Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue

Big Cat Rescue

Zerve Seller: BigCatRescue
Activity #4235
  • Dinner at Big Cat Rescue is a bone crunching wild time you will never forget! Watch big cat keepers feed tigers, leopards & more!

  • Check out the most exclusive behind-the-scenes experience in the animal world that is respectful to the animals & safe for the guests!

  • 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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Description

Even an animal that has powerful muscles, sharp teeth and deadly claws sometimes needs rescuing! Take a Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue Sanctuary to see the home of more than 100 tigers, lions, leopards and more that have been saved from abuse and abandonment, and find out how they are given the care and shelter they deserve. On this 1.5 hour walking tour, don’t be surprised if your heart fills with joy as you watch these playful kitties romping and socializing in their new home!

Big Cat Rescue is the world’s largest accredited sanctuary dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned exotic cats. Celebrity supporters of the work being done by BCR include Bo DerekHarrison Ford and Leonardo DiCaprio, and more.

Confiscated from a drug raid, got too old for the circus, neglected by an owner: these are just a few of the stories of this facility’s cats. But now they can enjoy a dignified life of leisure, play and socializing at this accredited big cat sanctuary, which is one of the largest in the world!

Let your tour guide relate their tales of hardship and triumph and take you to see some of the following:
  • Meet a pair of frolicking leopards that leap from platform to platform in their fenced-in enclosure.
  • See a chirping serval rescued from a basement and enjoying the sunlight it was denied during its ordeal.
  • Witness the biggest and most impressive creatures in the refuge; the lions and tigers. Though they cannot be returned to the wild, discover how the sanctuary gives them the most natural existence possible!
We are a sanctuary, not a zoo, so our animals come first. We do not allow people to wander around unescorted. Our tours are all guided and provide an educational experience that includes the plight of big cats in the wild and in captivity and what you can do to save them. 

We are closed on Thursdays. We offer guided tours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday at 3 PM for adults and children 10 and over. On Saturday & Sunday we offer tours at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for adults and children 10 and over.These are walking tours and take about an hour and a half. If you have children under the age of 10, they can ONLY visit by attending the 9 AM Kids Tour on Saturdays or Sundays.

Meeting Location

Big Cat Rescue in Citrus Park (NW Tampa) (Tampa, FL) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
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Rating: 5
Wonderful sanctuary for Big Cats
onspithia Wed, Oct 15  3:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
This was our second visit to Big Cat rescue. We were happy to be back. The cats are magnificent and the interns (staff that took us on our tour) were nice. On our first visit the intern did all the talking which was great and more interactive; this visit we were given headsets to listen to the back story of each cat, so it was a lot less interactive. The interns did still talk with us but we prefer it the old way. Still we enjoyed it and would go back.
Rating: 5
A Great Experience
jnhoke Wed, Oct 15  3:00 PM Male 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
These folks are providing a tremendous service to all the abused, abandoned and injured big cats in the USA.
Rating: 5
a must -do experience for all ages
BradBayer Tue, Oct 14  3:00 PM Male 40-49 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
We attended BIG CAT RESCUE with 8 people from Canada. The ENTIRE experience was fantastic and we went away with excellent education about Big CATS and an understanding why they should never be kept as pets and deserve our respect. The staff are warm and friendly and the tour is open and relaxing. This is NOT a zoo! You do not get to pet or play with the cats!! It is a wonderful experience that will change your perspective of these great animals and of yourself. Thanks for the experience of a lifetime. You will go away wishing you could have stayed longer...
Rating: 5
Gorgeous animals
Indyelle Mon, Oct 13  3:00 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
The 90 minute tour was great. The cats are beautiful and the staff clearly cares about them and give them the best care possible. One feature I really appreciated was that each guest got the use of a radio receiver and earbud so we could clearly hear everything our guide said. Definitely worth a visit.
Rating: 5
Beautiful tour
kpg111061 Mon, Oct 13  3:00 PM Male 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
 
Great tour for a great cause....the tour guide was insightful and knowlegeable...but not very energetic or personable.
Rating: 5
Wonderful experience
gporterfield Sun, Oct 12  1:00 PM Unspecified 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
Educational and unique. It was very nice to see the animals, and though I didn't get to see all of them, I appreciate that they have enough respect for the cats to not try to force the cats to be visible (even tigers need personal time).
Rating: 5
Money well spent...
Jilllwagner Sat, Oct 11  10:00 AM Female 60-69 Local Other
 
I highly recommend Big Cat Rescue,as one of the stops on anyones vacation in Florida.it is a wonderful sanctuary for big cats,and all wild cats.They all have their own compounds,unless 2 cats prefer to be together,the place is clean and well looked after.The very best is done here for these beautiful creatures,to live out their lives as wild and free as they can be,whilst in a sanctuary.They are well fed,and everything is done for them to be happy and content...don't miss it.It is well worth the visit and not too expensive either..Jill W
Rating: 4
A worthwhile visit
MarkCerasaro Sat, Oct 11  10:00 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
 
If you've never been to Big Cat Rescue, the day tour is a good start. Depending upon the guide, you may get tons of trivia about cats and insights into conservation and care of Big Cat species, or you may get lots of interesting stories about specific cats there, or both. There is deffinately an underlying philosophy of how Big Cats should be treated by humans which permeates everything that goes on there. It's a great learning experience, and a chance to see several happily retired Big Cats (who have seen the pains of human industry prior to being there). I wish that the tour could have been longer, and included more of the cats on premesis. It would also be neat to get a look at the cats in the vacation enclosure, but I suppose that part of going there is freedom from being gawked at by humans. My first tour ever there was with "Denny" or "Danny" and he was a fount of knowledge and insight. After going here, you'll never look at a theme park or circus cat quite the same way again.
Rating: 5
Take Action!
mo76er Sat, Oct 11  10:00 AM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
The tour was phenomenal for my 18-year old daughter and I. You really want to take action in making a difference for the care of these and other exotic animals alike. Loved the stories, safety features and enclosure settings. Great volunteer opportunity for college students.
Rating: 4
A great sanctuary
Ashcroft335 Fri, Oct 10  3:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
Everyone will enjoy seeing the wild cats up close and personal.
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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 under 10 years old are not permitted due to the topics covered on this tour and so that adults can enjoy the tour. Kids 10 years of age or older are welcome to attend as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. We do not make exceptions, no matter how well behaved you think your child is; only ages 10 and over on this tour. All attendees must purchase a full-price ticket.
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 DayTour 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.
Do you offer private tours?
Yes! Please see the list of all activities to get more information about our private tours.
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

All participants must be 10 years of age or older.
No children under 10 years old are permitted on this tour. Children 10-17 years old are welcome to attend as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children under 10 years old are not permitted due to the nature of this tour.
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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