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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.

While being in a tree is Andi's favorite thing, stalking is a close second. ... See MoreSee Less

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Kaleena Lace MarshStalking the infamous Red Dot is Chloe's favorite thing :)1 hour ago   ·  6
Purushothman Purushothman59 minutes ago   ·  1
Barb SperlingI'm just glad he's not stalking me! What a magnificent cat... Does anyone else ever wonder if they are aware of just how beautiful nature made them... 100% animal <3 er animals will never cease to fascinate & amaze me... :)58 minutes ago
Jennifer Robinsonstunning1 hour ago
Yùrì BwÇàh ThàùbléÇkWowww that's so cute1 hour ago
Jacqueline Grayso focused on the hunt.1 hour ago
CoCo Tabbypretty meow1 hour ago
Feferi PeixesBeautiful beautiful animal1 hour ago
Patricia WintersPretty cat.1 hour ago
Beth McrightAmazing Kat. !!! Meow lil kitty ...1 hour ago
Ulrike Nosbeautiful <31 hour ago
Qizzin Phadjar Senjaap namanya itu ...??? kucing atw macan...????1 hour ago
Ning SeriGorgeous!1 hour ago
Bunny Kotch Benoitoh nooooooooooo lol so cute1 hour ago
Carlen Pierce ThomasSo pretty.1 hour ago
Eva RosaGorgeous Cat!1 hour ago
Jackie Pitrucellewhat a cutie , so nice being in a tree1 hour ago
Lucia SanguinettiBello1 hour ago
Marlene Peña FinolBeautiful creature1 hour ago

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Gilligan teases keepers acting like he's going to come say hello then turning his head to completely ignore them. ... See MoreSee Less

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Cheryl Leitzen WardTypical cat behavior. "I'm too cool to talk to you".4 hours ago   ·  19
Christina OselandJust like a cat4 hours ago   ·  10
Jonathan Greentalk to the paw cause the rest of gilligan ain't listening4 hours ago   ·  3
Suzie MartinezYou my slave human! The program .... ME!!!! It's all about me! !!!4 hours ago   ·  2
Mary O'DeaHe is looking so good. Thanks for his rescue!4 hours ago   ·  2
Anna VarneyLol! Yup, he's a cat!4 hours ago   ·  2
Margaret ReedAloof. It's in the genes. <33 hours ago   ·  1
Shonna ZimmermannYes, but does he still play the "ignore" game when a treat on the end of a stick is involved? 😉3 hours ago   ·  1
Dale SullivanI'm too sexy for my fur; so sexy....4 hours ago   ·  1
Danielle CockburnGotta love cats!4 hours ago   ·  1
Bonnie WigandLook at those tuffs4 hours ago   ·  1
Leigh MusicofMaybe the skipper or Maryanne can get him to talk to his caregivers :-)4 hours ago   ·  1
Jessica Brayjust like my cat, hahaha4 hours ago   ·  1
Frances Richardplease send me more pic,s I would love to do a painting..4 hours ago   ·  1
Terry Cassada DeasonLol! Typical cat!4 hours ago   ·  1
James BarrattNicole Schutzbank4 hours ago   ·  1
Samantha Evonyso stunning! he knos it! :D4 hours ago   ·  2
Billy RhodesHow cool is this bloke.1 hour ago
Carol BaisdenSuch a very beautiful cat1 hour ago
Rita Spence PavolkaJust like a cat!1 hour ago
Minna NahkiaisojaIn true cat style! ;)2 hours ago
Shelia Tirro-GeorgeIf the smells don't fit (his wants) he calls it quit.2 hours ago
Virginia Ginelle Harpe DayThat's a cat for you. Lol you rock Gilligan.2 hours ago
Judy TutwilerHe is absolutely beautiful.2 hours ago
Susan Porter StahlJust like a cat! :)3 hours ago

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