Male Siberian Tiger
DOB 8/20/95 - DOD 1/22/15
Nakita is a large tiger weighing in at nearly 600 pounds at his prime. He had been raised with Simba, Joseph, and Sasha and the four shared an enclosure prior to coming to Big Cat Rescue. When the group initially arrived they remained together, but over time the tigers and lions became less tolerant of each other.
Joseph and Sasha were given their own spacious enclosure as well as Nakita and Simba. The two pairs lived a glorious Read More
Male DOB 1/1/03
Caravel (Caracal / Lynx Hybrid)
Meet Jo Jo the Caracal Serval Hybrid
I first met JoJo the Caracal / Serval hybrid at the South Florida Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in 2005 after a hurricane had taken down the perimeter fencing and dumped piles of deadfall on the cages.
The owner, Dirk Neugebohm, had ended up in the hospital with a heart attack from trying to clean the mess up by himself.
He wrote from what he thought was his Read More
Big Cat Rescue Hands On Training
Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, FL is the world’s largest sanctuary in the world for abused, abandoned and orphaned wild cats (lions, tigers, cougars, bobcats etc.) accredited by the Global Federation of Sanctuaries (GFAS).
The mission of the sanctuary is to provide the best home we can to the animals in our care and to end abuse of big cats in captivity and avoid extinction in the wild We do this by educating the world about the plight of these wild cats both in captivity, where the Read More
We just added the Vacation Rotation audio to the Big Cat Tour app and automated tour.
In the wild big cats would roam hundreds of miles. They are intelligent, active creatures who prefer to hunt at dusk and dawn, but who can see very well at night. They spend their days sleeping and getting ready for the darker hours when they reign supreme over all their domain.
Unfortunately, most captive situations, provide far too small a space for these big cats and even worse, they are usually locked into tiny, Read More
Arthur is social with his keepers, however he keeps his guard up at times. He settled in soon enough as it is hard to resist the charm of the volunteers who bring treats to their newest charges.
Arthur loves his brother Andre dearly and the two are often found cuddled up in the same den or lounging together in one of their pools. Arthur is the dominant tiger in the group and shows off his fierce attitude at dinner time. We can only guess the feeding situation of their previous home, but from Read More
Amanda is the most timid of the three tigers who live together. She is very shy and years after her rescue will still slink away to hide when people approach her enclosure.Although at times she has the opposite reaction and will charge the side of the enclosure and roar. It is unclear if she is doing this to be aggressive or to get a rise out of her keepers for her own entertainment. The reason it is unclear is if when she charges and roars and the keeper stands still and chuffs Read More
Arthur, Andre and Amanda were born in 1996 in New Jersey to be used as pay-to-play photo props. It never makes sense to breed more cubs to raise money to feed last year's cats, and the New Jersey facility fell into disrepair and then was shut down after USDA revoked their license following a tiger escape.
In 2003, Wild Animal Orphanage took in the 24 tigers but big cats have big appetites and by 2010 the Wild Animal Orphanage was in bankruptcy.
It took over a year to find permanent Read More
Big Cat Rescue has been covered favorably in the media more than 1850 times! Below are the news stories from 2015. To see earlier years go to Media.
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Big Cat Rescue is the world's largest accredited sanctuary that is devoted entirely to exotic cats. More than 100 wild cats of 14 species call this 55 acre, Tampa, FL sanctuary home. BigCatRescue.org
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On the day after Christmas, Simba, our 20 year old leopard, bit off the end of his tail. We didn't see it happen, but he was fine at 9 am and by 9:30 am he was missing more than 6 inches of his tail. There was no sign of a struggle at any edge of the cage, and there had been keepers in the area, so we were dumbfounded.
Simba has been on medication for arthritis and has recently been getting cold laser therapy to help with that pain, but we didn't know if he bit himself because of pain, or because of being groggy from the pain medications. Read More
Recent Big Cat Attacks
1999 Jacksonville, FL: A cougar bit a 19 month old child at the Catty Shack Ranch.
December 4, 1999 Williamsville, MO: A 5-year-old boy required surgery after he was mauled by a "pet" lion kept chained in a neighbor's yard. The animal inflicted puncture wounds to the boy's throat and head. The lion was killed.
November 18, 1999 China: Four tigers mauled to death a driver at a safari park after he exited his bus to make a repair. Previous attacks at the 4-year-old park had been reported.
October Read More