Top 5 Cat Questions
Go to BigCatRescue.org/Top5 to see answers to the most frequently asked questions about the cats and the sanctuary, other than tour questions.
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 topics covered on this tour and so that adults can enjoy the tour. Kids 10 years of age or older are welcome to attend as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. We do not make exceptions, no matter how well behaved you think your child is; only ages 10 and over on this tour. 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.
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 an extra charge, per person riding. See prices at TICKETS Our paths are dirt, so wheel chairs are hard to push, but scooters do well. There are very few seats along the tour paths.
How do the golf carts work? Are they offered on every tour?
On some tours (but not all), we offer seats on a golf cart for guests who have difficulty with mobility. Each cart can hold 3 guests plus the driver. The cart will follow the tour guide closely so that guests can hear the narration. Depending on different circumstances, these seats must be be booked in advance at the time of ticket purchase.
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 next to the Buy Ticket button.
Do you offer private tours?
Yes! Please see the list of all activities to get more information about our private tours.
What does the Big Cat Rescue Release and Hold Harmless Agreement state?
The Big Cat Rescue Release and Hold Harmless Agreement states that all buyers understand and agree to 1.) the potential dangers associated with attending Big Cat Rescue and the rules in place to prevent such dangers from occurring and 2.) the Release and Hold Harmless Agreement, which states that Big Cat Rescue cannot be held responsible for any harm, injury or damage taking place at Big Cat Rescue. Please visit https://bigcatrescue.org/release to view the agreement in its entirety.
More Frequently Asked Questions
Big Cat Video Links:
- Watch our big cats LIVE on our many webcams at BigCatRescue.org/cams See our Vacation Rotation enclosure there for cats on “vacation”. Watch TJ & Hoover’s “Tiger Lake” Cam
- All of out live cams: BigCatCams.com
- Almost every medical procedure will have a video on YouTube.com/BigCatRescue or YouTube.com/DailyBigCat or a LIVE Facebook feed at Facebook.com/BigCatRescue
- Stay Connected Links:
- Need to stay in the know? Sign up at BigCatRescue.org/join
- Never miss another big cat update by bookmarking BigCatRescue.org/updates/
Ways To Help Links:
Get To Know Us Links:
- How We Started
- Early history and lessons we learned
- Who is Big Cat Rescue?
- Meet the cats
- Bobcat Rehab & Release
- Our Free Books
- Come see the cats
Important Big Cat Issues:
If you are familiar with the info on these pages you will be able to help others understand and care about them which is the first step in the process of getting new laws passed that will end the abuse. Please frequent these pages so you can help us teach others in the comments area of articles and social media. A great place to reach new people with the message is in the comments area of social media posts and news articles. If you know the issues inside out then you can answer about any question that comes up. If not ask us, we are happy to help you with info. However, most info you will find on those pages.
- Cub handling issues
- Printable flyer about cub handling
- Big Cat Exhibitions
- Big Cat Attacks
- Big Cats in Zoos
- Circus is NO Fun for Big Cats
- Big Cats as Pets
- Why Regulating Conditions Under Which Big Cats are Kept Cannot Work
- White Tigers
- Fur Trade
- Trophy Hunting: Find out why hunting big cats causes environmental damage
- Canned Hunting: Did you know that petting a cub could mean making it easier for the cat to be shot in a cage?
Answers To Frequently Asked Questions:
- Why do abusers & exploiters say bad things about BCR?
- What is Enrichment?
- What is Operant Conditioning?
- Don’t they miss being petted?
- Why don’t you set them free?
- Why can’t they live with a friend?
- Why do some of the cats look thin?
- I want to help but don’t have money.
- Why don’t you have cheetahs & jaguars?
- What are BCR cages like?
- What do the cats eat?
- What about Christian the lion?
- Where do you get the cats’ toys?
- Can I volunteer on my vacation?
- What training do I need to work at BCR?
- Why is breeding bad?
- When can we pet the cubs?