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“Not a zoo, but what a zoo SHOULD be”
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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.
Perkasie, Pennsylvania, United States
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79 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Not a zoo, but what a zoo SHOULD be”
Reviewed February 26, 2014

This is an amazing place where every single thing is done to help big cats. The tours are small and designed to educate you about the animals, and how to best preserve their species in NATURE. Many of the animals were seized or donated and were raised as pets. Some were even raised for the fur trade. But now all of them will live out their lives at Big Cat Rescue where they are treated with utter kindness and enrichment. Bring your kids, cameras and whatever you can donate to the cause. It will fill your heart with joy hearing the stories of rescue and hope.

Visited February 2014
1 Thank Ed W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Amazing Team and Organization!!!”
Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

Second time here, it was so great ladt time that this time I brought my whole family.

The tour and volunteers are so knowledgeable- we got so much out of this visit. It changed our lives, (the way we see animals in captivity for profit), and likely will influence you too.

In person was so much better than their amazing web site and Facebook page- we loved this attraction.

Definitely recommend a visit! But recommend everyone visiting understand this is a rescue doing what is best for the cats ahead of the visitors.

Keep up the great work BCR!!

Thank SenatorMcCain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Keeper Tour Worth the Extra”
Reviewed February 22, 2014

This was a great tour and worth the extra money. First you get to make enrichment treats for the cats. Then they take you around the facility. All of the cats are nice and alert because they know treats are commng. They are not sleeping like what you see iin zoos.The enclosures are quite big for each cat and it would have been difficult to get photos without the keepers giving them treats. But with treats, the cats get right up to the best viewing spot for photos. This tour is at 2pm and its was hot and humid, but being able to see the cats get very excited about the enrichment treats was fantastic. Highly recommended. This is non-profit organization, so all proceeds go to the cats.

Visited February 2014
2 Thank 4PMK
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Southbury Ct
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“The big cats were magnificent!! Very interesting tour!”
Reviewed February 19, 2014

Ending our two week beach vacation we like to find one fun thing to do before flying out of Tampa the next day. This year we chose the Big Cat Tour and so glad we did. Overall it was a great fun experience for us. We learned so much particularly about how these animals are abused neglected and even used to make what are called "designer cats". The laws protecting them across this country need to be changed and improved. Laws vary by state. The tour lasts about two hours and conducted by interns from around the world who work there on three month intervals for no pay. They are in general recent college grads interested in pursuing careers working or researching the big cats. Everything there is about the animals..making sure their environment is as safe and comfortable as is possible. It is evident when you see the animals as you closely observe them loving their homes and acting so relaxed and contented. It is a wonderful place to be for sure and a do not miss! Every penny of tour price goes back to care for the animals. Most of the cats eat 15 pounds of meat each day! Our daytime tour was $36 per person..no children under ten. They do have children's tours available. Next year i may send my husband on the feeding tour which is more expensive but i think he would enjoy seeing their feeding process and cats reactions! By the way if you have trouble walking for a long time and the route is not exactly smooth turf, for an additional $10 fee you can ride in a golf cart.

Visited February 2014
Thank Helsbabe
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Winter Garden, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Okay, but not as Advertised”
Reviewed February 17, 2014 via mobile

My husband truly wanted to go to this big cat rescue when we visited this past weekend. We were told to arrive at least 30 minutes early, but we arrived right before it was our time to do the tour, at 1pm.
The tour actually began 30 minutes after our scheduled tour time, however I'm not sure why. Our tour guide was an "intern", she appeared to care a lot about the cats, however she did not seem very mature or educated in her words or attitude. Instead of talking about the cats and what they are like, this tour talks about where the cats came from and how they were abused or neglected. Although my husband I are adults, it was very depressing. I would not recommend this tour to any child, who might not understand what they are hearing. The tour guide relied a lot on prerecorded listening devices that she plays at each enclosure to tell the "story" of that particular cat. Overall, I was not impressed. The cost of this big cat rescue tour is overpriced. And not exactly what it is advertised as. The tour guides completely bash zoos, however they appear to keep their animals in small enclosures as well with small water pools, which they say is a work in progress.

17 Thank Crystal_juan
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