Big Cat Rescue

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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 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 67 acres in the Citrus Park area of north Tampa.
1,908 Reviews Rating: 4.6 4.6 out of 5.0
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Last 3 months 225 528 7 = 521 97% 4.6
Last 6 months 552 1,293 25 = 1,268 96% 4.6
Last 12 months 902 2,186 35 = 2,151 97% 4.6
All 1,908 4,644 62 = 4,582 97% 4.7
Most Recent Customer Reviews
  Date Attended Gender Age Where From Group Type
Rating: 5
a fabulous experience for lovers of cats
Tue, Jun 30  3:00 PM Female 30-39 International Tourist(s) Individual
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
sensitization characteristics with wild animals and their rescue. I enjoyed the tour, but I recommend having the guide in other languages ​​, although largely understood missed some important details
Rating: 5
Big Cats as they should be treated!
Tue, Jun 30  3:00 PM Male 60-69 Local Family Without Children
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
A great way to see big cats (and smaller cats) being lovingly cared for rather than poked and prodded by "trainers".

The cats obviously enjoy being treated with respect, and it's apparent that everyone at BCR has the best interests of the cats at the top of their agenda. The afternoon tour is a combination of an informative tour guide and audio headphone players. You get 90 minutes of wending your way through the roomy habitats of the cats. Summer in Florida, the cats are often dozing in the shade, but you still get to see plenty. Best of all, you know your admission fee is contributing directly to this wonderful facility. Worth the trip from wherever you are.
Rating: 5
Very educational tour
Tue, Jun 30  3:00 PM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
Big Cat Rescue certainly does the best it can with the resources available. The cats here were kept in large enclosures with lots of attention toward their individual needs. Our tour guide said that they are rotated out to an even larger enclosure (I think it was just under 3 acres?) on "vacation." Some of the cats' stories were beyond sad but my sister and I really felt that the cats were being well taken care of and that this was the best possible option for them since they could not be released into the wild. A few days earlier, we had visited another "sanctuary" for large cats that did not seem nearly as reputable and caring as this place. I highly recommend visiting Big Cat Rescue, especially if you are a fan of cats like I am. The price is a little higher than other places, but the cats here are getting much better care in my opinion and that money is going toward ensuring that they continue to get that level of care.
Rating: 5
well worth the experience of seeing our wonderful
Mon, Jun 29  3:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
well worth the experience of seeing our wonderful cats. I am very proud to know there are people out there trying to help such wonderful beings.
Rating: 5
A wonderful animal rescue!
Mon, Jun 29  3:00 PM Female 70+ Local Individual
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
Animals and people treated with respect. Animals are greatly loved.