"When it comes to big cats, it's about vision."
CFAR Sounding

CFAR Sounding

The Official Podcast of Central Florida Animal Reserve

CFAR Sounding is a production of Central Florida Animal Reserve, where we engage the world of the big cats through our mottos of Compassion, Conservation, and Commitment. At CFAR, when it comes to big cats, it’s about Vision.

Latest Show

A View of the New Central Florida Animal Reserve, in Progress


Thanks to the fine folks at RKC Site Solutions, we have some amazing drone footage of the new Central Florida Animal Reserve facility in progress! A direct link to the video is here: http://youtu.be/RDGYhAJA9Cg. You can really see the scope of the project when you get in the air that way, and so it’s a good time to talk more about the vision for the finish product. Dr. Simba Wiltz and Asli Goncer talk about the nature of the project, and some of the details that you can see from the air. What’s being built has got to meet a number of requirements, both external and internal.

Release date: December 14th, 2014


Archived Shows

Canine Distemper…and Cats?


Canine distemper (CDV) is a debilitating virus that can strike down even the bravest of dogs.  But did you know that dogs are not the only victims of this condition?  Earlier outbreaks have already caused extinction or near extinction of other species, including big cats.  The mention of CDV as a cause of “big cat zombies” on Animal Planet last week led co-host Asli Goncer to do a little research into it and find that their story doesn’t exactly match the truth.  Dr. Simba Wiltz joins the conversation as the team talks about the real Canine Distemper virus, the danger of outbreaks in wild populations, and how human intervention can help offset its risks.

Release date: December 7th, 2014


 

Getting down to Business, Pt 2

HolidayBannerThe conversation starts with a special announcement and how you can help the Holiday Challenge! Visit http://www.crowdrise.com/CFLARHoliday to help!  CFAR is privileged to do some amazing work taking care of majestic big cats, but it’s not all purrs and nuzzles. Dr. Simba Wiltz talks about his visit to the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce and the presentation made during a recent luncheon there. As the audience discovered, no subject is ever boring when you add the twist of the big cats to the mix. Listen in as Simba and Asli talk about what makes the business of big cats unique and challenging.

Release date: November 30th, 2014


 

Getting down to Business, Pt 1

CFAR is privileged to do some amazing work taking care of majestic big cats, but it’s not all purrs and nuzzles. Dr. Simba Wiltz talks about his visit to the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce and the presentation made during a recent luncheon there. As the audience discovered, no subject is ever boring when you add the twist of the big cats to the mix. Listen in as Simba and Asli talk about what makes the business of big cats unique and challenging.

Release date: November 23th, 2014


 

Adventures in Enrichment

Join us for a special encore presentation of a show originally aired on April 6 of this year regarding enrichment. The cats know how to have fun, and here are some highlights from earlier this year: “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 tiger Wicasa Wakan a brain teasing opportunity to learn. Fifteen freakishly fast cat facts returns–cougars and tigers!”

Release date: November 16th, 2014 (Original date: April 6, 2014)


 

Close Encounters of the Educational Variety: Tigers 4 Tigers visits CFAR

“When a great desire to learn meets a great desire to teach, magic happens.” It was a magical weekend at CFAR when 10 members of Clemson University’s Tigers 4 Tigers Club visited CFAR to help out. The group has a chance at close observation of the cats, worked hard on a grounds-cleaning project, and learned a great deal of the challenges facing big cat husbandry. This show starts with an interview with Taylor Tench (President) and Diane Dotson (Vice President), and further discussion with Dr. Simba Wiltz and Asli Goncer as we focus on the importance of animal education, its opportunities, and challenges.

Release Date: November 9, 2014


 

Zombies and Big Cats

It’s Halloween again, and time for all things ghoulish, scary, and otherworldly! To celebrate, CFAR Sounding hosted its first ever live show, featuring a panel discussion on the topic of Zombies and Big Cats! Join our distinguished group as we explore the ramifications of “zombieism” in its many forms with an unusual twist. This special show is hosted by Asli Goncer, and features Dr. Simba Wiltz (big cat expert and pharmacist), Mr. Ron Smyke (visiting fellow from Arkham University), and Mr. Brian Boots (an ex-zombie in recovery). You won’t want to miss this hilarious episode! Happy Halloween, everyone!

