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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.
Gainesville, Florida, United States
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9 reviews
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

If you love big cats this is an absolute must see. The variety and care the cats receive is wonderful.

Visited August 2013
2 Thank John S
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Dunnellon, Florida
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“This might just be the most meaningful attraction in all of Florida!!”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

If you love animals, value freedom and deplore animal abuse, you need to come to Big Cat Rescue in Tampa. The facility educates the public on the massive and ever-growing problem of exotic animal poaching and trafficking while providing a safe, loving and therapeutic environment for the big cats they rescue. The public is welcome to visit the cats and get to know how they came to be there, but the priority is not providing the public with entertainment.

That having been said, the cats themselves are incredible. They are clearly very well cared for and fed properly, given veterinary care, and are given plenty of room to roam. Our tour guide, Sharyn, was knowledgeable and friendly as she walked us down the fenced (and sometimes muddy--wear old shoes) paths describing the cats we saw and their natural habitats.

There are over 200 cats on the grounds and many seem to enjoy the attention of having their picture taken. The ocelot flirted with the crowd and one of the tigers entertained himself by climbing into his pool and trying to catch his own tail. The gift shop is a fantastic and adorable way to contribute to the cats' well-being as all of the proceeds go to the animals' care.

Definitely do not miss seeing these cats up close and beautiful. You will never forget the thrill of hearing a lion roar three feet from you! We would love to go back for the feeding tour. That, if nothing else, should show people why these gorgeous animals ARE NOT PETS! Enjoy!

Visited August 2013
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Winter Haven, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Feeding time!!!!”
Reviewed August 22, 2013

I went to BCR in July 2013 for the evening feeding tour. I have been on day tours and even a night tour, but this was NOTHING in comparison!!!. I was able to learn what the cats eat and see them being fed. It was neat to be able to hear the chewing their food and be that close. Each cat has their own eating habits... some parade with it as if to show it off to neighboring cats, others chow down immediately.... go on a regular day tour... then go on a feeding tour..... so worth it!

Visited July 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“the greatest show on Earth...”
Reviewed August 20, 2013

isn't under the big top. It's here at the big cat rescue where you'll see amazing animals, hear their tales of survival, and become enlightened on the fate of these majestic creatures.
The only ride here is on a golf cart, for an additional ten dollars, but you'll enjoy it more than any thrill seeking ride.

By signing a petition, making a donation, or buying from the gift shop will make you feel empowered by helping save big cats who clearly don't belong as pets or in circuses but instead in the wild.

Come see!

Visited August 2013
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Tampa, Florida
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“Terrific Place, Terrific Cats, Terrific People”
Reviewed August 20, 2013

My 25-year-old daughter was visiting from California, so I purchased tickets to take her to Big Cat Rescue for the Saturday morning tour. I moved to Tampa last year, but hadn't yet visited.

The facility is amazing and we learned so much from our tour guide, a BCR intern. This is a "not to be missed" attraction in the Tampa Bay area. Your admission is actually used to feed the cats....so you're not only experiencing this loving, caring sanctuary...but you're contributing to the care of the big cats.

Regular tour is 1 1/2 hours long. Wear comfortable closed-toe shoes that you won't mind getting wet. There are two water stops along the way -- suggest your bring a water bottle from home and refill. Very nice personal audio system guarantees that you can always hear your tour guide.

Don't miss this!

Visited August 2013
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