We had a great time with our kids. Our tour guide, Denny, was absolutely amazing.
Amazing place. We really enjoyed our visit!
Amanda Reask Craig
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING EVERY TIME WE'VE VISITED.
THANK YOU FOR THE LIFE YOU'VE GIVEN THESE CATS!!
The animals at Big Cat Rescue are by far the most healthy and happy felines I have ever seen! The staff and volunteers are extremely knowledgeable and really go the extra mile for their guests. Needless to say, this facility sets the standard by which all animals needing to be in captivity deserve. I will DEFINITELY be coming back!! Sidenote: The servals are AMAZING! I love Frosty! <3
Informative and an awesome experience
Janice Wagenfohr Scott
Visiting the Big Cats was amazing. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. It was sad hearing the stories about how each cat came to the rescue. You guys do amazing work.
Big Cat Rescue is the most amazing place! The cats are all rescued from bad situations either private owners didn't take care of them or circuses or roadside attractions that have abused them and now they're living out their lives in an environment full of love and the best care available. The tours give you the background on the animals and allow you to see them in a happy place - unlike a zoo or circus. The best tours are keeper tours, feeding tours or private tours. They cost more but are so worth it! (Note in case you're wondering, because these animals are born in captivity, they can't be released into the wild.)
I am so afraid they are extinct :(
Carole Monroe Stansberry
We had the privilege of a private tour on 7/24/18. I am awed by the labor of love in this sanctuary. It is obvious how content these cats are. No pacing or agitation. Just lounging, rolling and interested looks at the crazy visitors in the rain. What an amazing experience! If they can't be in their natural habitats, this is the next best thing. Thank you for taking care of these gorgeous, majestic creatures.
I love to see the big cats being taken care of by great people.
Was there on 7/22/18 and did a day tour. They met us at the gate to save time and get our waiver signed. Saw lots of cats. The interns were lovely and even offered my friend and I free drinks cos we were getting overheated. Definitely want to go back! Everyone there was awesome and you can tell how much they care about the cats and their guests.
Nicely shaded place. The tour guides were very descriptive and friendly.
Kimberly Caffey Ellingsworth
The staff are true Angels on Earth volunteering their time to these amazing animals. Thank you for saving these beautiful big cats and giving them a safe loving environment in which they are loved and cared for
I love this!! We visited one time it was amazing definitely five stars I think everyone in the world should come!! Lol �
I truly enjoyed the experience. Nice to know these big beautiful cats are being looked after, and respected and cared for. The volunteers on site are wonderful and know every individual cat. Very professional and knowlegable. Thanks for caring.
I like the idea of headphones, since I have a hearing problem, a lot of questions were answered. Keep up the great work. ���
It’s brilliant live videos so good �� keep it up
This Is the first time I see this post I would like to see more about your posts before I give any more opinions.
Love this page! �������
Kelly Borges Ramos
Amazing and indispensable job. :)
This People Are Very Amazing And Wonderful To Do What They Do For This Big Cats. That Why They Got Excellent From Me.
Discovered this wonderful organization on Charity Navigator while looking for a "cat" charity for the family to support. We were amazed by how much we didn't know about big cats and their care. This site and the web site are loaded with important information. Someday we hope to visit.
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Sheri Bond Decker
Wonderful place. I love the big cats. :)
Martina Eugenio Correa Gallardo
Great organization! They really care about the animal’s well being. My 11 yr old daughter really enjoyed the visit!!!! Will be planning another trip in the fall!
Great tour! This is an amazing rescue!
Love Big Cat Rescue! Wonderful Retirement home for a big cats!!!
The tour was fabulous! The guide knowledgeable and awesome, Thank you Tegen!!! We will be back ASAP.
I was misled as to the hours of operation and when I arrived there were no more tours going out. Anyway they don’t have tours for kids during the week, weird.
