Kids Tour at Big Cat Rescue

Big Cat Rescue

Zerve Seller: BigCatRescue
Activity #4236
  • Check out the most exclusive behind-the-scenes experience in the animal world that is respectful to the animals & safe for the guests!

  • Dinner at Big Cat Rescue is a bone crunching wild time you will never forget! Watch big cat keepers feed tigers, leopards & more!

  • A walking tour after dark... come experience the big cats at night! An experience to remember - an adrenaline rush to turn the tables!


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Enjoy the Kids Tour at Big Cat Rescue!

If you want to bring children under the age of ten, this is the only tour available for your group. This is a complete guided tour where children of all ages and their parents can get up-close and learn about exotic cats and other animals.
  • Tour Time is 9 AM on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Geared toward children under 10 years old.
  • Privately guided small tour groups of 20 or less.
Tour is one hour long & children are expected to behave because this is a working sanctuary and the animals come first. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian and must behave respectfully toward the animals and others in the group. This is not a zoo where children will be allowed to scream and run wild, but a sanctuary where the animal’s needs always come first.

You are welcome to take photos and video on the tour,but leave the tripods at home, or schedule a photo tour. We ask everyone on the tour to stay together, no smoking, no cell phones and respect the tour guides warnings so that you have the best possible experience. 
Paths are frequently muddy so closed toed, old, comfortable shoes are recommended. You may bring your own cold drinks or buy ours but either way, be prepared for the heat.

“It’s one thing to go to Busch Gardens, it’s another to stand three feet from a tiger!” says one Kids Tour participant. Come with the whole family and visit Big Cat Rescue today to see your favorite felines in action!

What Is Not Included?

No strollers are available and our paths are earthen.

Meeting Location

Big Cat Rescue in Citrus Park (NW Tampa) (Tampa, FL) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
62 Reviews Rating: 4.6 4.6 out of 5.0
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Last 3 months 14 39 0 = 39 100% 4.9
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Rating: 5
Amazing local adventure
jenclover Sun, Sep 14  9:00 AM Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
 
I have lived in the Tampa Bay area my entire life and am very shocked that we hadn't experienced the Big Cat Rescue before now. The location is very convenient!! The tour was just right for my 5yr old, not too long of a walk and it kept her attention from beginning to end. We mostly loved the way the big cats interacted with the guides. The grounds are beautifully kept up and we will be very happy to visit in the near future!
Rating: 5
A great learning experience for the whole family.
BrendaKHG Sun, Sep 7  9:00 AM Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
 
Big Cat Rescue is a great place to visit and learn about plight of the animals. The kids enjoyed seeing and learning about the cats.
Rating: 5
Great Experience
dskillman Sat, Aug 30  9:00 AM Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
 
The visit was very informative and enlightening. The staff was friendly, knowledgeable and showed genuine concern for the animals and the visitors.
Rating: 5
Very Educational.
nwade927 Sat, Aug 23  9:00 AM Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
 
Staff was very knowledgable and friendly. It was an incredible learning Experience that was still enjoyable for my young daughter.
Rating: 3
Just Okay
paula72w Sun, Aug 10  9:00 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
I would have liked more description of animal's habits and habitat. Ladies in gift shop were wound too tight in dealing with children.
Rating: 5
Very worthwhile and educational!
BoltinFamily Sat, Aug 2  9:00 AM Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
 
My husband and I took our daughters and two of their friends to Big Cat Rescue for a birthday celebration. My daughter loves big cats! The sanctuary is clean and well kept, the tour guides are knowledgeable and passionate about their volunteer work, and the cause is very worthwhile to support. I highly recommend a trip to Big Cat Rescue!
Rating: 5
My Granddaughter absolutely loved the Kid's Tour!
dorcus10 Sat, Aug 2  9:00 AM Female 60-69 Local Family With Children
 
Our tour guides were very knowledgeable and personable. They didn't talk down to the children, but kept the language simple so it wasn't over their heads. The facility is very well kept and even though the tour is in the morning many of the cats were awake and moving. It just couldn't have been better. Would recommend it to all animal lovers.
Rating: 5
Great time at the Big Cat Rescue sanctuary
ewbaldwin Sat, Jul 26  9:00 AM Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
 
