The Feeding Tour

Big Cat Rescue

Zerve Seller: BigCatRescue
Activity #4217
  • Take a tour of Big Cat Rescue & see the home of more than 100 panthers, lions & other cats that have been saved from abandonment!

  • Check out the most exclusive behind-the-scenes experience in the animal world that is respectful to the animals & safe for the guests!

  • A walking tour after dark... come experience the big cats at night! An experience to remember - an adrenaline rush to turn the tables!

  • Complete guided tour where children of ALL AGES can get up-close and learn about exotic cats and other animals!

  • Be the VIP of your own Private Tour! Make it a Founder's Tour & have Founder Carole Baskin as your own personal guide of the sanctuary.

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A bone-crunching wild time you will never forget! Join us for dinner at Big Cat Rescue. The 1 hour Feeding Tour is a short tour that focuses only on the cats on a designated feeding route. It is followed by a short and informal chat session with one of our big cat keepers.

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. 
Each Feeding Tour is unique and different, so you never know fully what to expect, besides a roaring good time!

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.

Meeting Location

Big Cat Rescue in Citrus Park (NW Tampa) (Tampa, FL) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
167 Reviews Rating: 4.7 4.7 out of 5.0
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Rating: 4
No gore
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.
Rating: 5
My friend and I loved it a lot!!
Fri, Sep 18  9:00 AM Female 50-59 Combination Other
The guides were very informed about the cats. Every question we asked they knew the answer. I highly recommend this for anyone that's a cat lover/animal lover. Thank you Big car Rescue for all you do! We will be back!!!
Rating: 5
Fri, Sep 18  9:00 AM Female 50-59 Combination Family Without Children
We toured the Big Cat Rescue for a feeding session. Our guide was Carla and she was fantastic. We learned so much about the cats. Highly recommend this tour.
Rating: 5
Beautiful Variety of Cats in a Caring Environment
Fri, Sep 4  9:00 AM Male 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
The feeding tour was very interesting and our guide shared a lot of information with us. The stars of the the tour were the cats... Great fun with close up views!
Rating: 5
A hour long tour that you will talk about for days
Sat, Aug 29  9:00 AM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
The Big Cat Rescue (BCR) feeding tour is a one hour tour led by a BCR staff member who stops to feed some of the cats one at a time while delivering a presentation. In our case, the group was small, six guests, the staff group leader and an intern assisting the tour guide. The presentation covers the mission of BCR, the cats' diets in the wild and at BCR, the histories of individual cats, feline behavior in general and specific to the breeds presented, and discussion of BCR's stance on exotic pets, big cats in circuses, and big cats in captivity other than accredtied zoos (they oppose these things), along with the factors impacting cats in the wild. The presentation was informative, but got a little 'preachy' at times. They started with two tigers, and the tour included leopards, servals, lynx, bobcat, cougars, and a brief stop at the Kitten Cabana where they foster domestic kittens for adoption. There is no direct contact with the big cats during the tour or for any reason other than veterinary needs at BCR, but there are plenty of opportunities to photograph the cats in their enclosures.

During our feeding tour, a group had coordinated to do a photo shoot for what I understood to be a vegetarian line of clothing. The photographers, stylist, and model were escorted by BCR staff. I was a little confused why the "vegetarian" fashions were being photographed among carnivores, but I suppose the cats are far more stylish than any herbivore. During the tour, we were introduced to Armani, a leopard who had been used in many photo shoots prior to his retirement at BCR. I found some humor in this magnificent cat having a modeling resume that would probably be the envy of the young woman who was modeling for the photo shoot we observed. The BCR staff did an excellent job of managing both the tour and the photography so neither interfered with the other.

I found the tigers and the cougars most memorable, but all the cats were charming.

Rating: 5
Fun and educational
Sun, Aug 23  9:00 AM Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
My husband and I brought our 10 year old granddaughter to the 9:00 a.m. feeding tour. We not only got to get up close to these magnificent animals, but learned about their special diets, feeding rituals, the background of each animal and general conditions of big cats kept in captivity. They also rehab some animals with the goal of setting the free in the wild after their recovery. Hopefully their services will no longer be needed some day in the future when people become more educated and less selfish. I would highly recommend this tour.
Rating: 5
Enjoyable and well narrated tour.
Fri, Aug 14  9:00 AM Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
Our tour group included children and adults. Everyone found the tour educational, fun and enjoyable. It was quite an experience to see these amazing animals at such close range.
Rating: 5
Teens or 60s can enjoy this tour.
Fri, Aug 7  9:00 AM Female 60-69 Combination Other
We are two grandparents from Florida who were entertaining two of our grandsons from NJ. We enjoyed the 9AM Feeding Tour, seeing Siberian tigers, servals, lynx, bobcats, etc. The explanations regarding the animals' backgrounds and personal needs and behaviors was quite enlightening, and watching the cats eat, especially being so close, was memorable. The only thing we would like to see is ALL the cats....didn’t get to do that.
Rating: 3
Fast paced
Sat, Aug 1  9:00 AM Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
As a regular visitor I was disappointed for my first time guests. Histories of the individual animals were brief & overview of BCR was minimal. We missed ALLOT of the actual scope & scale of the sanctuary & the work that is being done behind the scenes to change legislation to benefit big cats & hopefully all animals.

Don't count on people reading signs or literature to get the message across.

A more personal(on on one) interaction with an animal left a whole bigger impression on me when I first started going to the sanctuary years ago.
Rating: 5
These cats are amazing
Sun, Jul 26  9:00 AM Male 50-59 International Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
These are animals that suffered because of the human mistreatment . BCR are doing a fantastic job giving them a better life. We have to be proud of these volunteers and support them to continue rescuing these big unlucky cats.
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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 to view the agreement in its entirety.


Refund/Rescheduling Policy

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.

Weather Policy

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.

Other Policies

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 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 REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.

Big Cat Rescue

Big Cat Rescue is the largest accredited sanctuary in the world dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned big cats. We are home to about 100 lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars and other species most of whom have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, saved from being turned into fur coats, or retired from performing acts. Our dual mission is to provide the best home we can for the cats in our care and educate the public about the plight of these majestic animals, both in captivity and in the wild, to end abuse and avoid extinction.

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, 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
The sanctuary is sithuated on 70 acres in the Citrus Park area of north Tampa.
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