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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 humanity3 hours ago   ·  8
Tiffany GreenWhat a pretty face.3 hours ago   ·  4
Diane StephensonOMG!!!!! Beautiful !!!!! I want one!!!3 hours ago   ·  1
Kristin PentaWhat a gorgeous animal. Look at his markings!4 hours ago   ·  1
Slavica Koprivica3 hours ago   ·  5
Ibrahim HalaiShe is Beautiful (Zabu) I named her by myslef Zahabiya :)60 minutes ago
Tammy RauchSo pretty.1 hour ago
Alex PizzieIt's not beautiful it's inbred!1 hour ago
Leila McClainSoo Sweet !!1 hour ago
Emma Conwayhappy caturday to all1 hour ago
Janet Llowell-ZimmerHappy Caturday to everyone at BCR.1 hour ago
Else BernerShe is gorgeous - and such a happy cat!1 hour ago
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Ls LaurinBest to you All2 hours ago
Patricia Ruby HildJust Beautiful2 hours ago
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Bruce BarronHave a drink for me, Zabu. Time to go to work.2 hours ago
Michèle Meunierc'est l'heure de l'apéro!2 hours ago
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Jennifer OnwuamaegbuStunningly beautiful!!! 💕2 hours ago
Nalini ChukowrySo beautiful3 hours ago
Trish St PierreAwesome xx3 hours ago
Janet BestBeautiful3 hours ago

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Beauty of Planet EarthJoin to our Group - hours ago   ·  367
Vonney Bethed"Get off of my lawn!"7 hours ago   ·  24
Minna NahkiaisojaHe looks grumpy in a cute way :)6 hours ago   ·  2
Andrea RanneyCats are soo cool, the biggest misconceived animal on the planet6 hours ago   ·  2
Bettina ReschFunny Face, meine Maine-Coon schaut zwar grantig ist aber superlieb :×)6 hours ago   ·  5
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Válik Lászlóné Boda EszterOh so strict.6 hours ago   ·  1
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Purushothman Purushothman6 hours ago   ·  4
Holly ThroopI would love to go to a big cat rescue1 hour ago
Shelia Tirro-GeorgeHe is always planning... Something.1 hour ago
Chris Irvingthats old cat dna2 hours ago
Annie GrandvoinnetIl n'a pas l'air content le gros minou...!2 hours ago
Michele Forsythe Willoughbyomg that was my morning smile!!....too handsome!!!2 hours ago
Rey Marcos MonserrattSötnos!3 hours ago
Marija ĐidaraHe's just cool.3 hours ago
Tiffany GreenBut he is super handsome!3 hours ago
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Jack ThurstonI like mischief.5 hours ago

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