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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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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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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.

Max is still enchanted by his roommate, MaryAnn. Both are young, energetic, and mischievous bobcats. ... See MoreSee Less

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Tomislav ŽivkovićBobkittens soon?7 hours ago
Danielle Murphy KochContinued about Tatiana Kallisa's Rescue Story.. .(for those interested) my Vet said"you should have got all the cats" and I said" I wish I could have, however, she's blessed because I can't have anymore due to my rental agreement and have 2 more cats". So he said"give me their names, address and phone number because I'm taking those cats and having them get treated by me and sent to the SPCA for adoption to much better homes". So, of course, for Tatiana's cat family I gave him the information because if she deserved better TLC, also did her cat family. I don't know what the Vet ended up doing but I only hope he rescued the rest. So, Tatiana after several months is a very healthy cat and never any fleas because we give monthly treatments to all 3 cats and she has put on some weight and her teeth are white and perfect as a cat's should be. She also is my bed buddy and lays right beside at night and no longer has a fear of anyone and is so friendly and adorable and we just love our Tatiana Kallisa! <34 hours ago   ·  5
Adela Montalvoonly the Almighty could create such beauty.7 hours ago   ·  23
Movieguru EngelmanHe is one handsome bobcat!6 hours ago   ·  16
Janean Ryman JarogI love his face!!4 hours ago   ·  3
Candy FielekSuch a longing look in those eyes4 hours ago   ·  2
Donna Lewis TerrellchadBeautiful5 hours ago   ·  2
Shaun DanielI saw a cat in a fast food parking lot that was obviously hungry, but a bit skittish of people. I tossed it a piece of hamburger from about 2-3 feet away. It nearly came up to me and I thought nothing of it. I'm from a city originally and didn't realize until later that this kitten I had tried to help was a bobcat. It was one of the coolest experiences I've had in life and I'm glad I had my city ignorance at the time because I'd have likely not had that moment. It was gray like Max here, but very small.7 hours ago   ·  2
Linda ShawSweet.2 hours ago   ·  1
Gail Newcomb HenslerI love this bobcat. Max is so handsome!3 hours ago   ·  1
Carol A. LewandaLove cats: big or small!3 hours ago   ·  1
Dianna Valverde-FulcherAint he beautiful3 hours ago   ·  1
Torill Husby<3 lovely4 hours ago   ·  1
Lesley SchultzWho could resist such charm and handsomeness? Bot Maryanne and not us either!6 hours ago   ·  1
Sharon Zaggy KingryGod Bless ALL of you!🐯6 hours ago   ·  1
Ben O'neilStunner,7 hours ago   ·  1
Mandy SmithJust gorgeous7 hours ago   ·  1
Teresa CalvertAwesome! May those close to us never become old hat, but always be enchanting. Ps Can anyone explain to me how a 12 lb cat can take up a whole bed? I asked Gus, but he just flicks his tail at me...:) Ha ha ha!!! Hope I get a blanket b4 sun up. Gee willickers, not like Gus is a chocolate lab or something!!! Happy Sunday! Blessings to all!7 hours ago   ·  1
Andrew BlackwoodAwwwah ^^,7 hours ago   ·  1
Danielle Murphy KochHere is my 3rd cat Skat Marie and she is a 10 year old Calico American Short Hair and and also an Indoor Only Cat. She is my husband's cat that he had for 2 years before I met him in 2008. She didn't like anyone except him but when we met I met her and she rubbed her head against my hand for the sign of acceptance. Now I nick named her."Keke" and"Nana Meow". He got her from a former co-worker whose cat had kittens. We love our Skat Marie! "Skitty" <32 hours ago   ·  2
Danielle Murphy KochHere is my"Papaya" Zakary A. Bagans(Yes I named him after the Ghost Adventures Investigator Zak Bagans lol)...He is a 3 year old Tiger Stripped American Short Hair an Indoor Only Cat. My biggy baby boy! Yeah he's my pride and joy. I love this cat! He was in a local newspaper ad and another Easter Gift for me by my husband back in 2011. Zak was from a litter of kittens that were free and were from the town Sheriff and his wife. When he was born, he was born the runt of the litter and came out stillborn and the Sheriff's wife warmed him in a blanket rubbing the blanket trying to revive him and by a miracle from God she got him back to life. Shortly after the mother escaped outside and unfortunately never came back to the litter so the Sheriff's wife bottle fed the kittens including Zak and his dad was still living there and taught his litter of kittens how to eat, use the cat litter, how to groom and to play and not be afraid of humans and other animals and gave them love. I got to the house and was hoping for a boy and was to receive his brother but when I looked on the living room floor there was Zak. Cute as Ever and reminded me of my old favorite cat Lazer James that disappeared in 1997 and so I said"I want that kitten" and she said"I was hoping to keep him as he was my miracle kitty" and I told her about my cat Lazer and how bad it broke my heart that he disappeared and so she made me promise her that when I could that I would stop and visit her with Zak and we did for 2 years until we moved away. So, Zak is our miracle Cat! <34 hours ago   ·  2
Slavica Koprivica5 hours ago   ·  3
Virginia Ginelle Harpe DayThey are m@m's . Beautiful cats.26 minutes ago
Diane Oestreich LongneckerSo beautiful.30 minutes ago
Nirmal HotchandSoooo cute baby36 minutes ago

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