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12802 Easy St Tampa, FL 33625
12802 Easy StreetUSFloridaTampa33625
(813) 920-4130bigcatrescue.org
Wildlife Rescue Service, Animal Rescue Service
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"Thank you for sharing these beautiful, rescued animals with all of us."
"Our tour guide Martin was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions."
"I'm sorry that these beautiful creatures are treated so cruel at times."
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Charlie Domino
a month ago
The whole tour was about not vising circus' or private zoos that exploit animals by charging money to see them in cages. A point ironically made by charging money to see sad animals in cruddy cages. Here's a tip. Don't take in any more animals until all the enclosures you have are the size of the one you show on your website. IMO This place looks like animal hoarding at its best.This was by far the worst place I've ever visited.I left sad for the animals, not for the back stories but because they are stuck being exploited as perpetual tales of misery.
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Response from the owner - a month ago
This person was clearly a minion of Kathy Stearns at TigerCubAbuse2.com
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Dade Citys Wildthings
a month ago
Where are the cats? First 30 minutes not seeing but empty cages and were told that they were in the back and that we could not call out to them as this is abuse as they did not want to be seen. But we could see in the back ground clearly a volunteer calling them and interacting with a cougar. We were forced to listen to a sad depressing story at each empty cage. At this point everyone was grumbling about not seeing any animals. A couple veered away to the other cage across from us and was quickly reprimanded to turn around as we are talking about this one here. I quickly pointed out that there was no animal here to view. After a few more empty cages or maybe they were behind the overgrown weeds inside the cage we finally approached a tiger. It was in the den box and we could barely see a pair of ears poking out. It did not respond to our presence as did the next tiger we saw. I was very hot as the tour guide only stopped in the sun and not under the shade trees – there was a shop looking orange thing with water at the very beginning but we never saw anymore after that. Wish I had brought some water. More crumbling from all the guest and a promise of viewing leopards at the vacation exhibit where the cats rotate to play and as the guide said they only have the opportunity to visit 3 times a year. Seemed very sad that they were in such sadly small exhibits and given an opportunity to play for 2 weeks which must be freighting to visit a cage it did not know with smells of other predators. But them to be forced back in to such small cages with a longing for there vacation time. With there millions of dollars I was very disappointed in there care of these animals. Maybe that’s why they did not come up for us to see them because they were very depressed? Finally on a dead end sections we see a screen porch. . which housed about 6 small housecat kittens. Everyone was very excited and ran up to see them hooing and awing. . but alas we were all yelled at that we would see them later and that we had to turn around and look at this bobcat and listen to its depressing story. What was depressing was that this bobcat was laying down and looked like it was barely breathing if at all. Something seemed terrible wrong why all these exotic cats did not acknowledge all of us within feet of it? We were all become annoyed and angry over being yelled at for looking the wrong way. Its not like we were all separating or going different ways. Finally we were allowed to see the kittens. Guess we paid almost $40.00 to view stray cats? As we continued on we saw some really nice new cages ( as they were not painted rust color) but was told no animals were in them. Why not move those other cats inside these nice newer ones? We back tracked a distance and then went down another dead end to where we saw a lion with its butt facing us again sleeping and not wanting to acknowledge us. . strange? It was also sad to see it by itself and why it did not have a mane? But what was extremely upsetting is this mount of dirt roped off with a sign: (Sacred Mound – Do Not Climb OK , its really not a sacred Indian burial mound, but it is our septic system so please stay of the hill.) I was told this was a joke about her husband who disappeared and a joke that she had buried him under a septic tank. Extremely in bad taste and I feel sorry for his family. We thought we were done and many people were muttering I thought we would see more big cats.. . others were stating I thought we would see cats… then a little quirk. None of us were happy with this tour. We were extremely sad at the conditions of these poor animals and how depressed they seemed of the few we did see and did not understand that if they had so many how come we never got to see them. . . also what happened to all the cats in the many empty cages but I guess we know they all died as the many walls of death we saw were the cats were cremated and displayed along the tour. Sad to see more dead cats than live cats.
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Response from the owner - a month ago
Find out more about Dade City's Wild Things and why they are trying to bring down our reviews at TigerCubAbuse2.com
Janda Ziemba
4 months ago
I love kitties with 8. I love that you can see these magnificent big kitties so close up. I'm also a foster/rescue for cats and this is a place that saves lives and gives them a quality of life. A place that does make a difference. I have respect for anyone who cares and is teaching that they do matter.
Response from the owner - 4 months ago
Thank you for the kind review and BRAVO on being a foster / rescue for cats!
Anita Fuellbier
4 months ago
My friend & I had the opportunity to stay at one of the cabins many years ago. I am an avid traveler, but this trip was the experience of a lifetime & one that I will never forget. We were taken on an extensive tour. Told about the individual cats, etc... I cannot say enough about the dedication of the staff here. There will never be a place big enough for these animals and I'd rather see them here than in private hands and being abused.
Response from the owner - 4 months ago
Thank you for being a long time supporter of the cats!