This was our second night tour and our 4th time overall. This night tour is the best tour to do you get to see a lot of the cats at dark. This tour was our best ever we saw a lot. It was nice to see Zabu again and her friend the lion my favorites. This is a must tour for everyone and your supporting the cats with your admission fee. Win Win for the cats
It was wonderful. The stories were heartwarming as are all of the efforts and care. We had a tour guide, Miya who was lovely and informative. Her back up was a haughty young woman ( with an English accent) who should be in a back office and not on tours with people. Oh well.. overall we’d go back and loved it.
I think it's an excellent program. The cats are well fed and their enclosures are large. Thank you for taking care of these beautiful animals! :-)
Frances G. Brown
I have lots
Of respect for all BCR Staff and volunteers! I am honored to be a
member of the BCR groups and it’s magnificent CATS������
This rescue is amazing! They take such great care of these precious animals. I love the fact that they don't breed them! The place is huge and beautiful and you can tell that they put a lot of work into making sure the cats have everything they need. I will definitely be back the next time we visit Florida.
Extremely clean and the tour guide was very well informed and gracious with the questions. The animals were beautiful, and appeared to be in great health. Please give if you can. This is big cat Paradise for them!!!
Kat Mariza Bladgett
Wonderful to see how well cared for these beautiful cats are and our tour guide was amazing �
Teaun Sonny Bates
I love the fact its people who love helping big cats.
Carolyn Burke Fine
They do a wonderful job for all the big cats, so they get to live the rest of there life’s a little bit free !!!
Ellen J Siddiqui
beautiful animals very well cared for! the tour was great and the guide/volunteer was so well versed about the animals .
highly recommend visiting or donating to this wonderful organization!
These volunteers and others are THE GREATEST GIFT to happen to all the big and small cats�
They do an amazing job by taking care of the cats they provide them with the opportunity to explore vacation rotation which is a big huge enclosure outdoors with pools and platforms and toys they even do Facebook live where we get to see the cats when they go around and give them their meds and breakfast
Sabrina Oney Johnson
I loved the tour. The guide was knowledgeable and the pre recorded animal histories were interesting. Despite the heat, alot of cats were out to see the tour. I think we we're just as interesting to them as they were to us. It was sad to hear the things the cats had been thru, but i am glad they are at the rescue. They have a huge area and are cared for well.
Peggy Lloyd Peter
I took nine grandchildren this summer to see the cats and they really enjoyed the tour despite the Florida heat!
I have now visited twice and have been a long term supporter every year. These cats live 10+ longer than they would in the wild, and all have trust funds should something happen to them and the sanctuary closes down or doesn't make it. Everything is so planned out. And it was great to see a tiger on Funcation!
Inspiring to see this place fight back against horrible humans and give these gorgeous creatures a second chance. I highly recommend every child and adult visit this place. You will walk away a changed person. I promise you, you’ll want to do more.
Everyone needs to know about this place and their efforts to rehabilitate the neglected and abused exotic and wild cats. Excellent opportunity and learning experience!
This place seemed a little expensive at the time but after the fantastic tour by a well educated volunteer I found the money to be well spent and even spent a bit more in the gift shop! These are good people doing good things but they send the message home that these cats belong in the wild.
i love Big Cat Rescue!
I have been following BCR for years, and all the good they do for the cats. I finally had the opportunity to go see them, and enjoyed it very much! Susan toured my husband and I around the facilities, telling us so much information about each of the cats and their breed - making the visit amazing. Thank you to the employees, as well as volunteers, for all the work you do for the cats, making their finial years enjoyable. You guys rock! ❤️❤️❤️
Simba, the newest savannah prisonor to the hellhole known as BCR, deserves a home! These cats do not deserve to be dumped off at a dam roadside zoo like trash! I could not even read the poor kitty's bio. The owner loved this cat?! If she loved him he would of been turned over to "The Savannah Rescue." This wonderful organization would of found a home for him that meets his specific needs. Instead he is never going to know the touch of a human, the closeness that most owners feel for their savannahs; and the savannah feels for their human. This feline was betrayed by his owner. I hope she burns in hell along with the founder of BCR. He is now a prop for their campaign of hate against hybrid cats. This is not love.. It is hate! How can anyone that owns a savannah be so heartless?!
