|Hercules and Cloe are considered surplus to the Specie Survival Plan. That happens when one group of cats in the plan are more prolific than the rest and an imbalance is caused in the optimal breeding program. These cats are removed from the Specie Survival Plan as breeders until other bloodlines catch up. |
All too often these surplus SSP cats end up in the hands of unscrupulous breeders who are only breeding for profit. Because the cats are rare they can fool people into thinking they are helping with conservation projects by buying their cubs. Big Cat Rescue provides a safe haven where these surplus cats will NOT be bred and sold.