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“More tigers than you'll ever see”
Review of Big Cat Rescue

Big Cat Rescue
Ranked #2 of 203 things to do in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Do you see yourself looking over the vast Serengeti plains, searching the horizon for a glimpse of a pride of Lions, or a Leopard lounging in the trees? Do you imagine yourself in India, riding an elephant through the high grass with your eyes peeled for the elusive Tiger? Have you ever thought how great it would be to hike through the rainforest, listening to the tropical birds, ever on the lookout for a Leopard or an Ocelot high in the canopy? Have you ever been to the zoo and wanted to be closer to the exotic cats; so close you could almost touch them? You don't have to spend tens of thousands of dollars to make these dreams come true. The world's largest accredited big cat rescue facility is right here in Tampa, Florida at Big Cat Rescue.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

This hidden gem is worth a detour. And it really is hidden. You'll find it down a somewhat hidden half-mile driveway that sits right next to a large suburban shopping center.

There's a small stone parking lot by the registration building. Pay the fees, and it feels like you've suddenly been transported to the back lot of a zoo.

There are very comfortable enclosures for all of the animals. You enter, for example, under a walkway built for a bobcat. There are large cats of every kind here, and more tigers than you can imagine. The stories behind many of these are just horrific, and there's a whole row of tigers that they don't let you see just because the poor animlas have been treated so poorly by humans in the past.

It's a large area, and it requires walking on uneven ground. For most people this shouldn't be an issue. But they do offer rides for those that need it. We were on a guided tour, and our mother couldn't make it on foot. So while the driver couldn't always bring her within earshot of our guide, he was giving his own private tour.

Thank Bryan K
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

We saw many beautiful lions, tigers, bobcats, etc. Learned a great deal about the big cats and the importance of passing legislation to outlaw the domestic ownership of these animals. It si great for kids as well as adults. Thank you Bog Cat rescue!

Thank Jen S
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Excellent tour, great experience. We learned a ton. Our whole family loved it. Highly recommended! We plan to visit again.

Thank markwindie
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Our teens have followed BCR on social media for over a year and we promised to visit during our next stay to the Tampa Bay Area. We booked the feeding tour as all others were sold out and it was truly an educational and worthwhile experience. This refuge is well organized, professional and focused on the cause for these cats. We can’t wait to return and do the 90-min tour. This is not an “attraction” but an experience. Our family is proud to support this organization and raise awareness for much needed legislation for the protection of these animals.

Thank Tonia P
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

I would definitely recommend Big Cat Rescue for a visit. To notch rescue with genuine concern for the cats they care for. I took the Keeper tour, which was given by a seasoned volunteer who is dedicated to the amazing tigers, lions, bobcats, jaguars, bengals... etc, and can tell you each of their history whether from circuses, roadside zoos, owner relinquishments or other problematic situations. Well worth your time and amazing to see the animals up close and enjoying their life at Big Cat Rescue!

Thank LoriD1285
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