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“Lots of Big Cats!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Big Cat Rescue

Big Cat Rescue
12802 Easy Street, Tampa, FL 33625
813-920-4130
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Ranked #3 of 91 attractions in Tampa
Type: Zoos, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Reservations
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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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.
St. Petersburg, Florida
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38 reviews 38 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Lots of Big Cats!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

You get to see lots of big cats, and you may learn a life lesson to: Never buy a pet tiger. The tour was a lot about how the animals got to be there, sadly many were pets that out grew their owners.

Visited January 2013
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Boston, MA
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“Amazing and super educational”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

My last trip here was about 5 years ago and this time I opted for the keeper's tour, which was phenomenal! I can't say enough good things about this place! They are obviously not out to make money (like many people who exploit these animals), but to give these discarded cats a refuge for the rest of there lives and educate people in hopes that the exploitation stops.

Our guide, who has been volunteering there for six years was a wealth of information and did a wonderful job of telling us about these awesome cats. I like their down to business approach of the realities of how these animals get to them, how dangerous these cats really are, and the truths behind circuses, road side "petting zoos," and exotic pets...there's no sugar coating here.

They have a great gift shop with lots of fun stuff and you can even "adopt" a cat of your choice. I can't wait to take all my new books, activities, and knowledge back to my 2nd graders and educate them about these magnificent animals! If we lived locally, I would definitely recommend this to my kids' parents and even do a field trip. They offer a special kids' tour and I'm sure it's just as amazing!

Visited September 2013
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“Amazing and humbling to see these animals live”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

My husband and I just returned from Big Cat Rescue after having a private tour and it was amazing. This is the closest we have ever been to these kinds of animals and it gives you a new respect for them. In some ways they can seem just like house cats and then they roar or show you their teeth and you remember that these are wild animals that could care less who you are and could kill you just as easily. It's a shame what some people have done to these amazing creatures. I could not recommend this place any higher.

Visited September 2013
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Novi, Michigan
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Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Very cool”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

This was a one hour tour. Very informative and really educational for both adults and the younger set!

Visited September 2013
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Tampa Bay
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“Not as good as it use to be.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

they do good work and really care about the cats and the place is nice but it was way better 10 years ago.

Visited May 2013
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