"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

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

Archived Shows

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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Central Florida Animal Reserve Logo

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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