The Feeding Tour

Big Cat Rescue

Zerve Seller: BigCatRescue
Activity #4217
  • Take a tour of Big Cat Rescue & see the home of more than 100 panthers, lions & other cats that have been saved from abandonment!

  • 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!

  • Complete guided tour where children of ALL AGES can get up-close and learn about exotic cats and other animals!

  • Be the VIP of your own Private Tour! Make it a Founder's Tour & have Founder Carole Baskin as your own personal guide of the sanctuary.


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Description

A bone-crunching wild time you will never forget! Join us for dinner at Big Cat Rescue. The 1 hour Feeding Tour is a short tour that focuses only on the cats on a designated feeding route. It is followed by a short and informal chat session with one of our big cat keepers.

Watch big cat keepers feed tigers, leopards, cougars and more while observing from just a few feet away. As you walk around the sanctuary with our feeders your guide will tell you about the cats on the feeding route, their diets, and how they hunt in the wild.

The Feeding Tour includes:
  • Watching the wild cats being fed and learning about their diets.
  • The diet consists of chunks of beef, chicken and a ground diet. 
Each Feeding Tour is unique and different, so you never know fully what to expect, besides a roaring good time!

This tour is a great follow up to a regular Day Tour. On the Day Tour you will see a greater selection of cats representing all of the species residing at the sanctuary.

The tour is available on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 9:00AM.  Space for this program is extremely limited, so advanced booking is required. Participants in the Feeding Tour must be 10 years of age or older.

Meeting Location

Big Cat Rescue in Citrus Park (NW Tampa) (Tampa, FL) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
138 Reviews Rating: 4.7 4.7 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Supercalifrahilisticexpialidocous.
Sat, Mar 28  9:00 AM Female Under 20 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
I learned a lot about the animals and their diets. It is very educational and fun. I totally Recommended this experience.
Rating: 3
Bad luck
Sat, Mar 21  9:00 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
We were looking forward to this tour, however, we were to arrive in Florida from Pennsylvania and our flight was cancelled do to a first day of Spring snow storm. Not only did we miss our scheduled tour, but also lost $201.00 as our tickets were non-refundable. The three of us are terribly disappointed.
Rating: 5
Great feeding tour
Sat, Mar 21  9:00 AM Male 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
This is our 2nd trip to Big Cat and first feeding tour. Wonderful learning experience.

Highly recommend it to all animal lovers.
Rating: 5
Small Group
Sat, Mar 14  9:00 AM Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
 
The feeding tour is a smaller group which is nicer. It is also in the morning so it is cooler. The Big Cats are ready to be fed so they are more active.
Rating: 5
Great Opportunity, Great Experience
Fri, Mar 13  9:00 AM Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
Visiting the Gulf Coast of Florida for the first time, it was hard to decide where and what to do. While staying in the Tampa area, it was decided to take a trek to the Big Cat Rescue for the opportunity and the experience. Great Choice !!!

We were greeted and told our tour would start soon. We browsed around the gift shop and read up on some of the information that was posted. The tour did start promptly on time. I was thrilled to be part of a small group of visitors (8 of us). This allowed for plenty of questions and answering provided by the knowledgeable staff.

It was indicated that we would be visiting just some of the cats for the "feeding tour". It was great to start off with one of the biggest, the tiger. I was in awe of how close we were to the animals, yet felt secure with the enclosures and spacing between us. For each animal we visited, the tour guide provided ample statistics and facts about the creature. Also, the stories told indicated from where the animals had been acquired.

We were allowed to take pictures through out the walk in the park. The guide even gave us information on some of the animals that were not on the "feeding tour".

It seems that the Big Cat Rescue is doing an excellent job from what I could determine. I am no exotic animal expert, but there were several employees and volunteers in each area. The place was clean and the enclosures were being cleaned while walking through.

The weather for the tour was nearly perfect, between 65-70 degrees with hazy sun. There is plenty of shade here for you and the animals. I am unsure how enjoyable the tour would be in warmer temperatures with higher humidity. The tour lasted happily longer than what the price guide indicated. I would consider that an added bonus and definitely plays into the recommendation that I am making for this adventure. The tour and atmosphere almost enticed me to return for one of their other tours, but it was decided to save that for another time.

Finally, the transaction through Zerve was painless. I recommend this adventure for you and your friends especially to adult animal lovers of all sorts. I am unsure of how children would enjoy this.
 
Rating: 5
Awesome Experience!
Wed, Mar 4  9:00 AM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
 
I had a great feeding tour led by Karma. I was the only one there, so it was basically one-on-one. Getting to watch these magnificent animals be active and playful (or not so playful) before feeding was really cool. You don't get to see as many cats as the Day Tour, so I recommend doing both. I took a few photos but mostly just memories of my favorite cats and their stories. I learned a lot about what their diet and daily schedules are like, along with the digestive problems that arise with the inbred cats. Love this place! It's difficult to hear the stories of where these cats came from, but comforting knowing that they can live out their lives at the beautiful sanctuary of Big Cat Rescue.
Rating: 5
Great experience
Sat, Feb 28  9:00 AM Male 50-59 Unspecified Family With Children
 
Able to get really close to large Tigers – learned a lot about big cats – well worth the money.
Rating: 5
Great Experience!
Sat, Feb 28  9:00 AM Female 20-29 Local Family Without Children
 
The Big Cat Rescue Feeding Tour was great! It was nice to learn about how they help rescue all different kinds of cats and to see them in person! It was really neat to see them feed and learn about their diet!

This tour would be great for people of all ages!
Rating: 5
Well worth the money.
Wed, Feb 11  9:00 AM Female Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
We have been donating to the Big Cat Rescue for the past 5 years and this was the first time we were able to visit in person, We were impressed by the knowledge of our guide and how well the animals are cared for there. It truly is a sanctuary for these magnificent animals. We will continue to support Big Cat Rescue and look forward to being volunteers when we relocate to the Tampa area.
Rating: 5
Worth every $
Wed, Feb 11  9:00 AM Female 30-39 International Tourist(s) Individual
 
Amazing tour. Volunteers very well-informed. Animals come first.
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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 of age are not permitted due to the dangerous nature of this tour. Kids 10 years of age or older are welcome to attend. 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. All attendees must purchase a full-price ticket.
Can I bring food or toys for the cats?
No, the cats' 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 also do not give our cats toys that could cause harm if ingested, so we do not permit toys other than those from our own preselected vendors.
Do you sell food or drinks at the sanctuary? Is there a place to have lunch before the tour?
Yes, we offer drinks and snacks on site, but you are welcome to bring your own, for your consumption only. You will not be allowed to provide the cats food, treats or toys.
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 Feeding Tour will still go out in light rain as long as there is no lightning. If there is thunder or pouring rain, we may try to wait it out. If not, we will offer to refund or reschedule tickets.
Can I bring my pet?
No.
Is there a charge for parking?
Parking is always free and there is generally plenty of it. During our busiest times in November, December and March it can be limited, but we will help you park at no additional fee.
Are you ADA compliant? (Handicap accessible?)
If you are unable to walk for two hours, we have golf carts available for an additional $10 per person riding. Our paths are not paved, 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 have a gift shop?
Yes we do! The Trading Post Gift Shop is right here at our location.
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.
Children under 10 years old are not permitted due to the dangerous nature of this tour. Children 10-17 years old are welcome to attend as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
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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