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Big Cat Rescue, Tampa

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#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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  • These people don't just rescue big cats from horrible situations, they walk the walk as well. They are actively involved in trying to get legislation passed(federal) that would stop breeding, importin...  more »
  • A pleasant surprise to find such healthy looking animals, and an environment that focuses on maintaining their well being. Considering the circumstances from which they were rescued, they now enjoy a ...  more »
  • The multigenerational Rosaire Family continues to take in Big Cats and educate the public. 4 gorgeous cervils enjoy high perches in the newest display, thanks to donor support. Emus, Tigers and rare "...  more »
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  • This place is absolutely extraordinary. The animals seem so calm and happy to be there. The staff is so helpful and friendly. It's something you definitely need to see at least once in your life. I'm really happy I went there. They tell you the animals back stories of what happen to them before they got there and it makes me sad to think anyone would ever hurt these beautiful animals. I'm very happy that they are finally happy in their new home.
  • This place does amazing things for these animals. The tour was fabulous as they walk you through each animal and explain their story on how they got there. These are the lucky cats! What a great organization.
  • super healthy, caring place for cats to retire. plenty of room to move around, nap, hide and eat. amazing staff. its my dream to go there and I think I will in 2018 but for now I follow their channels closely and like all of them, and recommend them to any cat lover!
  • I very much enjoyed my time on the property. It was the feeding time appointment so was more fast paced than I would have liked. We were not allowed to see the lions for what appears to be for their benefit. The guides are volunteers, knowledgeable and caring. I would recommend going to the Big Cat rescue. I will be going back. I am hoping I can spend more time on the property.
  • I attended the Wildcat Walkabout last month and had a wonderful time. The cats have tons of room and seem extremely happy. I was sad that I didn't get to see Joseph the lion but they explained to me that he has anxiety from being used as a photo prop and is uncomfortable with crowds, so then I was very happy that he wasn't on the tour. They clearly care about their cats and work hard to keep them happy and healthy. I felt good spending my money on something that would benefit big cats rather than continue the cycle of keeping them in captivity, like a zoo. I loved everything about it.

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