Watch big cat keepers feed tigers, leopards, cougars and more while observing from just a few feet away. As you walk around the sanctuary with our feeders your guide will tell you about the cats on the feeding route, their diets, and how they hunt in the wild.
The Feeding Tour includes:
- Watching the wild cats being fed and learning about their diets.
- The diet consists of chunks of beef, chicken and a ground diet.
This tour is a great lead in to a regular Day Tour. On the Day Tour you will see a greater selection of cats representing all of the species residing at the sanctuary.
The tour is available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 9:00AM. Space for this Tour is extremely limited, so advanced booking is required. Participants in the Feeding Tour must be 10 years of age or older.
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Big Cat Rescue Deserves your support
|LoveCats18||Fri, Jan 22 9:00 AM||Female||40-49||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family With Children|
Big Cat Rescue is a rescue facility that rescues big cats like, lions, tigers, mountain lions, and bobcats. They treat their animals with such excellent care that they have some elderly cats that would never have survived this long in the wild. Big Cat Rescue educates people about what the laws are about owning big cats, (unfortunately very few laws and not much protection for the cats), and they do this because they have rescued so many animals from abuse and neglect. People don't understand what it takes to have a big cat so when the cats grow up they don't know what to do with them. Big Cat Rescue is a sanctuary and their habitats for the cats are terrific. They have onsite vet service and volunteers and interns who live onsite as well.
Very nice except for the weather
|Kenschraff||Fri, Jan 15 9:00 AM||Unspecified||Unspecified||Unspecified||Unspecified|
Very nice but the weather stinks but I will be back to get the other tours
Only reason to go is for...well I dont know.
|Natalieh2015||Fri, Jan 8 9:00 AM||Unspecified||Unspecified||Unspecified||Unspecified|
I would say the animals but they aren't honestly I don't even know if I support them. Not for the controversy about the owner, but honestly where does our money go? These animals have crappy wire cages, minimal accomodations, and are not being adequetly cared for by a veterinarian/given the proper meds. There was one tiger and one cougar (I believe to my on the top of my head memory that was the species) with severe arthritis and I asked if they receive anti-inflammatory and they said they weren't candidates. The poor cougar couldn't even step over a tree root a few inches up from the ground to come get her food. It was sad.
It reminds me of when someone wants to start a private rescue for dogs, wants to save them all from the euth list, and then gets in way over their head. Good intentions, poor execution. For 3.5 million dollars coming their way a year, and only about 7 employees get paid and they have volunteer vets, with "10k per large cat per year to care for them) it does not seem like they are doing what they are capable of doing to care for these cats.
So the feeding tour: I wouldn't recommend. Maybe the general tour would be better. The keepers rush you and aren't the nicest. They have an intern narrating the tour and it is just a sloppy experience. It was very cool nonetheless seeing large cats you wouldn't see at the zoo or Busch Gardens, but not at this cost and what seems like at their cost.
|Tanyaof2002||Sat, Jan 2 9:00 AM||Female||30-39||Combination||Family Without Children|
This tour was great! The cats were very active and ready for breakfast. Our guides were also very knowledgable. Couldn't have asked for a better experience. We also heard the lion "talking" throughout the whole tour.
Great and informative
|kburchunc||Sat, Jan 2 9:00 AM||Male||30-39||Local||Family Without Children|
Very good tour. Seeing the cats lively is great, and the money goes to a great cause.
Great Way to Spend a Morning!
|redtiger03||Sun, Dec 27, 15 9:00 AM||Female||50-59||Local||Family Without Children|
Without a doubt this was one of the best things we did over the holiday. Learned so much about the cats, their backgrounds and how they are taken care of. Cats accomodating with up close antics and watching them feed we were in awe of their jaw power!! Hoping to go again...so impressed with what this group does for these animals...they will be on our charity list for years to come!
The feeding tour at Big Cat Rescue Tampa FL
|jansto||Sun, Dec 27, 15 9:00 AM||Female||60-69||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family With Children|
Our family group included 2 Sr citizens, one 40 something & one 12 yr old. The tour was amazing. The tour leader provided an amazing amount of information about each cat, how they came to the Big Cat Rescue, their physical condition, medical issues, etc. These animals are so beautiful and have found the best place in the world to live out their lives. The staff does wonderful work there. This was our 2nd trip and we will be back again for another informative & enjoyable visit.
Worth the Trip!
|Henryck123||Sat, Dec 19, 15 9:00 AM||Male||30-39||Domestic Tourist(s)||Couple on a Date|
Great to see the hard work the employees and volunteers put in to help these BIG CATS get and stay healthy.
Beautiful areas for the animals to live and interact with guests and one another.
Keep up the good work!
|Chessapeak8||Fri, Dec 11, 15 9:00 AM||Female||50-59||Domestic Tourist(s)||Unspecified|
it was so cool. Your about five feet from animals
|Kshaw918||Sun, Dec 6, 15 9:00 AM||Unspecified||30-39||Domestic Tourist(s)||Couple on a Date|
It was just me an the wife on the feeding tour on 12/06/15. Was so awesome. You were about 5 feet away from the animals being fed. An the guides are Full of knowledgeable information about all their animals. They have tigers lions, domestic cats that they rescue, links, leopards an so much more. It was something you will never get to experience and it makes you appreciate animals so much more hearing their stories about how they were treated. I loved it so much I would move down there just to help. It was just so awesome I can't say it enough something you have to do if you're down in Tampa and the great thing about it is the money for your tour goes to feeding the animals so you're doing a good thing by going to see these cats. Loved it! loved it! loved it!
- 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 of age are not permitted due to the dangerous nature of this tour. Kids 10 years of age or older are welcome to attend. 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. All attendees must purchase a full-price ticket.
- Can I bring food or toys for the cats?
- No, the cats' 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 also do not give our cats toys that could cause harm if ingested, so we do not permit toys other than those from our own preselected vendors.
- Do you sell food or drinks at the sanctuary? Is there a place to have lunch before the tour?
- Yes, we offer drinks and snacks on site, but you are welcome to bring your own, for your consumption only. You will not be allowed to provide the cats food, treats or toys.
- 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 Feeding Tour will still go out in light rain as long as there is no lightning. If there is thunder or pouring rain, we may try to wait it out. If not, we will offer to refund or reschedule tickets.
- Can I bring my pet?
- Is there a charge for parking?
- Parking is always free and there is generally plenty of it. During our busiest times in November, December and March it can be limited, but we will help you park at no additional fee.
- Are you ADA compliant? (Handicap accessible?)
- If you are unable to walk for two hours, we have golf carts available for an additional $10 per person riding. Our paths are not paved, 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 have a gift shop?
- Yes we do! The Trading Post Gift Shop is right here at our location.
- 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.
- Children under 10 years old are not permitted due to the dangerous nature of this tour. Children 10-17 years old are welcome to attend as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
- 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