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.)
158 Reviews Rating: 4.7 4.7 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
These cats are amazing
Sun, Jul 26  9:00 AM Male 50-59 International Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
These are animals that suffered because of the human mistreatment . BCR are doing a fantastic job giving them a better life. We have to be proud of these volunteers and support them to continue rescuing these big unlucky cats.
Rating: 5
grateful for the chance BCR has given these beauti
Fri, Jul 24  9:00 AM Female 50-59 Local Unspecified
 
Our tour leader was knowledgeable and patient. My only issue is I would have liked more time.
Rating: 4
Informative & Fun
Fri, Jul 24  9:00 AM Female 50-59 Unspecified Unspecified
 
Even in the rain, I personally enjoyed the feeding tour very much. Our guide was well-informed, helpful, and friendly.(I can't remember his name!) I gained even more respect for these folks that take care of these cats, and provide as good a life as possible, for the rest of their lives. I would certainly go again; I'd love to take the Keeper's Tour next time.
Rating: 5
worth every penny
Sat, Jul 11  9:00 AM Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
 
This was my second Feeder Tour. It was very informative and a great opportunity to see the cats in a small group setting.
Rating: 5
Knowledgable and obviously VERY caring staff
Fri, Jul 10  9:00 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
Tour guide was extremely pleasant, very knowledgable, kind, intuitive and friendly! Would highly recommend this tour to any adults/teens interested in preserving the wonderful animals on our earth.
Rating: 5
Awesome
Fri, Jul 3  9:00 AM Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
Loved it!
Rating: 5
Beautiful Big Babies
Wed, Jun 24  9:00 AM Male 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
The Feeding Tour is the best way to see these lovely beasts in the heat of summer. Wished the guide spent some time educating the tourists In the group who seemed unaware of the various plights of animals in captivity. For example, Big Cat Rescue has a large area with info and a petition against circus animals, and nothing was mentioned about that. No one aside from us signed it, and we only did bc my wife had been on a private tour a few weeks earlier.

The main purpose of of BCR is education and enlightenment of the public about critical issues which can be changed, which many people and groups are working hard to accomplish.

All that being said, the animals were fabulous and interactive and well cared for and we got some great pictures. Amazing beings, who need human stewardship for a quality life.
Rating: 4
It was great for people who don't know BCR
Sat, May 30  9:00 AM Female Under 20 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
 
it is great briefing for tourist that have never heard of BCR or people that just know brief things about big cats. I think there should be a more complex tour option. I am obsessed with the BCR so before I went to BCR I have been watching all the YouTube videos and all of the behind the scene things. I also keep up to date with all of the newer cats and all of their names. Therefore when I went on the tour of feeding and keeper it was quite repetitive. I think if there was an option of more behind the scene would be more educational for the people that already know the basics. I would of liked to see the actual food preparation building inside and the inside of the actual vet clinics. More information about the cats and which ones came from where would have been cool too. The tour leaders we had on my experience were fantastic. There was a young women and an older women whom guided us. They were great. Making the enrichments and watching the bloodsicles were awesome to. It would be cool to have a " pumpkin day" or a " watermelon day" where the cats got to have that on a day where a tour could be scheduled. To only see it on the YouTube channel wasn't cool enough for me and my guest on the tour.

But the gift shop was great too. There should definitely be a lot more in the gift shops because I would spent a lot more money :) thanks for asking my opinion.
Rating: 5
the beautiful animals' chow time
Sat, May 23  9:00 AM Female 60-69 Unspecified Unspecified
 
It was great to see them eating and enjoying their food. The caretaker's ability to care for these beautiful animals was very encouraging that maybe human beings can change. We must protect the wildlife and men's barbaric tactics have to stop. Programs like this help to promote caring for animals.
Rating: 5
Feeding tour
Sat, May 23  9:00 AM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
We thoroughlt enjoyed the feeding tour. We had an excellent tour guide.
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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.
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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