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Big Cat Rescue

12802 Easy Street, Tampa, FL 33625
813-920-4130
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Ranked #2 of 89 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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Winnipeg
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We visited Big Cat Rescue on a family vacation. My husband and I love animals so went for an educational experience.The guide was friendly but did not seem very well trained and often didn't know answers to basic questions. I know they were rescues but they weren't very healthy looking cats. One cat extremely skinny and they claimed he was... More

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Palm Coast, Florida
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

When you hear the cat's stories, it breaks your heart. They are very content and healthy and loved now. I went in July, would have been better on a cooler day.

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Lakewood, Washington
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

I cannot support this rescue. They first off aren't even a rescue as Mrs Baskin lost her "Sanctuary" status last year. So it's simply a personal collection of big cats. They, along with some other rescues, HSUS, and PETA to name a few are backing a petition to ban hybrids in California. There are many things wrong with this. They... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I was exci ted to go after seeing the owner on one of animal planet's shows. I was quickly disappointed to find she was a lying hypocritical person. She is using the cat's for her own gain and steadily talking us out of more money. By lying about the circumstances of some of her cat's. I was very disappointed in... More

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St-Eustache, Quebec, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Great place to see with magnificient animals. Guides are good and do give great explanations. The only problem we had was the fact that the guides in the back kept pushing us to go faster and faster and to give a lot of space to the carts where at least one person was sleeping :( That part wasn't fun at... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

My husband works at Disneyland in California, so my husband, son and I were seeing Disneyland in Florida, (which is beyond cool!) We were told about this place, and all the exotic cats they had. I was very excited because I love big cats! I strong armed my husband into going, and we were excited to find when we arrived,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I thought the Big Cat Rescue would be like a zoo, and was pleasantly surprised to find that there is a lot more to it. The guide was great, and told us all kinds of interesting facts about the different cats and also some personalized information about where each cat had come from. So many of them had been purchased... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We visited Big Cat Rescue and just did the general tour (90 mins) walking tour. It was good, it was nice to see all the animals and learn about them. I thought it was a little repetitive, (there are only so many servals or bobcats you can look at) but it was still interesting. We did the 3 pm tour... More

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Lake Grove, New York
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61 reviews 61 reviews
28 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Excellent tour of the sanctuary, given by guides who you can tell really care about the animals here. Tour was supposed to be 90 minutes, went over with no complaints from the guide. We were lucky in that there were too many people for the group leaving at the time of our reservations, so they added a second group which... More

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Tampa, Florida
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I've been wanting to go here for years and my husband and I finally had time to go last week. Since it was summer at 1PM I expected all of the cats to be sleeping, but there were a few that were up and about. My husband and I were disappointed that most of the cats we saw were smaller,... More

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