Get your tickets now because the Wildcat Walkabout ALWAYS sells out! On Oct 1, 2016 you can walk about the sanctuary at your own pace, take all the photos and videos you want, and have the benefit of knowing that your admission will go to conserving exotic cats in the wild.
When: Oct 1, 2016 11AM enter parking area | Noon – 3PM enter sanctuary.
Price: $25.00 per person. No discounts, as this is a fundraising day for conservation in the wild.
Walkabout Time Table:
11AM: Sign in and check out the food trucks till noon and the Trading Post gift shop
Noon: Gates open to the sanctuary where you can walk about and commune with the cats at your own pace.
3PM: Gates close and everyone must be outside.
Get your tickets now!
See some of the projects we have already funded to get an idea of the great work you can be part of by attending the Wildcat Walkabout: http://bigcatrescue.org/insitu
Did you know that Big Cat Rescue has two Pokemon gyms and four Pokemon stops on our 67 acre sanctuary property? The pokemon spawn randomly, so there’s no telling what will show up specifically, but we’ve located some pretty good areas on the grounds to find them. We are creating unique badges for players too!
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.
Parking and Check-In:
Check-In will be open from 11 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.
You MUST bring your printed receipt including the QR code (that funny square thing) or have it on your smart phone for us to scan. If there are multiple people in your group, who all paid on one receipt, you need to all check in at the same time.
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 Hoover and TJ the tigers 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, and Orion followed by Gilligan & Skipper the Canada Lynx and Apollo 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 TJ 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.
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:
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 (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)
Maybe the 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.
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, interact with 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 approximately 80 exotic cats, of many 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 Behind the Scenes excitement!
Each Behind the Big Cat Scenes Adventure is unique and different, so you never know fully what to expect, besides a roaring good time!
Keeper Tours are available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays ONLY at 10 AM. Participants in the Big Cat Keeper Tours must be 10 years of age or older.
Be sure to read the following before booking your tour:
A bone-crunching wild time you will never forget! Join us 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 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 lead in 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.
The tour is available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 9:00AM. Space for this Tour is extremely limited, so advanced booking is required. Participants in the Feeding Tour must be 10 years of age or older.
Be sure to read the following before booking your tour:
Please enter any coupon, voucher or discount code at time of purchase. You will be required to show the physical coupon, voucher or proof of AAA or proof of Military / First Responder employment, or Spay-N-Play proof at check in, or stand in line to pay the additional sums, if you do not bring in your physical form of proof for your discount.
Big Cat Rescue offers a discount of 10% for AAA members (use code AAA) and members of the military or first responders (use code USA), for their ticket only.
Spay-N-Play allows one free visit for a Day Tour if you bring us a receipt from your vet showing that you spayed or neutered a pet within the last year, or adopted a spayed or neutered pet. (use code Spay)
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 rules:
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. Check out our Tour FAQ and Tour Policies.
Even an animal that has powerful muscles, sharp teeth and deadly claws sometimes needs rescuing! Take a Day Tour of Big Cat Rescue Sanctuary to see the home of about 80 tigers, lions, 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 one of the world’s largest accredited sanctuaries dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned exotic cats. Celebrity supporters of the work being done by BCR include Bo Derek, Harrison 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!
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 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.
We are closed on Thursdays. We offer guided tours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday at 3 PM for adults and children 10 and over. On Saturday & Sunday we offer tours at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. for adults and children 10 and over. 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 noon Kids Touron Saturdays or Sundays.
Be sure to read the following before booking your tour: