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Reservation & prepayment via Zerve is required for all visits to Big Cat Rescue.  

No Pets! Note blackout dates for Free Passes between Dec. 19 and Jan 1 whether stated on pass or not. 

Please book your tour here:  https://www.zerve.com/BigCatRescue/calendar  or call 1-888-316-5875.  Add appx. $3.00 per ticket price below for booking fee.

TourType Days Times Reserve & Prepay Cost @ Person Restrictions
Day Tour M,T,W,F 3 pm Book Online or call 1-888-316-5875 $36.00 No children under 10
Day Tour Sat. & Sun. 10 am & 3  pm Book Online or call 1-888-316-5875 $36.00 No children under 10
Kids Tour Sat. & Sun. NOON ONLY Book Online or call 1-888-316-5875 $19.00 Kids under 10 Must have parent or guardian. 10 yrs and over pay $36.00 per person
Feeding Tour Fri. Sat. & Sun. 9 am Book Online Now! or call 1-888-316-5875 $65.00 No children under 10
Private Tour any day but Thur. based upon availability. Check calendar. Book Online Now! or call 1-888-316-5875 $125.00/$65 This tour is one hour long. $65 Per additional person per hour.  Must pre pay and schedule
Keeper Tour Fri. Sat. & Sun. 10 am Book Online Now! or call 1-888-316-5875 $125.00 No children under 10
Photo Tour any day but Thur. based upon availability. Check calendar. 9-noon Book Online Now! or call 1-888-316-5875 $125.00/$65 This tour is one hour long. $65 Per additional person per hour.  Must pre pay and schedule
Group Tour M,T,W & F based upon availability 10am to 1:30pm (time may vary) E-Mail 813 393-6066 $36 adults / $19 child < 18 yrs. Minimum 10 guests. All ages. Intended for community and homeschool groups. Must E-Mail or call 813 393-6066 to reserve
Weddings any day but Thur. based upon availability any time E-Mail 813 962 3837 call for quote Outdoor & Max. 200 in party
Parties any day but Thur. based upon availability any time E-Mail 813 393-6066 call for quote Outdoor & Max. 200 in party
Field Trips M,T,W,F based upon availability 10 am – 1 pm (time may vary) E-Mail 813 393-6066 $19 per child Schools and Scouts Outdoor & Max. 60 in party
Night Tours Quarterly.  Check Zerve for times at dark Book Online Now! or call 1-888-316-5875 $65.00 No children under 10.  Must be in good health

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The ONLY days we are closed are Thursdays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Get your tickets through Zerve Online or

Call 1-888-316-5875 or 212-209-3370 (int’l callers)

For those who cannot walk an hour and a half we offer limited space on our golf carts for $10. more per person. This is on a first come, first served basis and is ONLY for those with a medical need.

We are located at 12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL 33625


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We are a sanctuary, not a zoo, so our animals come first. We do not allow people to wander around unescorted. Our tours are all guided and provide an educational experience that includes the plight of big cats in the wild and in captivity and what you can do to save them.  You will be expected to follow these Tour Rules.

 

 

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In Florida, weather is always an issue. In the summer it rains frequently, but often only for a few minutes. If you have paid for a tour and get rained out during your tour, we will give you a free pass to come back. Because the cats are spooked by umbrellas, they are not allowed but you should bring a rain coat or poncho if it looks like rain. Tours will be canceled during lightening storms. Paths are frequently muddy so closed toed, old, comfortable shoes are recommended.

You may bring your own cold drinks or buy ours but either way, be prepared for the heat.

You are welcome to take photos and video on the tour, but leave the tripods at home, or purchase a private tour. We ask everyone on the tour to stay together, no smoking, no cell phone calls and respect the tour guides warnings so that you have the best possible experience.

If you are traveling with pets, you cannot bring them onto the property. Florida law (and common sense) prohibit you from leaving them in your car, even with the A/C running.

 

Keeper Tour

Keeper Tour

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Big Cat Rescue of Tampa, FL is excited to tell you about an opportunity that is sure to feed your beastly appetite for adventure. Our Big Cat Keeper Tour is the most exclusive behind the scenes experience you can find in the animal world that is respectful to the animals and safe for the guests. If you are an animal lover and want to see the inner workings of a real animal sanctuary, then this 2-hour experience is what you have been searching for.

No where else can you get this close and enjoy such a wide variety of wild cats, and support a great cause at the same time.

The Keeper Tour includes:

  • Enrichment: You’ll make toys and treats for the cats to stimulate an animals’ activity level and watch as keeper hands out what you’ve made. Observe the animals’ reactions as they investigate their enrichment that you helped create for them.
  • Operant conditioning: You’ll witness a training session between the cats & keepers. During this activity you will accompany our keepers who will teach critical behaviors to one of our feline residents, such as go into lock out, stand up so we can observe the paws and underside, and much more!
  • History: You’ll learn the history behind our furry friends and how they came to call Big Cat Rescue home. In addition, you’ll also hear the story of why Big Cat Rescue was founded, as you take a guided mini tour of the 67 acre sanctuary.

On your exploration you will see many of our 80+exotic cats, including more than a 10 different species of exotic cats! Learn about where these great cats come from in the wild and what you can do to help their plight. You will join an exclusive group of adventure seekers and a few of our highly trained staff for an orientation that will prepare you for an afternoon of Behind the Scenes excitement!

Each Behind the Big Cat Scenes Keeper Tour is unique and different, so you never know fully what to expect, besides a roaring good time!

Space for this program is extremely limited prepayment is required. Participants in the Big Cat Expedition must be 10 years of age or older.


get info & book at zerve

FAQ

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Check out Visit the Cats to find out more about all of the exciting ways that you can have fun and help save the wild cats! We offer Day ToursNight Tours and Private Tours.

 

How do I get to Big Cat Rescue?

How to get to Big Cat Rescue

 

Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?

Advance purchase is required and tours do sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day that you prefer, please book well in advance! Tickets can be purchased online or over the phone with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express.

Is there an age limit?

Children under 10 years old are not permitted due to the dangerous nature of this tour. Kids 10 years of age or older are welcome to attend. All attendees must purchase a full-price ticket.

Can I bring food or toys for the cats?

No, our diet is specific to their needs and we do not allow foods to be given to the cats that have not been approved by our vet and maintained under the most stringent quality controls. We do not give our cats toys that could cause harm if ingested so we do not permit toys from outside our own preselected vendors.

Can I take pictures during my tour?

YES! You are welcome to take photos and / or videos during your tour.

Do I have to stay with the group, or can I wander?

The only way to see the cats is on a guided tour, so you will not be able to wander away from the group.

Are there restrooms?

Operant Conditioning is training the tiger to do thing we need for medical purposes. This way our vet can inspect the paws, belly, etc.

Yes, but we strongly suggest that you go before you get here because we have limited facilities and are on septic systems which cannot handle a lot of volume if there has been recent rain. There is a McDonald’s right at the corner of Easy Street.

What if it rains?

The DayTour will still go out in a light rain as long as there is no lightning. If it is thundering or pouring rain, we may try to wait it out, or will offer a refund, or rescheduling.

Can I bring my pet?

No.

Is there a charge for parking?

Parking is always free and there is plenty of it except for our busiest times in Nov, Dec and March. During these busy times it is tight, but we will help you park at no additional fee.

Are you ADA compliant?

If you are unable to walk for two hours, we have golf carts available for $10 extra, per person riding. Our paths are dirt, so wheel chairs are hard to push, but scooters do well. There are no seats along the tour paths.

Do you offer gift certificates?

Yes! Gift certificates are available and they make perfect gifts for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate please click on the “Gift Certificates: Purchase” link in the yellow box on this page: Gift Certificates for Feeding Tours

Keeper Tours at Big Cat Rescue

Do you offer private tours?

Yes! Please see the list of all activities to get more information about our Private Tours.  Check out Visit the Cats to find out more about all of the exciting ways that you can have fun and help save the wild cats! We offer Feeding ToursNight Tours and Keeper Tours.

Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, can be rescheduled with 24 hours notice.

Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded. You may reschedule your tickets (subject to availability) only if you do so at least 24 hours in advance.

