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
  • Saving A Very Special Squirrel

    Episode 1

    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!

  • Baby Bobcat Seeks Help

    Episode 2

    Meet our newest rehab bobcat, Byrdie. Learn about her story straight from the mouth of her rescuer. You can see how she is doing, and how her first veterinary check up went.

  • BCR-Rehab-21_Baby Bobcat Arrives Injured

    Episode 3

    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.

  • Baby Bobcat Zoomies

    Episode 4

    Cahira showed symptoms for Calicivirus that took the lives of three other rehab bobcats. She is still continuing medical treat, but looks to be recovering very well. Watch and see for yourself!

  • Baby Bobcat Gets A Friend

    Episode 5

    Rehab bobcat's, Cahira and Byrdie, get introduced to each other. They are very similar in age and size, so it should benefit both of them to go through the rehabilitation process together. Let's see how it goes! You can watch them LIVE by visiting BigCatCams.com!

  • Two MORE Bobcats Arrive

    Episode 6

    Just as we thought we had our hands full taking on four new bobcat kittens in our rehab program, two more show up. Meet Pia and Venkman, two six month old bobcats being treated for mange.

  • Saving A Very Special Squirrel

    Episode 7

    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!

  • Bobcat Kitten's New Adventure

    Episode 8

    Summer the bobcat kitten has been getting to spend the daytime outside. Each day is a new adventure that you do not want to miss. This cute baby is breaking the internet! Watch her LIVE by visiting bigcatcams.com!

  • Bobcat Kitten PLAYTIME

    Episode 9

    Summer the rehab bobcat kitten has had her fair share of ups and downs, but she is doing great and has advanced to living in the Rehab Kitten Room. Here she has more space to touch up on her natural kitten behaviors, and it looks like she is having a blast! You can watch her LIVE by visiting bigc...

  • Angel The Bobcat Is Set Free

    Episode 10

    Angel came to Big Cat Rescue as a young kitten with a broken leg. She underwent surgery to fix the break, and then was rehabilitated for a second chance out in the wild. She didn't hesitate leaving the crate on her way to freedom.

  • Big Cat Rescue Is Getting Squirrley

    Episode 11

    Big Cat Rescue is famously known for rescuing and caring for a variety of big cats and rehabbing and releasing native Florida bobcats back to the wild. But things are getting nuts around here, as we currently have 12 squirrels in rehab right now!

  • Bobcat Goes Home For The Holidays

    Episode 12

    Malachite the rehab bobcat was released back to the wild where he belongs just in time for the holidays.

  • Baby Bobcat Makes Friends With Feral Kittens

    Episode 13

    Papi the rehab bobcat was introduced to two feral kittens in an attempt for Papi to learn some feral behaviors to set him up for success in the wild. The two kittens have currently been pulled from Papi, are being socialized, and are ready for adoption.

  • Update On Angel The Baby Bobcat's Recovery

    Episode 14

    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.

  • Trying To Save A Baby Bobcat's Life

    Episode 15

    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.

  • Meet 4 New Baby Bobcats

    Episode 16

    Last week we took in four baby bobcats in our Bobcat Rehab Program. Find out their story straight from the wonderful woman from Wild Florida Rescue, a wildlife emergency service, who brought them to Big Cat Rescue. Also see their very first physical check up with our veterinarian. Watch them LIVE...

  • Bobcat Release - Home For The Holidays

    Episode 17

    Papi the rehab bobcat was released back to the wild where he belongs just in time for the holidays.

  • Injured Bobcat Goes Outside

    Episode 18

    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.

  • Bobcat Kitten VS Toys

    Episode 19

    Meet our newest rehab bobcat named Papi, and watch him practice his hunting skills with all of his toys. Warning: CUTENESS OVERLOAD!!!!

  • Recovering Bobcat's Second Doctor Visit

    Episode 20

    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.

  • Baby Bobcat Arrives In Critical Condition

    Episode 21

    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.

  • BCR-Rehab-20_Baby Bobcat Arrives In Critical Condition

    Episode 22

  • Baby Bobcat Arrives Injured

    Episode 23

    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.

  • Cat Loses His Tail

    Episode 24

    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.