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Review of Big Cat Rescue

Big Cat Rescue
Ranked #2 of 201 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 March 21, 2013

Staff was very informative, and educated me on the problems facing large cats, I highly recommend this Tour to anyone going to Tampa. It is close to the airport and easy to get to.

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Reviewed March 21, 2013

They do good work rescuing big and small cats primarily from individual collectors of exotic cats. Cages/facilities for the cats were all clean which impressed me. Also one can get relatively close for viewing. Our issue was with the tour guides and staff in the parking lot: they were rude and really seemed like they wanted to be doing something else or be somewhere else versus giving tours to paid visitors. Our tour guide actually made a snide remark to me when I asked a question which irked me. So the facility was good and I believe in their mission but we won't return until the staff has an attitude adjustment.

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Reviewed March 19, 2013

This organization does an amazing job of educating people on the plight of wild cats throughout the United States - bringing attention to the captive wildlife crisis very few know about. All of the animals are kept in very spacious enclosures which are cleaned on a daily basis. A nutritious daily diet is prepared for each of them - taking into account their age and medical needs. Needless to say, the animals live better than many people do!

The only downside that prevents me for rating 5 stars is the fact the tour is focused solely on the sad backgrounds of these cats which can become drowning after the fifth cat. People do need to know about the backgrounds and the issues these cats face but it would be interesting to hear more about their biology and "reasons to save" conservation facts. Other than that, a definite must see on your Tampa area visit!

1  Thank DrWildlife
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

My friends were in town from Calgary and found this on a 'what to see in Tampa' website. I can assure you that this is simply one of the best experiences EVER. Brittney was our guide and she was absolutely incredible- knowledgable not only about the cats, but the history behind each and the preserve itself. She absolutely MADE the experinece impactful and unforgetable. One thing you'll notice right away with Brittney and evryone at the preserve is their natural passion for animals. I think this is a great cause and a wonderful venue that deserves your support!

2  Thank Redmile12
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

I just went on a tour of Big Cat Rescue Sanctuary and it was just awesome! The sanctuary is one of the most tranquil places I have ever been! The cats stories are very sad and hard to hear, but to see them now so obviously happy and well cared for is wonderful!! If you're in Tampa, do yourself a favor and visit Big Cat Rescue! You will not be disappointed!!

3  Thank Momma2nicknmike
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