Big Cat Rescue

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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 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 67 acres in the Citrus Park area of north Tampa.
1,989 Reviews Rating: 4.6 4.6 out of 5.0
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Last 3 months 210 468 15 = 453 94% 4.5
Last 6 months 550 1,270 32 = 1,238 96% 4.6
Last 12 months 924 2,219 41 = 2,178 97% 4.6
All 1,989 4,826 71 = 4,755 97% 4.6
Most Recent Customer Reviews
  Date Attended Gender Age Where From Group Type
Rating: 5
It Rained
Sun, Aug 2  12:00 PM Female 70+ Local Family With Children
Attended: Kids Tour at Big Cat Rescue
The staff was excellent and did their best under very adverse weather conditions. It has been a very rainy summer and had been raining for several days. Most of the cats were in their dens. Still the grandchildren enjoyed the experience. I have been before during good weather and had a great time and saw most of the cats. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys animals. they do a great job.
Rating: 4
in Tampa from Orlando for anniversary
Sun, Aug 2  10:00 AM Male 30-39 Local Couple on a Date
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
I knew my wife really likes the big cats so I thought this would be a cool thing to do while we were in Tampa for a weekend away. Other than the rain right at the end of the trip, it really was a good tour and very educational. Thank you for what you are doing for these majestic animals.
Rating: 5
Extremely informative and moving experience!
Sat, Aug 1  3:00 PM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
I was visiting my younger brother from NYC and this tour came up as an attraction to go to in Tampa. We signed up on a whim, and I'm so glad that we did. What a hidden gem! Our tour guide who was interning this summer was so passionate and knowledgeable - you could really tell. I learned so much about our laws surrounding ownership of wild cats, the stories of what these animals have been through and the good work the people here are trying to do.

I've traveled internationally and have been skeptical about places that allow you to pet/feed/interact with these wild animals and my suspicions were only confirmed when I heard the truth about just places from our tour guide. We got to see some really cool animals and learn about them - as well as feel good about ourselves afterwards! I definitely recommend this tour to anyone going to Tampa who enjoys animals. I will also be supporting to get legislation passed to make it illegal to have wild cats as pets!
Rating: 5
Just an awesome place
Sat, Aug 1  10:00 AM Male 30-39 Local Couple on a Date
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
We had a great time with the big cats and our tour guide Denny, can't wait to go back!
Rating: 3
Fast paced
Sat, Aug 1  9:00 AM Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
Attended: The Feeding Tour
As a regular visitor I was disappointed for my first time guests. Histories of the individual animals were brief & overview of BCR was minimal. We missed ALLOT of the actual scope & scale of the sanctuary & the work that is being done behind the scenes to change legislation to benefit big cats & hopefully all animals.

Don't count on people reading signs or literature to get the message across.

A more personal(on on one) interaction with an animal left a whole bigger impression on me when I first started going to the sanctuary years ago.