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Big Cat Rescue

12802 Easy Street, Tampa, FL 33625
813-920-4130
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Ranked #4 of 92 Attractions in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Zoos, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Reservations
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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... more » 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. « less
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Tampa, Florida
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74 reviews 74 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This sanctuary does amazing work. Many sad tales but a wonderful environment and a much different experience than a zoo visit. It is about a 90 minute walk through mostly shaded trails where you are up close (animals behind fencing) and able to take pictures. They offer small "radios" so you can hear your guide even if you are at... More

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Port Richey, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

They do good work at Big Cat Rescue, and even though the cats' stories are all sad, it definitely brings to light how big cats are not meant to be pets or circus performers. Some of the stories really made me feel sad, and, while the big cats at this sanctuary will never be released into the wild due to... More

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Brooksville
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

I love cats, all cats, so I knew I would love Big Cat Rescue. The first time I visited, I was taken by the level of caring and concern for these beautiful creatures that call Big Cat Rescue home. The volunteers and staff clearly love and believe in what they do. Volunteers and interns come from around the globe for... More

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U.S.
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

A family run business devoted to the care of animals. At 2:00 there is a show which features some of the animals that they have housed and trained. The care given to these animals is incredible. This is a not for profit and worthy of any assistance possible. If you are in the area, it is a must see.

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Wesley Chapel, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

Great place to take yourself and/or with your family and friends. It's educational and always a pleasure to know that someone cares for wild life that have been rescued. Give to a great charity.

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Philadelphia, PA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This was one of the coolest experiences ever! It was a little confusing to find, but it was worth it. It was a one and a half guided tour where you are five feet away from lions, tigers, and other awesome big cats. The bugs like to feast on visitors, but they do supply bug spray. We got caught in... More

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Lehigh Acres, Florida
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Took my boyfriend here for his birthday and he was like a kid in the candy store! The walk was an easy one and many shaded areas to stand in. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly! Would come back with others!

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Off the beaten path but well worth it. Animals are very well cared for, pens are clean and you can get a real education while there. I highly recommend support for this great cause.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Enjoyed learning about this organization and their love for animals. They give sanctuary to lions and tigers and exotic cats that came from the circus or were "pets" for people who have no business domesticating these type of cats. The cats seem very content in their surroundings which are a far cry from the conditions they were kept in.

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Cocoa, Florida, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Big Cat Rescue is by far the best place ever. All the staff and volunteers go above and beyond to help these animals. This is so much better then amusement parks. This is truly an amazing experience

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