Big Cat Rescue is the largest accredited sanctuary in the world dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned big cats. The sanctuary, which began rescuing exotic cats in 1992, is home to over 100 lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars and other species most of whom have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, saved from being turned into fur coats, or retired from performing acts.
In all, the sanctuary has 14 species of cats, many of whom are threatened, endangered or extinct now in the wild, including:
- Tigers, Lions, Leopards, Cougars
- Bobcats, Lynx, Servals, Ocelots, Caracals, Jungle Cats, Leopard Cats and a Geoffroy Cat
Big Cat Rescue’s dual mission is to provide the best home we can for the cats in our care and educate the public about the plight of these majestic animals, both in captivity and in the wild, to end abuse and avoid extinction.
The non-profit sanctuary is situated on 55 acres in the Citrus Park area of north Tampa.