The Tampa Bay Area Sights

Big Cat Rescue

  • 12802 Easy St. Map It
  • Citrus Park
  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 09/17/2015

Fodor's Review

Suburban Citrus Park in North Tampa is probably the last place you'd expect to be able to get face-to-face with an 800-pound tiger. Yet at the end of a shaded road just yards off the Veterans' Expressway, you can do just that. This nonprofit, accredited sanctuary rescues and provides a permanent home for lions, tigers, ocelots, bobcats, cougars, and members of any other large-cat species you can imagine. Each and every one of these marvelous creatures has a unique story. Some arrived here after narrowly avoiding becoming an expensive coat. Others were kept as pets until the owners realized how pricey 15 pounds of meat per day (what it takes to feed some of these creatures) can be. They're all kept in large enclosures. A volunteer guide will lead you around the property and tell you the story of every cat you see. You'll also get an earful of little-known facts about these big cats, from the true origin of the white tiger to why some cats have white spots on the backs of their ears. Tours (no unescorted visits are allowed) are every day but Thursday, and special tours for children under 10 accompanied by an adult are offered on weekends. Night tours, feeding tours, and appointment-only private tours are also available.

Sight Information

Address:

12802 Easy St., Tampa, Florida, 33625, United States

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Phone:

813-920–4130

Website: bigcatrescue.org

Sight Details:

  • $29
  • Mon.–Wed. and Fri. at 3 pm; weekends at 10 am and 1 pm; kids' tour weekends at 9 am. Other special tours available by reservation only, at varying costs

Published 09/17/2015

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