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
  • 3 Tigers Reunite - Texas Tiger Tribute

    Episode 1

    Amanda the tiger recently joined her two brothers, Arthur and Andre, across the Rainbow Bridge. We knew when the trio came to the sanctuary that we were going to have our hands full. They had such BIG personalities and were a joy to care for. Watch some of their greatest moments.

  • Top 5 Reasons Priya Tiger LOVES Vacation

    Episode 2

    Find out the top 5 reasons Priya the tigers loves to vacation in the two and a half acre, open air, vacation rotation enclosure. You can watch LIVE by visiting explore.org/bigcatrescue.

  • Zucari Has Stick Mouth?

    Episode 3

    Zucari the male serval got a piece of vegetation lodged between his teeth causing him discomfort. Here we call that stick mouth. Watch as we bring him into the cat hospital to see our veterinarian.

  • Big Cats Are Thankful

    Episode 4

    The big cats are very thankful to our donors and supporters! It is because of YOU that we are able to provide the best possible care to them. Thank you so much for everything that you do! Watch and enjoy!

  • Tiger Touches Grass For The First Time - Final Episode

    Episode 5

    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...

  • Big Cats Smashing Pumpkins

    Episode 6

    The big cats love pumpkin season! The pumpkins are given to the cats as a form of enrichment. It is something different and new in their enclosures to sink their teeth into. Check it out and make sure to watch until the end!

  • Baby Bobcat Has FUN

    Episode 7

    Flint the bobcat got his first holiday paper enrichment for St. Patrick's Day, and he really knows how to have FUN!! Check out the cuteness overload!

  • Bobcat Celebrates His First Birthday

    Episode 8

    Flint the bobcat was a part of our Bobcat Rehab Program until he was declared unreleasable due to his bone deformities. So he became a permanent resident to the sanctuary, and we wanted to make his first birthday very special.

  • Easter FUN With The Small Cats

    Episode 9

    Check out the fun our smaller species of cats had with their Easter enrichment! Here is a chance to see some of the big cats not typically featured in our videos!

  • Tiger VS Christmas Tree

    Episode 10

    Simba the tiger LOVES trees. He literally loves ALL trees. Check out his reaction to the Christmas tree he got this year. Cuteness overload!

  • Tigers Make A Run For It

    Episode 11

    Many viewers have been questioning the size of our enclosures. In most videos, the camera is focused on the big cat and not the entire space they live in. Let the big cats show you the amount of space they have!

  • Valentine's Treats For The Tiger Boys

    Episode 12

    To celebrate the Guatemala tiger's first Valentine's Day here at the sanctuary, they were made a very special Valentine's treat of a heart-shaped blood popsicle and chicken drums. Enjoy!

  • Big Cat Easter Grrrrreetings

    Episode 13

    Enjoy watching some of our big cats tear into some Easter enrichment! Holidays are so fun at Big Cat Rescue!

  • Do Servals Like Pineapple

    Episode 14

    Not all of our big cats are approved for paper enrichment becuase they try and eat it. So we sometimes have to get creative with their enrichment items. Watch as Zucari and Hutch the servals are given a pineapple top.

  • Jaguar Roar

    Episode 15

    Manny is a 14 year old jaguar. Jaguars are one of the most beautiful species of big cat and a well designed predator. But what kind of sound do they make? Turn up the volume and listen to Manny vocalize his territorial call.

  • BIG Cat Sounds - Volume UP

    Episode 16

    Check out some of the sounds made by big cats and find out what they mean. Make sure you turn your volume up!

  • Nice Bobcat VS Mean Bobcat

    Episode 17

    Flint, a young male bobcat, is very cute, curious, and playful. But is he always that way? Watch with your volume up to find out!

  • Purr-fect Valentine's Day With Big Cats

    Episode 18

    Enjoy watching our big cats tear up and love on some Valentine's Day enrichment! From our smallest hybrid cats to our biggest tigers, everyone loves this time of year!

  • Do BIG Cats Like Watermelon

    Episode 19

    Summertime FUN means watermelons for our big cats like tigers, our black leopard, and jaguar! Check out their reactions, and see who liked them!

  • Tiger Playtime

    Episode 20

    Meet our Tiger Lake girls, Priya and Dutchess. Every morning before breakfast, Priya does whatever it takes to show off to Dutchess to get her attention for a little bit of neighborly playtime. (Please note: It is not safe to introduce these two girls to the same enclosure. Tigers are solitary an...

  • Tiger Treats

    Episode 21

    We strictly monitor the quality of foods we feed our big cats. If we have any leftover food, we like to feed out as treats instead of it going to waste. So turn up your volume, and get up close and purr-sonal with the tigers of Big Cat Rescue!

  • Tiger Predicts Big Game Winner

    Episode 22

    Watch as Dutchess the tiger predicts Sunday's Big Game winner for 2021, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers VS the Kansas City Chiefs. This is her first time doing the prediction after Kali the tiger retired. Stay tuned to the Big Game on Sunday to see if she predicted correctly.

  • A Big Cat Is Still A Cat

    Episode 23

    When you give a cat a cat toy, they will find something else around the house to play with whether it is a piece of paper, a bag, or a bottle cap. You give a tiger an expensive toys, and he resorts to playing in the grasses. A cat, is a cat, is a cat!

  • Top 10 Cutest Moments With Flint Bobcat

    Episode 24

    Today we celebrate Flint the bobcat's second birthday. And what other way to celebrate his special day then to recap his top ten cutest moments. Enjoy!