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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 early 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.

What IS a Keeper Tour, anyway?

Our Big Cat Keeper Tour is the most exclusive behind the scenes experience you can find in the animal world that is respectful to the animals and safe for the guests. If you are an animal lover and want to see the inner workings of a real animal sanctuary, then this 2-hour experience is what you have been searching for.

Enrichment: You'll make toys and treats for the cats to stimulate an animals’ activity level and watch as keeper hands out what you’ve made. Observe the animals’ reactions as they investigate their enrichment that you helped create for them.

Operant conditioning: You'll witness a training session between the cats & keepers. During this activity you will accompany our keepers who will teach critical behaviors to one of our feline residents, such as go into lock out, stand up so we can observe the paws and underside, and much more!

Each Behind the Big Cat Scenes Adventure is unique and different, so you never know fully what to expect, besides a roaring good time!

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Sam BarsiOmg wish you weren't so far!3 hours ago   ·  1
Deolete Dias SantosQui lindo ...3 hours ago
Moira Ann CanterIf you have not yet taken the keeper's tour, DO IT! We did it on our honeymoon, and highly recommend it! You will love the experience!3 hours ago   ·  4
Samantha Evonythat will be awesome! :D2 hours ago
Lilibat XgauIf I ever get down there, I will do this if at all possible.3 hours ago
Leslie DonahuePawsome idea !! wish I were able to do the tour but I live in NH :(3 hours ago
Denise PruittAwesome <33 hours ago
Doye HagerGosh I hate I'm so far away3 hours ago
Jo MoodyZabuuuu~3 hours ago
Katherine KeeplerIts been my goal for months to be able to go on a tour, I hope I'll be able to afford it one day!3 hours ago
Clyde OakesAwright, who put the bleach in my swimmin' hole?3 hours ago
Christina RickettsMan, why it gotta be so far away ? :(3 hours ago
Paula RomineBeautiful cat .3 hours ago
Marsha Shelly Thompson DiestelPretty baby3 hours ago
Bev WattsPretty3 hours ago
Carlos Henrique De Oliveira TrevisolI leve this cats2 hours ago
Jeanne Liles JordanI would love to do this.3 hours ago
Lavonna RayBeautiful. So powerful looking3 hours ago
Melissa Weaver MasseyOh, I'm SOOO excited for our Keeper Tour on Sunday, July 26th!!!! Jessica Ann. :-)3 hours ago
Leslie Hedrichi sigh up how3 hours ago

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