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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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The Most Important Thing YOU Can Do to Save Big Cats


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.

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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. :-)5 hours ago   ·  1
Genevieve BrownNikita yah!!!1 hour ago
Βένα ΖώτουWonderful! I love every piece of it!!!2 hours ago
Melissa L WarrenYou guys Rock!!4 hours ago
Sue ChurchillYou should try pulling them through the enclosure so they can chase ......just a thought.4 hours ago
Lorraine CurrellI'm guessing you guys don't have a mouse or rat problem...?!5 hours ago
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Antoinette LemieuxThat's beautiful.6 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.6 hours ago
Immy Kaijim-BroxSo funny !!! <36 hours ago
Merci MercimeCats are cats are cats are cats!! Love it4 hours ago   ·  1
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