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Address: 12802 Easy St, Tampa, FL 33625-3702
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+1 813-920-4130

Do you see yourself looking over the vast Serengeti plains, searching the...

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.

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I was thrilled to be able to get so close to these beautiful creatures, and pleased to see them in such large spaces.

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Jon K
Tampa, Florida
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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was thrilled to be able to get so close to these beautiful creatures, and pleased to see them in such large spaces.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you like Big Cats, this is a wonderful place to visit. You (one) can obviously not get too close to the animals, but they are something to see. The lion was the largest one I have ever seen, and there was a large variety of tigers. The tour guide was very informative. The tour lasted about 1 1/2 hours.... More 

Thank Linda L
Casselberry, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a sanctuary rescue facility for big cats of many varieties - lions, tigers, leopards, servals, caracals, lynx, bob cats, cougars and probably others I don't remember. We took the Keepers Tour. At over 2 hours, we saw the entire place, led by a very knowledgeable staff member (who said that all staff are volunteers!). We first made some... More 

Thank Susan M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very nice tour! Learned a lot about cats in general and the specific cats history. Good place to go if you are an animal lover like me!

Thank Daniella A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was fortunate enough to go to Big Cat Rescue on January 8th and took a Keeper's Tour. We got to make enrichment for the cats, and as we toured, our keeper passed out the goodies. It was a very educational experience as well as enjoyable. First and foremost, the enclosures are massive. The cats have tons of room to... More 

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New Port Richey, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I enjoyed the entire 90 minute tour. Everything was very well presented. Most of the Big cats were visible, a few were sleeping out of range. The tour guide was very informative as were the recorders we were all given at the beginning. I had used a golf cart to get around and the driver made sure I saw and... More 

Thank Mary J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This an amazing place. If you love cats or animals in general you will love this place. If you are concerned with the welfare of animals you will be impressed with this place and the work they are doing beyond this sanctuary. My husband and I took the 10 am adult tour. It was an informative two hours. Amazing stories... More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited Big Cat Rescue while in Tampa before we went on a cruise. The guides were fantastic and I got a lot of great pictures. The cats appear to be well taken care and healthy of despite some awful circumstances they lived through before they arrived at this wonderful place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Big Cat Sanctuary was an experience that opened my eyes to the plight of the preservation of Big Cats and the horror that many exotic cats go through in the trade business. Due to the non-profit nature of this organization, their ultimate focus is the cats and they simply take you on their daily journey. Seeing this organization care for... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is so wonderful! They take in big cats that had bad homes, were mistreated and too old for the circus, or were declawed! It is great to see them being able to live a full life to the end. I took my 19 yr old Grandson and he found it very interesting and was glad he got to... More 

Thank Linda D

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