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.
2,118 Reviews Rating: 4.6 4.6 out of 5.0
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Last 3 months 178 425 8 = 417 98% 4.6
Last 6 months 420 985 20 = 965 96% 4.6
Last 12 months 976 2,332 45 = 2,287 97% 4.6
All 2,118 5,136 75 = 5,061 97% 4.6
Most Recent Customer Reviews
  Date Attended Gender Age Where From Group Type
Rating: 4
Family visit
Sun, Oct 4  3:00 PM Male 70+ Unspecified Family Without Children
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
We are a family of 4 adults that enjoyed our afternoon at Big cat Rescue. The staff was friendly, professional, and knowledgeable. The property was clean and safe and the enclosures were large with foliage and shade. The animals were well described and well cared for. Worth the visit.
Rating: 5
A big hit with my 10 year old grandson
Sun, Oct 4  12:00 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Attended: Kids Tour at Big Cat Rescue
My grandson and I went on a trip to Florida for his 10th birthday. We went to Busch Gardens, and Clearwater Aquarium and Big Cat Rescue. We took the sunday morning tour for kids. He said that was his favorite part of his whole birthday weekend.!
Rating: 5
Definitely go!
Sat, Oct 3  3:00 PM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
Volunteers were wonderful. The tour was eye opening and somewhat sad because these beautiful animals are in captivity as the product of human ignorance, however, getting to see such amazing creatures up close was truly wonderful.

All of your money goes to the big cats, definitely worth it!
Rating: 4
Supporting the big cats
Sat, Oct 3  3:00 PM Female 50-59 Local Individual
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
I liked the tour but felt it was a little rushed. For the money it was well done and very organized. The enclosures looked well maintained and the animals well cared for.
Rating: 5
Exceedinglyworthwhile--would recommend!
Sat, Oct 3  3:00 PM Female 60-69 Local Family With Children
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit. We are locals and are delighted that Big Cat Rescue is located in our community. While our guide was enthusiastic, attentive, warm and wonderful--it helps for children if s/he speaks fluent English. Also, perhaps for our emerging Hispanic community--why not offer the recorded tour assists in Spanish as well? Really appreciated the obvious care of the animals and the nod to their real comfort (and not just an entertainment as lots of other attractions are starting to be) -- and the reverence we felt associated with their plight. It was a wonderful, memorable day...