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“An Amazing Experience!”
Review of Big Cat Rescue

Big Cat Rescue
Ranked #2 of 198 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 September 11, 2012

I was fortunate enough to have a private tour of Big Cat Rescue for a media project. You'd be hard pressed to find a more passionate staff anywhere around. The facilities are amazing and you can get extremely close to these amazing animals. The work they are doing at Big Cat Rescue is so important. Definitely worth checking out and supporting.

4  Thank slr249
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

The walking tour is excellent. You might want to go when it gets a little cooler as it is hot in the summer in Tampa. However, the cats are well cared for and the dedicated guides share interesting stories about each cat and their species. Bring your camera...you Will get great shots. The added bonus is hearing the cats roar...awesome. No worries though, they are well secured. Bring bug spray and a bottle of water or Gatorade.

7  Thank 2wego
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

this place is awesome to see the animlas but if you can get past the urine smell from these animals then it is worth it. Most of thtem are laid back hardly move, I think it is due to the heat. Would deefinately go if you like seeing large wildlife.

Thank Paul D
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

I've always enjoyed learning about Big Cats but never had the opportunity besides nature shows on TV. It was enjoyable to see these animals in a real, natural setting. Even the waiting area was clean & comfortable with lots of insecticide available for those who did not plan accordingly. It is Florida after all... and you're in the forest and not a zoo. Glad we got there early, wasn't sure how long the couple hour drive was going to actually take to find the place. In fact we drove by the small sign on the south side of the road, just looking like a driveway. There was a film showing some of the animals that we both enjoyed. Appeared to both me & my husband that these folks actually cared about these animals. Our guides were strict about keeping together, but they also took the time to answer everyone's questions that I'm sure they've been asked hundreds of times. Guides even let us return to one site because the cat came out of it's structure. We also had a group that was truley interested - I was surprised how many toursits from outside the US were in our group bringing another dimension to it. We did not go on a holiday or a weekend, rather we visited on a weekday. We did the late afternoon tour - well worth it. The feeding tour did not appeal to us for initial visit. Even though tour ended just before rush hour we planned to have dinner before leaving the area so it was not an issue. Even if you're not completely "into cats" these animals were just majestic; they were up & about (probably the reason for the time of the tour) and there were a couple of "non-cat" animals that we enjoyed learning about as well. Well worth the entrance fee.

4  Thank Quasibear
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

This is a wonderful place for people of all ages. Just GO! See the cats and learn about why they need our protection!

2  Thank FatsNY
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