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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|cliffwagner||Sun, May 1 3:00 PM||Male||40-49||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family With Children|
I am a huge cat person... and while I enjoyed visiting the rescue, I would have liked to learn more about the animals. Not how they were abused and the story they had in coming to the recue... I would have liked to hear what regions they are from, typical height, weight - more educational. I don't think I learned very much other than how the animals were abused and neglected
|WDBnra||Sun, May 1 10:00 AM||Male||60-69||Local||Family Without Children|
We enjoyed our tour, the staff was great, lot of knowledge, we got to learn about the different large cats and how they are misused and abused. Which makes this program very well needed. I had heard a lot about this place and am very glad we got to experience it. there were close to 100 big cats there of all kinds, since they offer different types of tours, I'm sure we will return for another visit.
Always a joy
|Kymrukatz||Sun, May 1 10:00 AM||Female||60-69||International Tourist(s)||Individual|
I first visited the facility when it was Wildlife on Easy Street, and loved it! Back then it was possible to stay overnight -- not cheap, but an experience I will never forget. Seeing these magnificent animals cared for is a delight.
Great place for the cats to retire
|sugarpottorf||Sun, May 1 10:00 AM||Male||50-59||Domestic Tourist(s)||Individual|
It's sad that people think they can take care of these big cats, but anyone with common sense should know that these are wild animals at heart, and can not be treated like the small cats we have in our homes. It's great that there is a place that can take care of these cats and have room for them to run and play. It's worth it to see them, next time I'm in Florida I'll come back. I think its the Bengal Tigers that were my favorite, they are extremely beautiful. Keep up the great work with your retired guests.
Great place to visit!
|jpbyers7||Sat, Apr 30 3:00 PM||Male||30-39||Combination||Couple on a Date|
We loved being able to see the cats in their safe place and how well they were taken care of. We would have liked to have seen more cats as we didn't get to see the male lions nor the Tigers in the forest/lake habitat.
Will be going again.
|Devmala||Sat, Apr 30 10:00 AM||Unspecified||30-39||Local||Family Without Children|
I enjoyed and will be going again for feeding tour.
The work that they do is amazing !
Expensive with only the donation ad
|a25461383||Fri, Apr 29 3:00 PM||Male||20-29||International Tourist(s)||Couple on a Date|
36 dollar but only the audio tour and some story. Plus lots of donation ad, let me feel very uncomfortable. I think the problem is not come the our visitor. And the Big Cat Rescue should do more to those abuse the cats, but not said a lots of sad stories to win a donation.
Disappointed in tour
|brennank||Fri, Apr 29 3:00 PM||Unspecified||20-29||Local||Family With Children|
I visited BCR about 8 years ago and really enjoyed the tour. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and we saw a bunch of cats. This time the tour had recorded messages that made it less personable and we didn't see that many cats.
|Sonjaevans||Wed, Apr 27 3:00 PM||Male||60-69||International Tourist(s)||Group of Friends|
Always an educational visit. Everyone at Big Cat Rescue always helpful and informative.
|esisenwein||Wed, Apr 27 3:00 PM||Male||30-39||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
My mom and brother went a couple years ago and suggested to go. I am so glad I listened to them. Both my wife and I loved the tour. It both amazed us to be so close to amazing animals but also taught us a lot and really opened out eyes. I suggest this for anyone.
- 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://bigcatrescue.org/release 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.
- Pets are not allowed at Big Cat Rescue.
- If you are traveling with pets, including dogs, you cannot bring them onto the property, which includes the parking lot.
- 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://bigcatrescue.org/release. 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