Big Cat Rescue, Tampa
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Address: 12802 Easy St, Tampa, FL 33625, USA
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Big Cat Rescue is an animal sanctuary near Tampa, Florida, United States, devoted to rescuing and housing exotic felines, rehabilitating injured or orphaned native wild cats, and ending the private trade and ownership of exotic cats via educational outreach and legislation. As of August 2015, the center is home to 19 big cats and 67 small cats. Big Cat Rescue has sheltered binturongs, bobcats, caracals, civets, cougars, Geoffroy's cats, leopards, lions, lynxes, ocelots, sand cats, servals, and tigers. The sanctuary is located on 67 acres (27 ha) in the Citrus Park area of North Tampa. In 2014, Big Cat Rescue received over 27,000 visitors. Big Cat Rescue began operating in 1992, and bills itself as "the largest accredited sanctuary in the world dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned big cats." It is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and is a member of World Animal Protection.Wikipedia
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I very much enjoyed my time on the property. It was the feeding time appointment so was more fast paced than I would have liked. We were not allowed to see the lions for what appears to be for their benefit. The guides are volunteers, knowledgeable and caring. I would recommend going to the Big Cat rescue. I will be going back. I am hoping I can spend more time on the property.
We just did the annual Wildcat Walkabout. What an awesome experience! We were able to walk the tour path at our own pace. It seemed crowded before the tour started, but once people started on the trail, it spread out and we were able to see the big cats up pretty close. The caretakers had provided the cats along the tour path with enrichment items, so most of them were out where you could see them playing with pumpkins and enjoying their special popsicles. I will definitely sign up for this next year!
This was an amazing experience! Thanks to our great guide, Fred, we've learned a lot about the big cats we've seen over there. This sanctuary (not a zoo) really puts their animals above all else. It is great to book a tour here, because you know that you support the animals there with it. It also makes you much more aware about the current situation of privately owned big cats. The Big Cat Rescue is doing a great job fighting for the animals in need!
Beautiful animals, seem well kept and the caretakers care about them. The stories behind the cats were sad but I appreciate being made aware of it. Overall the tour was a great experience and we will come back, however our interaction with one lady named "Karma" was unpleasant, she seemed annoyed at our questions (this was our first time there) and was clearly pissed off when I asked for a Military discount. My husband has been in the Air Force for almost 30 years and is currently deployed. I did not appreciate her attitude and approach. Other than her everyone else we interacted with was friendly and informative.
Such a cool place! Got to see a Tiger up close and he was playing with a pumpkin. His claws went through it so easily. They are so powerful and yet can hop and run so gracefully. Amazing animal!
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