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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.

Most of the time Simba Leopard's personality is that of a wise elderly gentleman. ... See MoreSee Less

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Johanna Jumppapuumis Keskimäkiwow. love this pic!2 hours ago   ·  6
Heather Ann CampbellHe is handsome. He looks so contemplative in this picture.2 hours ago   ·  6
Lori SmithGorgeous! !!2 hours ago   ·  1
Patti KingWhat a face! The eyes seem to look into my soul!2 hours ago   ·  1
Denise PuttMost? Is there a but ... ? :))2 hours ago   ·  1
Linda Lempeureurbien le bonjour!!!2 hours ago   ·  1
Marlene Coalter RussellHe's beautiful.2 hours ago   ·  1
Sarah CravenOh my beautiful2 hours ago   ·  1
Jennessa KaufmanSo beautiful! 😻😻😻2 hours ago   ·  1
MikenMandy FelineAnd he looks so fabulous!2 hours ago   ·  1
Purushothman Purushothman1 hour ago   ·  4
Jan BlowBeautiful xx27 minutes ago
Liiso RaudvassarHe's so handsome.28 minutes ago
Cheryl Monroe BusfieldA handsome gent, to be sure.30 minutes ago
Emmanuel Kohlerun beau petit chat41 minutes ago
Ray Cameronlove it41 minutes ago
Robin DauzatMagnificent47 minutes ago
Lori LuevanoBeautiful49 minutes ago
Tomomi Abe51 minutes ago
Carol LottPRECIOUS FURBABY.52 minutes ago
Pascale DigioiaBeautiful!!!56 minutes ago
Marlene Freedman..Beautifull Picture, Love the eyes.59 minutes ago
Patti ColbathGorgeous as well as regal <31 hour ago
Nancy MunozHe's magnificent!1 hour ago
Tina Hogue-HardingBeautiful1 hour ago

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Aimee BrooksAnd such a pretty face, even if he does look a bit disgruntled!5 hours ago   ·  13
Daniel Roberto OrtegaWorked at a sanctuary that had lot of them, they are beautiful.5 hours ago   ·  7
Liz McCarthyQuestion...I've heard there are a bunch of different names for a Cougar. What are they and why do they differ?2 hours ago   ·  2
Tammy RiceLooks like he is ticked4 hours ago   ·  1
Helen Howell JobMy my!5 hours ago   ·  1
Billie Nicolecute5 hours ago   ·  1
Emma Heath"Are you... Are you going to keep watching me? Because it's kind of creeping me out." LOL... Oh my goodness he's amazing!5 hours ago   ·  1
Melissa Hansen"All the better to play with you..."5 hours ago   ·  1
Eula WashingtonSo pretty27 minutes ago
Liiso RaudvassarShe really has big claws and she's madjestic,too.32 minutes ago
Elsa WelmanWhat a beautiful face, specially those eyes!! Love you lots and lots!!39 minutes ago
Tina Hogue-HardingGorgeous1 hour ago
Jennifer Loggins PizzitolaThose eyes! It's like you can see into his soul.1 hour ago
Hop Along KellyHad she ever gone into that water??? To get cooled off???2 hours ago
Hop Along KellyOoohh my!! She does have a big paws!!!!!2 hours ago
Lion Blacklook the eyes like green endless ocean2 hours ago
Susan BrayWhoa ! Seriously large feet !2 hours ago
Lori LuevanoGood kitty2 hours ago
Dixie DawsonLooking Serious ! Beautiful Cat !2 hours ago
Tiena Marie Harvey EllisLiz McCarthy the reason the have so many names is because they once where all over the USA and Canada. Different regions called them by different names.2 hours ago
Tiena Marie Harvey EllisI know it's not realistic, but I would really love to kiss those big paws.2 hours ago
Jennifer BrownI bet he could give a great massage.2 hours ago
Barbara JanceMy favorite2 hours ago
Mary Ann BurkhalterBeautiful cat!2 hours ago
Ben O'neilBeautiful..2 hours ago

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