Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue

Big Cat Rescue

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Activity #4235
  • Dinner at Big Cat Rescue is a bone crunching wild time you will never forget! Watch big cat keepers feed tigers, leopards & more!

  • Check out the most exclusive behind-the-scenes experience in the animal world that is respectful to the animals & safe for the guests!

  • A walking tour after dark... come experience the big cats at night! An experience to remember - an adrenaline rush to turn the tables!


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Description

Even an animal that has powerful muscles, sharp teeth and deadly claws sometimes needs rescuing! Take a Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue Sanctuary to see the home of about 100 tigers, lions, leopards and more that have been saved from abuse and abandonment, and find out how they are given the care and shelter they deserve. On this 1.5 hour walking tour, don’t be surprised if your heart fills with joy as you watch these playful kitties romping and socializing in their new home!

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 DerekHarrison 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 a sanctuary, not a zoo, so our animals come first. We do not allow people to wander around unescorted. Our tours are all guided and provide an educational experience that includes the plight of big cats in the wild and in captivity and what you can do to save them. 

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.

Meeting Location

Big Cat Rescue in Citrus Park (NW Tampa) (Tampa, FL) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
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Rating: 2
Overall not what I expected
Sun, Mar 29  3:00 PM Female 20-29 Local Couple on a Date
 
The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The confirmation did indicate that food was allowed so long as it was not shared with the animals, however the tour guide stated that food was not allowed on tours. Only a few animals were present/and or available. Just not what I was expecting.
Rating: 5
Genuinely both fun and educational
Sat, Mar 28  3:00 PM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
The cats are clearly well cared for. While the habitats had plenty of room for the animals, we were still able to get great views of many cats. The staff is knowledgable, enthusiastic, and organized. Five stars!
Rating: 5
Amazing one of a kind experience!
Sat, Mar 28  3:00 PM Female 20-29 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
I had the chance to visit Tampa with my family and as an animal lover and advocate of animal welfare, Big Cat Rescue was a must-see spot! Living in Ontario, Canada, there are near zero places where you can see a tiger or a lion in person, and it was very important to me to support such great causes like this one.

The 10AM tour was unfortunately sold out, so we purchased the 3PM spot. The tour was an eye-opening experience to the amazing creatures housed there; they provided headsets to listen to each animals story (although most were grim tales of abuse and/or neglect, the important part is that they are in the right place now!). Lions, tigers, panthers, leopards, ocelots, lynxes - we saw them all and there were many more. Several were asleep or lounging in the sun, but that's not something you can plan around and it didn't diminish the whole experience.

If you find yourself in Tampa, I highly recommend a tour here (and book well in advance to avoid your first choice selling out)! In a world where cruelty laws are lacking and animals are used mainly for entertainment, Big Cat Rescue is fighting the good fight and educating people about these big cats. Most importantly, they are a sanctuary, not a zoo. Thank you for everything you do, Big Cat Rescue!

The ticket purchase process was simple and I had no problems using Zerve.
 
Rating: 5
Excellent learning experience
Sat, Mar 28  3:00 PM Female 50-59 Local Other
 
There was so much to learn about the cats as well as their experience prior to being rescued. The tour guides were friendly and knowledgeable. Overall it was well worth every penny. Looking forward to a visit back soon
Rating: 5
Big Cat Rescue was a great experience!
Sat, Mar 28  10:00 AM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
The staff and volunteers were great. Everything was well organized and ran smoothly. If you love big cats I would recommend you visit. I hope to go back again when I am in the area.
Rating: 5
Enlightening
Fri, Mar 27  3:00 PM Female 60-69 Local Other
 
So happy to see that BCR is there for so many abandoned and abused cats. Keep up the good work. And no, I will never attend a circus where there are performing animals again.
Rating: 5
Learned lots
Wed, Mar 25  3:00 PM Female 50-59 International Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
We got to see the care they take to give these rescued animals and how they strive to create as nice an environment as possible for them. Learned lots about what leads to the need for rescues, and I will certainly be writing to my government to put in legislation to stop the private ownership of big cats. Worth the time and cost.

Catherine and Chris

Canada
Rating: 4
Better on previous visit
Wed, Mar 25  3:00 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
This is the second time we visited the Big Cat Rescue. Our first visit was approx..2 yrs. ago. We saw many more cats on our previous visit. Unfortunately, it was a hot day for our visit but the tour is now earlier by an hour. Just like our domestic cats, they nap in the middle of the afternoon. On our initial visit, the tour was immediately before feeding time. I would recommend you consider making the tour later in the afternoon. The tapes about the cats compared to the tour guides describing the history of the cat was an improved change. It was still a great tour but a bit disappointing because of the inactivity of the cats.
Rating: 4
Way to quick, under on hour...
Tue, Mar 24  3:00 PM Male 60-69 Unspecified Unspecified
 
The stories were great, but the tour was way too quick and under one hour not including the pre game where they tell you what to do. Plenty of cats we never saw. Liked it but was dissapointed.
Rating: 5
Always an Inspiration & a joy to see the big cats
Tue, Mar 24  10:00 AM Female 70+ Local Other
 
My fourth visit in several years. Brought a friend with me who is a cat lover as well...she had never been there as yet.

The weather was beautiful, our guides were very well informed, enthusiastic, obviously dedicated and protective of the cats. They were happy to answer questions. So sad to visit the memorial grounds where the big cats who died of some malady or mostly from old age were laid to rest....but so much better than if they died through abuse or starvation. So very grateful for this rescue. I will visit again as often as I can.
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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?
No.
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.

Policies

Refund/Rescheduling Policy

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.

Weather Policy

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.

Other Policies

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.

Big Cat Rescue

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, 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.
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