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.
1,980 Reviews Rating: 4.6 4.6 out of 5.0
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Last 3 months 217 483 16 = 467 94% 4.5
Last 6 months 555 1,281 33 = 1,248 96% 4.6
Last 12 months 925 2,224 44 = 2,180 97% 4.6
All 1,980 4,804 71 = 4,733 97% 4.6
Most Recent Customer Reviews
  Date Attended Gender Age Where From Group Type
Rating: 4
wonderful tour for a great cause
Sun, Jul 26  12:00 PM Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
Attended: Kids Tour at Big Cat Rescue
The staff was very friendly, helpful, and informative. The guide was very good, kept the tour educational, yet at a level the kids could understand. The cats seemed very well cared for. Even though it was hot and humid (florida in summer, what else to expect) there were quite a few cats out to be seen. We will definitely be going back in the cooler months.
Rating: 2
Keeper Tour NOT worth the extra money
Sun, Jul 26  10:00 AM Female 40-49 Local Couple on a Date
Attended: The Keeper Tour
I've been on the BCR's basic tour a few times. This Keeper Tour is not much different. For $125.00, you spend maybe 10 minutes making "treats" (which few of the cats even liked) and touring the same cats that you would see on the basic tour. A wagon follows behind with the treats (very loud and you can NOT hear the tour guide but it does get the cats' attention). On the unfortunate downside, we could not hear the tour guide, the place was not very well maintained (branches all over the cages and grass overgrown), and the cats were frustrated. I am a big supporter of BCR, but this was by far the least informative, least enjoyable, and it seemed to be struggling with staff/volunteer apathy and direction. Hopefully, this was just a "bad day" and the tour is better than it was today.
Rating: 5
These cats are amazing
Sun, Jul 26  9:00 AM Male 50-59 International Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Attended: The Feeding Tour
These are animals that suffered because of the human mistreatment . BCR are doing a fantastic job giving them a better life. We have to be proud of these volunteers and support them to continue rescuing these big unlucky cats.
Rating: 5
absolutely loved it!
Sat, Jul 25  3:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
Attended: Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue
If you love wild cats and wildlife conservation and care for animals in general, this visit is a must! They have so many beautiful wild cats you can see up close and personal and you can learn their heartbreaking stories and how they were rescued and brought back to health and you see them so happy and at large in their new home, cared and loved by this passionate and dedicated team of volunteers. It's just humanity at its best! And the cats are a joy to watch and they are all so gorgeous!
Rating: 5
grateful for the chance BCR has given these beauti
Fri, Jul 24  9:00 AM Female 50-59 Local Unspecified
Attended: The Feeding Tour
Our tour leader was knowledgeable and patient. My only issue is I would have liked more time.