Big Cat Rescue

Zerve Seller: BigCatRescue

Big Cat Rescue is one of the largest accredited sanctuaries in the world dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned big cats. We are home to about 80 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 many species of cats, which are threatened or endangered, including: Tigers, Lions, Leopards, Cougars, Bobcats, Lynx, Servals, Ocelots, Caracals, 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 67 acres in the Citrus Park area of north Tampa.
3,245 Reviews Rating: 4.7 4.7 out of 5.0
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Last 3 months 523 1,328 23 = 1,305 98% 4.7
Last 6 months 971 2,510 31 = 2,479 98% 4.7
Last 12 months 1,408 3,580 49 = 3,531 98% 4.7
All 3,245 8,061 109 = 7,952 98% 4.7
Most Recent Customer Reviews
  Date Attended Gender Age Where From Group Type
Rating: 4
Loved the cats but hard to see
Tue, May 24  3:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
I love this facility and what they stand for. It was very hot the day we toured so most of the cats stayed under shelter to stay out of the sun making it difficult to see them. several of the elderly guests became exhausted during the tour and the staff was quick to bring a golf cart for them to ride in so they could complete the tour. My only real complaint was that although there were two water stops provided the water was warm and it was not really enough for a 90 degree day in Florida. The staff did mention prior to the start of the tour that we might want to purchase bottles water from their gift shop to take along but since they also noted that water would be available along the tour we opted not to buy any. I wish we had or that they had provided cold water at their water stops. The staff were all very nice and accommodative and knowledgable
Rating: 3
Big Cat Living
Tue, May 24  3:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
I enjoyed my visit to the big cat rescue. securing tickets and entrance to facilities were all very easy. staff is very friendly. My only disappointment was not seeing more of the animals. I guess it's much better to go on their feeding days so you see them up moving around. The cats all look very well taken care off and I think it's a great thing they are doing. I would recommend folks go visit but on feeding days to get a better experience.
Rating: 3
It was pretty ok
Tue, May 24  3:00 PM Male Under 20 Local Couple on a Date
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
The tour has a lot of potential but my only problem was many of cats were either sleeping or not visible due to the heat. Obviously I don't want them to suffer in the heat but either and earlier or later tour time I think would be a good solution. Also the whole electronic cat story device they give you is pretty useless. The tour became walking to a cage and hitting play then moving to the next one. I would rather have more interaction with the guide and talk about the species in general less than the environment every single cat was in when it was rescued.
Rating: 3
Big Cat Rescue
Mon, May 23  3:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
The cause and information given by our tour guide was great! However, the time of the tour was 3:00pm. We were told at the beginning of the tour that this is when they sleep so hopefully we would get to see some cats. Well, we did not get to see many big cats because they were in their shelters sleeping. Maybe the time could be changed or you could inform visitors up front. Thank you!
Rating: 3
Visit of Big Cats
Mon, May 23  3:00 PM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
I thought that the tour was informative