Weather Policy

Activity may be cancelled due to severe weather.

The activity usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but the seller may cancel the activity up to an hour before the start time in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. If the seller cancels the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability) or receive credit for a future event.

Spend the afternoon with a keeper

Other Policies

There is no smoking allowed at Big Cat Rescue.

We do not allow smoking at Big Cat Rescue, except in the parking lot.

If you have been on a Feeding Tour, please tell others about your experience below:

 

 

Safari Days

Safari Days

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Wildcat Walkabout

This event has sold out!

Big Cat Rescue is proud to welcome you to our annual Wildcat Walkabout!

Join us on Father’s Day (Sunday June 21, 2015 from noon till 3) as we open the doors to our sanctuary for an afternoon of good food and up close views of our furriest friends.  This is a once a year chance to just wander through the sanctuary at your own pace spending as much time as you like at each enclosure for up to three hours for only $10/person (father’s accompanied by a family member get in free).  Proceeds of the day will go to support projects proven to help preserve lions in Africa from extinction.

We are sold out!

 

WildcatWalk_WebsiteSponsorsThe festivities of this 3-hour experience will include:

 

Some of Tampa’s finest food trucks!
Viewings of our cats’ enrichment
Face Painting
A fun Photo Booth
Exploring the Sanctuary!

Raffle Prizes include:

$500 CD donated by C1 Bank

2 $20 Gift Certificates to Boston’s

1 $20 Starbucks Gift Card

In addition, you’ll be able to use our free app to learn even more about our cats! Anyone with a smart phone can walk up to a cat, choose their name in the app and play their story!
To download the app please visit one of these links: iTunes or Google Play
The gates close at 3PM and everyone must be off the property at that time so we can perform our routine sanctuary work, so please come by 2PM at the latest, in order to have time to walk the sanctuary.

Happy Father’s Day Dads! Fathers can attend Wildcat Walkabout for free with any paid guest!

Don’t miss this rare chance at an all new way to experience Big Cat Rescue.

 

Food Trucks For Your Dining Pleasure

Yogurtology  now has a Yum Mobile Yogurt Truck that is like a shop on wheels! Equipped with 4 machines, 8 different flavors, toppings and sloppings, customers are able to create their own master piece at the Wildcat Walkabout.

American Weiner Truck

Thrive Street Eats Food Truck Delicious and healthy fresh food for meat-eaters and vegans alike.

Boston Markets will bring their food truck too.

Wildcat Walkabout Exclusive Desert Truck:  Yogurtology now has a Yum Mobile Yogurt Truck that is like a shop on wheels! Equipped with 4 machines, 8 different flavors, toppings and sloppings, customers are able to create their own master piece.

S Roza & Co is providing 60 watermelons for the cats and guests to enjoy.  Check out his fresh market at 2801 E Hillsborough Ave Tampa, FL 813-231-2220

 

Dear Big Cat Rescue supporter and Wildcat Walkabout Guest,

We are so happy that you will be joining us for this fun and exciting event, Wildcat Walkabout.  Please take a moment to review the following information regarding the big day.

Wildcat Walkabout – This Sunday June 21st, 2015

Parking and Check-In:

Check-In will be open from 11:30 AM – 2 PM.  You must arrive no later than 2 PM in order to gain access to the Tour Path to see the cats.

Do not drive to Big Cat Rescue’s main entrance. All Wildcat Walkabout attendees will be parking at an off-site parking lot near the end of our entrance road.  Event parking is located at Citrus Park Crossings – address: 12750 Citrus Park Lane, Tampa, FL 33625. This parking lot is located behind the McDonald’s gas station on the paved road that runs parallel to Easy Street in between the walking trail and the McDonald’s gas station.
Once parked, head to the Check-In table located at the parking lot gate on the west wall of the parking lot. Big Cat Rescue volunteers will be able to look your reservation up by the name of the person who purchased the tickets.  You do not need to bring your receipt or registration number.

You will receive a special wristband for entrance, be sure to wear this throughout the event so you get access to the Tour Path to see the cats.

