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Caring for Cats and Ending the Trade



This site is more than 10,000 pages of photos, videos, stories, facts and fun stuff about lions, tigers, leopards and many, many more varieties of exotic wild cats.

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The Most Important Thing YOU Can Do to Save Big Cats


Most-ImportantThis bill called the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act is the most important piece of legislation to ever be introduced to protect lions, tigers and other exotic wild cats from being kept as pets and in miserable roadside zoos. It ended the 113th Congressional session with more than 120 co sponsors.  Now we are working to re introduce the bill in January 2015.



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Who is Big Cat Rescue?



Big Cat Rescue, one of the world’s largest accredited sanctuaries for exotic cats, is a leading advocate in ending the abuse of captive big cats and saving wild cats from extinction.  We are home to about 100 lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars, servals and other species most of whom have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, saved from being turned into fur coats, or retired from performing acts.

  • The sanctuary began rescuing exotic cats in Nov. 4, 1992.
  • The non profit 501 c 3 sanctuary is home to about 100 exotic big cats
  • The cats at Big Cat Rescue are here for a variety of reasons, including:
    • Abandoned by owners who wrongly thought they would make good pets
    • Abused by owners in order to force them to perform
    • Retired from performing acts
    • Saved from being slaughtered to make fur coats
    • Rescued as babies after hunters killed their mothers.  See our Bobcat Rehab and Release work
  • Big Cat Rescue has many species of cats, many of whom are threatened, endangered or extinct now in the wild, including:
    • Tigers, Lions, Leopards, Cougars, Bobcats, Lynx, Servals, Ocelots, Caracals, Jungle Cats and a Geoffroy Cat
  • The non-profit organization is:
    • Accredited by the Global Federation of Sanctuaries
    • Certified by Independent Charities of America as a “Best in America Charity”
    • Member of the World Society for Protection of Animals
    • Rated 4 Stars by Charity Navigator (their highest rating) and has one of the highest scores of any animal based charity
    • Part of a global coalition including HSUS, IFAW, WWF, GFAS, Born Free and other animal protection groups who are working together to end big cat abuse.
  • The sanctuary is situated on 67 acres in the Citrus Park area of north Tampa.

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Leah Hopson9 hours ago   ·  191
Alyn WhitneyMy deaf cat loves watching your cats videos. I think she has a crush on Moses. Lol.9 hours ago   ·  28
Dawn HuitingPaws up Hello from Kovu!9 hours ago   ·  63
Shari 'Tygr' MartensHigh 5 buddy!9 hours ago   ·  199
Ann Johnson Young9 hours ago   ·  6
Miranda Van GrevengoedLovely miauwmiauwwwwww7 hours ago   ·  2
Marcy MyersHe's beautiful!9 hours ago   ·  2
Ang MoschellaAw he looks like my Tiger5 hours ago   ·  1
Lesley SchultzCan't wait to see him and some other smaller cats enjoying their time in the Smaller Cats Vacation Rotation area! ;-) (nudge, nudge...)9 hours ago   ·  1
Jason MoralesEdnita, put your paws up!!!9 hours ago   ·  1
Jenna KnightGorgeous cat.9 hours ago   ·  1
Shafiq KamarudinAkma Ayob Tommy!9 hours ago   ·  1
Chris MoorcroftPaws up!9 hours ago   ·  3
Lynn BradleyAwwww. Sweet fur baby...36 minutes ago
Naomi PerreiraMoses, hello to you from So California.37 minutes ago
Erica BertramHi Moses!! Greetings from CA!!1 hour ago
Cheryl LambertI love your site. Some of the positions they get in remind me f mine. Also, whoever takes the pictures sue has a way to capture the expressions in their eyes.1 hour ago
Connie BrattenBelly alert!1 hour ago
Zamzuri ZauyahHello n good morning beautiful Moses from Malaysia ... luv u2 hours ago
Mii Mhiengis he declawed ? :(2 hours ago
Tanya JohnsonHello beautiful cat! 😸2 hours ago
Thomas MeekHello, Moses!2 hours ago
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Tracy Suzanne WilliamsLindsey Brooke Leach. Looks like kit Kat!2 hours ago

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