Big Cat Rescue

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Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.7  1,793 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 117 313 0 = 313 100% 4.8
Last 6 months 289 722 9 = 713 98% 4.7
Last 12 months 738 1,813 20 = 1,793 98% 4.7
All 1,207 2,977 30 = 2,947 98% 4.7
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue 1,373 98% 4.7 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
The Feeding Tour 123 96% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
The Keeper Tour 100 95% 4.7 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Kids Tour at Big Cat Rescue 98 95% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Private Tour 94 100% 4.9 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Wild Eyes at Night Tour 5 100% 4.3 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
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Rating: 3
Sun, Nov 16  10:00 AM JennBrandon Female 40-49 Local Family Without Children
Was excited to go&check out this place to only be disappointed. First off–tour guide was terrible. She didn’t talk about the cat unless she actually saw it in its habitat. Had to point out when she would walk by a cat to bring the group backwards to talk about it. She had to go in a specific order instead of talking about the cats that were actually out & seemed interested with the group. One cat seemed excited to see us by making soft noises at us. When someone asked her about that one, she refused to talk about him until “later”. Of course, once we came back by that cat’s habitat, he was sitting out of site so she just didn’t bother telling us anything about him. There were other “guides” that were making sure everyone was not over fences & keeping us corralled with a golf cart. But as soon as the lead tour guide would start walking the golf cart would start pushing. The group was big so any of us at the back of the group didn’t get to see much because we were getting pushed to the next empty cage. THEN the most disappointing part-the 15 min political speech. Held us hostage the last 15 mins of the tour pushing us to sign a petition or call our congressman. The lady in the store was only nice to you if you were a child. Suggestions: Maybe have a nice picture of the cat that is supposed to be in that habitat & talk about them. Maybe think about giving everyone the opportunity to see the animals instead of just the first 10 people in the group. Use a guide in the front of the “tour guide” to point out the cats for them as we are walking up. You want people to see your sanctuary-show them the animals they are paying to see and helping to support. I’m not saying you need to have them do tricks but don’t rush through a park full of empty cages to basically take me on a less than appealing nature walk. And the political stuff-show a video before the tour about your petition. Give people the option to listen or not. Don’t ruin their experience & now your income because those people will never return nor tell anyone to come visit. One comment the guide kept making was a lot of the cats there are very social & that they will be there for the remainder of their life. How come you can’t talk to the cats then? If they are social, then it makes them happy when their keeper is talking to them & giving them attention. Let the people see that these animals are cared for & loved. Not just in cages. I understand you don’t want to give the people the wrong impression that it would be “fun” to own a large cat. But I don’t see why you can’t show them that these animals are now in a safe environment & one goal is to keep them happy for the remainder of their lives. I might try coming back in a year or two to see if anything has changed.
Rating: 5
Great organization
Sat, Nov 15  4:30 PM jaredevans Male 40-49 Local Couple on a Date
Enjoyed tour by knowledgeable staff and can see why this rescue has great reputation. Well run and more importantly, for the right reasons - not to make easy buck off these animals.
Rating: 4
Good People Doing Good Things
Sat, Nov 15  2:00 PM Rossjohnson Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Signed up for a full Keepers tour 2 hours. Learned that big cats like perfume cat toys! Knowledgeable staff guides you to a finite few of the wire penned cats. You get to see from a 3 ft distance each of the species they harbour. This is a purist environment and here to care for wild animals, not to domesticate them and do tricks. No physical interaction by the guests. You learn of the reasons the cats come to this rescue and how they have healed. You watch them feed. A degree of clicker training is exhibited. Photo opportunitys albeit thru wire. Your visit is their income stream for care. You should go, but understand it is not Disney. Good intern program for young students. Could use a major financial supporter to advance their needs. Encourage you to call your rep for banning of cat ownership.
Rating: 5
Loved the Big Cat Rescue!