After you have checked in; leave all unnecessary items in your vehicle then walk down Easy Street from the off-site parking area to Big Cat Rescue. The Big Cat Rescue activity area is located in the parking lot of Big Cat Rescue. There will be gourmet food trucks, gift shop items, a raffle for great prizes, and a selfie booth.  Bring a form of payment with you should you wish to purchase any of these items. Cash and major credit cards are accepted.

The Tour Path:

The Tour Path will be open at 12:00 PM.  The path should take a leisurely 30-40 minutes to complete.  Wear sturdy shoes as the path is dirt and gravel.

The Tour Path entrance is located on the South wall of the parking lot directly in front of the main entrance.  The first cats you will meet are Bengali the tiger and Windstar the bobcat.  As you make your way around our beautiful lake you will find Max and MaryAnn the bobcats and Kali, Keisha, and Zeus the tigers.  Follow the path along past our star couple Cameron the lion and Zabu the tiger to see our huge 2.5 acre Vacation Rotation Enclosure where Andre and Arthur will be.  Next is Nikita the massive lioness.  Continue on to visit the cougars Ares, Orion, and Narla followed by Gilligan & Skipper the Canada Lynx and Apollo & Zeus the Siberian Lynx.  The Tour Path will end at Moses and Bailey the bobcats leading into our gift shop.  Please note the Entrance and Exit gates to the Tour Path are one-way.

You can only enter the Tour Path at Alex and Windstar and exit the Tour Path at the gift shop.  We have to ask you to follow that path so we can be sure no one is left on property at the end of the event.
Big Cat Rescue volunteers will be stationed throughout the tour path for security purposes.  (Please do not ask questions about the animals as these volunteers need to be monitoring guests on the property and should not be distracted.)  There is a free smart phone app available with all of the cats’ stories for iPhone here:  https://goo.gl/CQUzKj and Android here:  https://goo.gl/kioC9Q

Portable Restrooms are available in the parking lot.

Rules:

Children must remain under the direct supervision of their parents, do not allow children to wander, walk ahead, or lag behind.  No horseplay, running or yelling.  Big Cat Rescue is a sanctuary for the cats, so please do not disturb them by whistling, calling “Here Kitty, Kitty”, or making other noises to get their attention.  Do not litter. Do not touch the barricades, nor reach across them with your person or anything you are carrying. Do not wander off the designated path.  You are welcome to take photos and videos.

Big Cat Rescue Activity Area:

After you have walked the Tour Path we invite you to visit the Big Cat Rescue Activity Area where you can enjoy the following until 3 PM:
Gourmet Food Trucks – Yogurtology, American Weiner Truck, Boston Markets and Thrive Street Eats.

Raffle – Enter for a chance to win great prizes, drawing at 3 PM, must be present to win

Gift Shop – Purchase big cat gift items or event tees for $10 each (while supplies last)

Wildcat Selfie Booth – Pose with fun props and big cat photo cut outs.  Our team will take your photo with your own camera or smart phone, or we can use our smart phone and email you the pics.  Upload your Wildcat Selfies to social media and “check-in” at Big Cat Rescue to help spread the word about the great work we are doing to save cats in captivity and in the wild!

Call of the Wild – Our friendly staff will assist you with making the Call of the Wild to your legislator asking them to champion the Big Cat Safety Act through congress.  Each participant will receive a free gift to commemorate their action. (while supplies last)

Humane Society Adoption Bus – Mobile adoption unit to find fur-ever homes for unwanted animals.  And much, much more!

Be prepared for rain, bugs and summer sun.  The event cannot continue in the presence of lightning.

Wildcat Walkabout will be similar to the March for Lions of 2014 http://bigcatrescue.org/march-lions/

Kids Tour

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You must buy tickets in advance by clicking the ticket. Get your tickets through Zerve Online or Call Toll free 1-888-316-5875 or 212-209-3370 (int’l callers)

Enjoy the Kids Tour at Big Cat Rescue!

If you want to bring children under the age of ten, this is the only tour available for your family. This is a complete guided tour where children of all ages and their parents can get up-close and learn about exotic cats and other animals.