Release Date: October 31, 2014


 

The Critters

CFAR is home to more than just big cats, we also host a small number of very unusual little creatures that we affectionately call “Our Critters”.  This show is dedicated to introducing you to some other mammals in the animal kingdom: the Genet, the Coatimundi, and the Civet.  Each have unusual characteristics, but are full of character!  Our little critters bring a lot of joy with their antics and attitude and are a sampling of the remarkable biodiversity that exists among mammals.  To honor them, we’ve got Fifteen Freakishly Fast Fun Critter Facts for each as Dr. Simba Wiltz and Asli Goncer introduce you to our smallest residents!

Release Date: October 26, 2014


 

Aging and the Big Cat Life Cycle, Part 3

The Golden Years: In spite of many efforts, no one is immune from the process of aging.  We are born and then undertake a fantastic journey of growth and development.  This life cycle is the hallmark of all living things, and the big cats are no different.  Dr. Simba Wiltz and Asli Goncer talk about the life cycle of big cats and how dramatically they can differ depending on the situation.  The discussion compares wild and captive situations, revealing some distinct differences and some amazing similarities.  Experience and research come together in an amazing tale as we trace the lives of tigers and lions from birth to death, and discuss the remarkable changes seen in human intervention.

Release Date: October 19, 2014


 

Aging and the Big Cat Life Cycle, Part 2

Middle Age: In spite of many efforts, no one is immune from the process of aging.  We are born and then undertake a fantastic journey of growth and development.  This life cycle is the hallmark of all living things, and the big cats are no different.  Dr. Simba Wiltz and Asli Goncer talk about the life cycle of big cats and how dramatically they can differ depending on the situation.  The discussion compares wild and captive situations, revealing some distinct differences and some amazing similarities.  Experience and research come together in an amazing tale as we trace the lives of tigers and lions from birth to death, and discuss the remarkable changes seen in human intervention.

Release Date: October 12, 2014


 

Aging and the Big Cat Life Cycle, Part 1

Early Life: In spite of many efforts, no one is immune from the process of aging.  We are born and then undertake a fantastic journey of growth and development.  This life cycle is the hallmark of all living things, and the big cats are no different.  Dr. Simba Wiltz and Asli Goncer talk about the life cycle of big cats and how dramatically they can differ depending on the situation.  The discussion compares wild and captive situations, revealing some distinct differences and some amazing similarities.  Experience and research come together in an amazing tale as we trace the lives of tigers and lions from birth to death, and discuss the remarkable changes seen in human intervention.

Release Date: October 6, 2014


 

The Dating Game, Big Cat Style, Part 2
TwotigerstogetherWhether it be finding a playmate for a cub or a companion for an adult, there are occasions where big cats need to be introduced to other cats that they don’t know. The process whereby two cats can be put together can be long and ultimately fail, or result in miraculous connections that can leave everyone scratching their head. We share two such stories in this week’s show, as Dr. Simba Wiltz and Asli Goncer talk about the dating game for big cats: how large, powerful fuzzy creatures make friends and influence each other.

Release Date: September 28, 2014


 

The Dating Game, Big Cat Style, Part 1

TwotigerstogetherWhether it be finding a playmate for a cub or a companion for an adult, there are occasions where big cats need to be introduced to other cats that they don’t know. The process whereby two cats can be put together can be long and ultimately fail, or result in miraculous connections that can leave everyone scratching their head. We share two such stories in this week’s show, as Dr. Simba Wiltz and Asli Goncer talk about the dating game for big cats: how large, powerful fuzzy creatures make friends and influence each other.