I will pray daily that BCR is shut down, and those poor animals rehomed to a place that actually loves these animals. Not to be used as a cash cow for the greedy founder and her family!
Funny how I saw a video with Baskin saying what wonderful pets bengals are along with soft pelts. That was when she failed to breed early generation bengals. How funny Baskin's opinion changed, when she realized the money is running a scam rescue. I hate BCR and their supporters! SET SIMBA FREE!
Informative and interesting. Lots of beautiful cats rescued from bad situations.
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Thomas Norman Sr
Big Cat Rescue is doing excellent work in ending the abuse of captive big cats and saving wild cats from extinction. These beautiful cats have a forever home and are well cared for by BCR. I enjoyed the tour and hearing the stories of the different big cats and how they ended up at this wonderful sanctuary.
Jo Ann Poul
I just love following this site. Cameron the Lion has just captured my heart! I sure hope I can visit Big Cat Rescue someday. It would be quite an experience for me. Our donations will help them so much. The staff seem so caring and just love all the animals.
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Mary Beth Khlessi
Where's Don Lewis? Why isn't he reaping in the rewards of your exotic animal hotel turned roadside zoo? I am sure he has been long since digested by one of the cats.
Wonderful people taking care of beautiful animals!
They do a fabulous job at looking after the big cats and even kittens
Wish I could go there they love and care for the cats so well
My family and I were there for Father's Day. I can't say enough great things this rescue is doing. The cats are loved and treated so well. The tour was informative and our guide was very knowledgeable . A few years ago my daughter and I went on the feeding tour and that was an amazing experience too. I will be back.
Lovely seeing the big cats and learning about their mission.
Gizella Irene Magyar
This place is the most dedicated sanctuary I have ever seen. They are so kind and patient with these big beauties... I am so happy that a place like this exists.
I just visited for the first time yesterday. It was amazing! The animals were beautiful and well cared for. The tour guide, Denny, was wonderful. He knew every animal, where it came from, how it had adjusted to its new life. And every animal seemed to know them, too. Thanks to everyone, and especially Melinda Berkley-Coats who invited us. We'll be back!
A clean n organized facility..cats were not real active due to the heat but getting to see close was amazing...really liked the headsets so easy to hear the pre recorded stories..my elderly mom said it would be great if you could,also hear the tour guide thru the ear piece. Sad to know in our country such rediculous abuse is going on. Some for money and other for vanity. Adopt a kitten people a big cat is not a house pet!!! Defiantly want to come back for a photography safari..
This is a genuine, caring sanctuary where the big cats live a life of care and love since they were rescued. It is as close to being wild for them as they can be. And, a forever home of being "wild at heart." No exploitation ever again.
I support them and contribute to their care.
Great job Hope one day will be able to visit �
amazing work they do for these cats, so thankful!
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Michelle Amber Cruiser
Had a great day out and always want to go to the big cat rescue for a long time and it was a nice day and especially meeting the cats thanks for a good day
Lynn Williams Hobby
Big hearts serving a purpose. �
BCR care for the aging cats till its time to go. Their homes are huge, get the best food and medical care. The cats are loved.
One of my favorite places on earth. �
M Kendalyne Schmid
Awesome experience with great education! A must see!
Visited this amazing place and had a great time seeing these beautiful cats! The tour was very well done and informative. Everyone there works very hard to make sure these big cats will always be happy. They will always have my support and look forward to a return visit!
Very initiative and lovely 😊
Now if only we could get the people out of the way that respect these animals. As the wild cats and all wild living creature was put on earth for us to learn from. Not to put in a cage.... Way to go
I love what Big Cat Rescue does for the cats all over the world and I love how they are caring and compassionate with the cats they care for.
