Big Cat Rescue provides an awesome service for big cats that, sadly, is more necessary now than ever. Big cats deserve to live in the wild, but there are so many in the hands of private citizens that are abused and neglected. BCR helps these animals and gives them a home for the rest of their lives, complete with plenty of food, enrichment, vet care, and love. BCR also plays an important role in advocacy for big cats, trying to help them in all areas. The world would be a much worse place without the staff and volunteers at Big Cat Rescue. I visited them in November 2014, and I wish I lived closer so I could visit over and over. To see these amazing animals is a rare treat, and to see them healthy and happy after what many of them have been through is nothing short of a miracle.
We went to the 3PM Sat Mar 23rd tour. It was awesome!! Tour guide knew her stuff and answered all the questions. New since our visit March 2018, they have transmitters that hang around your neck and a earpiece so you can hear each cats story then ask the guide questions. It is a great idea! Often with the tours before they had the transmitters, you didn't always hear everything the guide said. The cats are gorgeous and so well loved and cared for!
We toured Big Cat Rescue with a very knowledgeable guide. The animals are beautiful and so well cared for. It was an amazing experience! This non-profit is all about their cats and all monies taken in goes toward their care. I can highly recommend this
This was a fantastic tour, absolutely worth the time and the tour fee! It was nice to see the animals so relaxed and happy and learn all about the current issues around captivity and conservation for these beautiful animals.
When people interfere with the natural environment for wildcats - Big Cat Rescue is there to provide the best possible life for the animals and spread the word through education and encouragement that wildcats are best left wild
We visited BCR recently and the experience was outstanding. Learned much about the abuse and exploitation of these magnificent creatures. BCR is a marvelous facility that supports their feline residents with maximum care and concern.
Most particularly, it was really cool to get so close to these beauties. Nature at its finest!
This is a wonderful forever home for big cats that cannot be released in the wild. Through their education and legistration (on all levels) we can ALL protect these wonderful wild animals and forever banish wild animal private ownership. So we will not “need” sanctuaries.
A wonderful forever home for big cats who have been abused. I follow the cats on Facebook and visit once a year. Also, BCR is my Amazon Smile charity.
The Keeper Tour is a keeper! We got be make some easy enrichment for the cats and then spent about 2 hours walking to see various cats use what we made. The keeper, Des, is very knowledgable and we got to see him work with the cats to do the training they need to make sure the cats can be cared for well - operant training. We learned the background of many of the abused animals and heard them chirp, purr, chuff, moo, bark and even roar. So many fun things to see - the 500+ pound lioness roll over (that's a lot to roll) - tigers swimming and playing in pools and a lake. So much to see and so much to learn!
Flew in from Massachusetts to take the keeper tour and to visit some friends in the area.
They do a wonderful job of keeping the cats happy, healthy, and engaged with enrichments.
Thank You all!
AMAZING! What an experience, what a mission... And the people behind it! A true non-profit with 13 staff members and 100 volunteers; but you would never know it from the fantastic tour... THANK YOU!
My daughter had been following Big Cat Rescue on YouTube for months and she was so captivated by what they do and all the cats. For her 9th birthday she wanted to visit, so I made it happen. We learned so much & enjoyed the kids tour very much.
I think they have a wonderful mission and I hope someday there won’t be a need to rescue these wonderful cats anymore. But while we do I think this organization is top notch.
BCR is a great facility, who takes care of both the cats and the humans who help the cats. They provide excellent information on all aspects of taking care of the cats.
Loved it!! Can’t wait to go back! If you love big cats this is a MUST!
What a wonderful place the Big Cat Rescue is!!! If you have not visited here then you must go! You will not be dissapointed for sure! These big cats are all rescued from all kinds of abuse, they are all older cats that need expert and specialized care and they get the very best of care from their vet staff and also an onsite hospital complete with surgical unit! If your lucky you may even have a Tiger "Chuff" at you or see one play with a large ball or splash around in their personal pond or perhaps just running around! So do yourself a favor and visit this amazing place, we have made 3 visits so far and plan to go again very soon!
Big Cat Rescue is THE place to go if you are visiting Tampa! Not only do you get to see beautiful cats and hear their amazing stories but some of the best people in the world work and volunteer there. You will never meet more dedicated loving people than the staff at BCR!
My visit to the BIG CAT RESCUE Wildcat Walkabout was phenomenal!!! Not only is the staff warm and friendly, but they go out of their way to make you feel like you are part of their very awesome world of the big cats that we all love so much!!!! My support of this sanctuary is so near and dear to my heart, and I am so glad I found them a year ago.....the work they do goes above anything I have ever seen as far as the love, care and attention they give to these animals that were rescued from horrendous conditions. Thank you BCR for all you do, we love and appreciate you!!!!
Wonderful rescue! They do a fantastic job taking care of these animals and giving the best retirement life they can have. The tour was great and I like that they provide stories for each animal you see. The tour guide was very nice and knowledgable. I also loved that they provided education and letting us know how we can all help these big cats.
I love The Big Cat Rescue and have been there many times! This nonprofit is so fantastic with the kitties and their environment! I enjoy visiting and seeing the improvements made in the facility over the years. I highly recommend visiting and being amazed at the beauty of the big kitties.
Absolutely impressed! Big Cat Rescue is just that! These folks clearly have the best interest of the cats in their care as most do but the difference here is they are living within a very high standard of care and concern for well being. Super impressed that they have very strict guide lines on ages of visitors and that nobody is to be left unattended.
Would recommend and will visit again!!
Although it is difficult to hear and see (via the introductory video) the stories of how these beautiful creatures came to Big Cat Rescue, it helps to know that a place like this exists and truly cares about these animals. Each habitat is designed with the special needs of the cat (or cats) who will be living in it. The guides are informative and my daughter & I enjoyed this activity immensely. Worth every penny! Plus we donated & made purchases at the gift shop, in order to help this very important non-profit organization.
We had the privilege of a private tour on 7/24/18. I am awed by the labor of love in this sanctuary. It is obvious how content these cats are. No pacing or agitation. Just lounging, rolling and interested looks at the crazy visitors in the rain. What an amazing experience! If they can't be in their natural habitats, this is the next best thing. Thank you for taking care of these gorgeous, majestic creatures.
I went to Big Cat Rescue for four days straight.. June 21-25 2018
Each day was better than the first!
They were professional and they taught me so much about the Big Cats. The Sanctuary was clean and very well maintained and the animals were the first priority . I was very Impressed.
It is a must see for the entire family!
And when you see and hear the Cats up close .. it is just a fantastic experience .