Release Date: September 21, 2014


 

Volunteer, Meet the Volunteer Council, Part 2

VolunteersAs an all-volunteer organization, CFAR depends on the generosity of time and energy that volunteers bring to the group.  But what does it take to be a volunteer?  And what is it like volunteering around big cats?  Dr. Simba Wiltz and Asli Goncer introduce you to the three very special people who are central to getting volunteers on board.  Kelley Mulvihill, Mary Beth Ferringer, and Dennis Lum serve as the Volunteer Council, and act as guides and liaisons between prospective and existing volunteers.  We chat with them to learn more about their experiences volunteering, and what they do as a group to make the experience great for those that engage.

Release Date: September 14, 2014


 

Volunteer, Meet the Volunteer Council, Part 1

VolunteersAs an all-volunteer organization, CFAR depends on the generosity of time and energy that volunteers bring to the group.  But what does it take to be a volunteer?  And what is it like volunteering around big cats?  Dr. Simba Wiltz and Asli Goncer introduce you to the three very special people who are central to getting volunteers on board.  Kelley Mulvihill, Mary Beth Ferringer, and Dennis Lum serve as the Volunteer Council, and act as guides and liaisons between prospective and existing volunteers.  We chat with them to learn more about their experiences volunteering, and what they do as a group to make the experience great for those that engage.

Release Date: September 7, 2014


 

New Technology in Conservation

tigertechTechnology continues to advance at a breakneck pace, but that does not mean that nature is left behind! Some of those new technologies are changing the landscape when it comes to conservation–and putting new and powerful tools in the hands of everyday people to make a difference for their natural environment. Dr. Simba Wiltz and Asli Goncer talk tech today. How is technology helping put pressure on poachers, and where is the next frontier? Download some conservation knowledge as CFAR Sounding talks New Technology in Conservation.

Release Date: August 31, 2014


 

A Ticklish Question, Part 2

tigertoesTrying to answer the ‘ticklish question’ was a lot of laughs, but hardly the whole story. Humor is a challenging concept for humans and even more challenging to establish for other species. CFAR Sounding takes a look at the social elements involved in humor among a few species, and we get some amusing stories about how the cats choose to display their particular brand of humor. Join us for a continued discussion of the ‘ticklish question’.

Release Date: August 24, 2014


 

A Ticklish Question, Part 1

tigertoesWe’ve gotten several questions over time, but this one caused a thoughtful chuckle: Are tigers ticklish? For that matter–what the heck is tickle anyway? What can it tell us about the cats and ourselves? It turns out that it’s no laughing matter as Simba and Asli take on this ‘touchy’ subject with attention to what tickle means for the cats, as well as its utility in nature. Fifteen freakishly fast cat facts returns with ‘cougar’ as CFAR Sounding attempts to answer a ticklish question.

Release Date: August 17, 2014


 

Legislative Layout, Part 2

Notigerquestion.jpgOur show starts off with a construction update! Get caught up on the latest happenings at the new facility. H.R. 1998 is all the rage in the big cat world–this bill, introduced in 2013 will amend the Lacey Act of 1981 and effectively alter the landscape for big cats in the United States.  But is it really the answer to the issue of big cats in the US?  Though considered unlikely to pass, the message and methodology surrounding this bill have started an important conversation for us all.  Follow Dr. Simba Wiltz and Asli Goncer as they discuss some of the implications surrounding this much talked about issue.

Release Date: August 10, 2014


 

Legislative Layout, Part 1

Notigerquestion.jpgH.R. 1998 is all the rage in the big cat world–this bill, introduced in 2013 will amend the Lacey Act of 1981 and effectively alter the landscape for big cats in the United States.  But is it really the answer to the issue of big cats in the US?  Though considered unlikely to pass, the message and methodology surrounding this bill have started an important conversation for us all.  Follow Dr. Simba Wiltz and Asli Goncer as they discuss some of the implications surrounding this much talked about issue.

Release Date: August 3, 2014


 

A Fond Farewell to Akicita

akichita0375-mark-sepiaCFAR Sounding pays tribute on the passing of Akicita.  Volunteers who have known him discuss his life, from cubhood into adulthood.  In this special extended show, hear in their own words how Akicita touched lives and made people smile.  He leaves a lion-sized hole in our hearts, and will be dearly missed.  Featuring the voices of Phyllis Parks, Thomas Blue, DMD, and Sandy Grant.

