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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.

  • 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.

What's the difference between a house cat and a tiger?
What's the difference between a house cat and a tiger?

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Sue AlexanderWonderful video--I had to share!!!!! I love the similarities between the two and the differences. My rescue kitty was too young when abandoned and he didn't make any noise at all when his mouth moved to meow. Not til he was about 5 years old. now that he is 15, he is very vocal!!!1 hour ago   ·  4
Mark Smiffy SmithTia ! Very good video !1 hour ago   ·  26
Jay KixxThe video was great! The sound was good and it didn't have to load. It started as soon as I clicked 'play.' Keep up the good work! :) I enjoy this page, as I have always wanted to work with 'Big Cats.' The Snow Leopard is my favorite. Have you (Big Cat Rescue) ever had experience with one before?1 hour ago   ·  1
Vickie MitchellExcellent video, sound quality great as well.1 hour ago   ·  4
Lisa Brinkertotally adore Cole and Marmalade as well as you guys!1 hour ago   ·  2
Joanne HalsteadI'm not too sure. This is my monster tomcat, his name is Bear. He's sweet as can be, loves to cuddle, but boy is he a heavy guy.1 hour ago   ·  3
Jennifer WilliamsThe sound is great and it loaded fine - even on my slow, rural connection. And I love the video. :)1 hour ago
Teresa FinnellI loved this video! Thx Big Cat Rescue for sharing 😻1 hour ago   ·  1
Andrew Gatenbytoo cute for words, although there is no way on earth i would get in a cage with one of those man eaters lol1 hour ago
Diane RafaczEnjoyed this video!1 hour ago
Victoria WinnSize of teeth and nails1 hour ago   ·  1
Mary C JohnsonOne doesn't eat you for lunch, normally???1 hour ago   ·  1
Cole & MarmaladeI'm sure Marmalade is a lion trapped in a ginger kitty body! :)1 hour ago   ·  16
Hannah Dotd HauuahWhich cat was climbing on the wall?1 hour ago
Deb AmbroseA house cat can purr and a tiger cannot. Thus making a tiger truly not a part of the feline family.1 hour ago
Gary M JoplinA house cat won't rip your head off? Lol2 hours ago   ·  3
Sheila YamanakaThis is Mika- thank you for the very interesting video!13 minutes ago   ·  2
Steve Elber55 minutes ago   ·  2
Bethany JonesChris Poole's videos are the best!1 hour ago   ·  2
Jennifer CaballeroSeníor Winter13 minutes ago   ·  1
Anne ChienNice viedo :-)19 minutes ago   ·  1
Priestess BenyaminOur beloved Anderson Cooper20 minutes ago   ·  1
Holly ScismTristan (orange)-15 Meekah-1032 minutes ago   ·  1
Audrey DanielsLoved the video! Loaded fine, sound good, music not intrusive, narrator very good (crisp, clear, humorous), comparisons right on. Good to show children to introduce them to observing animal behavior and thinking about its meaning. Great job!45 minutes ago   ·  1
J'Nora NellieLoved it. Everything was perfect! And here's my perfect, little manly cat, Tiger.46 minutes ago   ·  1

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