Lots of big cats to see. Many of the cats come out when the tour comes by for the attention.
Loved it. Great tour
Gary Ceil Jr.
Awesome experience. I went on the feeding tour and it was incredible. If you haven’t visited this place yet, add it to your bucket list.
Save the TIGERS before they are all gone :(
its okay i guess
The trip to see these big guys at Big Cat Rescue was a JOY!!! It was a thrill to see these sweeties being well cared for and obviously loved! The volunteers are enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Places like this are SO needed-----which is a tragic commentary about humans. The human animal can be the the most savage, uncaring, superstitious-riddled monster on the planet! Thank you for what you do for these lovely and endangered cats! Louise Jennings
Terrance J Hestand
A very worthy cause and they have assisted in helping Big Cats from Guatemala. Until all can creatures great and small can coexist in harmony, we need places like Big Cat Rescue to help educate humans who capture, breed or try to have Big Cats as pets doing so much more harm than good
Save the kitties! :-)
Love the pictures �
I am the biggest fan of BCR. I follow all the posts and walkabout videos, live and taped. I've never been there, but want to go first chance I get. The sanctuary is amazing and run by a superhero, Carole and all the amazing volunteers.
Maria Schrupp Huhn
One of the most rewarding and fulfilling tours I have taken! The cats are majestic and regal and are very well taken care of and understood by their new human handlers, they are shown every ounce of respect that they deserve.
I absolutely loved it very informative. Please help save exotic animals.
We had such a great time seeing the big cats and finding out what you do there!
So grateful there are these people who look after and care for the animals we humans have abused and used for public spectacle and profit. I can’t wait to visit your sanctuary and meet all if you and the cats. You will always have my support
Virg Jim Clark
Super job by compassionate staff for wonderful animals!
Love love love it!�������
I always love to watch BCR videos. The cats are gettingso much love and care from you guys. May God give you strength for helping more and more and more.....
Stay strong �
Thank you Big Cat Rescue for the amazing tour we had yesterday. Denny is a great tour guide and your sanctuary is amazing. I applaud you and the great work you do for these beautiful creatures.
We had an amazing time and for such a great cause. Can't wait to go back!
This is an excellent facility that provides for exotic big cats and some not so big......these cats will live out their lives here and not be exploited or mistreated.
BCR deserves the highest rating possible for what they do and for what they stand for!
Julie Fortier Ledbetter
One of the best things I’ve ever experienced!
BCR, staff and volunteers are wonderful... and the cats! Phenomenal.. I will be visiting again....
Mid N Ight
We’re from Colombia, we went there on the last day of our vacation. The tour was very good, it’d be great to have some spanish option for those who don’t speak english. Our greatest respect and admiration for the whole crew, you are doing a remarkable job from the heart. Best wishes �
Thank you for all you do for the cats you have rescued. We really enjoyed our tour. The information on each cat was very educational. Animals do not belong in cages. As long as stupid humans try to keep cats in cages, there will be a need for your rescue. We will be back again. Keep up the good work.
Kayleigh Brighin Gahagan
Had a great experience here- I remember finding out about this place when I was 14 & I became a loyal follower & tried to fundraiser for them (didn’t go so well lol). Finally 8 years later, for my birthday I just wanted to drive to Tampa and be able to see BCR. My boyfriend made it happen and it was truly amazing to finally see this place. We had a fantastic time on the Day Tour & will definitely be back for one of the private tours.
Beautiful cats that God created all animals need love and caring as us humans
I love it. They truly care ! And are trying to change the world for the betterment of these beautiful Cat's
I came out from California to visit the Big Cat Rescue in May 16th. I love the rescue and everything that they are about. The tour guides were awesome and very informational. The story behind some of these cats broke my heart though. Thank you for all that you do for these beautiful cats!
Marilyn Marques Piggott
Great people who CARE! They do wonderful work and are making a difference!
