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“Great experience!”
Review of Big Cat Rescue

Big Cat Rescue
Ranked #4 of 197 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.
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great experience!”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit! We had lived in the Tampa Bay area for two and a half years and never knew it was there. We certainly will visit again. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and the facility was well equipped to house the cats. We were able to get up close to the cats and were lucky enough to see the majority of cats. I was not able to walk the grounds but they provide a golf cart that I could ride in with a guide and I was able to get out and take pictures as often as I wanted. All in all the experience is well worth the time and money.

Visited August 2012
3 Thank Doty J
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Defiance, Missouri
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed May 2, 2013

We were disappointed with our visit. Especially after all of the high ratings and remarks that were listed. We only saw 5 different species of cat and our quide told us the same speech at least four times in the 1 1/2 hour tour. It was not worth the 3 1/2 hour round trip drive we made. The facility and enclosures were very clean and they did give out good information and history of the cats that we did see. I did not get any good pictures. I wonder if the private tour would of been better and worth the price??

Visited April 2013
1 Thank JenaJB
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Plaistow, NH
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“awesome, highlight of our trip!”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

We went on Monday afternoon tour and it was excellent. Got some great photos and really were impressed with how close we were to the cats and the overall experience. I would even go back.

Visited April 2013
2 Thank Robert M
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Greensboro, NC
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Should not be missed!”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

We visited Big Cat Rescue in early March as a break from spring training baseball games. What a wonderful destination! All the cats are well-cared for and the guides provide an animated and interesting discussion of each cat's particular circumstances. The small visitor center is worth a few minutes as well to watch the various videos on the center's background, inhabitants, and large army of dedicated volunteers. You can't help but want to purchase something or sponsor an animal after experiencing a visit. There is a reason Big Cat Rescue is a top-rated attraction in Tampa. Go see for yourself.

Visited March 2013
4 Thank Lewis W
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St. Petersburg, Florida
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Awesome experience”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

We went for the day tour which is about 90 minutes. I really loved it, The staff is knowledgeable and you get to learn a lot about all the big cats. Ive always been interested in all cats but never realized how much the mix breeding people do can be a bad thing. Of course sometime they hide and you don't get to see them all but we were able to see a couple up close and get some great pictures. I really enjoyed seeing all of them. These people care about the cats and all ticket money goes to help support them! I would love to go back again and maybe get to see some of the ones that were sleeping I think it would be cool to go again. They also have feeding tours that sound neat.

Visited April 2013
5 Thank Awax1015
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