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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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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.

Gilligan is always very expressive.

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Phill Mcrackin53 minutes ago   ·  7
Junior CarrilloUn Felino muy Lindo59 minutes ago   ·  1
Jennalee ManningLooks Canadian :)56 minutes ago   ·  1
Jennifer Loggins PizzitolaSmiling at the cute! 😁47 minutes ago
Barbara Knutson PierBeautiful53 minutes ago
Movieguru EngelmanWhat a handsome guy :)56 minutes ago
Laura Wearebig paws!50 minutes ago
Debra Whitten MartinI think he is my most favorite. 🐱58 minutes ago
Lurdes Monteiro Da CostaBellissimo 💙💙59 minutes ago
Suzie MartinezHis hand is as big as his face!!!' LOVE!!!!50 minutes ago
Paul GabbardWow, look at the size of them feets, like snowshoes they are.47 minutes ago
Jacque HuntIn sync of wylie58 minutes ago
Lionel Estrada GarzaI would love to meet the fella.54 minutes ago
Samantha LordHe's smiling!1 hour ago
Nor Suzana KhamarudinSmile..55 minutes ago
Gail Garrisongorgeous!1 hour ago
Ahmed Tarekايه ده Abdulrahman Ayman49 minutes ago

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With extreme sadness we announce that our beloved goofy leopard Reno was humanely euthanized February 23. Two days earlier Reno was vomiting, lethargic & suddenly blind, we took him to the University of Florida for diagnostics. The vets there determined he was completely blind, but could't figure out why. But more importantly, they found that his liver was damaged beyond repair. There was nothing further that could be done to give Reno a good quality of life, so he crossed over the rainbow bridge. Run free, Reno. Run free.

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Robin LeonardI was so happy to get permission to pastel this great cat. He has leaped over the Rainbow Bridge.. Happy n Healed. very sad to hear this news. This portrait of him hangs in my home. ☺️3 hours ago   ·  118
Emma Kingtonks KingSo very sad. I am so sorry Your pain is felt very deep, loosing a baby just breaks your heart We lost our Kylie on Monday, a routine vet check caused her to go into heart failure that took a few days to show. She was twelve We are here but to love them and care for them. Letting them go is our final act of kindness, but this knowledge does not heal our breaking hearts. I hope that we all in time feel less hurt out our loose and have more time to reflect on the joy they have shared with us Big hugs to you all This is my beautiful Kylie3 hours ago   ·  37
Susan LarsenIs it normal for the large cat to have so many health issues. Wondering if they are like that in the wild . Do they have these ailments when they are rescued?3 hours ago   ·  1
Aneta Ruczyńska-Woć3 hours ago   ·  26
Amy GodwinReno loved this darn thing! ❤️3 hours ago   ·  57
Gabrielle HankeHe was so gorgeous. I'm so thankful you were able to give him the love and care he deserved.2 hours ago   ·  10
Vickie Patman3 hours ago   ·  10
Watseka StrawserSad. Better to let go rather than watch them suffer though.4 hours ago   ·  26
Jennifer Loggins PizzitolaSo sad! He was lucky to be around so many who loved and cared for him!!!4 hours ago   ·  14
Christine Evert FarrSo sorry for your heartbreaking loss BCR, Reno had such quality of life at the sanctuary and you spared him prolonged suffering. Thank you for your compassion and care. Run free Reno, say hi to Skip and Rufus for me4 hours ago   ·  11
Patti BrownRest peacefully Reno4 hours ago   ·  4
Elaine Hopper3 hours ago   ·  4
Cindy Warner*tears* RIP sweet Reno, you can run free and wild now. Blessings, my sweet boy.4 hours ago   ·  3
Marilyn MillerSo sorry to all at BCR on the loss of magnificat Reno. You gave him so many good years.4 hours ago   ·  3
Randall MunstersOh so sad. He was the one cat that liked to stalk me, but made it more of a game than anything. He will be missed.4 hours ago   ·  3
Anne HefleyHe was a beautiful boy who was blessed to have crossed paths with you. So sorry for your, and our loss. Thank you for giving him a home and the love and respect he deserved.4 hours ago   ·  2
Leann BeadellLosing an animal wether it is a pet or a living creature that you have had the privilege to care for, hurts. Making that decision as I had to do recently is hard but knowing you did it out of love helps. I recently lost my pet, companion and fur baby Cobweb at the age of 20. He had a great life filled with love. Now I am the proud momma of two new rescued fur babies, Shelby and Bentley. Life continues. This was my Cobweb2 hours ago   ·  2
El Burke💜4 hours ago   ·  1
TeRisa BrownHow sorry..I know it really hurts y'all. .4 hours ago   ·  1
Karen Cox Oliver-PaullSo sorry he is gone, but glad that he had so many years in Big Cat Rescue.2 hours ago   ·  1
Ilene FarryHappy trails Reno you'll be happy and healthy again. You'll be missed terribly. You were beautiful and amazing 💔💔💔2 hours ago   ·  1
Lacey Crazdwriter GordonRIP Reno! Enjoy frolicking in heaven4 hours ago   ·  1
Judi HicksMy heart just breaks for you with every loss2 hours ago   ·  1
Sandra CaseSo sad....Reno had a good life..RIP Darling...3 hours ago   ·  1
Haley Nichols😭😭 Noo but he's not suffering anymore4 hours ago   ·  1

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