Diane Esper Burns
Such a wonderful group! Love all they stand for! Keep up the good work! �
It was my first experience doing the day tour there. Amanda and Stephanie were wonderful with giving us information. One day I would LOVE to volunteer there but until then I will do what I can to positively promote and support the big cat rescue! So worth the visit!!!
Martina Fanny Lulù Giaccari
Andrea Caputo Radley
The rain was perfect to help us to view the cats. Well some of the cats didn’t like the rain, duh!! Thank you to the rescue for providing ponchos. The hearts of the volunteers are super awesome. Their passion to help us understand what these cats have been through is a blessing.
What a great place!! It's awesome that there's a local organization dedicated to preserving the integrity of big cats after they are no longer wanted by the people who thought they would make great pets. We did the kid tour and the volunteers did a great job of telling the cat's stories and explaining how they care for and keep the cats. The cats are all so beautiful and amazing and we we're lucky enough to get to see a lot of them.
I appreciate and fully support Big Cat Rescue’s mission. The valuable education they provide, and the support they give to worldwide efforts to save and protect cats from exploitation and trafficking are vital to the their survival. Their facility is amazing - from living space, medical care, enrichment program and dietary needs they provide the closest “living wild and free” environment as possible. These are extraordinary, dedicated and well trained people who are committed to caring for cars rescued from unacceptable situations. Their sharing of stories about their own cats, as well as others around the world, provides us with opportunities to help make an impact on issues like breeding for cub exploitation, private ownership, smuggling, and hybrid breeding. I am proud to be one of their supporters.
If you are looking to really help these cats, this is the best organization to donate to!
Maria Canseco Lease
My dream to visit BCR finally came true and it was truly amazing! Not only are the grounds beautiful, the staff and volunteers so nice, knowledgeable and hard workers but the cats are very well cared for and LOVED! Of course we all can agree that freedom is the best way for these magnificent cats to live, however, this is the next best thing as it’s not possible. I spent 3 days doing all the tours and each was special in its own way. It’s very apparent how much these babies are loved and given the best life possible and it’s the cats the make the rules and the keepers are the trained ones - lol
Big Cat Rescue is Truly a special place. When you learn about where most of the cats came from, your heart breaks. They now are able to live out their lives in a safe, loving and caring environment!
Laurie Bizic Simpson
We went here on Wednesday and enjoyed it very much. Learned a lot and Fred was a great tour guide. The cats seem to be very well taken care of and they do have their best interest at heart.
I came to Big Cat Rescue on 28th April whilst visiting Florida from the United Kingdom. I have watched the live videos and followed BCR very closely over the last year and a half and the tour did not disappoint. The staff were so friendly and you can see just how much they care for these animals and want the best for them and all cats in the future. I am so grateful I got to visit and see just how much work goes on and how lucky these cats are to get a second chance at a loving life. The work they do is incredible and I cannot wait to visit again � Thank you for all you do.
I love watching all the videos that BCR posts. They really do everything that is in the best interest for the cats. I hate seeing these negative reviews. Do you know how hard it is to take care of 70 big cats! All the enclosures, food and medical bills!! It’s a tough job! And BCR has awesome volunteers that come and dedicate their time to help take care of these big cats! I live in Tampa and I am so excited to go visit BCR and take one of their tours! Keep up the awesome work!
I love what BCR has been doing for the big cats in last 20+ yrs. Plus they have a bobcat rehabilitation program that helps save and teaches baby bobcats to fend for their own & then when ready are released back in the wild where they should be. If i could i would help & volunteer for BCR.
Rennie St. James
We did the Keeper Tour last week and it is not to be missed! You get a real appreciation for the majestic beauty of these animals and just how much they need our protection. Of course, they are cats so our enrichment toys went untouched! ;)
They are doing great work here - definitely visit and support them!
Totally awesome experience and the monies go to care for the cats. Definitely go if you have a chance!!
