We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Big Cat Rescue

Features Animals
12802 Easy St, Tampa, FL 33625-3702
+1 813-920-4130
Review Highlights

The guides, all volunteers, are extremely knowledgeable. Sad that we don't have better laws... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Adirondack, New York
Excellent place for these poor cats to live out their days.

We are from Canada so when I learned that the only state in the US where you cannot OWN a wild cat... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Regina, Canada
Read all 1,720 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Do you see yourself looking over the vast Serengeti plains, searching the horizon for a glimpse of a pride of Lions, or a Leopard lounging in the trees? Do you imagine yourself in India, riding an elephant through the high grass with your eyes peeled for the elusive Tiger? Have you ever thought how great it would be to hike through the rainforest, listening to the tropical birds, ever on the lookout for a Leopard or an Ocelot high in the canopy? Have you ever been to the zoo and wanted to be closer to the exotic cats; so close you could almost touch them? You don't have to spend tens of thousands of dollars to make these dreams come true. The world's largest accredited big cat rescue facility is right here in Tampa, Florida at Big Cat Rescue.
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good15%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“feeding tour” (116 reviews)
“their lives” (71 reviews)
“day tour” (51 reviews)
12802 Easy St, Tampa, FL 33625-3702
+1 813-920-4130
Write a ReviewReviews (1,720)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 1,665 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

The guides, all volunteers, are extremely knowledgeable. Sad that we don't have better laws governing the safety of these beautiful animals. Grateful for the volunteers that provide proper nutrition, enrichment, medical care and dignity to the great cats. we were impressed. I look forward to...More

Thank MicNo
Reviewed 2 days ago

We are from Canada so when I learned that the only state in the US where you cannot OWN a wild cat is Ohio, I was shocked. The Cat Rescue is doing things right - not breeding these unfortunate cats, many of whom have been...More

Thank lanaway22
Reviewed 2 days ago

I took several guided tours of Big Cat Rescue and enjoyed every moment! These are rescued cats that mostly come from abused and exploited situations. Their enclosures are spacious with trees, perches and dens. You have to pre-book your tours online, and they are mostly...More

Thank Katreena2014
Reviewed 3 days ago

you need to be in the proper frame of mind to visit. this is NOT a zoo. there are however beautiful animals living a deserved "retirement"

Thank 2muchojava
Reviewed 4 days ago

The guided tour is with an informative volunteer complimented with audio device telling each cat’s story. The organization is doing a fantastic job caring for unwanted, often severely neglected big cats, giving them a forever home. They rely on support from the public to keep...More

Thank Keryn A
Reviewed 5 days ago

Not a zoo, but if you like Tigers, Cougars, Leopards, Linx, Bobcats that are well looked after and you can enjoy their company within 6 feet of each other, then you definitely should pay this place a visit. We went to the 9 am feeding...More

Thank CapVid
Reviewed 1 week ago

Me and my girlfriend are very aware of some of the shady roadside animal places in the USA. We learned about it mostly from this place. Great people with only the animals best interests a heart. You will get to see some beautiful Cats but...More

1  Thank rbciii2002
Reviewed 1 week ago

Family of 3 generations when to see this exhibit. Young and old enjoyed it. Tour took almost two and a half hours so does require a bit of walking. Guide was informative and answered all questions the group had. Nice to see the quality of...More

Thank frank222r
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a wonderful place for those sadly misused and abused wild cats. Since they are different subspecies and many have been abused, declawed and such they can't roam with each other. They have very large areas for each of them and, then, twice a year...More

Thank Juliette F
Reviewed 1 week ago

These people don't just rescue big cats from horrible situations, they walk the walk as well. They are actively involved in trying to get legislation passed(federal) that would stop breeding, importing and personal ownership of these endangered and dangerous felines. Despite the oft heard cry...More

Thank cynthiamcfall
Nearby HotelsSee all 164 hotels in Tampa
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites - Veteran's Expressway
124 reviews
4.18 km away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Tampa Airport North
208 reviews
4.96 km away
Hampton Inn Tampa-Veterans Expwy (Airport North)
589 reviews
5.03 km away
Comfort Suites Tampa Airport North
345 reviews
5.27 km away
Nearby Restaurants
BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
133 reviews
1.06 km away
114 reviews
1.04 km away
Open Fire Grilled Brazilian
6 reviews
.97 km away
Mellow Mushroom
129 reviews
1.00 km away
Nearby Attractions
The Upper Tampa Bay Trail
51 reviews
3.85 km away
Westfield Citrus Park
40 reviews
.88 km away
Lake Rogers Park
10 reviews
3.79 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
12 February 2018|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from jaybeeFL | Reviewed this property |
Parking shouldn't be a problem--they have volunteers directing traffic and you can be dropped off right at the office/shop. They have a ramp for wheelchairs which is easily accessible. The paths throughout the park are... More
George S
12 February 2018|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from cindythegreat49 | Reviewed this property |
They only allow guided tours and I believe they run 2 hours or less . It isn't like a zoo where you can walk around on your own . You will pay for a tour that is timed , so you will find out the duration of time at that... More
28 January 2018|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from Jim S | Reviewed this property |
This is very simple to do. Or you need to do is Google “hotels near big cat rescue Tampa Florida”. If you do that, and I just did it to check for you, you will find several hotels within 3 miles of big cat rescue. You’re... More