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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.

Friendly Game of Cat and Mouse - YouTube ... See MoreSee Less

Watch as our big cats play a friendly game of cat and mouse. See a leopard, lynx, lioness, tiger, serval, two bobcats, and two cougars hunt and kill mice enr...

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Melissa Weaver MasseyVery cute! I love watching the kitties and their enrichment. A piece of constructive criticism, though.... I was watching on my Kindle, not the largest screen in the world, and I had trouble reading the captions... the letters tended to smear together and sometimes got lost against the background. Just wanted to mention it. :-)1 hour ago
Antoinette LemieuxThat's beautiful.2 hours ago
Jenny MurphyLove how Cheetaro works that back foot! He looks like he wants to pummel his mouse just like my house-tigers do with their catnip toys.2 hours ago
Immy Kaijim-BroxSo funny !!! <32 hours ago
Kristi GonzalezI Love this Its so sweet2 hours ago
Subhash SharmaJAY HIND57 minutes ago
Niki DrakeSo adorably sweet to watch.niki drake2 hours ago

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Joseph lion has very specific likes and dislikes. He dislikes taking meds & doesn't hesitate to make sure you know. ... See MoreSee Less

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Leslie StevensDid I read correctly that lions are being considered for endangered status?5 hours ago   ·  2
Purushothman Purushothman5 hours ago   ·  646
Gemma 'Tilf' TarrIt's hard enough to get a cat to take meds as it is. Trying to get that beauty to take one *shudder* I'm good thanks, you do it! :D5 hours ago   ·  11
Lisa TroupHave a great " cats,cats,& more cats" type of day !5 hours ago   ·  7
Mary DailHey handsome I don't think anyone likes taking their meds! Stay healthy! Love you!5 hours ago   ·  2
Slavica Koprivica5 hours ago   ·  7
Mark SiddallJoseph is one super cool dude!4 hours ago   ·  1
Janet LedvinaNow the a tongue.4 hours ago   ·  1
Bettina GajhedeWho kan blaime him ;) :)5 hours ago   ·  1
Sarah RobertsAdorable!!!5 hours ago   ·  1
Kendra Cheshirelol love the pic5 hours ago   ·  1
Elizabeth MeyerBeautiful5 hours ago   ·  1
Kandie BreauxJoseph you are such a handsome one and I totally agree about taking meds too👅 yuck!! Thanks BCR and all your staff and volunteers for what you're doing!5 hours ago   ·  1
Mustafa DemirJoin to our Group - hours ago   ·  4
MD Sabbirbig boss56 minutes ago
Carol BaisdenThat's one cool looking lion56 minutes ago
Tenille StatenWhat a good lion he is though, gorgeous mane too..;)1 hour ago
Mafatima-mafette PlazaI love lions!1 hour ago
Nora EversHE SO HANDSOME1 hour ago
Lynn RaschHandsome Joseph, I don't like taking meds either but I have too. Keep taking yours and making funny faces because you make me laugh and put a smile on my face.1 hour ago
Victor Manuel Mendoza DelgadoPrecioso ejemplar----1 hour ago
Mary CiullaLion numbers have been decimated for quite some time. They are seriously endangered.1 hour ago
Joanne GloweGreat pic2 hours ago
Dilipsinh Narendrasinh RathodLion heart2 hours ago
Robert KawetzkiWat´n Lappen !!! :-D2 hours ago

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