Big Cat Rescue

Zerve Seller: BigCatRescue

Big Cat Rescue is the largest accredited sanctuary in the world dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned big cats. We are home to about 100 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 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
The sanctuary is sithuated on 70 acres in the Citrus Park area of north Tampa.
1,515 Reviews Rating: 4.7 4.7 out of 5.0
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Last 3 months 285 691 10 = 681 98% 4.6
Last 6 months 422 1,060 11 = 1,049 98% 4.7
Last 12 months 824 2,045 26 = 2,019 98% 4.7
All 1,515 3,731 41 = 3,690 98% 4.7
Most Recent Customer Reviews
  Date Attended Gender Age Where From Group Type
Rating: 5
Great visit with Big Cats
Tue, Feb 24  3:00 PM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
We certainly enjoyed the visit. The cats are awesome. The staff is friendly and helpful. We will come again when we are visiting Tampa.
Rating: 5
Loved it Better than the zoo
Tue, Feb 24  3:00 PM Female 60-69 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
We really enjoyed our visit and our tour guide was very well knowledge. Great work at the Big Cat Rescue
Rating: 5
A fabulous experience
Tue, Feb 24  3:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
My husband and I had a fantastic and educational experience. I've been following BCR via Facebook and Twitter for some time now and going to your facility was something I always wanted to do. We finally visited your facility and are so glad we did!
Rating: 5
Fantastic facility dedicated to wild cats
Mon, Feb 23  3:00 PM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
Not a zoo, not a place to go where you can interact with the cats. If you believe the best place for a wild animal is in the wild, this is the place for you. Some of the stories of the cats are heartbreaking, but to know that they have found a home that respects them and will take care of them for life is fantastic.
Rating: 5
Very Interesting
Mon, Feb 23  3:00 PM Male 60-69 Combination Family With Children
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
The tour made me aware of different big cats that I knew nothing of. More importantly, I learned of the plight of the animals that were taken in by your rescue.