Big Cat Rescue is the world’s largest accredited sanctuary dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned exotic cats. Celebrity supporters of the work being done by BCR include Bo Derek, Harrison Ford and Leonardo DiCaprio, and more.
Confiscated from a drug raid, got too old for the circus, neglected by an owner: these are just a few of the stories of this facility’s cats. But now they can enjoy a dignified life of leisure, play and socializing at this accredited big cat sanctuary, which is one of the largest in the world!
Let your tour guide relate their tales of hardship and triumph and take you to see some of the following:
- Meet a pair of frolicking leopards that leap from platform to platform in their fenced-in enclosure.
- See a chirping serval rescued from a basement and enjoying the sunlight it was denied during its ordeal.
- Witness the biggest and most impressive creatures in the refuge; the lions and tigers. Though they cannot be returned to the wild, discover how the sanctuary gives them the most natural existence possible!
We are closed on Thursdays. We offer guided tours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday at 3 PM for adults and children 10 and over. On Saturday & Sunday we offer tours at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. for adults and children 10 and over.These are walking tours and take about an hour and a half. If you have children under the age of 10, they can ONLY visit by attending the noon Tour on Saturdays or Sundays.
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So much fun and informative.
|rferreira26||Fri, Apr 24 10:00 AM||Female||20-29||Domestic Tourist(s)||Couple on a Date|
I learned a lot about each cat and the challenges they face. What I can do to help. More than anything, who doesn't enjoy seeing lions and tigers?
excellent w minor issue
|DRAGON10519||Wed, Apr 22 3:00 PM||Female||30-39||Local||Family With Children|
Im not great w details but the tour itself was fun and exciting BUT if you were in the back of th e group yiu could barely hear the guide. One of our party members was on the golf cart and couldnt hear anything she said at all. Thankfully rhe tour driver w him was explaining all that was being discussed. Overall though it was a GREAT day and will return in the future at some point.
Passion supported by education
|Asloope||Wed, Apr 22 10:00 AM||Male||30-39||Local||Couple on a Date|
Such a great place, it's amazing to see these beautiful animals upclose, but even better to learn of conservation and how Big Cat Rescue's efforts in saving these otherwise helpless cats.
Really enjoyed the educational aspect!
|leahjoy||Tue, Apr 21 3:00 PM||Female||40-49||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family With Children|
I thought the Rescue was a great educational experience and my 11 year old daughter really enjoyed herself! Love the mission and all the education with the tour...particularly liked how it is done through private tours only!
|shirleygraf||Tue, Apr 21 10:00 AM||Male||50-59||Local||Couple on a Date|
Excellent opportunity to see Big cats like Leopards, Lions & Tigers up close. This sanctuary is doing great work in providing a home for these wonderful animals. The walking is slow paced & is shady so its nice anytime.
|Twixy98||Mon, Apr 20 3:00 PM||Female||20-29||Local||Unspecified|
ive been to big cat rescue a few times over the last few years. This time was the least favorite of my visits. My guides in the past were really knowledgeable and engaging. This time, we just were given headphones and the guide pressed play so we could hear an audio about each cat. I think the guide was new or in training. He didn't offer any additional comments and was a boring guide. When he did speak, we could barely hear him. A portable mic headset would have helped. Overall, I am a cat lover and still support the mission of big cat rescue.
|dj50466||Sun, Apr 19 3:00 PM||Female||40-49||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family With Children|
My daughter fell in love with Big Cat Rescue on YouTube. When she learned that we were vacationing in Disney, she begged for us to visit the Rescue. It was a great experience. The cats are beautiful majestic creatures. It was a great tour. The one thing that I was not thrilled with during the tour was the audio. It is a great idea to have all the visitors listen to the prerecorded descriptions of the cats, but it did not encourage questions/discussion for the group. Other than that, I would highly recommend visiting the Rescue and learning more about the cats and the Rescue's ongoing movement to protect the cats of the world.
Impressive. Educational and fantastic.
|Tjmallard||Sun, Apr 19 3:00 PM||Female||50-59||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
I had researched the facility beforehand and knew its goal and mission. Having said that, I was still impressed with the mission this group has to caring for these beautiful and unfortunate cats. This was not a facility to make money for themselves or to "be cool" I could see the desire to educate and inform people of the truth behind these big cat rescues. They have found a way to inform and provide sanctuary and still be caring. We had some amazing photo ops and we were all impressed with being so close to these cats without interfering with their naps. Haha some interacted with us some slept. But we enjoyed the walk-about and hearing the lion roar in the back ground. I would definitely return for the feeding tour if I'm ever in the area again.
Beautiful Cats a Very Unique Experience
|jesmith258||Sun, Apr 19 10:00 AM||Female||30-39||Local||Couple on a Date|
The cats were full from their recent feeding timeand pretty much chilling out, still absolutely beautiful! We were at a distance to be safe but still close enough to get good pictures.