  • Tours for kids under 10 are on Saturdays and Sundays ONLY.  Click ticket for times.
  • Geared toward children under 10 years old.
  • Privately guided small tour groups of 20 or less.

Tour is one hour long & children are expected to behave because this is a working sanctuary and the animals come first. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian and must behave respectfully toward the animals and others in the group. This is not a zoo where children will be allowed to scream and run wild, but a sanctuary where the animal’s needs always come first.

You are welcome to take photos and video on the tour,but leave the tripods at home, or schedule a photo tour. We ask everyone on the tour to stay together, no smoking, no cell phones and respect the tour guides warnings so that you have the best possible experience.

Paths are frequently muddy so closed toed, old, comfortable shoes are recommended. You may bring your own cold drinks or buy ours but either way, be prepared for the heat.

“It’s one thing to go to Busch Gardens, it’s another to stand three feet from a tiger!” says one Kids Tour participant. Come with the whole family and visitBig Cat Rescue today to see your favorite felines in action! 

Kids love Big Cat Rescue

For info on school and civic group field trips and out- reach presentations see our Field Trip and Outreach page.

Watch a typical Kid’s Tour by Jeff Kremer

 

 

For Tickets and Tour Times:

get info & book at zerve

FAQ

[toc]

Check out Visit the Cats to find out more about all of the exciting ways that you can have fun and help save the wild cats! We offer Feeding ToursNight Tours and Keeper Tours.

 

How do I get to Big Cat Rescue?

How to get to Big Cat Rescue

 

Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?

Yes. To maximize your chances of getting the day that you prefer, please book well in advance! Tickets can be purchased online or over the phone with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express.

Is there an age limit?

Children of all ages are welcome to attend. Ticket prices vary based on age.  Check with Zerve.

Do you have strollers?

We do not provide strollers and our paths are earthen, so they can be very difficult to push unless they are made for rough terrain.

Can I bring food or toys for the cats?

No, our diet is specific to their needs and we do not allow foods to be given to the cats that have not been approved by our vet and maintained under the most stringent quality controls. We do not give our cats toys that could cause harm if ingested so we do not permit toys from outside our own preselected vendors.

Can I take pictures during my tour?

YES! You are welcome to take photos and / or videos during your tour.

Do I have to stay with the group, or can I wander?

The only way to see the cats is on a guided tour, so you will not be able to wander away from the group.

Are there restrooms?

Yes, but we strongly suggest that you go before you get here because we have limited facilities and are on septic systems which cannot handle a lot of volume if there has been recent rain. There is a McDonald’s right at the corner of Easy Street.

What if it rains?

The DayTour will still go out in a light rain as long as there is no lightning. If it is thundering or pouring rain, we may try to wait it out, or will offer a refund, or rescheduling.

Can I bring my pet?

No.

Is there a charge for parking?

Parking is always free and there is plenty of it except for our busiest times in Nov, Dec and March. During these busy times it is tight, but we will help you park at no additional fee.

Are you ADA compliant?

If you are unable to walk for two hours, we have golf carts available for $10 extra, per person riding. Our paths are dirt, so wheel chairs are hard to push, but scooters do well. There are no seats along the tour paths.

Do you offer gift certificates?

Yes! Gift certificates are available and they make perfect gifts for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate please click on the “Gift Certificates: Purchase” link in the yellow box on this page: Day Tours

Do you offer private tours?

Yes! Please see the list of all activities to get more information about our Private Tours.

Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, can be rescheduled with 24 hours notice.

Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded. You may reschedule your tickets (subject to availability) only if you do so at least 24 hours in advance.

Weather Policy

Activity may be cancelled due to severe weather.

The activity usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but the seller may cancel the activity up to an hour before the start time in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. If the seller cancels the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability) or receive credit for a future event.

Other Policies

There is no smoking allowed at Big Cat Rescue.

We do not allow smoking at Big Cat Rescue, except in the parking lot.

If you have been on a Kids Tour, please tell others about your experience below:

 

 

 

Feeding Tour

Feeding Tour

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A bone-crunching wild time you will never forget! Join the cats for dinner at Big Cat Rescue. 

