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 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.
2,048 Reviews Rating: 4.6 4.6 out of 5.0
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Last 3 months 194 440 15 = 425 95% 4.5
Last 6 months 497 1,144 33 = 1,111 96% 4.5
Last 12 months 942 2,255 45 = 2,210 97% 4.6
All 2,048 4,959 75 = 4,884 97% 4.6
Most Recent Customer Reviews
  Date Attended Gender Age Where From Group Type
Rating: 5
Great experience
Sun, Aug 30  12:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Attended: Kids Tour at Big Cat Rescue
We homeschool and found this to be a great educational experience. My only recommendation would be to allow more dates and times for children to tour. Early morning when the cats may be more active, for example.

Thank you!
Rating: 5
Brilliant day
Sun, Aug 30  10:00 AM Female 40-49 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
Attended: The Keeper Tour
Brilliant day, Jo the keeper who took us round for the keeper tour was great and very informative.

We will be backing we are I the Tampa area I the future
Rating: 5
A hour long tour that you will talk about for days
Sat, Aug 29  9:00 AM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Attended: The Feeding Tour
The Big Cat Rescue (BCR) feeding tour is a one hour tour led by a BCR staff member who stops to feed some of the cats one at a time while delivering a presentation. In our case, the group was small, six guests, the staff group leader and an intern assisting the tour guide. The presentation covers the mission of BCR, the cats' diets in the wild and at BCR, the histories of individual cats, feline behavior in general and specific to the breeds presented, and discussion of BCR's stance on exotic pets, big cats in circuses, and big cats in captivity other than accredtied zoos (they oppose these things), along with the factors impacting cats in the wild. The presentation was informative, but got a little 'preachy' at times. They started with two tigers, and the tour included leopards, servals, lynx, bobcat, cougars, and a brief stop at the Kitten Cabana where they foster domestic kittens for adoption. There is no direct contact with the big cats during the tour or for any reason other than veterinary needs at BCR, but there are plenty of opportunities to photograph the cats in their enclosures.

During our feeding tour, a group had coordinated to do a photo shoot for what I understood to be a vegetarian line of clothing. The photographers, stylist, and model were escorted by BCR staff. I was a little confused why the "vegetarian" fashions were being photographed among carnivores, but I suppose the cats are far more stylish than any herbivore. During the tour, we were introduced to Armani, a leopard who had been used in many photo shoots prior to his retirement at BCR. I found some humor in this magnificent cat having a modeling resume that would probably be the envy of the young woman who was modeling for the photo shoot we observed. The BCR staff did an excellent job of managing both the tour and the photography so neither interfered with the other.

I found the tigers and the cougars most memorable, but all the cats were charming.

Rating: 5
Fri, Aug 28  3:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
The tour was great. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and we learned many interesting things about the dangers to big cats and the Rescues effort to help the cats in need. I would definitely recommend this tour to family and friends.
Rating: 5
Very informative,
Mon, Aug 24  3:00 PM Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
Will return for feeding tour. Information on prices, details of tours and times would be helpful on website instead of having to call of every little detail. Thankd