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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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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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Rey Marcos MonserrattGods gift to humanity2 hours ago   ·  7
Tiffany GreenWhat a pretty face.2 hours ago   ·  3
Diane StephensonOMG!!!!! Beautiful !!!!! I want one!!!2 hours ago   ·  1
Kristin PentaWhat a gorgeous animal. Look at his markings!2 hours ago   ·  1
Slavica Koprivica2 hours ago   ·  5
Ramona Ulrike PeschelMm Durst tut das gut!46 minutes ago
Bruce BarronHave a drink for me, Zabu. Time to go to work.46 minutes ago
Michèle Meunierc'est l'heure de l'apéro!47 minutes ago
Linda SquiresBeautiful cat, gorgeous48 minutes ago
Gabriella CsupornéGyönyörű szép a természet csodája nagyon szeretem!48 minutes ago
Jennifer OnwuamaegbuStunningly beautiful!!! 💕57 minutes ago
Nalini ChukowrySo beautiful1 hour ago
Trish St PierreAwesome xx1 hour ago
Janet BestBeautiful1 hour ago
Cathy RoweI want Higgs & cuddles! Kristin Penta.... look at his EYES! Purrrrrr!1 hour ago
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Pierre HerrmannImmens schoenes Tier2 hours ago
Tomomi Abe💕💗2 hours ago
Ronda ScheelSurely one of Gods most beautiful Big cats!2 hours ago
Debahuti BaishyaAwwwwww <32 hours ago
Lynn RaschGorgeous2 hours ago
Farida Ibrahim ColonHi beautiful. Have a pawsome caturday!2 hours ago

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Beauty of Planet EarthJoin to our Group - hours ago   ·  305
Vonney Bethed"Get off of my lawn!"5 hours ago   ·  20
Minna NahkiaisojaHe looks grumpy in a cute way :)5 hours ago   ·  1
Andrea RanneyCats are soo cool, the biggest misconceived animal on the planet5 hours ago   ·  1
Válik Lászlóné Boda EszterOh so strict.5 hours ago   ·  1
Bettina ReschFunny Face, meine Maine-Coon schaut zwar grantig ist aber superlieb :×)4 hours ago   ·  4
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Michele Forsythe Willoughbyomg that was my morning smile!!....too handsome!!!36 minutes ago
Rey Marcos MonserrattSötnos!1 hour ago
Marija ĐidaraHe's just cool.1 hour ago
Tiffany GreenBut he is super handsome!2 hours ago
Anita KingsberryHe does look grumpy in a cute way.2 hours ago
Cheryl LeddieOh wow2 hours ago
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Essam Lgnice3 hours ago
Noe Head"ewaaOowrrrr" ...3 hours ago
Ramnik SinghGrumpy cat4 hours ago
Jack ThurstonI like mischief.4 hours ago
Gary CornettGotta show who's the boss round these parts4 hours ago
Lonnie GolenCluck cluck4 hours ago
Jean WareGorgeousxxxxxx4 hours ago
Lauren Tu'ipulotubeautiful cat4 hours ago
Leah Marie CuffeGrumpy face but still so sweet!4 hours ago

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