Big Cat Rescue

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Big Cat Rescue is the largest accredited sanctuary in the world dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned big cats. We are home to about 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 a dozen 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, 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.
1,643 Reviews Rating: 4.6 4.6 out of 5.0
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Last 3 months 300 697 14 = 683 96% 4.6
Last 6 months 505 1,229 21 = 1,208 97% 4.6
Last 12 months 850 2,065 35 = 2,030 97% 4.6
All 1,643 4,021 51 = 3,970 98% 4.7
Most Recent Customer Reviews
  Date Attended Gender Age Where From Group Type
Rating: 2
Overall not what I expected
Sun, Mar 29  3:00 PM Female 20-29 Local Couple on a Date
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The confirmation did indicate that food was allowed so long as it was not shared with the animals, however the tour guide stated that food was not allowed on tours. Only a few animals were present/and or available. Just not what I was expecting.
Rating: 4
Neat tour
Sun, Mar 29  10:00 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
We learned a lot about the cats and the volunteers were great. Go in the morning if it's going to be a hot day.
Rating: 5
Genuinely both fun and educational
Sat, Mar 28  3:00 PM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
The cats are clearly well cared for. While the habitats had plenty of room for the animals, we were still able to get great views of many cats. The staff is knowledgable, enthusiastic, and organized. Five stars!
Rating: 5
Amazing one of a kind experience!
Sat, Mar 28  3:00 PM Female 20-29 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
I had the chance to visit Tampa with my family and as an animal lover and advocate of animal welfare, Big Cat Rescue was a must-see spot! Living in Ontario, Canada, there are near zero places where you can see a tiger or a lion in person, and it was very important to me to support such great causes like this one.

The 10AM tour was unfortunately sold out, so we purchased the 3PM spot. The tour was an eye-opening experience to the amazing creatures housed there; they provided headsets to listen to each animals story (although most were grim tales of abuse and/or neglect, the important part is that they are in the right place now!). Lions, tigers, panthers, leopards, ocelots, lynxes - we saw them all and there were many more. Several were asleep or lounging in the sun, but that's not something you can plan around and it didn't diminish the whole experience.

If you find yourself in Tampa, I highly recommend a tour here (and book well in advance to avoid your first choice selling out)! In a world where cruelty laws are lacking and animals are used mainly for entertainment, Big Cat Rescue is fighting the good fight and educating people about these big cats. Most importantly, they are a sanctuary, not a zoo. Thank you for everything you do, Big Cat Rescue!

The ticket purchase process was simple and I had no problems using Zerve.
Rating: 5
Excellent learning experience
Sat, Mar 28  3:00 PM Female 50-59 Local Other
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
There was so much to learn about the cats as well as their experience prior to being rescued. The tour guides were friendly and knowledgeable. Overall it was well worth every penny. Looking forward to a visit back soon