No where else can you get this close, interact with such a wide variety of wild cats, and support a great cause at the same time.
The Keeper Tour includes:
- Enrichment: You'll make toys and treats for the cats to stimulate an animals’ activity level and watch as keeper hands out what you’ve made. Observe the animals’ reactions as they investigate their enrichment that you helped create for them.
- Operant conditioning: You'll witness a training session between the cats & keepers. During this activity you will accompany our keepers who will teach critical behaviors to one of our feline residents, such as go into lock out, stand up so we can observe the paws and underside, and much more!
- History: You'll learn the history behind our furry friends and how they came to call Big Cat Rescue home. In addition, you'll also hear the story of why Big Cat Rescue was founded, as you take a guided mini tour of the 55 acre sanctuary.
Each Behind the Big Cat Scenes Adventure is unique and different, so you never know fully what to expect, besides a roaring good time!
Keeper Tours are available on Saturdays and Sundays ONLY at 10 AM. Participants in the Big Cat Keeper Tours must be 10 years of age or older.
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Keeper Tour NOT worth the extra money
|dmjeffers||Sun, Jul 26 10:00 AM||Female||40-49||Local||Couple on a Date|
I've been on the BCR's basic tour a few times. This Keeper Tour is not much different. For $125.00, you spend maybe 10 minutes making "treats" (which few of the cats even liked) and touring the same cats that you would see on the basic tour. A wagon follows behind with the treats (very loud and you can NOT hear the tour guide but it does get the cats' attention). On the unfortunate downside, we could not hear the tour guide, the place was not very well maintained (branches all over the cages and grass overgrown), and the cats were frustrated. I am a big supporter of BCR, but this was by far the least informative, least enjoyable, and it seemed to be struggling with staff/volunteer apathy and direction. Hopefully, this was just a "bad day" and the tour is better than it was today.
Big cats rescue made me purrrrr!
|Nicole777||Sat, Jul 18 10:00 AM||Unspecified||40-49||International Tourist(s)||Couple on a Date|
I recommend this tour as you are sure to see the big cats, and many of them. Oh what a joy it was to see " live" ( not on my computer screen) the big cats. The volunteers do a fantastic job. They are dedicated people. And I can testified that Big Cats rescue is a wonderful organization. A well worth cause. Thank you sooo much. Until next time! PS: thanks to Zerve too who made this reservation from Canada super easy!
Worth every penny!
|kc5833||Sat, Jul 18 10:00 AM||Male||30-39||Local||Family Without Children|
My Wife and I attended the Keeper Tour. Something that stuck out to me right from the start is how passionate and knowledgeable the staff is about their cause. They genuinely care about the animals, and it shows. On this particular tour, you'll learn a lot about almost every cat there. It was great to hear their background stories, and see how much of a better life they're living now. You'll also get to make basic "enrichment" toys for them consisting of cardboard, paper bags and various spices and scents; lots of fun watching the cats tear into them. We had a great time, and can't wait to come back for a different tour. If the price of admission seems too high, well, it's not. All the money goes to the animals, so consider it a donation to a great cause :-)
I was left speechless
|Au_woods0907||Sun, Jul 12 10:00 AM||Female||30-39||Domestic Tourist(s)||Individual|
Laura and Rebecca were a dynamic duo taking us around and interacting with all of the beautiful felines. I appreciated how we were able to help make the enrichment to distribute to the cats. It was amazing to be that close to such gorgeous and fascinating creatures. I was too busy watching them that I had to be nudged each time we left an enclosure. I appreciated the patience and knowledge of the volunteers to the many, many questions. I would do this again in a heartbeat.
