Big Cat Rescue

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Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.7  1,790 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 125 336 0 = 336 100% 4.8
Last 6 months 281 709 9 = 700 98% 4.7
Last 12 months 735 1,810 20 = 1,790 98% 4.7
All 1,218 3,007 30 = 2,977 98% 4.7
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue 1,385 98% 4.7 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
The Feeding Tour 120 96% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Kids Tour at Big Cat Rescue 98 95% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
The Keeper Tour 97 95% 4.7 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Private Tour 85 100% 4.9 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Wild Eyes at Night Tour 5 100% 4.3 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Rating Date Attended Sort Descending Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Sat, Nov 22  1:00 PM Butler_1948 Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
This was one of the most profound events I have attended! The cat rescue should be required for all students. The rescue is awakening, inspirational, and educational. The volunteers were exceptional!
Rating: 5
Excellent tour and tourguide (Denny)
Sat, Nov 22  1:00 PM Johnjulian12 Male 60-69 Combination Family Without Children
Very much enjoyed the tour. Found the explanation of each individual cat's history very interesting. Also found the description of the organization's mission laudable. One observation at the end of the tour did make me a bit nervous. It involved a tiger near the Sand Cat enclosure. The tiger seemed agitated by the presence of the group and seemed to run aggressively towards the group, grabbing at the cage wire. I felt that this tiger would have attacked us if it could have. Denny said that it had not yet acclimated to the presence of the tour groups. It did underscore to me how dangerous these animals could be.
Rating: 5
Great work and for a great cause.
Sat, Nov 22  1:00 PM pcschutz Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
The amount of dedication and work put into keping these animals safe and healthy is impressive.
Rating: 5
Great educational experience
Sat, Nov 22  1:00 PM CharlesConn Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Loved it. ONLY 1 thing would have made it "top notch"; its great/fantastic to have listening devices, BUT the host needs to have a foam wind/breathing protector on his/her microphone. Its very distracting !!!
Rating: 5
so cool
Fri, Nov 21  4:30 PM kfnagle Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
The regular tour is great and you see more cats, but this one allows you to be much closer to the cats. Our guide was fantastic - she knew everything!
Rating: 5
Excellent Place to visit
Fri, Nov 21  3:00 PM JVRIOS Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I was an active contributor prior to my visit and to see it in person was an amazing opportunity. These animals needed a place to live due to mistakes people did to keep them as pets. What the sanctuary is doing is to right a wrong that was done. These animals need our help.
Rating: 5
certainly a "must see"
Wed, Nov 19  3:00 PM MarkusKasper Male 70+ International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
very familiar but yet also very professional. great guides and good info about the Background of the various animals. definitely a must see when visiting the Tampa Bay area. looking Forward to my next visit! :-)
Rating: 3
Bit Confused
Wed, Nov 19  3:00 PM LMS2014 Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Family Without Children
Overall, the tour was OK. We signed up for the 3:00 tour which left before 3:00. No mention or instructions were given about the audio sets. The tour was quite rushed and the guide missed at least three cats which we, in the group spotted. No direct answers to questions were given. I'm not an expert so I can't say if the cats were well taken care of, but none were playing or doing anything but sleeping, resting or pacing. No playing of any kind. Quite worrisome. The staff had no idea how to handle donations and we had to wait 40 minutes to donate after the tour. Again, worrisome.
Rating: 5
great time
Wed, Nov 19  3:00 PM rpwmr_6 Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Fun, educational, entertaining tour of big cats. . Id go again
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!