Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue

Big Cat Rescue

Zerve Seller: BigCatRescue
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: 4
Loved the cats but hard to see
Tue, May 24  3:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
I love this facility and what they stand for. It was very hot the day we toured so most of the cats stayed under shelter to stay out of the sun making it difficult to see them. several of the elderly guests became exhausted during the tour and the staff was quick to bring a golf cart for them to ride in so they could complete the tour. My only real complaint was that although there were two water stops provided the water was warm and it was not really enough for a 90 degree day in Florida. The staff did mention prior to the start of the tour that we might want to purchase bottles water from their gift shop to take along but since they also noted that water would be available along the tour we opted not to buy any. I wish we had or that they had provided cold water at their water stops. The staff were all very nice and accommodative and knowledgable
Rating: 3
Big Cat Living
Tue, May 24  3:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
I enjoyed my visit to the big cat rescue. securing tickets and entrance to facilities were all very easy. staff is very friendly. My only disappointment was not seeing more of the animals. I guess it's much better to go on their feeding days so you see them up moving around. The cats all look very well taken care off and I think it's a great thing they are doing. I would recommend folks go visit but on feeding days to get a better experience.
Rating: 3
It was pretty ok
Tue, May 24  3:00 PM Male Under 20 Local Couple on a Date
 
The tour has a lot of potential but my only problem was many of cats were either sleeping or not visible due to the heat. Obviously I don't want them to suffer in the heat but either and earlier or later tour time I think would be a good solution. Also the whole electronic cat story device they give you is pretty useless. The tour became walking to a cage and hitting play then moving to the next one. I would rather have more interaction with the guide and talk about the species in general less than the environment every single cat was in when it was rescued.
Rating: 3
Big Cat Rescue
Mon, May 23  3:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
 
The cause and information given by our tour guide was great! However, the time of the tour was 3:00pm. We were told at the beginning of the tour that this is when they sleep so hopefully we would get to see some cats. Well, we did not get to see many big cats because they were in their shelters sleeping. Maybe the time could be changed or you could inform visitors up front. Thank you!
Rating: 3
Visit of Big Cats
Mon, May 23  3:00 PM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
I thought that the tour was informative
Rating: 5
excellent and educational
Mon, May 23  3:00 PM Unspecified 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
 
anyone who believes that it's OK to "pay to pet" wild animals or who doubts that circuses are cruel should visit. I would like to see a longer tour, perhaps split into late morning and early afternoon sections. Certainly I will visit again when in Tampa. I also will become a donor.
Rating: 5
Amazing experience
Mon, May 23  3:00 PM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
Our tour guide was funny, insightful and also taught me a lot! I loved the way they handled their establishment because it was what was best for the cats! I highly recommend this place and I am so happy that I got to experience this! I would love to go to a night tour or feeding tour!
 
Rating: 5
Great Docent
Mon, May 23  3:00 PM Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
 
If you have an interest in seeing big cats that you would only see in the wild if lucky, this is the place to go. Our Docent's knowledge and humor made this tour extremely enjoyable. Well done Dennis!
Rating: 5
Always Awesome
Sun, May 22  3:00 PM Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
Educational and entertaining. The big cats as well as the small are beautiful!
Rating: 4
The Tour
Sun, May 22  3:00 PM Female 70+ Local Group of Friends
 
We enjoyed the tour....it was overly slanted in the negatives that are present in the realities of the residents' situations and not counterbalanced by positives....Over all it was a worthwhile experience.
 
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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://bigcatrescue.org/release 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.
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 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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