4.5 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

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  • Location:Tampa, Florida
  • Duration:Varies

Big Cat Rescue Day Tour

Get up close and personal with more than 100 exotic cats, including 15 different species of wild cats, on this guided walking tour of Big Cat Rescue, an educational sanctuary in Tampa. Listen and learn about the plight of the big cats in the wild and in captivity while walking through 45 acres of leopards, lions, tigers and other feline friends. Get within a few feet of these beautiful creatures and hear the story that brought them to the sanctuary. Choose from the 90-minute tour or a 1-hour kid’s tour.


  • Big Cat Rescue day tour
  • Meet 100+ exotic cats representing 15 species of wild cats
  • Explore 45 acres of the sanctuary and enjoy close-up views of leopards, lions, tigers and more
  • Peek into underground dens and notice glowing eyes peeking back at you
  • Choose from a 90-minute tour or a 1-hour kid's tour

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Big Cat Rescue has the distinction of being the world’s largest accredited sanctuary that’s dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned exotic cats. Some of the sanctuary’s celebrity supporters include Bo Derek, Harrison Ford and Leonardo DiCaprio, to name a few.

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What You Can Expect

Big Cat Rescue Day Tour

Big Cat Rescue Day Tour

On this 90-minute wild cat rescue tour, see over 100 lions, tigers, leopards and other feline friends that have been saved from abuse and abandonment. The guide at Big Cat Rescue will share the animals’ tales of hardship and triumph, like the serval that was rescued from a cold, dark basement.

The stories are plentiful. One cat was confiscated from a drug raid, another got too old for the circus, and yet another was simply neglected by its owner. These cats can’t be returned to the wild, but the sanctuary does give them the most natural existence they could possibly have.

On the 1-hour kid’s tour (for ages 10 and under), get a behind-the-scenes look at Big Cat Rescue’s operation and learn more about the exotic cats and other animals that live here.

Keep in mind this is a sanctuary, not a zoo. People are not allowed to wander around by themselves. This tour is guided and provides an educational experience on the plight of big cats in the wild and in captivity and what can be done to save them.

Customer Reviews

Heather W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We had a fantastic time seeing the beautiful cats and listening to thier stories. Our guide was great and answered all of our questions

bernice b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

you gotta go !!! The felines are amazing and the sanctuary is a wonderful place for these animals to live a better life. Support the cats with a visit. Check out the great gift shop too for special items/gifts. Its all for the big and little cats


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

So glad i could visit the kitties and with my ticket they eat n have a place to stay :

Patti H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Missed the tour, but any donation going to help any big kats was worth the lost.

David C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was amazing!

Sheila P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Beautiful tour, beautiful facility. Cats are healthy and happy. A joy to see.

Amy P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Our tour was one of the coolest experiences I've ever had. We had a great time and learned a lot. The guide was great. I have no complaints. I'd definitely recommend the tour.

raisa P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2011

great tour, learned a lot!

Deborah C. M

4 star rating: Recommended January 2016

Interesting to see how the animals are treated after they've been held as pets. The volunteer tour guides were excellent and provided much information. The gift shop is filled with interesting items to purchase as well.

Tom S

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

I enjoyed the tour quite a bit, and it was very cool to see such a variety of wild cats at the facility. Several stories were sad, and it would have been nice to see most of them move around. But I understand, they're cats - no one can make them do anything. Plus, Florida summer heat makes anyone tired. Still, it was informative, and I may go again next time I visit, since the cost of the ticket goes to a good cause of keeping the animals fed.

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