Private Tour

For Tour Times and Tickets:

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Be a VIP on Your Private Tour

Don Mattingly and Andy Pettite

Founder Tour Guests Don Mattingly & Andy Pettite Get Special Attention


Our regular Day Tours are a great way to see the animals but you never know if you will be on a tour with no other people or with a dozen other people.  In some cases you may just not be able to make it at a regularly scheduled tour time.  Whatever the reason, we would like to be accommodating given our limitations.

Because we try harder to make sure your donations go to the animals, rather than staff, we don’t have a big staff that can always be available for giving a tour. To make it worthwhile to pull our limited staff and volunteers from the very necessary work of caring for the animals to give you a private tour we charge more for Private Tours.  Check Zerve for pricing and reservations.

These tours are one hour long and you see the same things you would see on a regular tour.  The difference is that you have the tour guide all to yourself and you can see the cats that most interest you as well as have the opportunity to linger to take photographs.

Private Tours can be used for Private Photo Tours  which are a great tour for photographers both professional or amateur. These must be scheduled, paid and confirmed in advance at Zerve.

For a private tour with the Founder Carole Baskin  the price is $700.00 for up to 5 people and $65.00 per person extra to add people (up to 15 more) per tour.  These tours are the same duration as the regular tours (1.5 hrs) and you see the same things you would see on a regular tour.  The only difference is that you have the Founder, Carole Baskin giving you the tour.

You can buy gift certificates for these Founder or Private or Photo Tours as well.

All of these tours must be prepaid and reserved via Zerve.


Rain checks available in case of inclement weather.


What’s the Best Tour at Big Cat Rescue?


If you are looking for the best value it is our Keeper Tour, which includes a lot more than just a tour.


If you have been on one of our Private Tours please share your experience in the comments section below.


For Tour Times and Tickets:


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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?


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 Private Tour, please tell others about your experience below: