The Feeding Tour

Big Cat Rescue

Zerve Seller: BigCatRescue
Activity #4217
  • Take a tour of Big Cat Rescue & see the home of more than 100 panthers, lions & other cats that have been saved from abandonment!

  • 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!

  • Complete guided tour where children of ALL AGES can get up-close and learn about exotic cats and other animals!

  • Be the VIP of your own Private Tour! Make it a Founder's Tour & have Founder Carole Baskin as your own personal guide of the sanctuary.

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A bone-crunching wild time you will never forget! Join us for dinner at Big Cat Rescue. The 1 hour Feeding Tour is a short tour that focuses only on the cats on a designated feeding route. It is followed by a short and informal chat session with one of our big cat keepers.

Watch big cat keepers feed tigers, leopards, cougars and more while observing from just a few feet away. As you walk around the sanctuary with our feeders your guide will tell you about the cats on the feeding route, their diets, and how they hunt in the wild.

The Feeding Tour includes:
  • Watching the wild cats being fed and learning about their diets.
  • The diet consists of chunks of beef, chicken and a ground diet. 
Each Feeding Tour is unique and different, so you never know fully what to expect, besides a roaring good time!

This tour is a great follow up to a regular Day Tour. On the Day Tour you will see a greater selection of cats representing all of the species residing at the sanctuary.

The tour is available on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 4:30pm – 5:30pm. Space for this program is extremely limited, so advanced booking is required. Participants in the Feeding Tour must be 10 years of age or older. If you would like to shop in the Trading Post Gift Shop, please come well ahead of schedule as the shop closes before you return from the Feeding Tour.

