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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.

Alleviating boredom for captive wild cats is a never ending task. The leopards have recently been moved to new enclosures. So far, Sabre is enjoying his new territory. ... See MoreSee Less

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Carla MiglinMy "black" kitty Hermes6 hours ago   ·  247
Gary M JoplinYou just wanna go and give it a big kiss and cuddle, but know it's the last thing you'll ever do lol.. So damn cute!7 hours ago   ·  16
Purushothman Purushothman7 hours ago   ·  10
Cat C CatherineMy 'Ebby' is 17 :)5 hours ago   ·  3
Janis MeyersHandsome boy!6 hours ago   ·  2
Naomi PerreiraBCR, so thrilled to see that Sabre is feeling and doing much better. He is so very handsome and looks like a sweetheart for a leopard that is, not a pet. :-)7 hours ago   ·  2
Debra Whitten MartinBeautiful Sabre! My boy Oscar says hello.7 hours ago   ·  5
Russell WoodheadLooks like Mao4 hours ago   ·  1
Farida Ibrahim ColonBCR when u move them from on place to another, how do u get rid of the scent od the precious tenant so the new one is not freaked out?6 hours ago   ·  1
Sophie LuntMy kitty Kai does the same thing, rolling around on his back. Although on the carpet instead. I assume this is a good sign!7 hours ago   ·  1
Slavica Koprivica7 hours ago   ·  4
Chelsea SchneiterI hadn't thought of that for the cats. I am sure zoos aren't the best for this kind of thing.60 minutes ago
Ann HydeYou could put most anything in their enclosure and it's a new day!2 hours ago
Terri BartleyStanley likes to lie like that too!2 hours ago
Kurt Dana KoenigA beautiful animal!2 hours ago
Robin SchwietertLooks like it ( xoxoxo)2 hours ago
Missy StogsdillBeautiful !2 hours ago
Bernadette EdmundsHow beautiful2 hours ago
Ellen Cain- OryGorgeous boy!3 hours ago
Helen Puffinjust precious:)3 hours ago
Amardeep Kujursuperb click :-D3 hours ago
Carmen BardahAmazing big cat !!!3 hours ago
Maryann TeejayI know he could rip my lips off (and other parts), but I want to kiss his nose. ;-) I'll have to wait for the afterlife - my daughter insists all animals are docile in heaven!3 hours ago
Laura JohnsonHe looks like a character ! So glad that he's happy ! He's gorgeous ! :)4 hours ago

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