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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|nrenko7||Fri, Apr 24 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!
|TimyRae||Fri, May 30, 14 8:00 PM||Male||40-49||Domestic Tourist(s)||Couple on a Date|
Was hoping to see more of the bigger cats but all in all a good tour!
Great cause and fun night
|DonCasto||Fri, Nov 29, 13 7:00 PM||Male||50-59||Local||Group of Friends|
It was great to see the cats and to hear their stories and support this great cause. I think the guide could have been just a bit more knowledgeable about the cats though...he seemed to stumble through a couple of questions.
It was okay
|sncaron||Fri, Oct 25, 13 8:00 PM||Female||40-49||Local||Family With Children|
First, although I could find it nowhere on the website, children under 18 cannot attend this event unaccompanied. My 12 year old daughter and her friend wanted to attend this Halloween-themed event by themselves, being at that age where mommy " cramps their style." I trusted they would be safe with the employees, but no. At least the Rescue comped my ticket price, since they admit that nowhere on the site or the ticket does it say under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. I appreciate that.
That being said, the nighttime tour wasn't as exciting as advertised. About half the cats could not be seen and the ones that did come out of hiding were sometimes difficult to see. But the main reason for attending this evening was for the Halloween trail and my daughter and her friend really enjoyed that! Thanks for putting together a Halloween event that wasn't too scary, but not too babyish. That is why we attended this event.
I recommend seeing the cats during the day time. The staff are very informative and helpful.
Dedicated Staff Helping Cats..Tour Solidly Recomm
|myt00nie||Fri, Oct 25, 13 8:00 PM||Male||60-69||Domestic Tourist(s)||Individual|
The tour of a great facility was all that it could be. The cats are uniformly very unfortunate as they should never have to be in confinement to begin with. Loss of habitat, use in circus like shows, life as pets result in perpetual confinement. Most of the cats would be dead if they did not have this choice for them to live out their lives as normally as possible. For those who must own a cat, make it a small domestic animal. The staff does well with the tour and should be commended. (On the negative side, a lot of work was put into a Halloween theme, costumes, music ,etc It was well done yet it was an unwelcome end to an evening that was to be dedicated to the cats. I recommend that if it is planned again please advertise it. The people who are considering going on the tour would then expect it or simply decide not to go.)
Job well done....Thank You.
Saw cats up close in person
|wendybrown1||Fri, Aug 30, 13 8:00 PM||Female||40-49||Local||Family Without Children|
Great tour led by knowledgable and passionate leader. About all the cats were up and about that night and listening for their names. It was great to see how my light they provided me illuminated their eyes. The cats came right up to the sides of the cages. Tigers were within three feet of me. I don't know if it was just a lucky coincidence, but I felt very fortunate to be walking these trails and learning about these beautiful animals that are so well-kept and safe. This event was for my nephew's 30th birthday, and the three of us were greatly impressed!
|BBaker8||Fri, Aug 30, 13 8:00 PM||Female||20-29||Local||Couple on a Date|
Do all the tours at Big Cat Rescue!
|milothemeow||Fri, Jul 26, 13 8:00 PM||Female||30-39||Unspecified||Unspecified|
We went on the Wild Eyes at Night tour, the Keeper tour, and the Feeding tour, all of which were AMAZING! Wild Eyes at Night was cool because we got to see the cats when they were a little more active. It was fun to try to spot them in their cat-a-tats. The only good photo opportunities were at the beginning of the tour before it got really dark. Our best photos were from the Feeding tour and the Keeper tour, which were great. If you only have time for one tour, I highly recommend the Keeper tour. If you can swing two yours, definitely do the Kkeper tour and the Feeding tour. If at all possible, add the Wild Eyes at Night tour so you can see the cats a little differently. All in all, we had a fantastic time on all our tours and highly recommend Big Cat Rescue to anyone visiting Tampa.
Love Big Cat Rescue
|cat94020||Fri, Jun 28, 13 8:00 PM||Female||40-49||Local||Family Without Children|
The Wild Eyes tour is a chance to see the cats at night when they would usually be more active. The heat seemed to keep them quiet the night we went. Still was a nice night and the admission fee goes for a good cause. BCR is actually a sanctuary promoting keeping wild cats in the wild. They are not a zoo or amusement park and don't breed the cats.
- 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://www.votervoice.net/BCR/campaigns/30112/respond 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.
- 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://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