Not only will you see a ton of big kitties, you will also support a great cause! Displaced cats are taken care of with the hopes of returning them to the wild (though many never will due to their conditions). Mostly abandoned by "pet owners" these "kitties" cost over $1000 a day to feed, before vet and other miscellaneous bills. Worth the price! About $29 for the 3pm guided tour conducted 6 days a week Friday-Wednesday (no tour Thursday). The gift shop was also well stocked for whatever your collection entails - magnets, mugs, shot glasses, et cetera.
We actually got poured on halfway through our tour, but it made it even better because it cooled down the cats and got them all rambunctious.
Great photo ops for sure!!
Highlight of Tampa!
A friend and I have been talking about this place for awhile and we finally decided to make a weekend trip up to Tampa. It is so wonderful to see these previously abused cats being taken care of, yet sad to learn of the plight of most big cats in the world. It is a great place to visit and I highly recommend any cat or animal lover to make a stop here while in Tampa.
Tours are $25 each and this of course benefits the cats (this is a non-profit org).
Tour times are Monday - Friday, 9am and 3 pm.
Saturday they are 9:30am, 11:30am, and 1:30pm.
Tours last about 1.5 hours, so wear comfy shoes.
See their website for more info on other tours such as the kids tours, night tours, feeding tours.
This is another place that I take everyone who visits Tampa to.
Formerly called “Wild Life on Easy Street” this non-profit wildlife sanctuary has over 45 acre and is home to 140 cats representing 19 species and sub species.
A photographers and nature lovers dream. The best place in the US to see and get to know Lions, Tigers, Geoffroy Cats, Jungle Cats, Servals, Caracals, Snow Leopards, Bobcats, Lynx, Bearcats (not a real cat), Ocelots and Bobcats.
Totally different than a zoo and much more intimate.
Numerous tours are offered. Tours offer an in-depth look at the animals, their lives, their care etc. I have taken the day tour over a dozen times and it’s different every time.
Most tours do not allow children under 10. No pets allowed in the park. Call first to make reservations 813 920-4130
Day Tours M-F 9 am, 11:30 & 3 pm $22.00 No children under 10
$22.00 No children under 10
Night Tours Last Friday Ea.Mo at dark. Must be over 18, good health
Kids Tour Sat. 9:00 am only $12.00 Must have parent or guardian
Feeding Tour Tues, Wed, Thur at dusk $50.00 Must be over 10 yrs old
Photo Tour any day any time – call for reservations $50.00 Per person, per hour
Private Tour any day any time - call for reservations $50.00 Per person, $300.00 minimum
All Day Expedition Fri and Sat all day - call for reservations $100.00 Must be over 10 yrs old
Also offers Weddings, Parties, Field Trips
The pictures below show me in various cat cages. At one time this was allowed on certain tours, this pratice is currently being discontinued.
Wildlife on Easy Street and now called Big Cat Rescue is located across the street from the Westfield Shopping Town Citrus Park, is a big cat rescue.
They offer day tours as well as sleepovers wtih the cats which consist of tigers, leopards, ocelots, florida panthers and several other kinds of wild cats. They also have tours where you can feed the animals.
They are non-profit and ask for a $20 donation per person per tour. This is reasonable because it costs quite a bit to care for these large cats.
Note if traveling with your pet you can not bring them with you into the sanctuary.
Take a tour and see tigers and other cats. The facility offers a feeding tour in which you can feed some of the animals you have seen. In addition, you may take a tour and stay overnight to see the cats behavior at night.