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Big Cat Rescue, Tampa

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.2/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web
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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  • Loved the tour. This place is like a 5-star cat resort really. I was so nice to see these cats living the good life. Wish they all could have it so good! For us it was worth the 2 hr drive there. 
  • What an amazing place! We were looking for alternative things to do in Florida and this didn't disappoint! We booked onto the private tour (not knowing how my little boy would be on the kids tour) and...  read more »
  • Someone had to do this and these folks are the best. I used to work with these cats and what I saw here is heartening. Rescuing and taking care of theses beautiful creatures is a tough but ever so rew...  read more »
  • What a great organization and a great experience! We have loved following them on social media and YouTube and were thrilled to be able to finally visit. We took the day tour, which has recorded descriptions of the cats and an intern to lead it. That was cool, but the Night Eyes tour was amazing! Led by keepers who really knew the cats and told us lots of in depth information. So informative and enjoyable. Definitely worth the trip!
  • This place is amazing! The volunteers go out of their way to care for the cats, and they love doing it! I have been there three times, each experience as great as it can be. I'm really excited to come back and visit Hoover (if he's ready for visitors yet)! The people who write bad reviews have nothing better to do, so if anyone is thinking about going and you are reading this review, you should definitely go. All of the money goes to the cats and I can tell that they are very happy where they live! And they are happy to see the visitors! 😀😀😀😀
  • This place should not call it self a rescue. They profit millions off of these animals. In no way is this place any where close to being a sanctuary. They should be ashamed of them selves and so should you if you visit this place. Disgusting people. BJWT is an amazing foundation you should check them out. It's a real sanctuary
  • Been coming here for years and sponsor cats regularly. A true sanctuary that treats this previously mistreated animals with the respect they deserve. They do not make the cats do anything they don't want to do. They do not enter their habitats and they do not touch them. They let the cats be as wild as they can in this environment. If humans wouldn't try to keep these wild cats as pets this place wouldn't need to exist. Had a great day tour on Sunday, worth every penny you spend, since all money goes to the cats. (The guides are all volunteers) If I lived here, I would definitely volunteer myself! Learn about the plight of big cats in private ownership, circuses and pseudo-sanctuaries. A must see when visiting Tampa!
  • Never been here, my review is in regards to the lies they spread about other places. I'm guessing these guys don't like the truth. They can spread all the lies they want, or have other go to other Rescues pages, and post fake reviews. But gee when it happens to you, you don't like it do you.. Sorry you guys gotta spread lies, instead of working together. I'm thinking it's a jealous thing, because you can't even come close to other places around. Let me also add, you idiots need to worry about what you keep. Don't worry about what other people keep. If they can properly house, can afford to feed a "Big Cat" or any other animal. Then there is no reason they should not be able to keep them. I will keep what I want, when I want and there will not be a damn thing you fake clowns can do about it. Now you can call people liers, or ignorant, or whatever if you don't like there review. Guess what, I'm not one to give 2 cares... 😉 When People like this Ignorant owner tries to get invloved in what I can and can't have, it rather pisses me off.... 😠 My thing is this, if you don't want something, don't get it. But leave others along if they want something.... Oh and one other thing, petting baby cubs, does not hurt them and it's a learning experience. Now you can respond with whatever you like, call me outside my name or say what ever .... I don't care... Shows how professional you are. Oh sorry one more thing, you are no where even close to the largest "Private" sanctuary or Rescue, as you so say. I personally know 2 that are way bigger and better from the pics I have seen of this place.
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