Lisa Williamson Cruit
They are the best at what they do for these beautiful big cats. Tigers are my favorite and I love Zeus.
Christine Rojas Lochridge
Big Cat Rescue is truly an amazing place. It was an eyeopening experience that made me want to save every cat out there or help in any way possible. I highly recommend EVERYONE to go!!
Candace Lindo Sanchez
We toured the facility while we were vacationing in Florida from Canada. We found the facility remarkable. The cats appeared content with their environment and demonstrated that the cats have enrichment, lots of exercise and free from stress!!! The volunteer guide was very informative and we both learned information about cats and "cat trade industry". We do not believe that anyone should own a wild animal and support the education program of this facility. Thank you to all the volunteers and staff, including the medical team, for the work that you do and your time dedication. It really shows in the standard of care you provide to these gorgeous cats!
I support any one who rescues big cats until this organization slammed and slandered Black Jaguar White Tiger. Shame on you. I will no longer support this rescue.
Great time, very informative and knowledgeable staff.
Grateful for the opportunity to tour this wonderful sanctuary. I was amazed by the knowledgeable staff, cleanliness and care provided for each animal, and the educational opportunities available. Thank you to the entire BCR staff for their dedication to these animals.
The place is not what it is cracked up to be. I honestly didn't enjoy my time viewing the cats. I think they need better management
Ron Barrett II
To be a wildlife sanctuary, they have an awful high mortality rate.
Mohamed El Bachir Lamhaba
KEEP IT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What a wonderful experience. I’ve always loved big cats and to see and learn more about them was great. You can tell that everyone that volunteers there cares about these cats and their well being. I highly recommend taking the tour and supporting these big cats.
Hilliard Davis II
Kathleen Havas Harrington
Mofjiur Rohman Manik
Britton Nancy Terrance
While their main focus is saving the animals, the tour is entertaining and incredible.
It was sad to hear how some of the big cat's lives began. I am so happy for the Big Cat Rescue providing such a sanctuary to all its residents. They even have a resort area for the big cats to enjoy. I want to go back for a night tour.
Thank you so much for the absolutely perfect tour Alyssa! Loved getting Zabu chuffs and seeing Hoover come out just for me. So wonderful how you all love and care for these amazing animals. Definitely coming back!
It’s a wonderful organization. A real eye opener to the animal injustices in the USA. Sharon was our keeper guide and she was great. The best gift shop anywhere.
Alissa Cayton Schwipps
Best accredited no-hands on sanctuary. Dedicated to ~70 rescued big & not so big cats. They also rehab bobcats, & work with the Humane society to assist with getting rescued domestic kittens ready for adoption. 100% of donations goes to care for rescued big cats.
Laura De La Garza
I love Big Cat Rescue! They treat their residents with so much respect, and love them for who they are - wild cats. I can't say enough good things about them, they've saved so many lives over the years.
Thank you for all you do, and sharing photos and videos of your residents with all of us. <3
Incredible and worthwhile! Our tour guide, Fred, was super.
I'm a cat lover...so there's not much to say....I could stay there forever....
Yesterday we visited the reserve for a tour.
It was fantastic, beautiful cats are large with cages fitted, they seem to be happily living in this wonderful place among so many good people, very nice to everyone.
Thanks for this wonderful tour, an eternal experience! :)
Kristine Roth Casebolt
Melissa Schwartz Pham
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. She answered all of our questions and told us so much that we were unaware of. I really appreciate everything that y’all do and are raising awareness for. We had an amazing time seeing the big cats in their “retirement home”!! �
My son and I came on April 1st, 2018 for part of our Spring Break trip, we enjoyed our tour and I have some amazing pictures of the Big Cats. We would definitely come back!! Love how they had all the Crazy Cat Lady stuff in the store. I bought so much of it because I own my own domestic cat rescue. Thank you everyone there!!
JoAnna Boyanowski Fudge Weatherford
Their lives matter!! Please, if you can, help these beautiful souls!