Sat, Nov 15  1:00 PM mariarendon1 Female 20-29 Local Couple on a Date
I love that there is a place like the Big Cat Rescue. You could truly tell that they care for all the animals, and dedicate their time to make sure they are comfortable and well. The day tour is very informative and well organized. I would definitely recommend it to anyone that is interested in going. You won't be disappointed. Will be returning soon. Thank you Big Cat Rescue for what you are doing for the animals.
Rating: 5
An awesome, eye opening experience
Sat, Nov 15  1:00 PM Dthornhill2 Male 20-29 Local Couple on a Date
I have always loved big cats, and am a huge supporter of conservation efforts. I had no idea how bad the situation really was. BCR really opened up my eyes. Some of the cats' stories were heartbreaking. It was an incredible experience to see them so happy and content, even with all that they've been through. I will definitely be back in the future, and I plan on volunteering as well.
Rating: 5
Tour was fantastic!
Sat, Nov 15  1:00 PM treinoso1228 Male 20-29 Local Couple on a Date
My girlfriend and I really enjoyed the tour, there was such a variety of big and small cats. At the end the lions and tigers came up so close to the barrier and offered a great photo moment for all the visitors. Recommend to anyone with kids, and made for a great date with the girlfriend!
Rating: 5
Great visit with the Big Cats!
Fri, Nov 14  3:00 PM sherry_m1 Female 50-59 Local Family Without Children
I've driven by Big Cat Rescue more times than I can remember and always talked about how I wanted to go there. We finally went last week with family that was visiting from out of town and all of us thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Would like to go back for the other tours offered. It was great to see the enthusiasm of the volunteers and the care that is given to the animals, especially those that had been abused or neglected by former owners. It's great to see the enrichment programs such as the vacation area, toys and special treats and the attention that is paid to ensuring that they are comfortable and well attended to.
Rating: 4
Great experience
Fri, Nov 14  3:00 PM BarCat Female 40-49 International Tourist(s) Individual
Great tour, some more information about the origin of the animals, their feeding and their medical treatment would have been great.
Rating: 5
If you love cats, you'll love the Big Cat Rescue.
Fri, Nov 14  3:00 PM sfennema Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
If you love cats, you'll love the Big Cat Rescue.
Rating: 5
Excellent experience.
Wed, Nov 12  3:00 PM jlemere Female 60-69 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
This is probably my tenth time going to Big Cat Rescue. It's our number one go to destination for guests from out of town. The compassion and caring shown to these rescued animals is truly moving.
Rating: 5
Sun, Nov 9  2:00 PM GalaxyFIVE Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
A very fine job by our tour guide Nancy and two assit. Great background info on the Cats - answered all the questions, and was worth the time and money. If you are looking to pet or see the animals for your own pleasure call and ask questions before you book, this is not a typical roadside show, they care deeply for the cats.
Rating: 5
love it
Sun, Nov 9  1:00 PM danilou78 Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Second time here and plan to return again!!!!
Rating: 5
Great Experience.
Sun, Nov 9  10:00 AM adambraham Male 20-29 International Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
I absolutely enjoyed the tour, it was really a good experience. The facility is really nice and the tour guides do a good job of talking about the animals and explaining what Big Cat Rescue is about. I would recommend this tour to both animal and non-animal lovers.
Rating: 5
Sat, Nov 8  2:00 PM hjander65 Male 40-49 Local Individual
This is my fifth trip to Big Cat Rescue, and my second keeper tour, and every time I go I see different cats, learn new things and really enjoy myself, plus I get to see my favorite cat Sabre, even the cats that I've seen before continue to amaze me, The keeper tour is the best way to fully enjoy Big Cat Rescue, you get to spend more time with the cats, learn more in depth about them, watch them enjoy their enrichments, and really come away with a deep appreciation of the hundreds of volunteers who make all of this happen. Our tour guide was fantastic, she was very informative and full of energy and had a real passion for taking care of the cats. I will be doing this tour again next year.
Rating: 5
Sat, Nov 8  2:00 PM akawerner Female 70+ Unspecified Other
We enjoyed our tour Very informative Guild Great!! Cats beautiful. Loved the Sand Cat and the Savana particularly. Well worth the drive from Sanibel.