Big Cat Rescue

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Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  2,210 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 194 440 15 = 425 95% 4.5
Last 6 months 504 1,159 33 = 1,126 96% 4.5
Last 12 months 942 2,255 45 = 2,210 97% 4.6
All 2,048 4,959 75 = 4,884 97% 4.6
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue 1,724 97% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
The Keeper Tour 183 99% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
The Feeding Tour 149 98% 4.7 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Kids Tour at Big Cat Rescue 97 89% 4.4 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Private or Photo Tour 42 94% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Wild Eyes at Night Tour 15 100% 5.0 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Rating Date Attended Sort Descending Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Great experience
Sun, Aug 30  12:00 PM sarakeagle Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We homeschool and found this to be a great educational experience. My only recommendation would be to allow more dates and times for children to tour. Early morning when the cats may be more active, for example.

Thank you!
Rating: 5
Brilliant day
Sun, Aug 30  10:00 AM sbhayes Female 40-49 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
Brilliant day, Jo the keeper who took us round for the keeper tour was great and very informative.

We will be backing we are I the Tampa area I the future
Rating: 5
A hour long tour that you will talk about for days
Sat, Aug 29  9:00 AM Evancourt Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
The Big Cat Rescue (BCR) feeding tour is a one hour tour led by a BCR staff member who stops to feed some of the cats one at a time while delivering a presentation. In our case, the group was small, six guests, the staff group leader and an intern assisting the tour guide. The presentation covers the mission of BCR, the cats' diets in the wild and at BCR, the histories of individual cats, feline behavior in general and specific to the breeds presented, and discussion of BCR's stance on exotic pets, big cats in circuses, and big cats in captivity other than accredtied zoos (they oppose these things), along with the factors impacting cats in the wild. The presentation was informative, but got a little 'preachy' at times. They started with two tigers, and the tour included leopards, servals, lynx, bobcat, cougars, and a brief stop at the Kitten Cabana where they foster domestic kittens for adoption. There is no direct contact with the big cats during the tour or for any reason other than veterinary needs at BCR, but there are plenty of opportunities to photograph the cats in their enclosures.

During our feeding tour, a group had coordinated to do a photo shoot for what I understood to be a vegetarian line of clothing. The photographers, stylist, and model were escorted by BCR staff. I was a little confused why the "vegetarian" fashions were being photographed among carnivores, but I suppose the cats are far more stylish than any herbivore. During the tour, we were introduced to Armani, a leopard who had been used in many photo shoots prior to his retirement at BCR. I found some humor in this magnificent cat having a modeling resume that would probably be the envy of the young woman who was modeling for the photo shoot we observed. The BCR staff did an excellent job of managing both the tour and the photography so neither interfered with the other.

I found the tigers and the cougars most memorable, but all the cats were charming.

Edward Van Court
Rating: 5
Fri, Aug 28  3:00 PM deddy69 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
The tour was great. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and we learned many interesting things about the dangers to big cats and the Rescues effort to help the cats in need. I would definitely recommend this tour to family and friends.
Rating: 5
Very informative,
Mon, Aug 24  3:00 PM Bonn0302 Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
Will return for feeding tour. Information on prices, details of tours and times would be helpful on website instead of having to call of every little detail. Thankd
Rating: 5
The weather doesn't matter
Mon, Aug 24  3:00 PM sweetmarie Female 70+ Local Family Without Children
Your experience here will be terrific. Both educational and fun no matter the weather.
Rating: 4
Enjoyable, educational and informative
Mon, Aug 24  3:00 PM JennyMistry Female 50-59 International Tourist(s) Other
We enjoyed seeing the variety of cats and hearing their life stories, some species I had never heard of before. Only negative was that it was pretty hot, though almost all the tour was in shade!
Rating: 5
Big Cat Rescue and Freedom
Sun, Aug 23  10:00 AM lindatrask Female 60-69 Unspecified Unspecified
Enjoyed the tour very much. Gained a lot of knowledge and understanding for the big cats and their lifestyle which brought them to the Big Cat Rescue. Our tour guide was wonderful and very knowledgeable about all the cats in the rescue. Certainly opened my eyes to the abuse that these animals have been subjected to, i.e. circus acts, side shows, etc. Thankful that there is a place like yours to bring them the freedom that they deserve.
Rating: 5
Definitely a great experience.
Sun, Aug 23  10:00 AM thelaw06 Female 40-49 Local Couple on a Date
Definitely a great experience.
Rating: 5
Great keeper tour at BCR!
Sun, Aug 23  10:00 AM joannebolemo Female 60-69 Local Individual
Rebecca, a senior volunteer keeper, did an excellent tour. It was exciting to see the big cats receive their enrichment and their operant conditioning. The small number of people on this tour allowed each of us to have their questions answered. I've done the day tour already, and now looking forward to the feeding tours and the night tours.

Making enrichments for the cats was fun---now I know how to make some enrichments for my pocket cougars (domestic kitties) at home.

I would strongly encourage everyone who loves animals to come see these big cats, hear their stories, and think about whether pay-to-pet exhibits, backyard tigers, etc. should be legal in this country.
Rating: 5
Fun and educational
Sun, Aug 23  9:00 AM heathercouts Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
My husband and I brought our 10 year old granddaughter to the 9:00 a.m. feeding tour. We not only got to get up close to these magnificent animals, but learned about their special diets, feeding rituals, the background of each animal and general conditions of big cats kept in captivity. They also rehab some animals with the goal of setting the free in the wild after their recovery. Hopefully their services will no longer be needed some day in the future when people become more educated and less selfish. I would highly recommend this tour.
Rating: 2
They cut the tour 35 mins early for no reason
Sat, Aug 22  3:00 PM jtmagdziak Female 20-29 Local Family With Children
They cut the tour 35 mins early for no reason and when i asked if maybe we could walk around more they said no i asked if we could come back to utilize the 35 mins we missed and they had no reason and no explanation. My daughter wanted t finish the tour. it was also 100 out and they were out of water at all water stations
Rating: 3
Some of the big cats were not available.
Sat, Aug 22  3:00 PM Jorgppp Male 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
Should tell people that many cats are not part of the tour before the tour not during...mentioned almost at the end. Add water misting stations and fans on tour. Not expensive to do so.
Rating: 5
Sat, Aug 22  10:00 AM Orlaned Female 30-39 Unspecified Family With Children
This was a great family adventure. Our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgable about the animals!
Rating: 5
Great experience to view these animals.
Sat, Aug 22  10:00 AM ChrisCats Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
Big Cat Rescue is not a circus nor will you be able to "pet" the big cats. It is a true rescue facility where you can see these cats in a natural enviorement enjoying life. The tour guide has great information on each and every cat. You leave feeling like you've meet AJ the tiger or Genie the sand cat (my favorite) Wear comfortable shoes, bug spray (it's Florida) and possibly a hat. In the summer the tour will be hot. I live close by and will be going again!