Wonderful safe haven for all the big cats!!
|diarufe||Sun, Jul 12 10:00 AM||Female||20-29||Domestic Tourist(s)||Couple on a Date|
I've been wanting to attend Big Cat Rescue for about a year now. I finally received the chance to do so and I was very pleasantly surprised. My partner and I both went all out and did the most exclusive tour which was the Keeper Tour. I love animals, particularly domestic and wild cats in general. I am very passionate when it comes to them and their overall wellbeing. I support and admire the cause that BCR stands for which is ending the trade. Our Tour Guide was Lauren whom I believe did a fantastic job. She was very informative, pleasant ,and thorough throughout the tour. It was fun making the 'enrichment' toys for the cats at the start and then seeing them enjoy it!I loved seeing all the beautiful big cats which were plentiful. Even when it started to pour we took immediate shelter and then trekked on once it was over after 5 or so minutes. The tour was fantastic then as we got to see the bigger cats for last which were the tigers! They are so beautiful and large that seeing them in person is quite impressive. I would've liked to have heard a bit more of their stories but can understand when there are so many cats overall. I am happy that this was not the 'prerecorded' tour that I've heard about but a live engaging one. Not only was our tour guide great but the group was small and respectful with about 7 in total. Upon entry into the sanctuary was a long impressive road and volunteers ready to greet on site. The atmosphere was welcoming and serene alongside the volunteers and big cats. Citrus Park in Tampa is beautiful and perfect for the sanctuary. Thank you all for having us at Big Cat Rescue, we will definitely return one day!!
I'm so happy to have supported such a wonderful cause for such majestic animals - worth absolutely every penny!!
Love, Diane & Michael
As well as their two furry cats - Oliver & Luna!
Lots of happy cats!
|kissesnhuggs||Sun, Jul 12 10:00 AM||Female||30-39||Domestic Tourist(s)||Other|
The staff was very friendly and helpful. Everyone knew their stuff and truly came across as wanting to be there because they love what they do. The cats were very well cared for and seemed to be thriving in their homes. So many big cats and so much information all in one place made for a wonderful learning experience as well as fun. My daughter will be studying big cats in college in the fall and our trip solidified for her that it's definitely a field she wants to be in.
GO SEE THE BIG CATS!
|Pokeypup||Sun, Jul 5 10:00 AM||Male||50-59||Local||Family Without Children|
Highly suggest you take this tour! My wife and I had a great time. The cats are so well taken care of and the folks who work/volunteer there love their charges and it shows! i suggest the Keepers Tour as it is longer and allows you more time to be informed as well as seeing more of the big kitties, not to mention you get time to take some great pictures. Oh one more thing the place is clean I mean really clean, the kitties water and food areas were spotless and in fact several of them came out to "speak" to us and drank from their fresh and clean water bowls and here we thought our Saint Bernard had a big tongue he has nothing on the kitties! Go enjoy you will not be disappointed!
This tour is not for general public
|Nor8995||Sat, Jul 4 10:00 AM||Female||50-59||Local||Family With Children|
This is a great "behind the scenes" tour for people who have a true interest in the behaviors, care, and plight of these cats. Our tour guides were great and explaining
|plblanton||Fri, Jun 26 10:00 AM||Female||40-49||Domestic Tourist(s)||Unspecified|
Tour guides were very friendly and knew a lot about the cats. They obviously care deeply for the animals.We fixed enrichment treats for the cats and watched them enjoy. It was a hoot watching these big cats go nuts over catnip! Each enclosure is spacious and the cats don't have to do anything they don't want to do. There are some cats who like humans to visit, especially Kalli who showed off at little for us! Take this tour- you will not be disappointed.
a great way to spend the day with beautiful cats
|dawgsitter||Sun, Jun 14 10:00 AM||Female||Unspecified||Local||Group of Friends|
a very worthwhile adventure to prepare treats and watch the keeper give them to the tigers, lion, and cougars. We enjoyed the experience and were happy that our admission money is used for helping pay for feeding and housing all the rescued big cats and hope everyone goes to visit this non profit attraction in Tampa
- 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 dangerous nature of this 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.
- 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, and you could use the restrooms there before the tour.
- What if it rains?
- The Keeper Tour 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 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.
- No Smoking
- No Smoking is allowed 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