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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Fantastic tour and learnt a few things as well
|ashworp64||Sun, Nov 22 9:00 AM||Male||50-59||International Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
Would 100% recommend. Tour guides very helpful and informative. Great to see the Big Cats who have been mistreated looked after so well.
Interesting experience - much too costly
|Onealchris||Sun, Nov 22 9:00 AM||Male||30-39||Local||Family With Children|
The feeding tour at the Big Cat Rescue in Tampa was fun. The lady that did our tour was awesome. However, it is way too expensive for what you actually get. You get to see about 8-10 cats getting fed their daily meal. I think the tour took about an hour. There wasn't much really to see, so I would recommend skipping the feeding tour. The cost is way more than a regular tour, and you don't get to see all cats, you don't get the detailed history, etc. For the cost, most certainly not worth it. The regular tour is definitely worth the price.
Feeding & Day Tour
|Rivers1||Sat, Nov 21 9:00 AM||Female||30-39||Local||Couple on a Date|
I highly recommend the feeding tour followed by the day tour. The feeding tour allowed my fiancé and I to get an up close view with some of the big cats while they were being fed. The guide and senior volunteer were informative and enthusiastic about these amazing animals. Afterwards, we joined the day tour and learned about the other big cats on the property that were not included in the feeding tour. The facility is well-kept and there was no foul smell coming from any of the exhibits. My fiancé and I learned a lot about the different kinds of big cats and we will be returning in the near future.
Great value Great to see the big cats up close
|srdouglas||Fri, Nov 20 9:00 AM||Female||50-59||International Tourist(s)||Unspecified|
The tour guide was very friendly
Great to see he animals up close and learn more about them
Knowing that doing these tours you help support this wonderful facility
Great gift shop
Have a opportunity to sponsor the big cats
Feeding Tour was great!
|dxduboi||Sat, Nov 14 9:00 AM||Female||30-39||Domestic Tourist(s)||Other|
Our tour guide, Martin, was extremely knowledgeable and provided a ton of information. Upon being asked various questions he was able to give even more information. The cats have figured out that the sound of the cart signals feeding time, so they are excited to hear it coming! The cats that weren't fed on our tour were pretty lethargic. We didn't stay for the Day Tour, which was supposed to follow the Feeding Tour. We felt Martin gave us all the info we needed and we were able to see a good mix of cats. If your tour guide isn't as outgoing and forthcoming with information I would advise doing a regular tour as well. Great organization!
|bigcats42||Sun, Nov 1 9:00 AM||Female||30-39||Domestic Tourist(s)||Other|
was fun and interesting to learn about the cats and the feeding differences
Not Worth the Money and a Complete Waste of Time
|aseemdas||Sun, Nov 1 9:00 AM||Male||20-29||Domestic Tourist(s)||Couple on a Date|
We went on Feeding Tour. Many of the animals are not as active as they should be and they are old and lifeless. You can not roam around the facility without an escort. The people that escort you are morons and they will tell you to basically see the cat that is being feed which ever that may be. You are only taken through a small portion of the property. After your 1 hour you are not allowed to just stay behind and watch the animals. The animals they allow you to see are what they want you to see. If you want to spend some time watching a particular cat that you like you can not do that. You can not feed these cats out of your hand. This was perhaps the only reason that I would have wanted to go here. This place can not even be classified as a zoo since you have the freedom to do what you want to do in a zoo and you can spend whatever time wherever you want. They did not even have a special petting zoo for big cats. I would have really wanted to have an ability to at least feel the fur of different cats. They did not have a museum where different cat furs are displayed and we can touch these like there are in many other animal facilities. When the cats die, what do you do you do with their bodies? I would also want to touch and feel the teeth and claws of different cats to see how they differ. Again, dead cats could have been used much more effectively. The organisation does not seem to be run by foreigners for some reason and as a result they don't know how to cater to the US audience. Nothing about the hunting history of these animals was ever covered. There is very little knowledge displayed in the place. The moment you come to the gate, you will feel the lack of freedom and your neck being held in the jaws of the escorts (Blue Shirt). However, the organisation seems to be run by volunteers to some degree and they seem to truly like what they are doing (Green Shirt).
So much fun, amazing facility
|andreacann36||Sun, Oct 18 9:00 AM||Female||30-39||International Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
I've been a fan of BCR for awhile, I follow them on Youtube and Facebook and I love what they do to promote conservation and stopping the exploitation of wild cats. Our guide was entertaining and knowledgeable about all the cats' species and individual histories, when hearing that my favorite cat was Mickey cougar she even briefly tried to have him come say hi to me even though he was not on the feeding tour path. Otherwise it was great to see all the cat "celebrities" we meet via their social media outlets. I will be definitely coming back at some point in the future!
Enjoyable, but not as good as the regular tour
|ARoyer||Sun, Oct 18 9:00 AM||Female||20-29||Local||Couple on a Date|
My boyfriend and I enjoyed the Big Cat Rescue feeding tour, however, we have also been on a regular tour around big cat rescue and both agree that we enjoyed the regular tour more. While it is exciting and interesting to watch the big cats be fed, we didn't like that we didn't get to see all of the big cats and we didn't hear as much about them while on the feeding tour. We understand that it is very expensive to feed the cats, but we felt that the fact that the feeding tour is nearly twice as much as the ,longer, regular tour in which we got to see all of the big cats is a little unnecessary. In fact, I believe that switching the prices would even make more sense, considering the regular tour is longer and more informative. And we didn't get to watch the lions eat! Which is one of the things I looked forward to most! Once again, it is always a fun experience to go visit the big cats, but it would have been nice to see a bit more for the price.
|russhost||Sat, Sep 26 9:00 AM||Male||60-69||Local||Individual|
The Big Car Rescue uses the terms "bone crunching" in their advertising of the feeding tour, so my wife opted out. I went by myself to watch the old cats gobble down a soft raw chow that looked like sausage stuffing. Some got chicken breasts that they gnawed on or swallowed whole, depending on the size of the cat. There was no blood and no bone crunching or gore. Matt, our tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. He was knowledgeable about the cats and personal with some, but always respectful and careful. Main message: a smart person does not try to pet these kitties. The best part of the tour for me was hearing a lion roar in the distance.
- 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://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.
- 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.
- 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