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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Don't expect a zoo.
|WhyNOO||Sat, May 21 3:00 PM||Unspecified||20-29||Local||Other|
It was a bit rushed, was not enough time to look at each cat; the guides would streamline you along and it seemed like they cut the tour short when the we got about half way around the place. A good place but a bit too "preachy" with the whole cat abuse thing.
Fun and great learning experience!
|Clarkk321||Sat, May 21 3:00 PM||Female||20-29||Domestic Tourist(s)||Couple on a Date|
My fiance and I attended the Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue and really enjoyed our time seeing all the different big cats as well as learning about each individual cat's story of how they came to the sanctuary unfortunately due to previous owners or situations where the the animals were neglected and abused. The tour was supposed to be only 90 minutes; however our tour ended up being longer for us to see more cats and for our questions to be answered. The tour guides were very friendly and informative! We also loved that all proceeds (tickets, merchandise) go towards taking care of, providing for and feeding the big cats. I recommend Big Cat Rescue to anyone for a wonderful experience!
|Garywh||Sat, May 21 10:00 AM||Male||40-49||Local||Group of Friends|
were very informed and educated and pleased the cats had someone in their corner.
Visit 5/21 - 10am
|ksutton85||Sat, May 21 10:00 AM||Female||30-39||Local||Group of Friends|
Hello, I visited Big Cat for the first time this past weekend with 5 other friends. Overall we had a great time and really enjoyed the facility. My only disappointment was that I felt very rushed. The tour moved quickly as is, but then we had a "backup" who was a nice young girl, but she was quite strict and pushed as along at almost every turn. I understand this is probably the routine, but tickets cost nearly as much as a zoo visit, were you can stay all day and move at your own pace. I would have really liked just a little more time to observe the cats in their habits and watch their activity. Otherwise I know this is a rescue situation and feel the establishment is doing a great job and the very best to their ability. I plan on making the call to the state to help push the bill.
Disappointing and unenjoyable
|Mariacarr||Fri, May 20 3:00 PM||Female||30-39||Domestic Tourist(s)||Couple on a Date|
We were so excited to go to the big cat rescue, and so horribly disappointed by the experience. The interns who provided the tour were extremely rude and condescending, and the one named Neil should never again be allowed near paying customers. They hurried us through the tour as if we were completely wasting their time, and were rude about answering questions. The descriptions of each animal's history were disgusting and revolting - I get that you saved them from bad lives, but do you really think we want to hear in detail of the feces they lived in? Guides themselves were very preachy and there was little focus at all on observing the animals themselves. Would water stations or benches been too much to provide for the 90 minute walk through 90 degree weather? I get that this is a nonprofit, but they still need to treat their customers with respect and dignity. I'll be telling my friends all about this place, but not in the way they want.
|14nakca||Fri, May 20 3:00 PM||Female||30-39||Domestic Tourist(s)||Group of Friends|
Thankfully there are places like this in the world. Keep up this most important work!
Big cat rescue
|Mjnetoff||Fri, May 20 3:00 PM||Female||40-49||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family With Children|
We had a great time. The tour was excellent, very informative. My daughter was engrossed the whole time. It's a very worthy organization doing good and necessary work.
|Sellers||Wed, May 18 3:00 PM||Female||Unspecified||Combination||Family Without Children|
Loved it I will go again
Eye opening experience
|LauraAnne28||Wed, May 18 3:00 PM||Female||20-29||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
Our guide was very informative. The tour was a real "eye opener". I enjoyed not only learning about the different felines, but also observing their wonderful new living conditions. I would recommend it to anyone, especially cat lovers.
|Barbnp||Tue, May 17 3:00 PM||Female||60-69||Domestic Tourist(s)||Other|
Wonderful and educational facility that puts the health and well being of the animals first. Although we were shocked and saddened to hear the incredible stories of how the cats ended up at BCR, we were encouraged by the care given all the animals by the dedicated staff and helpers. If we lived in the area we would volunteer there. Keep up the good work!
- 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://bigcatrescue.org/release 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.
- 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 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