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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.

The Great Pretender always has a "Grumpy Cat" look even though his personality is far more mischievous than grumpy. ... See MoreSee Less

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Beauty of Planet EarthJoin to our Group - hours ago   ·  133
Vonney Bethed"Get off of my lawn!"2 hours ago   ·  10
Minna NahkiaisojaHe looks grumpy in a cute way :)2 hours ago   ·  1
Andrea RanneyCats are soo cool, the biggest misconceived animal on the planet2 hours ago   ·  1
Válik Lászlóné Boda EszterOh so strict.2 hours ago   ·  1
Bettina ReschFunny Face, meine Maine-Coon schaut zwar grantig ist aber superlieb :×)1 hour ago   ·  3
Ramnik SinghGrumpy cat33 minutes ago
Jack ThurstonI like mischief.47 minutes ago
Gary CornettGotta show who's the boss round these parts55 minutes ago
Lonnie GolenCluck cluck55 minutes ago
Jean WareGorgeousxxxxxx57 minutes ago
Lauren Tu'ipulotubeautiful cat1 hour ago
Leah Marie CuffeGrumpy face but still so sweet!1 hour ago
Giada TodescoAlla faccia del gattino..!!!!1 hour ago
Gwyneth Smile❤️🐾❤️1 hour ago
Terry DineenBeautiful.1 hour ago
Cindy ReynoldsBeauty1 hour ago
Vaishali Makwanahe looks dangerous n scary :P :*1 hour ago
Stacey Arbogast SlavenskyHe looks chubby too!2 hours ago
Helena PopeWow he does look grumpy, but still gorgeous.2 hours ago
Alice GoldingFantastic2 hours ago
Patty McDougallNot Grumpy at all.. Handsome! My Cat "Calypso" has the same look and he's totally 'Un-grumpy' ... :)2 hours ago
Cindy ScottSo cute2 hours ago
Trish HenryCold cuts would turn his frown upside down!2 hours ago
Davison SimsonWow 😲 fantastic2 hours ago

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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!5 hours ago   ·  7
Heather Ann CampbellHe is handsome. He looks so contemplative in this picture.5 hours ago   ·  7
Amr Elnono2 hours ago   ·  4
Gwyneth SmileGorgeous!❤️4 hours ago   ·  1
Lori SmithGorgeous! !!5 hours ago   ·  1
Patti KingWhat a face! The eyes seem to look into my soul!5 hours ago   ·  1
Denise PuttMost? Is there a but ... ? :))5 hours ago   ·  1
Linda Lempeureurbien le bonjour!!!5 hours ago   ·  1
Marlene Coalter RussellHe's beautiful.5 hours ago   ·  1
Sarah CravenOh my beautiful5 hours ago   ·  1
Jennessa KaufmanSo beautiful! 😻😻😻5 hours ago   ·  1
MikenMandy FelineAnd he looks so fabulous!5 hours ago   ·  1
Purushothman Purushothman4 hours ago   ·  5
Kathy PrendergastGood thing he doesn't mind having a name that means "lion"! :-)41 minutes ago
Catherine BennettLove this picture. X48 minutes ago
Jean WareHe looks like a wise old man bless himxxxxxx52 minutes ago
Giovanna Olivera53 minutes ago
Viv SherrenWhat a total stunner57 minutes ago
Hoda BadranHandsome .1 hour ago
Wayne MerchelHe certainly looks like a wise old chap. Something in those beautiful eyes that speaks volumes1 hour ago
Jörg BergemannSchönes tier1 hour ago
Ilona Plemperhandsome kittycat!1 hour ago
Kimberly Grace SGI took this picture of a very sad Leopard at a zoo that is too small. My heart breaks for him. 😢1 hour ago
Vicky ParducciBeautiful Pic!1 hour ago
Inge BoogaersWow beautifull pic and that face !! WoW!2 hours ago

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