Big Cat Rescue

Zerve Seller: BigCatRescue

Big Cat Rescue is one of the largest accredited sanctuaries in the world dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned big cats. We are home to about 80 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 many species of cats, which are threatened or endangered, including: Tigers, Lions, Leopards, Cougars, Bobcats, Lynx, Servals, Ocelots, Caracals, 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 67 acres in the Citrus Park area of north Tampa.
3,251 Reviews Rating: 4.7 4.7 out of 5.0
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Last 3 months 522 1,323 24 = 1,299 98% 4.7
Last 6 months 962 2,485 32 = 2,453 98% 4.7
Last 12 months 1,406 3,575 50 = 3,525 98% 4.7
All 3,251 8,073 110 = 7,963 98% 4.7
Most Recent Customer Reviews
  Date Attended Gender Age Where From Group Type
Rating: 5
Amazing Place!
Fri, May 27  3:00 PM Female 40-49 Local Family Without Children
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
Big Cat Rescue Sanctuary was an educational and eye opening experience. It was well worth the $36 entrance fee that by the way is donated 100% to the cats. The facility was extremely clean, well maintained, and the volunteer staff were friendly and educated about the history of each one of the cats. Our tour guide, Neil, did an amazing job keeping the group informed and answered all of our questions. At the end of the tour, we had the option to contact a few representatives and senators to support the Big Cat Public SafetyAct HR 3546 which provides the needed protection to all Big Cats. I also pledged to myself that I will never to support the circus, one way that I can make a difference and gain support from family and friends. I will definitely be back, this time to see the Cats eat. Unfortunately, I will not be able to see Teisha but was so fortunate that we met just days before she had to be euthanized, RIP Teisha girl.
Rating: 5
Amazing Grace
Fri, May 27  3:00 PM Female 50-59 Local Other
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
My daughter Kelly came to visit and I'm pretty sure this was on her bucket list I can tell you that it was amazing grace all the way around from the staff to the cats thank you so much. I will be back I will donate and I will tell all of my friends about you
Rating: 2
Cat tour
Fri, May 27  3:00 PM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
Tour guides seemed annoyed
Rating: 3
Afternoon Day Tour Big Cat Rescue
Wed, May 25  3:00 PM Female 60-69 Combination Individual
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
Our tour was ok, but the tour guide was not as knowledgeable as she could have been about Big Cat Rescue. For example, people asked how large the place was and she didn't know. I later discovered this basic information on the website. It seems that before anyone leads a tour, they should have basic knowledge about BCR in terms of how long it has been in operation, the size, the number of animals, etc. I realize most guides are probably volunteers and it is often difficult to gauge everyone's knowledge base, but tour guides are the public's first introduction to the place and their role is vital in garnering interest and participation from the general public. Also, the emphasis was too much on the tragedies of these animals and the horrible situations they come from. This is important to convey, but the emphasis needs to be more on the wonderful homes they have now, and the important work BCR is doing to prevent exotic animal abuse in the future, in terms of community activism and education. I was not inspired by the tour to participate in BCR, either legislatively or through volunteerism or donation, and I have already adopted a Sand Cat. So, I went back to the website, read everything I could about the place, and I found my own inspiration there, through the likes of the staff videos and comments and the dedication of all. The tour did not adequately reflect the wonderful work that is going on at BCR.
Rating: 5
Private Tour
Wed, May 25  11:00 AM Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Attended: Private or Photo Tour
After two public tours with family, my girlfriend and I decided to book a private tour during our stay nearby in Orlando. We scheduled for 11AM due to the drive, but I'd highly recommend going at 9AM if possible, as the cats are fed breakfast and more likely to be active earlier in the morning. That said, we had a wonderful time. Diana (I think? if your name was Diane, I'm sorry!) was very friendly and we were able to ask a lot of specific questions about the sanctuary's history and policies as well as about each of the cats. We asked about visiting the tigers specifically, and were able to stop by each of their enclosures. The sanctuary was very clear that they will not bother the cats that are not awake or otherwise looking for visitors, so it is a bit of luck who you'll get to visit. But I highly recommend the private tour if you want to stop by specific enclosures or take the tour at your own pace. We had a wonderful time and would definitely consider it again!