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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.

NEW Funny Video - Watch 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 enrichment. Friendly Game of Cat and Mouse ... See MoreSee Less

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Åjäž Shaikh<3 √ <32 hours ago   ·  119
Barb Everin-WillisBeautiful animals! The video shows how powerful they are and why they wouldn't make good pets!1 hour ago   ·  6
Edward Frolovscute kitty2 hours ago   ·  1
Mary CatesWhat was in the "mice"52 minutes ago
Carol BaisdenBeautiful cat55 minutes ago
Sarah FranklinThe font was a little hard to read at times, but the music was perfect! Great vid Big Cat Rescue1 hour ago
Christie Starr FeatherstoneHe's just a big pussy-cat.1 hour ago
Pierrette Dudognonwouah!!! jackie ton félin cé échappé !!!!!!1 hour ago
Trish St PierreBeautiful x1 hour ago
Pierrette Dudognonça cé 1 belle bete <3 ce n;est pas 1 copain a tigrou ?1 hour ago
Alice TateBeautiful1 hour ago
Kristi GonzalezILove this big cat1 hour ago
Jôima BatalhaHum...que pernão grosso!1 hour ago
Susan ThatcherSilly kitties.2 hours ago
Marge BrownBeautiful2 hours ago
Andriea ThomasAwwwww so cute. I wish I can have one2 hours ago
Sharon TalleyI love the big cats!!2 hours ago
Helena PopeStunning beautiful, I love the video so funny. Great.2 hours ago
Jan MarchalGreat fun! What do you use to hold the "mouse" together? My little cats would love for me to make them some.2 hours ago
Anja Boonenmooi!!!! precies een kruising huis kat met wilde kat!!!!2 hours ago
Sandra Morin<3 sigh :)2 hours ago
Rosie Woolneypretty2 hours ago
Roswitha Hewigschnurribi <32 hours ago
Brenda BenefieldBEAUTIFUL2 hours ago
Tenoha GroveThat's beautiful ❤1 hour ago

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