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Big Cat Rescue

Big Cat Rescue

Located on 67 acres in the Citrus Park area, Big Cat Rescue is one of the world’s largest accredited sanctuaries for exotic cats. Our mission is to provide the best home we can for the cats in our care, end abuse of big cats in captivity, and prevent the extinction of big cats in the wild.

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Big Cat Rescue


Program description

Big Cat Rescue is one of the world’s largest accredited sanctuaries for big cats. We offer school tours for a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 60 people (including teachers and chaperones) in one day. The minimum age is ten years old or 5th-grade level.

Students experience a 90 minute guided walking tour of the sanctuary to observe and learn about a number of our nearly 70 residents of twelve


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Program Detail

Program type: Field Trip
Subject: Science
Population served: Students with Disabilities, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Teachers, Educators
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Tours are available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday (we are closed on Thursdays). No weekends. Blackout dates in December, March, and April. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Available times:

Tours are available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday (we are closed on Thursdays) anytime between 10 am – 1:30 pm. Groups must arrive 30 minutes before tour time, so please keep that in mind when choosing your time.

Length of program: 2.5 hours including check-in and time for giftshop

12802 Easy St., Tampa, FL 33625

Fees / Ticketing:

Admission is $37 for adults (chaperones and extra teachers) and $27 for students. One teacher is free per 20 students.

Supporting Materials

Big Cat Rescue Vocabulary Sheet



Has conducted educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes



  • Cats Go Crazy For Pumpkins - Enrichment is an important aspect of our cats' lives, helping to ensure they stay mentally and physically active to eliminate boredom. Unfortunately, as the cats that call Big Cat Rescue home, are captive bred rescues, they can never be released into the wild. Therefore it is the job of our keepers to make sure they are enriched. Watch in 360 as Maryann, Max, Zucari, Apollo, and Thurston take on some pumpkins! We post fun and educational videos twice a week on YouTube at

Cancellation Policy

Please provide 48 hours notice when canceling a reserved tour.


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