I learned alot of things I didn't know, and each Big Cat has their own story which you get to hear and appreciate what the Big Cat Society actually does. I appreciated that as a cat lover, it was cool to see the big cat mannerisms and watch them behave just like my house cat would, its cute! Had fun. Glad I Finally Went!
The young tour guide had an awesome accent! I felt like I was on a safari!
Very enjoyable and informative tour
|Rlong63||Sun, Apr 19 10:00 AM||Male||60-69||Local||Family Without Children|
Thoroughly enjoyed the tour, especially learning about the specific cats and their journeys that led them to Big Cat Rescue. It is a great thing that they do for animals in general. The only constructive feedback I would offer is the guide we had was hard to hear at times and also had the tendency to rush the group along.
- Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
- Advance purchase is required, and tours do sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day that you prefer, please book well in advance! Tickets can be purchased online or over the phone with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express.
- Is there an age limit?
- Children under 10 years old are not permitted due to the topics covered on this tour and so that adults can enjoy the tour. Kids 10 years of age or older are welcome to attend as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. We do not make exceptions, no matter how well behaved you think your child is; only ages 10 and over on this tour. All attendees must purchase a full-price ticket.
- Can I bring food or toys for the cats?
- No, our diet is specific to their needs and we do not allow foods to be given to the cats that have not been approved by our vet and maintained under the most stringent quality controls. We do not give our cats toys that could cause harm if ingested so we do not permit toys from outside our own preselected vendors.
- Can I take pictures during my tour?
- YES! You are welcome to take photos and / or videos during your tour.
- Do I have to stay with the group, or can I wander?
- The only way to see the cats is on a guided tour, so you will not be able to wander away from the group.
- Are there restrooms?
- Yes, but we strongly suggest that you go before you get here because we have limited facilities and are on septic systems which cannot handle a lot of volume if there has been recent rain. There is a McDonald's right at the corner of Easy Street.
- What if it rains?
- The DayTour will still go out in a light rain as long as there is no lightning. If it is thundering or pouring rain, we may try to wait it out, or will offer a refund, or rescheduling.
- Can I bring my pet?
- Is there a charge for parking?
- Parking is always free and there is plenty of it except for our busiest times in Nov, Dec and March. During these busy times it is tight, but we will help you park at no additional fee.
- Are you ADA compliant?
- If you are unable to walk for two hours, we have golf carts available for $10 extra, per person riding. Our paths are dirt, so wheel chairs are hard to push, but scooters do well. There are no seats along the tour paths.
- How do the golf carts work? Are they offered on every tour?
- On some tours (but not all), we offer seats on a golf cart for guests who have difficulty with mobility. Each cart can hold 3 guests plus the driver. The cart will follow the tour guide closely so that guests can hear the narration. Depending on different circumstances, these seats can sometimes be booked in advance, but otherwise they are first come-first serve.
- Do you offer gift certificates?
- Yes! Gift certificates are available and they make perfect gifts for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate please click on the "Gift Certificates: Purchase" link in the box above.
- Do you offer private tours?
- Yes! Please see the list of all activities to get more information about our private tours.
- What does the Big Cat Rescue Release and Hold Harmless Agreement state?
- The Big Cat Rescue Release and Hold Harmless Agreement states that all buyers understand and agree to 1.) the potential dangers associated with attending Big Cat Rescue and the rules in place to prevent such dangers from occurring and 2.) the Release and Hold Harmless Agreement, which states that Big Cat Rescue cannot be held responsible for any harm, injury or damage taking place at Big Cat Rescue. Please visit https://www.votervoice.net/BCR/campaigns/30112/respond to view the agreement in its entirety.
- Non-refundable, can be rescheduled with 24 hours notice.
- Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded. You may reschedule your tickets (subject to availability) only if you do so at least 24 hours in advance.
- Activity may be cancelled due to severe weather.
- The activity usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but the seller may cancel the activity up to an hour before the start time in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. If the seller cancels the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability) or receive credit for a future event.
- All participants must be 10 years of age or older.
- No children under 10 years old are permitted on this tour. Children 10-17 years old are welcome to attend as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children under 10 years old are not permitted due to the nature of this tour.
- There is no smoking allowed at Big Cat Rescue.
- We do not allow smoking at Big Cat Rescue, except in the parking lot.
- All participants must agree to the Big Cat Rescue Release and Hold Harmless Agreement.
- By purchasing tickets you are agreeing to the Big Cat Rescue Release and Hold Harmless Agreement, which appears in its entirety at https://www.votervoice.net/BCR/campaigns/30112/respond. The waiver web address also appears on your e-ticket if you would like to review the waiver later.
- If you purchased a donation Extra, please take note of the following:
- Big Cat Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, FEID 59-3330495. Note that we do not utilize professional solicitors, so 100% of your donation goes to Big Cat Rescue and supporting the cats and stopping the abuse. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION FOR BIG CAT RESCUE, A FL-BASED NONPROFIT CORPORATION (REGISTRATION NO. CH 11409), MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1-800-435-7352 WITHIN THE STATE OR BY VISITING www.800helpfla.com. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.
Big Cat Rescue
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