Friday, June 10, 2011

Big Cats of...Tampa?

A full moon. A sultry breeze. Rustling in the underbrush.  Dozens of pairs of eyes, glowing in the dark. A night safari in the Masai Mara, Kenya? No. Actually, it's the Wild Eyes at Night Tour at Big Cat Rescue, Tampa.

Big Cat Rescue is the largest accredited sanctuary in the world dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned big cats. The sanctuary is home to more than 100 exotic big cats including, tigers, lions, leopards, cougars, bobcats, lynx, severals, ocelots, caracals.  Many of these cats have been threatened or endangered in the wild. 

There are several great tours from which to choose, including a trainer's tour, kid's tour and feeding tour, to name a few.  For a bit more money, a private tour can be arranged as well.

This place is as close as one can get to the Mara or Serengeti.  The cats are well cared for and are engaged in their environment.  They have received a new life and are thriving.

Go and see it for yourself.  You'll be wild about it!


  1. Thank you for this, Nancy.
    It's terrible the way some people treat big cats, usually as just commodities. I'll help you spread the word.

  2. Thank you so much, Barbara. I can tell you love animals as much as I do!