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Big Cat Rescue, Tampa

4.3
#2 of 34 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. Work out when and for how long to visit Big Cat Rescue and other Tampa attractions using our handy Tampa trip itinerary planning site .
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  • The unpretentious location a little hidden away off the main road opens up a wonderful park with over 60 big cats that were rescued from abusive owners and conditions. The way they’re treated with lov...  more »
  • We just did the annual Wildcat Walkabout. What an awesome experience! We were able to walk the tour path at our own pace. It seemed crowded before the tour started, but once people started on the trai...  more »
  • Walking through this very peaceful preserve, viewing the cats and listening to their rescue stories was a great way to spend an afternoon in Tampa. Our tour guide was a long time volunteer and very pa...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.♥️
  • 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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