The 1 hour Feeding Tour is a short tour that focuses only on the cats on a designated feeding route. It is followed by a short and informal chat session with one of our big cat keepers

Watch big cat keepers feed tigers, leopards, cougars and more while observing from just a few feet away. As you walk around the sanctuary with our feeders your guide will tell you about the cats on the feeding route, their diets, and how they hunt in the wild.

The Feeding Tour includes:

  • Watching the wild cats being fed and learning about their diets.
  • The diet you will see fed consists of chunks of beef, chicken and a ground diet.

Each Feeding Tour is unique and different, so you never know fully what to expect, besides a roaring good time!

This tour is a great follow up to a regular Day Tour. On the Day Tour you will see a greater selection of cats representing all of the species residing at the sanctuary.

Check the Zerve calendar for the days and times. Space for this program is extremely limited, so advanced booking is required. Participants in the Feeding Tour must be 10 years of age or older.

 

For Tickets and Tour Times:

 

get info & book at zerve

 

FAQ

[toc]

Check out Visit the Cats to find out more about all of the exciting ways that you can have fun and help save the wild cats! We offer Day ToursNight Tours and Keeper Tours.

 

How do

I get to Big Cat Rescue?

How to get to Big Cat Rescue

 

Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?

Advance purchase is required and tours do sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day that you prefer, please book well in advance! Tickets can be purchased online or over the phone with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express.

Is there an age limit?

Children under 10 years old are not permitted due to the dangerous nature of this tour. Kids 10 years of age or older are welcome to attend. All attendees must purchase a full-price ticket.

Can I bring food or toys for the cats?

No, our diet is specific to their needs and we do not allow foods to be given to the cats that have not been approved by our vet and maintained under the most stringent quality controls. We do not give our cats toys that could cause harm if ingested so we do not permit toys from outside our own preselected vendors.

Can I take pictures during my tour?

YES! You are welcome to take photos and / or videos during your tour.

Do I have to stay with the group, or can I wander?

The only way to see the cats is on a guided tour, so you will not be able to wander away from the group.

Are there restrooms?

Yes, but we strongly suggest that you go before you get here because we have limited facilities and are on septic systems which cannot handle a lot of volume if there has been recent rain. There is a McDonald’s right at the corner of Easy Street.

Tiger eating a bone at Big Cat Rescue

What if it rains?

The DayTour will still go out in a light rain as long as there is no lightning. If it is thundering or pouring rain, we may try to wait it out, or will offer a refund, or rescheduling.

Can I bring my pet?

No.

Is there a charge for parking?

Parking is always free and there is plenty of it except for our busiest times in Nov, Dec and March. During these busy times it is tight, but we will help you park at no additional fee.

Are you ADA compliant?

If you are unable to walk for two hours, we have golf carts available for $10 extra, per person riding. Our paths are dirt, so wheel chairs are hard to push, but scooters do well. There are no seats along the tour paths.

Do you offer gift certificates?

Yes! Gift certificates are available and they make perfect gifts for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate please click on the “Gift Certificates: Purchase” link in the yellow box on this page: Gift Certificates for Feeding Tours

Do you offer private tours?

Yes! Please see the list of all activities to get more information about our Private Tours.  Check out Visit the Cats to find out more about all of the exciting ways that you can have fun and help save the wild cats! We offer Feeding ToursNight Tours and Keeper Tours.

Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, can be rescheduled with 24 hours notice.

Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded. You may reschedule your tickets (subject to availability) only if you do so at least 24 hours in advance.

Weather Policy

Activity may be cancelled due to severe weather.

The activity usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but the seller may cancel the activity up to an hour before the start time in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. If the seller cancels the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability) or receive credit for a future event.

Other Policies

There is no smoking allowed at Big Cat Rescue.

We do not allow smoking at Big Cat Rescue, except in the parking lot.

If you have been on a Feeding Tour, please tell others about your experience below:

 

 

Day Tours

Day Tours

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Even an animal that has powerful muscles, sharp teeth and deadly claws sometimes needs rescuing!

Take a Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue to see the home of more about 100 lions, tigers, leopards and more that have been saved from abuse and abandonment, and find out how they are given the care and shelter they deserve.

