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.
2,571 Reviews Rating: 4.7 4.7 out of 5.0
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Last 3 months 355 915 9 = 906 98% 4.7
Last 6 months 565 1,452 12 = 1,440 98% 4.7
Last 12 months 1,119 2,732 47 = 2,685 97% 4.7
All 2,571 6,317 86 = 6,231 97% 4.7
Most Recent Customer Reviews
  Date Attended Gender Age Where From Group Type
Rating: 5
Awesome time!!
Fri, Feb 5  3:00 PM Female 40-49 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
Love to see these poor animals taken in by a terrific sanctuary like this one!
Rating: 5
Wonderful Experience
Fri, Feb 5  10:00 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Attended: The Keeper Tour
This tour provides such great information and close access to these magnificent animals. We had a great time and took only about 400 photos!
Rating: 2
The cost was too high for what you got!
Tue, Feb 2  3:00 PM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
My husband and I saw maybe 15 animals out of the hundred advertised. It does not tell you in the brochure that if animals are not wanting to be seen or are in their den, they will just walk past their enclosures. Then if an animal does come into view and you want to walk back to see it, you are not permitted to do so, because at all times you are required to stay with your assigned group. The tour lacked the freedom to be inquisitive and felt very controlled. To us it was a big hype about not much. I would not recommend this to anyone.
Rating: 5
Tried this tour after reading about it online -
Tue, Feb 2  3:00 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
We tried this tour after reading about it online. It was great & we all enjoyed it very much! Highly recommend to all animal lovers!
Rating: 4
Tue, Feb 2  3:00 PM Female 70+ Local Family Without Children
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
The animals are beautiful and very healthy looking. Our guide was informative and it was obvious she loves the big cats. Their messages about not encouraging the breeding for profit of big cats and outlawing private ownership of big cats further proved the dedication and love the people running the sanctuary have for these magnificent animals. I was impressed on the expansion and improvements made to the facility since my last visit several years ago.