Yes, strictly a guided tour, but if you don't get the story behind each cat you're missing the whole point of why they are there and why the sanctuary does what it does. It's not a "zoo" setting - the tour guides are great at what they do and are extremely knowledgeable and make you feel comfortable. I read a previous question/comment from someone else saying they thought they might be "pushy" - I never felt anyone was pushy or trying to herd everyone along against their will. The amount of time spent at each cat was absolutely fair, and there is no guarantee that each cat is going to be front and center in their habitat for humans to get their photo op - again, these cats are there for a reason and once you listen to their stories of abuse, neglect, etc., you should completely understand the amazing work that Big Cat Rescue does. It is just that - a rescue.
Yes. It was a wonderful experience. As people previously have said, if you don't know about the individual cat's prior life, you are missing a great deal. The tours are very educational and you if you go on the keeper tour, if you are not familiar with positive reinforcement training, you can see it in action. The animals are so well cared for and loved. It's a wonderful feeling to see such passion in the tour guides. The guides need to know where everyone is for safety - theirs and the cats. Sorry, but people can do strange things so they need to be monitored.
Yes. And educational as well.
Agree with previous answers. It is necessary to take the guided tour for both information and to make sure you see all the individual animals. I learn new information each time I visit and I have been there several times throughout the last 12 years.
As opposed to like... a "swim with the tigers" thing? Yes, absolutely. They rescue animals from dangerous situations and rehabilitate them here. Each cat has a lot of history, and they are very strict with how close you can get to certain habitats etc. so all of it is guided.
Not sure what a “tour thing” is, but it is interesting and educational. We’ve gone several times, each with different people, and all have loved it!
Yes, when we visited a guided tour was the only option. I am not a big fan of guided tours but this was very different because we learned so much from the tour guide about the individual animals and their backgrounds before arriving at Big Cat Rescue.
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