Release Date: July 27, 2014


 

Big Cat, Little Cat, Part 3

what-matters-most-is-how-you-see-yourself_1What’s the difference between big cats and small cats? Dr. Simba Wiltz and Asli Goncer take on the challenge of this comparison to find out how much they are alike and also how different they are. In the conclusion of the series, we talk about some of the unique behavior of cats and the role they have played in society over time.  We finish up with a fun comparison between the domestic cat and the biggest of them all, the tiger!

Release Date: July 20, 2014


 

Big Cat, Little Cat, Part 2

what-matters-most-is-how-you-see-yourself_1What’s the difference between big cats and small cats? Dr. Simba Wiltz and Asli Goncer take on the challenge of this comparison to find out how much they are alike and also how different they are. In the second part of the series, we answer more questions about little cats and challenge some of the myths surrounding them. Join the conversation!

Release Date: July 13, 2014


 

Big Cat, Little Cat, Part 1

what-matters-most-is-how-you-see-yourself_1What’s the difference between big cats and small cats? Dr. Simba Wiltz and Asli Goncer take on the challenge of this comparison to find out how much they are alike and also how different they are. In the first part of the series, Fifteen Freakishly Fast Fun Cat Facts returns–with a “purrfect” twist. Join the conversation!

Release Date: July 6, 2014


 

Handling Philosophy and the Senses, Part 3

Osceola and Branch K. MulvihillWorking around big cats is best accomplished when the caretakers and the cats work together. In these episodes, we examine some philosophy behind handling and talk about how our understanding of the senses can help us act as better stewards. Philosophy and physiology come together to make for an interesting discussion. Don’t miss it!

Release Date: June 29, 2014


 

Handling Philosophy and the Senses Part 2

Osceola and Branch K. MulvihillWorking around big cats is best accomplished when the caretakers and the cats work together. In these episodes, we examine some philosophy behind handling and talk about how our understanding of the senses can help us act as better stewards. Philosophy and physiology come together to make for an interesting discussion. Don’t miss it!

Release Date: June 22, 2014


 

Handling Philosophy and the Senses Part 1

Osceola and Branch K. MulvihillWorking around big cats is best accomplished when the caretakers and the cats work together. In these episodes, we examine some philosophy behind handling and talk about how our understanding of the senses can help us act as better stewards. Philosophy and physiology come together to make for an interesting discussion. Don’t miss it!

Release Date: June 15, 2014


 

Everyday Meditations on Spirituality Part 2

monkedofficepicWilliam Colachicco has volunteered with CFAR for over 2 years–you might have met him as the ‘MC’ of Member Day. But he also holds two bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Religious Studies, and recently completed a Masters in Asian Studies with a focus on Religions of Asia. His experiences with Theravada Buddhism and travel throughout Asia led to the publication of the book Everyday Meditations. William joins Dr. Simba Wiltz and Asli Goncer to talk about Spirituality, and how his experiences add color to working around big cats.

Release Date: June 8, 2014


 

Everyday Meditations on Spirituality Part 1

monkedofficepicWilliam Colachicco has volunteered with CFAR for over 2 years–you might have met him as the ‘MC’ of Member Day. But he also holds two bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Religious Studies, and recently completed a Masters in Asian Studies with a focus on Religions of Asia. His experiences with Theravada Buddhism and travel throughout Asia led to the publication of the book Everyday Meditations. William joins Dr. Simba Wiltz and Asli Goncer to talk about Spirituality, and how his experiences add color to working around big cats.

Release Date: June 1, 2014


 

Exploring the Threat of Wildlife Trafficking

notarugWildlife trafficking is not just big business–it is an international controversy. With annual revenues representing billions of dollars, this secretive practice challenges societies across the world. The United States is no stranger to this problem–made more challenging by a complicated patchwork of law, business interests, and a largely ignorant public. Dr. Simba Wiltz and Asli Goncer dive into the discussion on this topic and discuss the challenges related within.