My kids (especially my seven-year-old son who is passionate about animals) and I really enjoyed our visit to Big Cat Rescue. The one hour tour was a good length for my two kids (ages 7 and 8), and they had the opportunity to ask questions and can't wait to come visit again. Older visitors may prefer a longer tour/visit, but the one hour was a good length for us. The kid tour is tailored to kids and included high level reasons why the large cats need a sanctuary without going into the details of the regular adult tour I imagine. It helped teach my kids about the perils and inhumane treatment of animals by circuses, owners, fur factories, etc.
Rating: 5
Great Experience
rproseberr Sun, Jul 20  9:00 AM Unspecified 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
Well worth the price of admission, I would recommend you go and visit this location if you want to see big CATS close up!
Rating: 5
Super tour!!
dculbertson Sun, Jul 20  9:00 AM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
This was fantastic!!! We went on the Sunday kids tour at 9:00. All the employees were very kind in getting us checked in, and our tour actually started a little early bc everyone in our group had arrived. We had 2 guides, both worked very well w all the children in the group and answering any and all the questions they had.... We had several water stops along the way if people needed it which was nice. The kids lived seeing the cats up close and even hearing them roar!! At the end if the tour almost all of the adults from our group signed the petition to ban road-side zoos and personal ownership if these cats, the guides were beyond grateful for it. We bought a couple items in the gift shop which were priced fairly (even a little too low) for some items I believe! It was informative and fun and will definitely be back the next time we are in tampa!!
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Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
Advance purchase is required, and tours do sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day that you prefer, please book well in advance! Tickets can be purchased online or over the phone with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express.
Is there an age limit?
Children of all ages are welcome to attend. Ticket prices are 19.00 for children under the age of 10 and 29.00 for ages 10 and over. Children of all ages must pay for a ticket.
Do you have strollers?
We do not provide strollers and our paths are earthen, so they can be very difficult to push unless they are made for rough terrain.
Can I bring food or toys for the cats?
No, our diet is specific to their needs and we do not allow foods to be given to the cats that have not been approved by our vet and maintained under the most stringent quality controls. We do not give our cats toys that could cause harm if ingested so we do not permit toys from outside our own preselected vendors.
Can I take pictures during my tour?
YES! You are welcome to take photos and / or videos during your tour.
Do I have to stay with the group, or can I wander?
The only way to see the cats is on a guided tour, so you will not be able to wander away from the group.
Are there restrooms?
Yes, but we strongly suggest that you go before you get here because we have limited facilities and are on septic systems which cannot handle a lot of volume if there has been recent rain. There is a McDonald's right at the corner of Easy Street.
What if it rains?
The Keeper Tour will still go out in a light rain as long as there is no lightning. If it is thundering or pouring rain, we may try to wait it out, or will offer a refund, or rescheduling.
Can I bring my pet?
No.
Is there a charge for parking?
Parking is always free and there is plenty of it except for our busiest times in Nov, Dec and March. During these busy times it is tight, but we will help you park at no additional fee.
Are you ADA compliant?
If you are unable to walk for two hours, we have golf carts available for $10 extra, per person riding. Our paths are dirt, so wheel chairs are hard to push, but scooters do well. There are no seats along the tour paths.
How do the golf carts work? Are they offered on every tour?
On some tours (but not all), we offer seats on a golf cart for guests who have difficulty with mobility. Each cart can hold 3 guests plus the driver. The cart will follow the tour guide closely so that guests can hear the narration. Depending on different circumstances, these seats can sometimes be booked in advance, but otherwise they are first come-first serve.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes! Gift certificates are available and they make perfect gifts for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate please click on the "Gift Certificates: Purchase" link in the box above.
What does the Big Cat Rescue Release and Hold Harmless Agreement state?
The Big Cat Rescue Release and Hold Harmless Agreement states that all buyers understand and agree to 1.) the potential dangers associated with attending Big Cat Rescue and the rules in place to prevent such dangers from occurring and 2.) the Release and Hold Harmless Agreement, which states that Big Cat Rescue cannot be held responsible for any harm, injury or damage taking place at Big Cat Rescue. Please visit https://www.votervoice.net/BCR/campaigns/30112/respond to view the agreement in its entirety.

Policies

Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, can be rescheduled with 24 hours notice.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded. You may reschedule your tickets (subject to availability) only if you do so at least 24 hours in advance.

Weather Policy

Activity may be cancelled due to severe weather.
The activity usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but the seller may cancel the activity up to an hour before the start time in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. If the seller cancels the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability) or receive credit for a future event.

Other Policies

There is no smoking allowed at Big Cat Rescue.
We do not allow smoking at Big Cat Rescue, except in the parking lot.
All participants must agree to the Big Cat Rescue Release and Hold Harmless Agreement.
By purchasing tickets you are agreeing to the Big Cat Rescue Release and Hold Harmless Agreement, which appears in its entirety at https://www.votervoice.net/BCR/campaigns/30112/respond. The waiver web address also appears on your e-ticket if you would like to review the waiver later.

Big Cat Rescue

Big Cat Rescue is the largest accredited sanctuary in the world dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned big cats. We are home to over 100 lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars and other species most of whom have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, saved from being turned into fur coats, or retired from performing acts. Our dual mission is to provide the best home we can for the cats in our care and educate the public about the plight of these majestic animals, both in captivity and in the wild, to end abuse and avoid extinction.

Big Cat Rescue has 14 species of cats, many of whom are threatened, endangered or extinct now in the wild, including: Tigers, Lions, Leopards, Cougars, Bobcats, Lynx, Servals, Ocelots, Caracals, Jungle Cats, Leopard Cats, a Geoffroy Cat and exotic cat hybrids!

The non-profit organization is:
  • Accredited by the Global Federation of Sanctuaries
  • Certified by Independent Charities of America as a “Best in America Charity
  • Member of the World Society for Protection of Animals
  • Rated 4 Stars by Charity Navigator (their highest rating) and has the one of the highest scores of any animal based charity
The sanctuary is sithuated on 70 acres in the Citrus Park area of north Tampa.
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