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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.

VIDEO: Big Cats Vs Laser Pointers

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Cheech L LangIt's actually not a good idea to use a lazer pointer to play with your pets. Some get completely obsessed and will constantly look for it. Every once in awhile is okay though57 minutes ago   ·  1
Amber LopezI'm SOOOO bringing a laser pointer to the zoo.54 minutes ago
Tim LutzInteresting experiment. So what's your conclusion, ,? Let see what kids think.55 minutes ago
Susan LarsenFun!55 minutes ago
Susan MurphyJust like my Coco cat55 minutes ago
Tiara CaldwellLoved it..thank you for showing this :D56 minutes ago
Donna LevesqueLove it. Both my cat and my dog love the laser pointer. It is a good way to get them running around for exercise. 😺😺56 minutes ago
Trudie BellamyAwwwww love it, a cat is still a cat no matter the size. X57 minutes ago
Melanie Aich CeeAhahaha! Awesome! Just goes to show that cats are cats, whether they're little or big <358 minutes ago
Kat Terrylol...."Dude, seriously?"58 minutes ago
Tricia SchlosserKeeps them busy and happy!59 minutes ago
Linda WilsonWhat if it could cause blindness?59 minutes ago
Hope ThomasI learned by accident that toddlers love them too. LOL1 hour ago
Catherine MurphyDon't like it! It's clearly worrying him!!¬1 hour ago
Susan TruterSeems like the tigers and lions could give a rats behind!55 minutes ago
Sue AlexanderWonderful video--nice to see the cats that played and which ones didn't. <3 all of them!58 minutes ago
Slavica Koprivica54 minutes ago

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Becky PridemoreI want one2 hours ago
Ashley BarnesI love white tigers2 hours ago
Sandy BehrensYour domesticated kitty friends in Chicago are busy watching the blizzard from their cat tree. Enjoy the warmth for us! :)2 hours ago
Clara Barbermy son got me a tiger lamp for Christmas and I have it on my computer desk2 hours ago
Kim Arvo BachmannMajestic! I have a huge love for tigers!2 hours ago   ·  6
Suleman SaleemAbsolutely adore white tigers. :)3 hours ago
Slavica Koprivica2 hours ago
Carylon Crawford1 word - GORGEOUS2 hours ago   ·  2
Pj WilbertLovely creature2 hours ago   ·  1
Dianna RogersHappy Sunday pretty baby60 minutes ago
Joanne GloweBeautiful1 hour ago
Trish St PierreAwesome x1 hour ago
Robert FellLindo lindo lindo1 hour ago
Cindy McConnBeautiful! I love white tigers!1 hour ago
Sheila FurnemondAdorable2 hours ago
Mohamadfarooq F ArooqLove syberian2 hours ago
Debra Tomasi<32 hours ago
Sandra ZielkeBeautiful2 hours ago
Dinu Cristianalove you!!!2 hours ago
Teresa CalvertEvery day is happy when we see Zabuuuuuuu!!!! She's searching, searching, searching.... Surely there Must be some treats or toys not yet discovered lurking about....Hmmm...??? Where can they be? Luv ya, Boo!2 hours ago
Becky StevesI love Zabu. She's a Diva of cats. She seems to love having her picture taken and can you blame her, she's beautiful. You go girl!2 hours ago
Jose Silvaeta bicho bonito2 hours ago
Mark RansomeHappy Sunday Zabu2 hours ago
Valeria ChircuHappy sunday 😘2 hours ago
Markus AlbrechtWhat an sweet Cat! Meoooow! <32 hours ago

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