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“A definate must do”
Review of Big Cat Rescue

Big Cat Rescue
Ranked #3 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 January 15, 2014

This was our 2nd visit to Big Cat Rescue and it was just as exciting as the first time we went. A welcome improvement to the tours are the introduction of earpieces for each guest which means you get to hear everything the guide is saying even if you are at the back. The 2.5 acre vacation rotation is now available for the big cats take turns to have time out in a secluded area where they can run freely, swim & climb without any intrusion. Lovely. They are now working hard to install a similar enclosure for the smaller cats to use. They do such good work here & campaign ceaselessly to enlighten people on just how stupid & cruel it is to keep these wild animals as pets.

Thank fisherpl
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

It has been several years since we have been back to Big Cat Rescue and I'm so glad we made it back. It's got a top rating for cat sanctuaries in Fla. You get education as well as meet all the residents that will live out the rest of their lives in luxury. You get brought up to date on what's going on in the exotic animal trade, and how to help stop it through our legislature. These animals have been rescued from drug dealers that used the tigers as guard dogs, hoarders who couldn't continue to care and feed these fabulous cats. Some were rescued from road side zoos photo op's with tiger cubs ( so wrong) these are wild animals. They take lots of care lots of money for food and vet bills. 83% of all moneys go to the animals. There are only 9 staff members all the rest are volunteers and they have a great intern program for those who want a career in animal care. It's clean and the people are friendly. Must see for yourself

Thank Boyd F
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

Great to see some of the rescued cats but just wish there was more I could do to help them. We got to see feeding time which was great and I loved the Bobcats.

Thank jamescusens18
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

I wasn't aware of many of the issues regarding owning exotic pets. The guide was informative and seemed to have a connection with many of the cats. Although the plight of these animals is chilling, I'm glad we visited

1  Thank 196LindaC
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

Of you like cats... YOU GOTTA GO !!!
They have over 56 cats there. only one ocelot but a few lynx, bobcats, 2 lions, and one lioness (wow !!!) , a couple of jaguars, couple of pumas, a white tiger and a few other tigers.... several servals, CUTE !!) and some cougars. I can't name all the cats I saw there. But if you love cats, you'll love this place. cost for the 3 pm tour is $36. per person. WORTH IT !!!

Here's what you do:
1. go at the 3 o'clock tour. the cats get fed around 4:30 and they know when it's time. so at 3 pm they are out of their dens and active.

2. Pictures are welcome but set your camera to "NO FLASH".

3. Be prepared to be amazed as you approach the lioness. (she's beautiful !)

4. the tour guides are GREAT and full of information about each cat and how they came to be at the rescue place.

5. the cats get access to a 2.5 acre piece of ground where they get to run a bit. they all take turns.

6. remember: cats are "hunter/killers". DO NOT get too close to that cage. also, the guides might talk about how live rats are introduced into the cages to help the cats learn to hunt/kill if they are going to be set back into the wild. Nature is not kind, ok ??

7. that little pussycat you have in your house? guess what? that little kittycat (pound for pound), is the most efficient hunter/killer that walks on this planet (except for humans). and that little kitty cat curls up on your lap every night for you to pet.

8. don't fall for the idea that your housecat kills a lot of birds. mostly the common housecat kills rodents. during the egyptian cultural peak they worshipped the cat as it killed the rodents that ate the grains in their silos. on the other hand, cats were demonized during the dark ages and burnt as demons. The dark ages were known for the black plague brought by rodents.... the lesson: worship your cat and all will be well. (smiles).

1  Thank a1tommyL
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