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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.
Brooksville, Florida
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22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Love it here!”
Reviewed November 16, 2012

I decided to visit bc I work at a hotel and there was a free pass for me and a guest. We went and loved it!!! We have since been back several times, paid, and have told so many of my hotel guests about this gem. The animals are amazing and to see them up close is really a once in a lifetime opportunity. How people could comment negatively amazes me bc I believe they are doing a wonderful thing to help these animals and give the public an opportunity to get informed about the animals and where they came from. It's fun, informative and a great cause!

Visited January 2012
1 Thank Kelly G
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Land O Lakes
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55 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Awesome sanctuary”
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.

Visited February 2012
1 Thank kmne16
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Lafayette, Indiana
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75 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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

Visited November 2012
Thank Cherpurr
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Marbella, Spain
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179 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“Interesting, but not at lunch time”
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.

Visited November 2012
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Lutz, Florida
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64 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great for Kids of all ages”
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.

Visited February 2012
Thank Gary D
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