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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a fabulous experience for lovers of cats
|diadik1||Tue, Jun 30 3:00 PM||Female||30-39||International Tourist(s)||Individual|
sensitization characteristics with wild animals and their rescue. I enjoyed the tour, but I recommend having the guide in other languages , although largely understood missed some important details
Big Cats as they should be treated!
|baypets||Tue, Jun 30 3:00 PM||Male||60-69||Local||Family Without Children|
A great way to see big cats (and smaller cats) being lovingly cared for rather than poked and prodded by "trainers".
The cats obviously enjoy being treated with respect, and it's apparent that everyone at BCR has the best interests of the cats at the top of their agenda. The afternoon tour is a combination of an informative tour guide and audio headphone players. You get 90 minutes of wending your way through the roomy habitats of the cats. Summer in Florida, the cats are often dozing in the shade, but you still get to see plenty. Best of all, you know your admission fee is contributing directly to this wonderful facility. Worth the trip from wherever you are.
Very educational tour
|SonyaAbrams||Tue, Jun 30 3:00 PM||Female||30-39||Domestic Tourist(s)||Group of Friends|
Big Cat Rescue certainly does the best it can with the resources available. The cats here were kept in large enclosures with lots of attention toward their individual needs. Our tour guide said that they are rotated out to an even larger enclosure (I think it was just under 3 acres?) on "vacation." Some of the cats' stories were beyond sad but my sister and I really felt that the cats were being well taken care of and that this was the best possible option for them since they could not be released into the wild. A few days earlier, we had visited another "sanctuary" for large cats that did not seem nearly as reputable and caring as this place. I highly recommend visiting Big Cat Rescue, especially if you are a fan of cats like I am. The price is a little higher than other places, but the cats here are getting much better care in my opinion and that money is going toward ensuring that they continue to get that level of care.
not what we expected
|KayleneCamp||Mon, Jun 29 3:00 PM||Female||30-39||Unspecified||Family With Children|
The animals laid down the whole time...not one animal moved...also we went to see the big lion and they wont let u cause he doesnt like people...no where does it specify that
well worth the experience of seeing our wonderful
|maura66||Mon, Jun 29 3:00 PM||Female||40-49||Domestic Tourist(s)||Individual|
well worth the experience of seeing our wonderful cats. I am very proud to know there are people out there trying to help such wonderful beings.
A wonderful animal rescue!
|Fprager||Mon, Jun 29 3:00 PM||Female||70+||Local||Individual|
Animals and people treated with respect. Animals are greatly loved.
|annameyer||Sun, Jun 28 3:00 PM||Female||20-29||Local||Group of Friends|
The staff were friendly and welcoming, knowledgeable, engaged and enthusiastic. The grounds were clean and well kept and the animals are well taken care of. This sanctuary is doing wonderful work and is so worth supporting.
Big Cat Rescue was a great choice for our family!
|amysmeyer||Sun, Jun 28 3:00 PM||Female||50-59||Local||Family Without Children|
We really enjoyed our visit to Big Cat Rescue. Our guide was well informed, had a light, bright style and was easy with questions from the group. I wish we had taken the earlier tour though - mid-afternoon most the "kitties" were napping and relaxing in the shade, so it was difficult to get good views and photos. I would highly recommend the tour to anyone interested in conservation/rescue/big cats/Florida heritage, you name it!
Great educational experience
|kborden613||Sun, Jun 28 10:00 AM||Female||50-59||Local||Group of Friends|
This was my first full tour of Big Cat Rescue. I love animals and have a very special place in my heart for big cats. I learned a lot about the illegal trade and inhumane treatment of exotic animals. They should NEVER be pets. And they should not have to live in cages. I also have a new understanding of zoos. It's a very fine line between conservation and inhumanity. I always thought zoos were good places, but it seems that rehab places and sanctuaries are the right places for wild animals. I learned that wild animals should stay wild whenever possible.
Happy to see these rescues
|Jenniferren1||Sun, Jun 28 10:00 AM||Female||30-39||Local||Individual|
Thanks for what you do!
- 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.
- 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