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Carole Baskin

Carole Baskin Founder of Big Cat Rescue


Carole Baskin  Tampa, FL

Carole Baskin is the founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue, the world’s largest accredited rescue facility for exotic cats. She and her family volunteer for Big Cat Rescue as unpaid staff and have 100+ volunteers and a dozen interns from around the world. She has run this Tampa based non profit since 1992 and you may have seen Big Cat Rescue on CNN, Animal Planet, Discovery, People Magazine, The Today Show, Sports Illustrated, all of the local media outlets and many more national and international programs. She has been asked to provide lectures in Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, Brazil, and Australia, as well as countless cities across the U.S. She has lectured on cage construction, legislative affairs, and sanctuary standards in Universities, Law Colleges, and in numerous animal association conferences.

She has successfully rehabbed and released a number of bobcats and other native animals. Big Cat Rescue is accredited by The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, and Carole Baskin served as a past President of, The Association of Sanctuaries (a national accrediting body that later folded into GFAS and is to sanctuaries what the American Zoological Association is to zoos.

She previously served on the board of the Humane USA PAC and had been the legislative liaison to the Captive Wild Animal Protection Coalition, and was responsible for representing The Association of Sanctuaries at their meetings. She supplies CWAPC with all of the current data on exotic cat issues, including the numbers being displaced, the maulings, escapes and killings of both the public and the cats involved. She scans the media daily for news regarding exotic cats and reports to some 300 people of three different groups with the daily headlines.

In 2005 she was appointed by Hillsborough County Commissioner Brian Blair as a member of the Animal Advisory Committee to assist Animal Services in their service to the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners and was unanimously elected as Chairperson the following year. Big Cat Rescue is a member of the International Tiger Coalition, Florida Association of the Restoration of Ethics, a member of the Tampa Chamber of Commerce, the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, The Tampabay Visitors and Convention Bureau, and many other animal welfare groups.

Big Cat Rescue assists other accredited sanctuaries by helping them build cages, train their volunteers and they lend their people and resources to help them recover from natural and man made disasters. Big Cat Rescue is licensed by and in good standing with FWC, USFWS, USDA and is registered with the state of Florida as a charity.

Big Cat Rescue’s founder, Carole Baskin, with members of the  Humane USA’s staff and board of directors.


  1. Carole Baskin and all her helpers are ALL amazing, wonderful, compassionate loving people. They deserve total respect and admiration for their commitment to All living creatures. Words cannot express All the life saving achievements they have been involved with over the years/

  2. How do I ask a question to Carole Baskin on her opinion of the American Sanctuary Association accreditation versus the GFAS accreditation that Big Cat Rescue has? I know and respect the GFAS, but I have just learned about the ASA. From my reading on it, it sounds good, but what does Carole think? I ask so I know which sanctuaries to support and which to avoid. The Wild Cat Sanctuary is ASA certified, so do they have tough enough standards?

    I am friends with Cathy Cowan from Columbus, Ohio and I testified as a private citixen on the last day of testimony for SB 310 the Wild Animal Protection Act for Ohio.

    I live in Massillon where the Stump Hill Farm is located and you probable know this is the place that provides the Obie tigers for the Massillon football team. Shamefully 42 cubs in the past 20 years. No I have not remained passive on this issue and I have repeatedly and diplomatically stated my opinion to both Representative Kirk Schuring and Senator Scott Oelslager (fallen on deaf ears).

    What is your opinion on Noah's Lost Ark located in Canfield, Ohio? Please answer openly and honestly. I have visited them, seemed okay, but then I heard they are not a good sanctuary and since I am no expert, I need an honest opinion from someone who is.


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