We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Awesome sanctuary”
Review of Big Cat Rescue

Big Cat Rescue
Ranked #5 of 197 things to do in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
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 November 16, 2012

I've been here several times with company from out of town. The tours are so informative and the love and care they show for these big cats is tremendous. A definite "must see". It is well worth the entrance fee.

1  Thank kmne16
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (1,784)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages
All reviews
"feeding tour"
in 122 reviews
"their lives"
in 79 reviews
"day tour"
in 55 reviews
"keeper tour"
in 54 reviews
"these beautiful creatures"
in 40 reviews
"regular tour"
in 27 reviews
"sad stories"
in 20 reviews
"large enclosures"
in 19 reviews
"gift shop"
in 91 reviews
"money goes"
in 25 reviews
"private tour"
in 36 reviews
"non profit"
in 29 reviews
"wild animals"
in 47 reviews
"white tiger"
in 18 reviews
"animal lovers"
in 36 reviews
"walking tour"
in 37 reviews
"natural environment"
in 19 reviews
Filter

1,390 - 1,394 of 1,784 reviews

Reviewed November 15, 2012

This is a marvelous sanctuary The staff are fantastic and share the information regarding the wonderful Big Cats they are guardians of - Heaven will have special places for the founder and staff for these PRECIOUS creatures

Thank Cherpurr
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed November 10, 2012

First the bad. There is an unbelievable bureaucratic time consuming process to get in -- you'd think you were gaining access to Ft Knox gold. Secondly, the pitch as you go from animal to animal is excessively preachy and repetitive about mistreatment, etc, etc. And third they are hard to see behind the double wire screens and the 1 o'clock tour finds most of the cats sleeping.

On the positive side, they have a wide variety of cats over a fairly large area and great care is taken to ensure they do not get too contaminated by human contact. The place is exceptionally clean without the typical zoo odors and a good way to spend an hour and a half at $30 a person.

3  Thank maybaum
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed November 8, 2012

This is a wonderful attraction that everyone should visit if you are in the area. It is a haven for so many rescued Cats (Lions, Tigers, and every Cat know to man. They have been rescued from Circuses, personal homes where people thought it might be great to have a cat, until they found out how big they get and might harm others, etc. The fee for a tour is nominal and you should probably put aside about 90 minutes to go through it. Please go and have a great time.

Thank Gary D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
See more reviews
Reviewed November 7, 2012

This is a refuge for animals abandoned or obtained illegally in the US. They type of enclosures they provide are the best I've seen outside of large city zoos. Take a tour of the place. The tours consist of small groups and provide an opportunity to see the animals from the closest safe distance I've ever experienced. It was completely worth the trip.

Thank Frances C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Been to Big Cat Rescue? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing