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.
1,829 Reviews Rating: 4.6 4.6 out of 5.0
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Last 3 months 302 701 18 = 683 96% 4.6
Last 6 months 592 1,402 29 = 1,373 97% 4.6
Last 12 months 892 2,163 39 = 2,124 97% 4.6
All 1,829 4,461 60 = 4,401 97% 4.7
Most Recent Customer Reviews
  Date Attended Gender Age Where From Group Type
Rating: 5
Big cats need your help
Tue, May 26  3:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
Yes, it may be hot to you in Florida now, so think how the cats are feeling. So if you go and don't see very many cats because they are hiding in cooler places, please remember the money you paid to get in still helps to feed and take care of these beautiful animals that need your help!
Rating: 5
Great place to learn and experience the big cats
Mon, May 25  3:00 PM Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
The place is great, very informative and friendly. The tour is pretty up close and personal, probably closer to what you will get from some Disney trails. You would wish that the cats would be easier to spot but it is not like they are there on the spot for you to take pictures. They are living in their habitat and some of them will be sleeping so keep that in mind.
Rating: 2
Mon, May 25  3:00 PM Male 70+ Unspecified Unspecified
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
Cudos for having large and well secured spaces for the animals. We were on the mid-afternoon tour and the temp was around 90. Unfortunately, nearly all the animals were seeking shelter from the sun and heat so there was very little to see. Plus a great many of the enclosures were empty due to the animals being "on vacation". We were charged and extra $10/person for being chauffeured in 3 passenger golf carts due to our inability to walk the 1 1/2 hrs of the tour and we were hit up for an extra donation to help support the animals when we booked the reservations. We have been to other animal sanctuaries that were significantly better. The principals here should go to Reno, NV and tour the facilities there that are far superior.
Rating: 5
Wonderful place
Mon, May 25  3:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
I've been to big cat twice. It is educational and interesting. The staff and volunteers are very friendly and helpful. I enjoy visiting BCR and hope to return again.
Rating: 4
overall a very informative adventure.
Mon, May 25  3:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
Staff was wonderful. Place was very clean and taken care of. Went at 3 in the afternoon cats were sleeping. Liked the new area for cats but you won't be able to see them when they are on their vacation station.