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Audree Tucker
2 weeks ago
The entire area is low lying and marshy, water is everywhere due to the rains that Florida always has (I'm a native, so I know this well). They make no effort to spare the cats the water, which even gives them less area in their enclosures than they already have. When I asked our guide what they were doing about it, he said something vaguely about how they were "mulching". There was no mulch visible and certainly mulch wouldn't help in THIS case. So the animals only have the manmade wooden platforms to escape to unless they're lucky enough to be in one of the enclosures that isn't partially swamped. The charge of $35 a person, unless the children are under 10, is ridiculous. The guides are all volunteers, so the owner is obviously raking in the profits. The guides are not properly trained, and cannot seem to speak independently much. Instead, as you reach each enclosure (same type of cat, with minor variations, for the most part)...so as the group arrives, the guide then pulls out a tablet, hunts around for the appropriate spiel about that particular animal, and presses "play". We are then "treated" to a brief discussion of the particular animal's past and then a boring sermon on conservation. This is rather ridiculous, considering that the owner originally kept some of these big cats as pets at one time and at one time a news report (which can still be seen) titled "Rent a cabin with Big Cats" the owner is quoted as saying: “Nothing speaks tranquility like a leopard hanging in the branches or a tiger wading in the water. Nothing can quiet your soul like the purr of a mountain lion. We invite you to pull up a chair and have a lynx or a bobcat come sit in your lap while you stroke its luxurious fur...” –(Carole Baskin) SO...I call this straight HYPOCRISY at its finest. She's chosen to change the message as it suits her, but what's really pitiful is that these cats are paying for it. Many are from colder climates, forced to live in the Florida heat and mud for the rest of their pitiful existance, in small enclosures, with an occasional "vacation", as the guide put it, in a larger enclosure for 2 weeks out of the year. This place needs to be SHUT DOWN.
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Response from the owner - 2 weeks ago
Clearly Audree Tucker is one of the minions of those who breed big cats for life in cages and has come to our site to try and disparage us. Anyone can see for themselves that her review is not accurate. The cats have such huge enclosures that they can find plenty of places to stay dry even in record rains like we have had...unlike the dismal backyard breeders around here who have brainwashed her into making such an untrue post. Tampa shattered a 42-year-old record for the amount of rainfall for Aug. 1. By 3 p.m., it had already received 3.1 inches. The previous record, from 1973, was 2.60 inches. And that's in addition to the rainfall that has swamped Tampa Bay since July 24, thanks to a stubborn low pressure system that has stalled over Florida, said Tyler Fleming, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
nina townsend
3 weeks ago
The big cat rescue is a place with cats that are saved and in a more well home mabey there home was destroyed or was tooken always from them if that happens then the big cat rescue comes in and will take care of them if you go there you can feed the big cats or just pet them the bug cat rescue has lots of websites you can go to , Big Cat rescue . org or look up The big cat rescue and learn a lot more
Cristin Gobbels
3 months ago
This place is amazing! I learned so much. My husband surprised me with tickets for my birthday, and it was the best birthday!!!! I've always wanted to go but it wasn't until I "liked" them on Facebook that I saw the photos everyday and I was determined to get there. I'm sorry that these beautiful creatures are treated so cruel at times. But, praise God that they are here to dedicate their lives to help. Our tour guide Martin was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. I definitely want to go back!
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Response from the owner - 3 months ago
Thank you for following us and for making the effort to visit and get to know the cats purr-sonally.
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Jarrod Lash
6 months ago
This place is not for kids regardless of what their promotional materials say. We found their pamphlet at a local kids museum amongst all the other flyers for what to do in the tampa area. After we drove an HOUR to the site we were told that children are not allowed unless its the weekend and its our fault for not checking their website. NOWHERE in you promotional materials does it say CHILDREN ARE NOT WELCOME. Also it takes THREE CLICKS on your website to find out that children are not welcome during the week. We really wanted to see your cats and leave a donation but will probably NEVER VISIT OR DONATE as there are much better charities for protecting animals and not acting as a tourist trap. Also, the attitude we received from you staff when we walked in with a child (who was 4 years) old was the most condescending we ever experienced anywhere in Florida. I understand you have rules setup to keep kids out for whatever reasons but don't sell yourself and kid friendly and as a tourist destination when you intact are neither.
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Response from the owner - 6 months ago
I am sorry you drove so far to get here and learn that kids tours, for kids under 10, are only on week ends. If you have the pamphlet, I'd like to see it because we try to make it very clear, on all of our promotional materials, so that people don't make the effort and get turned away. Sometimes, well meaning people and reporters will print stuff up that doesn't have that info, so if we can figure out where it came from, maybe we can fix that. Happy to send you free passes if you want to contact me at Cat@BigCatRescue.org so you can see what we are all about. We do limit kids tours to the two tour times, one on Sat. and one on Sun. because we are not a tourist trap, but rather a serious educational facility designed to move our visitors into taking action to protect big cats from being used as pets, props and for their parts. Kids under 10 can't do much about that and tend to make it hard for parents to pay attention, thus they are not allowed on most of our tours.