Safari Days

Wildcat Walkabout 2019

Wildcat Walkabout 2019

 

Note we have to create 6 groups of 100 tickets each just for the manifest to print correctly.  If the link above is sold out, contact us to add another group of 100 tickets at Records@BigCatRescue.org  (if for some strange reason the link sends you to buy a gift certificate, DON’T DO THAT.  Email us and let us know and we will fix it.)

The Wildcat Walkabout on Saturday, November 2, 2019 is Big Cat Rescue’s pawsome annual fundraising event to benefit conservation projects for wild exotic cats around the globe. This is the one day each year that guests may wander the sanctuary at their leisure during the 3-hour event and see many of the sanctuary’s 60 exotic cats in their spacious, natural enclosures. Food trucks, raffles, gift shop items and more. Free parking. No children under age 5. Check in starts at 11:00 am; gates open from noon to 3:00 pm.  This event always sells out in advance…so pounce on your tickets today! Details below!

Need a hotel?  Click here for a reduced rate at the new Courtyard, right outside our gate! (Only 40 rooms available at this special $104 Walkabout rate, first come first served, so book now to insure availability.)

Where Does Your Money Go?

The Wildcat Walkabout is an annual event to raise money to support conservation projects in the wild.  In 2019 these are the selected projects:

Cheetah

Florida Panthers

Jaguars

Margay

Snow Leopards

Click on them to see more about what exactly we are doing to protect these species in the wild.

We wanted to let you know that all event tees, bags, and other merchandise will only be available online this year.  We will not be selling any 2019 Wildcat Walkabout gear here at the sanctuary.

So be sure to check out all the pawsome apparel, totes and backpacks as well as mugs online at: BigCatRescue.biz

Order by October 17th in order to receive in time for the event.  Proceeds from the sales of this custom made line of apparel and gifts will be donated to support the Wildcat Walkabout featured conservation projects.

 

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. The tour path will close at 3 PM. The parking area and gift shop will be open for a while after that.

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 on the paved road that runs parallel to Easy Street in between the walking trail and the McDonald’s.

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 smartphone 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 across from the main entrance.  The first cat you will meet is Dutchess the tiger. As you make your way around our beautiful lake you will find Beecher the Savannah cat and Keisha and Kali the tigers.  Follow the path along past Jasmine and Sapphire to see our huge 2.5 acre Vacation Rotation Enclosure where Priya will be. Next is Nikita the massive lioness. Continue on to see Jinx the black leopard in our Funcation enclosure and then move on and visit the cougars Ares, Orion, and Artemis. Down the road a bit you will meet a host of servals! Your tour will near the end at Gilligan the Canada Lynx and Nabisco and Shiloh the bobcats.  Last you will see Moses and Bailey the bobcats before heading 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 through the white entrance gate at Dutchess and exit the Tour Path via the ramp by Dutchess into the gift shop.

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:

No children under 5 years old!  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 – Krepelicious, The Curious Cat Bakery and more to be announced.

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)

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 Adorable Adoptables – Meet some very special kitties in need of fur-ever homes at the Kitten Cabana.

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

To see more about previous Wildcat Walkabouts visit Safari Days 2018 and 2017

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