Big Cat Rescue is Caring for Big Cats and Ending the Trade

Join us in celebrating the passage of the Big Cat Public Safety Act which banned contact with big cats and their cubs, and phases out private ownership of big cats! 

We have campaigned for this change since the 90s and on Dec. 20, 2022 it was signed into law!  This is the first step to saving wild cats, in the wild, where they belong.

Big Cat Rescue's Mission

Our Mission is to provide the best home we can for the cats in our care, end abuse of big cats in captivity, and prevent extinction of big cats in the wild.

Our Goal is for our donors to find their gifts to us to be among the most satisfying they make by accomplishing our mission in the most financially responsible manner possible.

We consistently receive Charity Navigator’s highest 4 star rating.

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We continue to be closed to the general public. However, we have a limited ability to provide small private tours. Donors of $500 or more per year may schedule to come with one additional guest. Donors of $1000 or more may bring three guests with them. All guests must be at least 10 years of age. Our tour guides are vaccinated and we ask that you and any guests be vaccinated as well. If you experience any COVID symptoms in the ten days prior to your tour please contact us to reschedule. Masks are optional. Do not bring any pets with you (may seem obvious but it happens.) To schedule a visit email

Because we can only provide in person tours to a small number of donors we have invested in ramping up our virtual options, such as our LIVE webcams where you can view the cats live and chat with people who love big cats. Our cameras are at and see our virtual options at 

We are always available to connect with you on our social sites at Facebook, where we go LIVE daily Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and TikTok where we post daily updates, photos and videos so you can stay up to date on the cats.

About Big Cat Rescue

Big Cat Rescue, one of the world’s most influential sanctuaries for exotic cats, is a leading advocate for ending the abuse of captive big cats and saving wild cats from extinction.  We are the most hated, feared and lied about by circuses, backyard breeders, roadside zoos, cub petting pimps  and pseudo-sanctuaries because we led the social change and change in laws that has brought an end to cub fondling and private ownership of big cats in the U.S.  We wear that as a badge of honor.

We are home to tigers, bobcats, servals, caracals, jaguar, and other species most of whom have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, saved from being turned into fur coats, or retired from performing acts.

  • The sanctuary is NOT open to the public & never takes cats off site for exhibition
  • The sanctuary began rescuing exotic cats in Nov. 4, 1992
  • The non profit 501 c 3 sanctuary is home to many exotic big cats
  • We donate over $100,000 annually to  exotic cat conservation projects in the wild
  • The non wildcats at Big Cat Rescue are here for a variety of reasons, including:
  • The non-profit organization is:
    • Accredited by the Global Federation of Sanctuaries
    • Certified by Independent Charities of America as a “Best in America Charity
    • Member of the Species Survival Network
    • Rated 4 Stars by Charity Navigator (their highest rating) and has one of the highest scores of any animal based charity
    • Part of a global coalition including HSUS, IFAW, WWF, GFAS, Born Free and other animal protection groups who are working together to end big cat abuse
  • The sanctuary is situated on 67 acres in the Citrus Park area of north Tampa.


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