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 Derek, Harrison 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 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.
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Great day +great group +great tour guide =
|Jimbobhempel||Tue, Apr 14 3:00 PM||Male||30-39||Local||Couple on a Date|
Just go already! It's cheap, informative, fun, and a little exercise! Has some great photo ops and beautiful cats! Almost 100 in there now! I'm glad I went!
|susanborst||Tue, Apr 14 3:00 PM||Female||60-69||Local||Family Without Children|
Try to go during the morning viewing, a lot of our animals were very quiet. Love the vacation spots!!
|daddlelee||Tue, Apr 14 3:00 PM||Female||50-59||Combination||Family Without Children|
This tour gives you a greater appreciation of big cats. I love cats in general and this experience just made me love all cats that much more.
|Saturnino||Tue, Apr 14 10:00 AM||Male||40-49||Local||Individual|
The Tour Guide was excellent and very knowledgeable!!!
finally made it
|robineliza||Tue, Apr 14 10:00 AM||Female||50-59||Domestic Tourist(s)||Individual|
been following on fb and very interested to tour. Sharon excellent tour guide and loved to see the cats and sanctuary. Thank you all for saving these beautiful creatures.
Incredible enlightening experience
|octhecat||Mon, Apr 13 3:00 PM||Female||60-69||Domestic Tourist(s)||Group of Friends|
It's a rare experience to have the opportunity to see so many beautiful big cats so close and in one space. Our tour guide, Denny, is very knowledgeable and was also entertaining. We learned about particular characteristics of the various cat species as well as the stories of how each one came to Big Cat Rescue. We also learned the reality of a big cat's life in the circus and other unnatural venues and were encouraged to act to end such abuse. While these magnificent animals are a gift for us to see, they are wild and should be in their natural habitat. They are not pets. It was gratifying to learn of all the efforts BCR makes for the stimulation, care and comfort of these beautiful animals. I highly recommend this tour as well as the others offered by BCR. You will find it to be time and money well spent.
interesting with lots of information on the cats
|burns3500||Mon, Apr 13 10:00 AM||Male||60-69||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
alot of interesting information on the different spiecies
A great place and a wonderful cause
|jeanine2||Mon, Apr 13 10:00 AM||Female||50-59||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
My mother and I toured the Big Cat Rescue while on vacation in Tampa and we were both so impressed with the dedication of the staff and the really wonderful conditions in which the cats were housed. Everything was clean and well kept. The cats were obviously healthy and relaxed. The staff also went out of their way to help us locate the name of a family member in whose name a donation had been made. It took a little while to figure it out, but we found the tribute and truly appreciated the efforts on our behalf. An interesting place to visit and a very worthwhile cause to support.
|syroseman||Sun, Apr 12 3:00 PM||Female||30-39||Local||Couple on a Date|
I really enjoyed my experience. .Our tour guide was great and very knowledgeable and despite the fact the temperature outside was almost unbearable, our tour guide to was able to keep us laughing and joking. It's really extraordinary what The Big Cat rescue is doing to give second chances to some amazing animals. .Keep up the good work guys and I'll surely be back a second, maybe even a third time ☺☺☺
|crossmier||Sat, Apr 11 3:00 PM||Female||40-49||Local||Family Without Children|
- 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?
- 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://www.votervoice.net/BCR/campaigns/30112/respond to view the agreement in its entirety.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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://www.votervoice.net/BCR/campaigns/30112/respond. The waiver web address also appears on your e-ticket if you would like to review the waiver later.
Big Cat Rescue
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