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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.

Big Cats & Boxes - One of my favorite videos from 2010.

Cameron & Zabu, Joseph & Sasha, Shere Khan & China Doll, Nikita Lioness

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Gay Rifen CrawfordI enjoy them, but they might be more fitting for Throw Back Thursday. I sometimes go watch older videos on YouTube- one of my favorites is "Goofy Leopards" and the enrichment/holiday videos. But mostly I like to see what is going on currently with the cats so I can "keep up" with how they are doing.2 hours ago   ·  6
Jennifer HarperGreat video, the sound was fine. I love how healthy and engaged the cats are. If anyone was suspicious of the care these cats receive all they would need to do is watch one of these videos for verification that these cats are happy and inquisitive. Thanks for sharing.3 hours ago   ·  10
Robyn Michelle ToddIt's Cameron with a mane!3 hours ago   ·  2
Bonnie-Jean CreaisLove all these videos please keep posting them3 hours ago   ·  1
Chris BoydMy cats just lay down in the middle and make a bed out of it.3 hours ago   ·  1
Kathy Dunnlove seeing old or new videos3 hours ago   ·  1
Dave VincentI just had a huge big cat jump on kitchen table & steel the rest of the milk in my cereal!!! I'd stop her but she's ready to pounce!!3 hours ago   ·  1
Charly McglothlinI love seeing all the big cat videos.3 hours ago   ·  4
Elizabeth RyanIndeed-good days they wouldn't otherwise have. Bless you.3 hours ago   ·  1
Cheryl LambertIt doesn't seem to matter what size the cat is, they all love boxes.3 hours ago   ·  2
Natalie AndersenKali Andersen ☺ I love watching their behaviour3 hours ago
Deborah Burridgei just love watching these post's these animals are so stunning, thank you3 hours ago   ·  1
Delmont LynnGreat video. cats certainly enjoying the boxes.3 hours ago   ·  1
Ronnie HornMORE PLEAZZZZZZZ3 hours ago   ·  1
Diane Davis Gibsonlove seeing older video, especially of those gone over the rainbow bridge!3 hours ago   ·  3
Tracey Vickersfab video. :-)3 hours ago
Sandra Louise Maffeiyes, going well!3 hours ago
Elizabeth PriceJoseph looks so young in this video..gorgeous felines❤️👍👍👍👍👍👍3 hours ago   ·  3
Sylvia LaCourI sure would like to come and visit , so I can actually see them. Soo beautiful3 hours ago
Claudia Vigueraawww Shere Khan :( yes videos look/sound great3 hours ago   ·  1
Alan MccannYes, everything loads and sounds perfect and I do like the videos.3 hours ago   ·  3
Megan Louise Doddsuch a lovely video! if you put bedding from other cats into the boxes they go crazy! :D3 hours ago   ·  1
Elizabeth RyanTerrific. Love all cats teeny or huge-such smart and interesting creatures. How anyone can hurt any animal is so beyond me Must have lost their souls along the way-let's hope the abusers recover their sense of decency and the worth of every living creature. Your wonderful posts sometimes make me very sad for the ''cats' but they also make me smile as the cats heal and get playful! Thanks for all that you do.3 hours ago   ·  1
Ava R. WhaleyNo animals were harmed. But what about those sentient boxes?3 hours ago   ·  2
Farida Ibrahim ColonThat wz awesome!!! More, plz. ;)3 hours ago

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Joey Olsen😍😘5 hours ago   ·  3
Sumarnohow old is she?5 hours ago   ·  1
Tanja PirttiläSuch a playful girl! Is the ball still alive or have you replaced it already? :'D5 hours ago   ·  1
Buzz-inn Community5 hours ago   ·  4
Immy Kaijim-BroxBig "kiss"' and "hug" for Nikki-Lion !!!! <35 hours ago   ·  2
Delmont LynnShe is beautiful.5 hours ago   ·  2
Susanna HardingI was just thinking the other day that we haven't seen much of the big beautiful girl lately.2 hours ago   ·  1
Lori MielotzGreat to see her playing and enjoying herself. Love the work you do ❤️🐾5 hours ago   ·  1
Ileana Herlinda ArroligaHERMOSO!!!!1 hour ago
Robin SchiffBeautiful2 hours ago
Shane RoseI love lions!2 hours ago
Elisabeth Zaidisuperbe2 hours ago
Edna R Jamesbeautiful2 hours ago
Jan de BoerPrachtig dier.2 hours ago
Károlyné KovacsGyönyörü vagy.3 hours ago
Cláudia TeixeiraGotta love Nikki lion :D3 hours ago
Heather Lesley PageShe's magnificent.x3 hours ago
Aninha Benegaswooll. qe lindoopo3 hours ago
Linda GriffinBeautiful animal3 hours ago
Lisa HillBeautiful cat4 hours ago
Bobby BadoniPower of Hunting the lioness :)4 hours ago
Soile Ojanen😻4 hours ago

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