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“Night tour last Fri of each month”
Review of Big Cat Rescue

Big Cat Rescue
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Big Cat Rescue for Kids Tour in Tampa
Ranked #4 of 196 things to do in Tampa
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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.
Altamonte Springs, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Night tour last Fri of each month”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

Big Cat Rescue is really interesting to see in the daytime, but it's completely different at night. Using flashlights to guide you along the paths, the tour guide shows you how these beautiful and nocturnal animals are at night. Glad to support the great work they do protecting these beautiful big cats! :)

8 Thank JR52
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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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“Amazing place”
Reviewed September 30, 2012 via mobile

I highly recommend visiting this place if you love big cats behaving as they should in a natural enviroment.Please do not come here expecting circus tricks
These are all rescued animals,either from circus' or from idiots who believe they can be pets.
We did the 90 minute walking tour as part of a group.We got some great photos and learnt so much about these beautiful creatures.Will definitely be back for another visit.

6 Thank Claire D
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Dallas, Texas, USA
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed September 29, 2012

The staff and caretakers of the lions were very friendly and knowledgeable and great hosts over all. You can tell they have a real passion for the animals. I am so happy that a place like this exists, and that these people are involved in protecting this beautiful animals. If you are in the area and enjoy wild life or big cats, you CANNOT miss this. Thanks so much for the awesome memories!!!

Visited July 2012
4 Thank Robert M
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“A must see for cat lovers (and other animal lovers”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

We went for the feedings (dead rabbits, mice, etc) and it was a must see experience if you love cats. Some played with their food, throwing it around just like our tabby throws her catnip mouse toys. Very upclose and personal. Animals caped but enclosures are fairly large and attractive for the cats. Easy to see the cats since they come out immediately for food. Need to call in advance for the feeding tours.

Visited August 2012
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Ocoee, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Wonderful experience!”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

I fell in love with the cats of Big Cat Rescue after discovering a video of Rufus the Bobcat earlier this year and have been planning a trip ever since. We visited yesterday and had a great visit.!

Our guide was Kim and she was very knowledgeable and very passionate about her volunteer work for the Rescue. We did the 10:00 AM. tour and saw quite a few of the cats. They truly are amazing creatures; still wild though. The cats looked happy and healthy. My favorite had to be this little guy, I think his name was Rambo, the Jungle Cat, also known as the 'Wow" cat; he meows "Wow." Another cool moment was seeing Zabu the white tiger and her male companion Cameron the lion. Learning about white tigers was heartbreaking, though. The things people do for money and their own absurd desires...

Learning the stories of these creatures will break your heart but knowing that they have a forever home at Big Cat Rescue will reassure you that there are still good people in the world. I look at zoos and circuses differently now.

Visited September 2012
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