Big Cat Rescue

Big Cat Rescue

4 Seasons

Big Cat Rescue, one of the world’s most influential sanctuaries for exotic cats, is a leading advocate for ending the abuse of captive big cats and saving wild cats from extinction. We are the most hated, feared, and lied about by circuses, backyard breeders, roadside zoos, cub petting pimps, and pseudo-sanctuaries because we are the most effective at ending the abuse of big cats. We wear that as a badge of honor.

We are home to lions, tigers, bobcats, servals, caracals, jaguar,s and other species most of whom have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, saved from being turned into fur coats, or retired from performing acts.

• The sanctuary began rescuing exotic cats in Nov. 4, 1992.
• The non-profit 501 c 3 sanctuary is home to many exotic big cats
• The cats at Big Cat Rescue are here for a variety of reasons, including:
• Abandoned by owners who wrongly thought they would make good pets
• Abused by owners in order to force them to perform
• Retired from performing acts
• Saved from being slaughtered to make fur coats
• Rescued as babies after hunters killed their mothers. See our Bobcat Rehab and Release work

The non-profit organization is:

• Accredited by the Global Federation of Sanctuaries
• Certified by Independent Charities of America as a “Best in America Charity”
• Member of the Species Survival Network
• Rated 4 Stars by Charity Navigator (their highest rating) and has one of the highest scores of any animal-based charity
• Part of a global coalition including HSUS, IFAW, WWF, GFAS, Born Free, and other animal protection groups that are working together to end big cat abuse.
• The sanctuary is situated on 67 acres in the Citrus Park area of north Tampa.

Big Cat Rescue
  • A Tiger's Tale - A Life Saving Story, Episode 1

    Episode 1

    Follow along with us as we tell the story of our latest witness protection tiger named Aria. This series of episodes will reveal the life-saving efforts we went through to help this tiger that was in much need of medical care.

  • A Tiger's Tale - A Life Saving Story, Episode 2

    Episode 2

    WARNING-GRAPHIC MEDICAL IMAGERY NOT SUITABLE FOR ALL VIEWERS

    Follow along with us as we tell the story of our latest witness protection tiger named Aria. This series of episodes will reveal the life saving efforts we went through to help this tiger that was in much need of medical care.

  • A Tiger's Tale - A Life Saving Story, Episode 3

    Episode 3

    WARNING-GRAPHIC MEDICAL IMAGERY NOT SUITABLE FOR ALL VIEWERS Follow along with us as we tell the story of our latest witness protection tiger named Aria. This series of episodes will reveal the life saving efforts we went through to help this tiger that was in much need of medical care.

  • A Tiger's Tale - A Life Saving Story, Episode 4

    Episode 4

    Follow along with us as we tell the story of our latest witness protection tiger named Aria. This series of episodes will reveal the life saving efforts we went through to help this tiger that was in much need of medical care.

  • A Tiger's Tale - A Life Saving Story, Episode 5

    Episode 5

    Follow along with us as we tell the story of our latest witness protection tiger named Aria. This series of episodes will reveal the life saving efforts we went through to help this tiger that was in much need of medical care.

  • Tiger Touches Grass For The First Time - Final Episode

    Episode 6

    We have finally reached the final episode of A Tiger's Tale - A Life Saving Story. Aria the tiger was healed enough to go to her home enclosure for the first time. We will never forget watching her touch grass for the first time. Missed her journey to a better quality of life? Watch A Tiger's Tal...

  • Bobcat Gets Hit by Car and Rescued

    Episode 7

    Romeo, our newest rehab bobcat, was found in a residential neighborhood injured and starving after being hit by a car. After getting the call, Big Cat Rescuers immediately went to his rescue to save him. Check out our rescue efforts and his first doctor visit.

  • Bobcat's Surprising Doctor Visit

    Episode 8

    We noticed that recently rescued bobcat, Philmo, was developing mats on his hind end. That is not very common for a young bobcat of his age. So we took him in for an exam, and you will never believe what we found!!!

  • Injured Bobcat Goes Outside

    Episode 9

    Romeo the rehab bobcat started to get very restless in his indoor recovery cage as we watched as he tried to find a way to escape. So we modified our outdoor recovery enclosure to fit his special needs. Now it is time that he goes outside.

  • Recovering Bobcat's Second Doctor Visit

    Episode 10

    Romeo the rehab bobcat is recovering from a broken pelvis after being hit by a car. Check out his latest check up by our vet staff to see the progress he is making.

  • Pharaoh-White-Serval-Squirrel-Rescue

    Episode 11

    Pharaoh Serval is brought into the hospital for observation and Jamie and Victor rescue an injured baby squirrel along the way.

  • Trying To Save A Baby Bobcat's Life

    Episode 12

    A tiny baby bobcat we named Grayce, arrived at Big Cat Rescue in poor health. With the heroic efforts of our staff and Flint the bobcat, we did everything we could to try and save this little bobcat's life.

  • Update On Angel The Baby Bobcat's Recovery

    Episode 13

    Angel the baby rehab bobcat was recently taken in for surgery to repair a broken limb. Check out how her follow up exam goes with Dr. Boorstein, and how her future looks for being released back to the wild.

  • Baby Angel The Rehab Bobcat

    Episode 14

    The Big Cat Rescue Team was at is again as they spent the entire night picking up baby Angel. After exiting the carrier she was in, we noticed she was not bearing weight on her right front paw. So it was off to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay to see Dr. Boorstein to see if we could help her.

  • Baby Bobcat Arrives In Critical Condition

    Episode 15

    Our newest rehab bobcat, we named Summer, arrived to the sanctuary in very poor health. Watch as our rehab team struggles to get her back into good health in hopes to save her life so she can live free in the wild one day.

  • Baby Bobcat Arrives Injured

    Episode 16

    Our newest rehab bobcat, Nakoa meaning brave one in Hawaiian, came to Big Cat Rescue with a large gaping wound on his paw. After being seen by out vet staff, it was determined that he has two broken toes and we also closed up his wound. Hear his story and see how his check up went.

  • Tiger Gets Eye Drops

    Episode 17

    Watch how we give Priya the tiger eye drops to treat an ulcer on her eye. Luckily for us, she is very food motivated and would do anything for a snack!

  • Saving A Very Special Squirrel

    Episode 18

    Some of you may know that Big Cat Rescue has gotten squirrelly lately, rehabbing and releasing over a couple of dozen squirrels in the past 2 years. We currently have a very special squirrel we would like you to meet. Check out his heartwarming story!

  • Cat Loses His Tail

    Episode 19

    Gilligan the Canada lynx had a sore or hot spot on his tail. We began to medically treat it, but the issue was not resolving. So we brought Gilligan in to see our veterinarian. After getting a closer look, we realized that he had a tumor that needed to be removed.