Release Date: May 25, 2014


 

The Member Day Show

sandym-memberday3Member Day is a thrice-yearly event where Central Florida Animal Reserve invites its members to visit with us on-site as a thank you for supporting the organization. The visit is an opportunity to learn about the cats and get a ground’s eye view of what it takes to care for them. It also gives volunteers and staff a chance to share the stories, tales, and camaraderie that comes from being part of this unique world. Join Dr. Simba Wiltz and Asli Goncer as they welcome in Member Day II, 2014–with a look back at what it takes to put on such an event.

Release Date: May 18, 2014


 

Conversation on Cougars

Kehke K.MulvihillCougars are one of the most successful of the big cat species–with a range that covers the entire western hemisphere. Their broad presence causes the species to be considered of ‘Least Concern’ for extinction, but all is not uniform among cougars. Dr. Simba Wiltz and Asli Goncer talk about cougars today–their personalities, conservation status, and some of the stories that come with raising cougars. Also, fifteen freakishly fast fun cat facts returns–with cougars!

Release Date: May 11, 2014


 

Animals as Persons

Lion Boys K MulvihillA recent lawsuit filed in New York intended to establish “person status” for chimps has opened a new front in the discussion of animals and their place in society. This leads to big questions about self-determination, the concept of self-awareness, and the distinction between animal welfare and animal rights. It’s a big topic, but Dr. Simba Wiltz and Asli Goncer take up the task to continue the discussion about our complex relationship with the animals that share our world.

Release Date: May 4, 2014


 

Behind the Lens with Janice Carter Pt. 2

DSC_0193Hosts 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 explore what it takes to get these intimate images of big cats, as well as the progression of those pictures over time. Don’t miss Janice’s behind the scenes stories about the making of some great shots. Also in this show, a construction update on our move to the new facility!

Release Date: April 27, 2014


 

Behind the Lens with Janice Carter Pt. 1

Ape2Hosts 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 explore what it takes to get these intimate images of big cats, as well as the progression of those pictures over time. Don’t miss Janice’s behind the scenes stories about the making of some great shots.

Release Date: April 13, 2014


 

Adventures in Enrichment

DSC_0222WichashaEnrichment 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 tiger Wicasa Wakan a brain teasing opportunity to learn.Fifteen freakishly fast cat facts returns–cougars and tigers!

Release date: April 6th, 2014


 

Zoos, Captivity, and the Conundrum Therein – Part 2

wowicala2In part 2 of this show, Dr. Simba Wiltz and Asli Goncer discuss the conflicting desires of wanting animals to stay wild and the need for captivity. How does that conflict manifest when both interests are present? We also get updates on Wowicala, the tigress with the mammary tumor.Also, a brief commentary on the stunning actions of a Copenhagen zoo.

Release date: March 30th, 2014


 

Zoos, Captivity and the Conundrum Therein – Part 1

wowicala1Our 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?  Dr. Simba Wiltz and Asli Goncer discuss zoos, captivity, and the challenges therein in this two part series.Also, hear stories of two of our residents undergoing medical procedures.  Fifteen Freakishly Fast Fun Cat Facts returns–this time with cougars and tigers!

Release Date: March 23, 2014


 

A Case of Leopard Arthritis

CanteSkuya4Join 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: Fifteen Freakishly Fast Fun Cat Facts!

Release Date: March 16, 2014


 

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Conservation and it Techniques – Part 2

Dr. Simba Wiltz and Asli Goncer 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 nature, results may vary.

Release Date: March 9, 2014


 

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Conservation and its Techniques – Part 1

Hosts Simba and Asli talk about conservation in its many forms, including about big cats. A variety of techniques are used to make big cats a point for many people. What exactly is a capstone species, and why is it so difficult to define?Find out more on part 1 of this 2 part episode of CFAR Sounding.

Release Date: March 2, 2014

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