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  • Address: 12802 East Street, Tampa 33625, USA
  • Hours: Every day except Thursdays. Kids 10 years old and younger are allowed only on weekend tours
  • Admission: US$25

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Tampa Big Cat Rescue

Looking for something more exciting and adventurous than sitting by the pool all day? Get up close and personal with some of the world's fiercest felines at Tampa's Big Cat Rescue, the world's largest accredited big cat rescue sanctuary. Big Cat Rescue is a nonprofit educational sanctuary devoted to rescuing and providing a permanent home for exotic (i.e. wild, not domestic) cats who have been abused, abandoned, bred to be pets, retired from performing acts, or saved from being slaughtered for fur coats.

The sanctuary is home to more than 100 big cat residents (over 14 different species), giving it the most diverse population of exotic cats in the world. Current residents include familiar species such as lions, tigers, bobcats, leopards, cougars, bobcats, and lynx, as well as more obscure ones such as ocelots, servals, caracals, and even a liger (a lion and tiger crossbreed).

Practical Info

In addition to the regular day tours, there are also other special tours including a feeding tour (where you can watch the cats be fed their dinner), night tour, keeper tour (where you see the trainers at work with the cats), as well as private tours.

Children under 10 are restricted from all tours except for the special kids tour, offered on Saturdays.

The Tampa Big Cat Rescue is only a 5-minute drive from downtown Tampa.

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Big Cat Rescue for Kids Tour in Tampa, Tampa, null
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Big Cat Rescue for Kids Tour in Tampa

See big cats in a sanctuary on this 1-hour tour. Designed especially for kids, learn all about the incredible rescued cats living in the sanctuary. Admire ...  Read more

Location: Tampa, Florida
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $36.00
Big Cat Rescue Day Tour, Tampa, Family Friendly Tours & Activities
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Big Cat Rescue Day Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 22 Reviews

Looking for something more exciting and adventurous than sitting by the pool all day? Get up close and personal with some of the world's fiercest felines at ...  Read more

Location: Tampa, Florida
Duration: Varies

From USD $35.99
Big Cat Rescue Keeper Tour in Tampa, Tampa, Nature & Wildlife
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Big Cat Rescue Keeper Tour in Tampa

See the inner workings of the Big Cat Rescue sanctuary on this 2-hour tour. With an experienced keeper, make toys and treats for the cats, observe a training ...  Read more

Location: Tampa, Florida
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00
Feed the Big Cats, Tampa, Nature & Wildlife
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Feed the Big Cats

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A picture is worth a thousand words! Feeding time at Big Cat Rescue begins at 9am and now you can come and watch the feeding of the big bats!

Location: Tampa, Florida
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $64.99
Photo Safari in Big Cat Rescue, Tampa, Nature & Wildlife
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Photo Safari in Big Cat Rescue

Take breathtaking photos of exotic big cats of this 1-hour Photo Safari. As you go through Big Cat Rescue, photograph these majestic animals against lush green ...  Read more

Location: Tampa, Florida
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $77.00
Private Tour of Big Cat Rescue, Tampa, Photography Tours
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Private Tour of Big Cat Rescue

Enjoy a personal and private tour of the Big Cat Rescue on this 1-hour tour. See these incredible animals at your own pace and with a knowledgeable guide so ...  Read more

Location: Tampa, Florida
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $72.50
Wild Eyes At Night Tour, Tampa, Custom Private Tours
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Wild Eyes At Night Tour

Imagine it's the night of a full moon and you are groping through the underbrush in the wilds of a Florida forest when you hear the roar of lions and tigers ...  Read more

Location: Tampa, Florida
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $54.99

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