Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue

Big Cat Rescue

Zerve Seller: BigCatRescue
Activity #4235
  • Dinner at Big Cat Rescue is a bone crunching wild time you will never forget! Watch big cat keepers feed tigers, leopards & more!

  • Check out the most exclusive behind-the-scenes experience in the animal world that is respectful to the animals & safe for the guests!

  • A walking tour after dark... come experience the big cats at night! An experience to remember - an adrenaline rush to turn the tables!


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Description

Even an animal that has powerful muscles, sharp teeth and deadly claws sometimes needs rescuing! Take a Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue Sanctuary to see the home of about 100 tigers, lions, leopards and more that have been saved from abuse and abandonment, and find out how they are given the care and shelter they deserve. On this 1.5 hour walking tour, don’t be surprised if your heart fills with joy as you watch these playful kitties romping and socializing in their new home!

Big Cat Rescue is the world’s largest accredited sanctuary dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned exotic cats. Celebrity supporters of the work being done by BCR include Bo DerekHarrison Ford and Leonardo DiCaprio, and more.

Confiscated from a drug raid, got too old for the circus, neglected by an owner: these are just a few of the stories of this facility’s cats. But now they can enjoy a dignified life of leisure, play and socializing at this accredited big cat sanctuary, which is one of the largest in the world!

Let your tour guide relate their tales of hardship and triumph and take you to see some of the following:
  • Meet a pair of frolicking leopards that leap from platform to platform in their fenced-in enclosure.
  • See a chirping serval rescued from a basement and enjoying the sunlight it was denied during its ordeal.
  • Witness the biggest and most impressive creatures in the refuge; the lions and tigers. Though they cannot be returned to the wild, discover how the sanctuary gives them the most natural existence possible!
We are a sanctuary, not a zoo, so our animals come first. We do not allow people to wander around unescorted. Our tours are all guided and provide an educational experience that includes the plight of big cats in the wild and in captivity and what you can do to save them. 

We are closed on Thursdays. We offer guided tours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday at 3 PM for adults and children 10 and over. On Saturday & Sunday we offer tours at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. for adults and children 10 and over.These are walking tours and take about an hour and a half. If you have children under the age of 10, they can ONLY visit by attending the noon Tour on Saturdays or Sundays.

Meeting Location

Big Cat Rescue in Citrus Park (NW Tampa) (Tampa, FL) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
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Rating: 5
Truly amazing!
Mon, Feb 8  3:00 PM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
I always try to visit whenever in Florida! Amazing to see these big cats up close!
 
Rating: 5
Must see
Mon, Feb 8  3:00 PM Female Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Other
 
Good tour. As we got to different cats, our guide would tell us the story as to why the cat ended up at the rescue.

Cats seemed well taken care of. I got some real good pictures . Take the time to go to Big Cats Rescue if you are in the area. Time well spent !
Rating: 5
very nice
Mon, Feb 8  3:00 PM Female 50-59 Unspecified Unspecified
 
i'm so happy that this animals were save and are cared for
Rating: 5
Our highly anticipated tour did not disappoint.
Mon, Feb 8  3:00 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
Cat lovers all, the cat's stories were hard to hear. But the mission of Big Cats made us happy to see what lovely lives they are now leading. A must see for all who love animals, and those who want their children to get a meaningful life lesson. Thanks for making your sanctuary open to the public.
Rating: 5
Truly amazing place
Mon, Feb 8  3:00 PM Female 60-69 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
If I were a large cat without a home, this is where I would want to be to live out my life. The facility is clean and, most importantly, odourless for so many cats. The volunteers are pleasant and highly committed. Our Guide, Denny, was extraordinary having been with the rescue for over two decades. He shared many personal stories with us about the cats and where they came from - some truly awful... However, from what my husband and I saw, we were totally impressed with the care and concern shown them now. It is too bad there aren't laws that forbid private ownership of these truly amazing big cats.
Rating: 5
Amazing
Sat, Feb 6  3:00 PM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
 
My mom and I had an amazing experience! We loved hearing the stories of all of the cats we saw. The only thing that could have made it better is if it wasn't raining! We will definitely be back!
Rating: 5
awesome
Fri, Feb 5  3:00 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
 
excellent day, great guides and grounds clean and above expectations
Rating: 5
Awesome time!!
Fri, Feb 5  3:00 PM Female 40-49 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
Love to see these poor animals taken in by a terrific sanctuary like this one!
Rating: 3
I was very dissapointed
Wed, Feb 3  3:00 PM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
I was there about 10 yrs ago and had a wonderful time so I wanted to share it with my girl this time..I felt very rushed and the group was to large with to much cell phone talking. No one enforced the cell phone use.I felt Like I was being hearded like livestock. Ilove animals but it was a very different feel from my first trip which was pleasant with no one constantly telling me to keep moving..With the group so largeit was a unpleasant experience and I was embarrassed after telling my girl how nice it was when I went..I hope you figure a better way to for your tours..If I didnt care for animals so much I would have asked for our money back...Sincerely,Mark
Rating: 4
My first trip to Big Cat Rescue
Wed, Feb 3  3:00 PM Female 70+ Local Family Without Children
 
