Imagine…It’s the night of a full moon and you are groping through the underbrush in the wilds of a Florida forest when you hear the roar of lions and tigers so close you can almost feel their hot breath!
Armed with only a flashlight you continue on at the urging of your guide and notice that you are the main attraction to all the wild animals living on Easy Street. You see hundreds of glowing eyes, all focused on you and as you pass the enclosures you hear the rushing of the great cats as they make a pounce for you in the dark.
You’ll hear the roaring of tigers, the screaming of cougars and the caterwauling of bobcats, lynx and more as you try to get back to the safety of your car. It’s an adrenaline rush to turn the tables and become the hunted rather than the hunter. It’s an experience you will remember and talk about for years to come. It’s what we call the Wild Eyes At Night Tour!
The tour will begin after dark, which changes each month so note the time on the calendar for the date you select. Even those of us who live here still feel the tingle up our spine when we walk through the park after dark.
It's all grrreat fun for you and helps us save big cat lives!
What Is Not Included?
- Food and beverages are not included, but we recommend bringing a beverage or purchasing one once you arrive
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Could have been better
|Localgirl||Fri, Nov 27, 15 7:00 PM||Female||30-39||Local||Group of Friends|
I was a bit disappointed in the night tour. I was told the cats would be more active and that we would be able see and hear them more than in the daytime. This was not the case at all. I think the online description is very misleading. Not many of the cats were out and if they were, they were not active. We briefly had some action when a tiger got restless but were quickly shooed away as to not agitate the other cats. I get this...but frankly, as per the online description, this is what we expected to see/hear. Our guide was very knowledgeable but at times it would have been nice to just hear the cats. It would have also been nice if the guides had brighter flashlights or at least kept the light near the cats longer. I would not go to the night tour again.
Not one person was in a rush and we ran long!
|RobHTG||Fri, Nov 27, 15 7:00 PM||Male||40-49||Local||Group of Friends|
Running long by a half hour here at the 7pm night tour is a "good" thing........
Not one volunteer was pushy, rushed or trying to go home, refreshing seeing young
people volunteering to help here.
Thank you for having this Big Cat Rescue, we will help when we can.
Spectacular night tour
|Mlabigcat446||Fri, Oct 30, 15 8:00 PM||Male||50-59||Local||Family Without Children|
Having been to the big cat rescue for several different tours i.e. feeding tour, day tour, and private tour we were truly impressed to see more big cats and more active than usually also the temperature at night was a pleasant change from our hot florida days. Bengali even came over to say hello to our group. Loved it!
Decent, but day might have been better
|Lamppost51||Fri, Oct 30, 15 8:00 PM||Male||20-29||Domestic Tourist(s)||Unspecified|
I think it would have been a little better if a) the place had at least some lights or b) they gave out flashlights or headlamps. It was a bit annoying having to rely on the workers to shine the light around, because it was pitch black out. The cats were nice but I don't think the night tour really provided anything better than the day tour. When they say the animals are more active, they just mean the cats are more likely to be walking around instead of sleeping/hiding. That said, it was neat to see the cats so much closer than you would at a zoo, and a lot of them were curious enough to come up to the front of the caged area and walk around for you.
The tour guide also seemed to rely quite a bit on interns that had only been there a few months to answer some of the questions asked, but everyone there was generally friendly and knowledgable. Overall it was a nice experience, but I'm not sure if it was worth the price over a regular day tour, as I only went at night.
|ermalee87||Fri, Jul 31, 15 8:00 PM||Female||20-29||Local||Couple on a Date|
Excellent experience, great way to beat the summer heat for sure. Cats were pretty active. Use insect repellent!!
|Rjksmayer||Fri, Jun 26, 15 8:00 PM||Female||50-59||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
My husband and I took the Wild Eyes at Night tour on 6/26. It was amazing. We saw many cats that normally aren't out during the day for tours. There were only 12 of us on the tour so we were able to ask questions about individual cats.
|plblanton||Fri, Jun 26, 15 8:00 PM||Female||40-49||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
It was wonderful to see the Big Cats at night when they are more active.
Always a great time at Big Cat Rescue
|erkotis||Fri, May 29, 15 8:00 PM||Female||50-59||Local||Unspecified|
The night tour is always great as the temps are cooler and the cats are out and about!!!
|nrenko7||Fri, Apr 24, 15 7:00 PM||Female||30-39||Domestic Tourist(s)||Group of Friends|
This tour felt like a private showing of the cats. I could ask questions to the guide and any of the very knowledgeable interns. The cats are very happy and well cared for. It gives me hope to know that organizations such as Big Cat Rescue exist and are fighting for these magnificent animals. The night tour was perfect because it starts at dusk. I got plenty of pictures in the day light and had no trouble seeing the animals. The cats are also much more active in the cooler evening temps and come right up to the enclosures. I made eye contact with many of them! I recommend this tour to anyone traveling through Tampa or anyone who lives there!
|crlynsher||Fri, May 30, 14 8:00 PM||Female||50-59||Domestic Tourist(s)||Other|
I loved this tour. The cats were out and about. The guide was great! He was informative and answered every question. What a great night!
- 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. Children 10-17 years old 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. 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 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?
- Our paths are dirt, so wheel chairs are hard to push, but scooters do well. There are no seats along the tour paths.
- 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, cannot be rescheduled.
- Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.
- 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.
- No children under 10 years old are permitted on this tour.
- 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.
- No Smoking
- No Smoking is allowed at Big Cat Rescue, except in the parking lot.
- No Alcohol
- No one will be admitted if they have been consuming alcohol or are under the influence of narcotics.
- 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