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“Absolute must-do!”
Review of Big Cat Rescue

Big Cat Rescue
Ranked #1 of 196 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 25, 2013

My absolute favorite thing to do in Florida and a must-do for cat lovers/animal lovers. This was my 3rd time here and I learn more each time I visit. It is a very "up-close" tour of lions, tigers, cougars, leopards, and more. The staff are dedicated to their mission of raising awareness on the abuse of these poor animals, either from private ownership or from circuses and roadside "zoos". The story of each cat is told so that visitors are made aware of the injustice they have gone through. The tour path is well shaded, the enclosures for the cats are large and clean and as comfortable for them as can be. On my first visit I was shocked at the statistics that our guide gave us. It is a very educational "eye-opening" experience. On this last visit my husband and I did the feeding tour. It is more expensive but it was an incredible experience to watch these huge tigers chomping down on a quarter of a chicken with no problem. Cats are not given live food unless they are being rehabbed to be returned to the wild. The sanctuary is run by dedicated volunteers and your donation goes 100% to the cats. The gift shop is well stocked and the prices are very reasonable. The staff is super friendly and knowledgeable. You MUST visit!

3  Thank Christine A
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

Very enjoyable to see such a variety of cats in a natural environment You walk the grounds with a personal trained guide who is very knowledgeable and friendly. Safety for visitors and respect for the animals was priority. A Very well run organization and I really learned a lot about these beautiful cats.

3  Thank Susan S
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

Unlike any of the "other" attractions you may attend, this one is up close and personal. A chance to see wild rescued animals being treated humanly in large cages, but treated with respect. Each group is given a guided tour, and lecture by a trained staff member while you wander around the numerous grounds. A little pricy BUT well worth the money. A gift shop where you can purchase nice things that help the mission. Photographers welcome, but leave the tri-pods at home.

1  Thank Gary U
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

Kudos to the founder; she has created an incredible sanctuary for these poor cats! Although they can never be returned to the wild they have done the best possible for their scenarios. The intern that guided our tour was excellent! The staff maintained a triangle around the tour group at all times, to ensure no one strayed to take an extra picture, which could result in an arm swinging out for that lonely fool. Being that the cats are not afraid of people, many do come right up against the front of their cages. There is a railing 3 ft away from the cage, and you are not allowed to cross that railing, AT ALL. It's an extremely safe & informative 90 min tour. The intern tells you how they obtained each & every cat there; the stories are very sad. Even if you are not a big cat fan, it is truely as experience of a lifetime!

1  Thank rebatours
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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.

2  Thank TJBoston
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