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
  • What Do The Big Cats Think Of The New Year

    Episode 1

    Check out what the big cats thought about the year 2020, and what they think about the new year to come.

  • Big Cats VS Boxes

    Episode 2

    It is that time of year where the big cats will be getting pumpkins, turkeys, and trees! Fall is here! Watch as our big cats enjoy fall seasonal boxes!

  • Do BIG CATS Like Fish

    Episode 3

    We all know cats like fish, but do big cats like fish? Watch and see!

  • Crazy KITTENS

    Episode 4

    For the first time, our Foster Kitten Program took in two momma cats co-parenting 10 tiny innocent babies. Now that the have grown up to go into the Kitten Cabana, they are not so innocent anymore!!

  • Rehab-FlintFull

    Episode 5

    Meet our newest rehab bobcat named Flint. He was injured by hunting dogs and was having trouble getting around. Check out his progress.

  • Silly Tiger VS Pumpkin

    Episode 6

    Meet Jasmine, a female tiger whose age in unknown. Jasmine, two other tigers, and a black leopard have been living at the sanctuary for the past four years under our Witness Protection Program. Now that we are able to share them with you, check out her favorite enrichment item.

  • Sweet Old Lady Bobcat

    Episode 7

    Meet Tom Tom from our latest rescue in California. She was the first to get settled in comfortably at the sanctuary. Due to her rough appearance, we sedated her for an exam to help her out. Check out how it went!

  • Thanksgiving FUN with Big Cats

    Episode 8

    Join our big cats as they enjoy their Thanksgiving enrichment. We at Big Cat Rescue have so much to be thankful for, and it is all because of the great support we get from YOU!!

  • Tiger VS Tiger

    Episode 9

    We wanted to see what our tigers would think about a BIG stuffed tiger. Check out their reactions!

  • Big Cats VS Water Hose

    Episode 10

    Many of you know that tigers LOVE water and being sprayed with the house, but do any of the other big cats like it? Check out Hutch and Zucari servals and Flint the bobcat have a blast playing with the water hose

  • Hungry Tiger Gets Jealous

    Episode 11

    Kali the tiger always gets jealous that Kimba and Max get to eat before her. The boys are the first to be fed on their route, but Kali is third in line on hers. So she takes her frustrations out on the permanent enrichment in her enclosure.

  • Jaguar Roar

    Episode 12

    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.

  • Meowy Big Cat Christmas

    Episode 13

    Watch as a variety of our big cats, including tigers, bobcats, servals, Savannah cats, and a leopard, receive gifts of trees and holiday enrichment. Happy Holidays!

  • Jaguar Takes Down A Camera

    Episode 14

    Check out this never seen before footage from 2018 of Manny the jaguar taking down a mounted camera from the top of his enclosure. This is a MUST SEE!

  • New Toy For A White Tiger

    Episode 15

    Our media producer raised funds for her birthday to get a new toy for her favorite big cat Sapphire the white tiger. Sapphire recently had two of her toys taken away after playing too rough with them, but now she will have a new toy to replace them. Let's see if she likes it!

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  • Quarantine Essentials With BIG Cats

    Episode 16

    Check out what the big cats think are quarantine essentials during this crazy time!

  • Thank You From Big Cat Rescue

    Episode 17

    As we welcome a new year here at Big Cat Rescue, we would like to reflect back on 2019 at many of the great times we had last year. All of this was made possible because of YOU!! Thank you!!

  • Tiger Predicts BIG Game Winner

    Episode 18

    Watch Big Cat Rescue's third annual Big Game prediction with Kali the tiger. She has been correct the last two years, but will she get it right this year?

  • Tiger VS Hawk

    Episode 19

    We noticed a hawk in one of our tiger enclosures, and it was in need of rescue. Check out how we rescue the bird before the tiger finds it!

  • Treats For The Fourth With BIG Cats

    Episode 20

    It is always a fun time celebrating the holidays with the big cats using face boards. Check out some of the big cats getting treats for the Fourth of July!

  • Two Bobcats Become Best Friends

    Episode 21

    Flint and Nabisco are very young bobcats. We do not typically like to introduce our wild cats to one another as they are solitary animals by nature, but we are afraid of these two being so young to spend 20+ years alone in captivity. Lets see how their introduction went!

  • What Are The Tigers Excited About

    Episode 22

    Big Cat Rescue is celebrating International Tiger Day by supporting the Corbett Foundation, a non-government organization solely committed to the conservation of wildlife, working in some of the most important habitats in India. Please help us help tigers in the wild!

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  • New Toy for the Bobcat Boys

    Episode 23

    We tried out some new durable toys with some of our smaller cats. See how the bobcat boys, Flint and Nabisco, think of their new toy! You can help feed the cats at no cost to you using Amazon Smile! Visit

  • Silly Black Leopard

    Episode 24

    Jinx, also known as "Flat Cat", can be a very sneaky black leopard. He also can be very silly with his enrichment, and he makes the funniest faces! Check it out!