On this 1.5 hour walking tour, don’t be surprised if your heart fills with joy as you watch these playful kitties romping and socializing in their new home!

Big Cat Rescue is the world’s largest accredited sanctuary dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned exotic cats. Celebrity supporters of the work being done by BCR include Bo DerekHarrison Ford and Leonardo DiCaprio, and more.

Confiscated from a drug raid, got too old for the circus, neglected by an owner: these are just a few of the stories of this facility’s cats. But now they can enjoy a dignified life of leisure, play and socializing at this accredited big cat sanctuary, which is one of the largest in the world!

Day Tour Tiger Pool

Let your tour guide relate their tales of hardship and triumph and take you to see some of the following:

  • Meet a pair of frolicking leopards that leap from platform to platform in their fenced-in enclosure.
  • See a chirping serval rescued from a basement and enjoying the sunlight it was denied during its ordeal.
  • Witness the biggest and most impressive creatures in the refuge,the lions and tigers. Though they cannot be returned to the wild, discover how the sanctuary gives them the most natural existence possible!

We are a sanctuarynot a zoo, so our animals come first. We do not allow people to wander around unescorted. Our tours are all guided and provide an educational experience that includes the plight of big cats in the wild and in captivity and what you can do to save them.

These are walking tours and take about an hour and a half.  If you have children under the age of 10, they can ONLY visit by attending the  Kids Tour on Saturdays or Sundays.

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FAQ

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Check out Visit the Cats to find out more about all of the exciting ways that you can have fun and help save the wild cats! We offer Day Tours, Kids ToursFeeding ToursNight Tours and Keeper Tours.

 

How do I get to Big Cat Rescue?

How to get to Big Cat Rescue

 

Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?

Yes. To maximize your chances of getting the day that you prefer, please book well in advance! Tickets can be purchased online or over the phone with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express.

Is there an age limit?

Children under 10 years old are not permitted due to the dangerous nature of this tour. Kids 10 years of age or older are welcome to attend. All attendees must purchase a full-price ticket.

Can I bring food or toys for the cats?

No, our diet is specific to their needs and we do not allow foods to be given to the cats that have not been approved by our vet and maintained under the most stringent quality controls. We do not give our cats toys that could cause harm if ingested so we do not permit toys from outside our own preselected vendors.

Can I take pictures during my tour?

YES! You are welcome to take photos and / or videos during your tour.

Do I have to stay with the group, or can I wander?

The only way to see the cats is on a guided tour, so you will not be able to wander away from the group.

Are there restrooms?

Yes, but we strongly suggest that you go before you get here because we have limited facilities and are on septic systems which cannot handle a lot of volume if there has been recent rain. There is a McDonald’s right at the corner of Easy Street.

Day Tour

What if it rains?

The DayTour will still go out in a light rain as long as there is no lightning. If it is thundering or pouring rain, we may try to wait it out, or will offer a refund, or rescheduling.

Can I bring my pet?

No.

Is there a charge for parking?

Parking is always free and there is plenty of it except for our busiest times in Nov, Dec and March. During these busy times it is tight, but we will help you park at no additional fee.

Are you ADA compliant?

If you are unable to walk for two hours, we have golf carts available for $10 extra, per person riding. Our paths are dirt, so wheel chairs are hard to push, but scooters do well. There are no seats along the tour paths.

Do you offer gift certificates?

Yes! Gift certificates are available and they make perfect gifts for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate please click on the “Gift Certificates: Purchase” link in the yellow box on this page: Day Tours

Do you offer private tours?

Yes! Please see the list of all activities to get more information about our Private Tours.

Day Tour at Big Cat Rescue

Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, can be rescheduled with 24 hours notice.

Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded. You may reschedule your tickets (subject to availability) only if you do so at least 24 hours in advance.

Weather Policy

Activity may be cancelled due to severe weather.

The activity usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but the seller may cancel the activity up to an hour before the start time in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. If the seller cancels the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability) or receive credit for a future event.

Other Policies

There is no smoking allowed at Big Cat Rescue.

We do not allow smoking at Big Cat Rescue, except in the parking lot.

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