We could only attend at 3: pm which is a time when most of the animals were napping. Since they are fed in the morning and most active in the morning, why don't they have tours at that time? It was disappointing to see all the cages with no animals in sight. The tour guides were excellent and the grounds ample, clean, no odors, and plenty of room for all cats. Parking was good and there was no pressure in the gift shoppe. Just wish I could have seen some cats.
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Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
Advance purchase is required, and tours do sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day that you prefer, please book well in advance! Tickets can be purchased online or over the phone with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express.
Is there an age limit?
Children under 10 years old are not permitted due to the topics covered on this tour and so that adults can enjoy the tour. Kids 10 years of age or older are welcome to attend as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. We do not make exceptions, no matter how well behaved you think your child is; only ages 10 and over on this tour. All attendees must purchase a full-price ticket.
Can I bring food or toys for the cats?
No, our diet is specific to their needs and we do not allow foods to be given to the cats that have not been approved by our vet and maintained under the most stringent quality controls. We do not give our cats toys that could cause harm if ingested so we do not permit toys from outside our own preselected vendors.
Can I take pictures during my tour?
YES! You are welcome to take photos and / or videos during your tour.
Do I have to stay with the group, or can I wander?
The only way to see the cats is on a guided tour, so you will not be able to wander away from the group.
Are there restrooms?
Yes, but we strongly suggest that you go before you get here because we have limited facilities and are on septic systems which cannot handle a lot of volume if there has been recent rain. There is a McDonald's right at the corner of Easy Street.
What if it rains?
The DayTour will still go out in a light rain as long as there is no lightning. If it is thundering or pouring rain, we may try to wait it out, or will offer a refund, or rescheduling.
Can I bring my pet?
No.
Is there a charge for parking?
Parking is always free and there is plenty of it except for our busiest times in Nov, Dec and March. During these busy times it is tight, but we will help you park at no additional fee.
Are you ADA compliant?
If you are unable to walk for two hours, we have golf carts available for $10 extra, per person riding. Our paths are dirt, so wheel chairs are hard to push, but scooters do well. There are no seats along the tour paths.
How do the golf carts work? Are they offered on every tour?
On some tours (but not all), we offer seats on a golf cart for guests who have difficulty with mobility. Each cart can hold 3 guests plus the driver. The cart will follow the tour guide closely so that guests can hear the narration. Depending on different circumstances, these seats can sometimes be booked in advance, but otherwise they are first come-first serve.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes! Gift certificates are available and they make perfect gifts for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate please click on the "Gift Certificates: Purchase" link in the box above.
Do you offer private tours?
Yes! Please see the list of all activities to get more information about our private tours.
What does the Big Cat Rescue Release and Hold Harmless Agreement state?
The Big Cat Rescue Release and Hold Harmless Agreement states that all buyers understand and agree to 1.) the potential dangers associated with attending Big Cat Rescue and the rules in place to prevent such dangers from occurring and 2.) the Release and Hold Harmless Agreement, which states that Big Cat Rescue cannot be held responsible for any harm, injury or damage taking place at Big Cat Rescue. Please visit https://bigcatrescue.org/release to view the agreement in its entirety.

Policies

Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, can be rescheduled with 24 hours notice.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded. You may reschedule your tickets (subject to availability) only if you do so at least 24 hours in advance.

Weather Policy

Activity may be cancelled due to severe weather.
The activity usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but the seller may cancel the activity up to an hour before the start time in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. If the seller cancels the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability) or receive credit for a future event.

Other Policies

All participants must be 10 years of age or older.
No children under 10 years old are permitted on this tour. Children 10-17 years old are welcome to attend as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children under 10 years old are not permitted due to the nature of this tour.
Pets are not allowed at Big Cat Rescue.
If you are traveling with pets, including dogs, you cannot bring them onto the property, which includes the parking lot.
There is no smoking allowed at Big Cat Rescue.
We do not allow smoking at Big Cat Rescue, except in the parking lot.
All participants must agree to the Big Cat Rescue Release and Hold Harmless Agreement.
By purchasing tickets you are agreeing to the Big Cat Rescue Release and Hold Harmless Agreement, which appears in its entirety at https://bigcatrescue.org/release. The waiver web address also appears on your e-ticket if you would like to review the waiver later.
If you purchased a donation Extra, please take note of the following:
Big Cat Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, FEID 59-3330495. Note that we do not utilize professional solicitors, so 100% of your donation goes to Big Cat Rescue and supporting the cats and stopping the abuse. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION FOR BIG CAT RESCUE, A FL-BASED NONPROFIT CORPORATION (REGISTRATION NO. CH 11409), MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1-800-435-7352 WITHIN THE STATE OR BY VISITING www.800helpfla.com. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.

Big Cat Rescue

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, 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.
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