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Big Cat Rescue, Tampa

4.3
#2 of 36 in Outdoors in Tampa
A nonprofit sanctuary for rescued wildcats, Big Cat Rescue is home to more than 100 big cats, such as tigers, bobcats, and a liger. The shelter has rescued many abused or abandoned wildcats, including Skip the bobcat, which came in with a broken pelvis. Skip's surgery and recovery was made possible through donations from people who saw his story on Facebook and other social media sites. Take a day tour, night tour, or even a feeding tour of the rescue center. Just be sure to book online or call the center in advance if you would like to visit. Use our Tampa vacation generator to add Big Cat Rescue and other attractions to your Tampa vacation plans.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Was fortunate enough to visit today & visit all the beautiful cats during the keepers visit! M.C. & Desmond were fantastic, and thanks to Honey for helping me with reservation rescheduling Thanks to a...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    It is rather advisable to come in the morning, you will have more chance to see the animals even when knowing that it may rain. It is best to book in advance to be sure to have room. However we did not, and arriving at 1: 50 p.m., it was possible to follow the visit of 15 h. amount is $ 36 per person. Attention to the flies or mosquitoes bites, plan an anti mosquito! otherwise interesting visit, you will be supervised by 3 people, and you will have an audio guide in English. Many cats have been recovered in circuses or in private homes, and so saved by this Foundation. Informative and Nice. To recommend... Our 18 year old son loved the ballad.
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  • August 11, 2017
    My husband and I went on the Keeper Tour in July. We have been on just about every tour that BCR offers. This is the most amazing place, full of people who love and care for these animals.  more »
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  • June 19, 2017
    A great place! Absolutely loved it. Highly recommend going. They did a great time advocating for the animals. I really bought into their philosophy about keeping animals as free range as possible.
  • May 25, 2017
    Fantastic retirement home for the big cats - and some little ones, too! Just visited in May 2017, and was so impressed with the care these cats get. The Keepers are fabulous - the enclosures are HUGE and clean - there are wonderful dens for the cats to hide in during the heat of the day or if they don't feel like visitors - there are trees shading the enclosures and the paths, and soft sand in all the enclosures for the cats to lay on. Lots of landscaping so the cats can play "hide and seek." I'd go back in a minute - and plan to!
  • May 28, 2017
    This tour in my opinion was definitely worth the 65 bucks. I came on my vacation opposed to going to a zoo. The animals here are rescued and sometimes able to be rehabilitated to return to their natural habitat. Rebecca from Wales was our instructor and she was very very knowledgeable. I couldn't have asked for a better experience.
  • July 5, 2017
    Very enjoyable walk and tour around the cats. Educational and heartbreaking to hear what the cats have been through. But very wonderful job the Rescue and volunteers do to provide a home for these big cats.♥️
  • June 25, 2017
    I was able to visit BCR and loved every minute of it. They are so loved and well cared for, it is wonderful to know they are no longer abused and mistreated. Carole and her staff are awesome and love these cats beyond belief. I am proud to be a supporter of this wonderful sanctuary.

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