Meeting Location

Big Cat Rescue in Citrus Park (NW Tampa) (Tampa, FL) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
107 Reviews Rating: 4.6 4.6 out of 5.0
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Rating: 3
Tour was rescheduled the day before
andreacann36 Fri, Oct 17  4:30 PM Female 20-29 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I purchased tickets for a feeding tour the week prior, I then received an email the day before the tour was supposed to take place that the tour had been cancelled and we had been rescheduled to the end of the week. I had to extend my car rental to even attempt to make this date and time but got caught on the interstate as it was late day on a Friday and not mid-week like we had originally planned. Arrived severely late and the park was closed. I was traveling from Canada to see the cats and I was completely crushed.
Rating: 5
Food for thought
MarkCerasaro Sat, Oct 11  5:30 PM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Having done the day tour twice and over a period of several years, I thought it was time to try one of the other tours at Big Cat Rescue. The feeding tour is a great way to be sure that you see the cats when they're active... feeding time! It's a good way to learn about the cats, and nice to see that they're happily fed. During the day, a big cat typically rests and doesn't want to do a whole lot. You're kinda' invading thier bedroom on the day tour. At feeding time, they all come out to see what's for dinner, and they're typically in a good mood. You'll be sure to see the cats up close, and you'll be able to see that even the people taking care of them have a healthy respect for keeping a certain distance. Big Cat Rescue is a "no touch" facility, and the feeding is done utilizing specialized "lockouts" for greater cats, and cats who still have thier claws. This ensures everyone's safety, and also that you'll know right where to stand to get the best view of the happy cat while he's chowing down! It was a very enjoyable and worthwhile tour. One day, I look forward to trying the other tours that the facility has to offer.
Rating: 5
What a great tour.
BarbaraTelan Fri, Oct 10  5:30 PM Female Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
This was the best. First we took the general tour @ 3pm. Saw a lot of cats and learned about them. Very enjoyable. Then we stayed for the 5;30 feeding tour. Cats were awake and very active. They came into their feeding areas and behaved like hungry cats. We loved it. Thank you BCR.
Rating: 4
Loved the Feeding Tour
Brea1996 Wed, Sep 10  5:30 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Loved the Feeding Tour...Willow was very knowledgeable just wish we could of seen the Lions....sure did hear them but just a picture would of been awesome...did not think you should have to pay for two tours just to see them....Other than that it was awesome.
Rating: 5
Great experience for all ages
mjboucher Wed, Sep 3  5:30 PM Female 20-29 International Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
I REALLY apreciate my visit to Big Cat Rescue last week. We learn about this attraction in the AAA Florida Tourbook. This accredited sanctuary deserves more visibility because it saves and protects big cats. I saw that the organization is really concern about their big cat's health and happiness. We took a feeding tour as a first visit and since we were the only two on the tour, it was almost private! Willow provided us so much informations about the cats we saw and informed us about their diet, spécifications and their history too. My boyfriend and I enjoyed it so much that we are planning to go back everytime we'll travel to Florida. I highly recommand Big Cat Rescue to everyone, not only cats lovers :)
Rating: 5
Over the Top Experience Up Close and personal!
lancenbecatt Fri, Aug 8  5:30 PM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
I have been enjoying the Big Cat Rescue for years. This is the first feeding tour I have been on. My staff bought tickets form me and my other half for Christmas 2013. I wanted to share the experience with my family when they came on vacation from Chicago so I purchased 5 more tickets for them. 2 adults, 2 teenagers and on 12 year old and of course us. We were all so impressed with the care, the expertice, and the understanding of each of the Cats' personalities and needs to care for them individually. Wow. The family is still texting me pictures a week later with rave reviews attached. Our first visit was rained out so we had to reschedule. All I can say is the folks at Zerve are teeeerrrrrriiiffffic also. Thanks for your service in making this an experience we will never forget.
Rating: 5
Another Great Visit to BCR
Meb1563 Wed, Aug 6  5:30 PM Female 50-59 Local Individual
This tour was very enjoyable. If a big cat can show appreciation, I think they did over and over as they were fed. These cats are so well cared for and it's nice to know that they will live out their lives in such a nice place. I am a regular donor and I think that it's such a worthy cause. I will definitely be back.
Rating: 5
fabulous time
MGasparini Wed, Aug 6  5:30 PM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Went to BCR for my daughter's birthday and. Had a fabulous time. Would definitely go again
Rating: 1
complete waste of money
rssmith71 Wed, Jul 30  5:30 PM Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
We paid for the feeding tour absolutely horrible idea, they guides hurry you through as they are trying to go home, myself and other spectators where hurried barely able to take pictures , they dont even take you through half of the site, i would have rather just made a simple donation knowing my money was for a cause but i felt fooled by watching these ppl work and i couldnt even see the majority of the cats we paid to see. the idea is great but the tour details are horrible , better luck to other ppl on vacation
Rating: 5
rrobles Sat, Jul 26  5:30 PM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
My hubby and I loved the experience and am happy the money goes right back to the cats!
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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 of age are not permitted due to the dangerous nature of this tour. Kids 10 years of age or older are welcome to attend. 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. All attendees must purchase a full-price ticket.
Can I bring food or toys for the cats?
No, the cats' 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 also do not give our cats toys that could cause harm if ingested, so we do not permit toys other than those from our own preselected vendors.
Do you sell food or drinks at the sanctuary? Is there a place to have lunch before the tour?
Yes, we offer drinks and snacks on site, but you are welcome to bring your own, for your consumption only. You will not be allowed to provide the cats food, treats or toys.
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 Feeding Tour will still go out in light rain as long as there is no lightning. If there is thunder or pouring rain, we may try to wait it out. If not, we will offer to refund or reschedule tickets.
Can I bring my pet?
Is there a charge for parking?
Parking is always free and there is generally plenty of it. During our busiest times in November, December and March it can be limited, but we will help you park at no additional fee.
Are you ADA compliant? (Handicap accessible?)
If you are unable to walk for two hours, we have golf carts available for an additional $10 per person riding. Our paths are not paved, 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 have a gift shop?
Yes we do! The Trading Post Gift Shop is right here at our location.
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! To inquire further, please click on the "Contact BigCatRescue" link on the upper left hand side.
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 to view the agreement in its entirety.


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.
Children under 10 years old are not permitted due to the dangerous nature of this tour. Children 10-17 years old are welcome to attend as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
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 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 to educate the public about the plight of these majestic animals, both in captivity and in the wild, in an effort 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 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 one of the highest scores of any animal based charity
The sanctuary is situated on 70 acres in the Citrus Park area of north Tampa.
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