflicts in her home country,
Chile, since 2004. She has obtained various scholarships and awards which have lead her
to conduct scientific research projects and social context initiatives jointly in pursuit of
wild cat conservation in Chile. She is part of the IUCN Cat Specialist Group and IUCN
Species Survival Commission. She is currently finishing her doctoral research in
Conservation Genetics of the Guigna, a threatened small wild cat, at the Universidad de
Chile in Santiago, Chile & at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada.
Dr. Napolitano is a partner of the Small Wild Cat Conservation Foundation, a tax exempt
organization founded in 1996 by Dr. Jim Sanderson to address the conservation needs of
small wild cats worldwide. SWCCF has two parts: Small Cat Conservation Alliance
(SCCA) that has ongoing field programs and Small Wild Cat Conservation Endowment
Fund that as of May, 2010 has $275,000 in a permanent endowment fund.
The mission of the Small Wild Cat Conservation Foundation is to ensure the survival of
small wild cats and their natural habitats worldwide. This is achieved by identifying high
conservation value populations of the most threatened small wild cats, understanding and
mitigating threats to these populations, and then monitoring these populations over the
SWCCF supports the work of conservation partners by putting together donors and
supporters with the active field partners.
Description and Behavior of the Guigna/Kodkod, Oncifelis Guigna
Oncifelis Guigna is
called the guina
in Chile and Argentina.
The guigna is the
smallest felid in the
Americas, weighing an
average of 2.2 kg (5
pounds). It is a buffy to
brownish cat heavily
patterned with small
The guigna is closely
related to the
Geoffroy’s cat. In
Geoffroy’s cat, the
guigna has a small face and much thicker tail. There is a high incidence of melanism,
which increases with latitude, and is particularly common on Chiloe and Guaitecas
islands. The guigna has rather large feet, and well-developed arboreal abilities, sheltering
in trees during inactive periods and climbing as an escape tactic when pursued. It dens in
The origin of the
name, kodkod, is
obscure. It may be
from one of the
dialects, and probably
originally referred to
the pampas cat
(Oncifelis colocolo) -
“colo-colo” may be a
Spanish corruption of
This event was made possible with the help and support of the following people and
Follies Committee: Eric Barkalow, Kim Blaquera, Camille Gadwood, Misty Hailstone,
Melany Marotta, Sandra Masek, Larry Purcell (chairman), Christina Riley, Leslie
Simmons, Nancy Vandermey. With additional help from Joe Maynard and others.
Sponsor plaques provided by Bill & Andy Meyer, American Data Plates, Lancaster, CA.
Printed materials provided by Bohn’s Printing, Lancaster, CA.
Catering provided by Distinctive Catering Service, Santa Clarita, CA.
Cocktail service by The Golden Cantina Restaurant, Rosamond, CA.
A-1 Rentals, Palmdale, CA.
Left Corner Framing,, Quartz Hill, CA.
Project Tiger nears completion!