Big Cat Rescue

The private guided tour is a great way to learn about Big Cat Rescue and the work they do to help big cats.

On our Tampa visit I was excited to visit Big Cat Rescue as part of our vacation.  Big Cat Rescue is the largest accredited sanctuary in the USA dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned big cats. They do education, outreach, and rescue for big cats around the world and support the efforts to end the exploitation of big cats.

I follow them on Twitter and Facebook because of the gorgeous photos the volunteer keepers take of the cats and also the amazing live video they stream during big cat surgery or vet interactions and daily feedings.

What is…what could have been…what never will be…the cats at Big Cat Rescue and their plight, pain and progress can make you weep.

All visits must be booked in advance and it is in no way a petting zoo or a place for a photo-op by tourists with selfie-sticks. Big Cat Rescue are very protective of their cats and take great care in providing a safe and enriching environment for the cats who come to them.

Our visit was so nice, we arrived in the morning and were the only people there. BCR really ensures that the environment is peaceful and secure…we were given a tour and we felt like special guests during the whole time. Our guide explained the situation of each cat and made sure we understood the rules and the philosophy of their establishment.

We don’t announce who we are our what are experiences are when we arrive. We like to fly under the radar to just be the average person and hear what they have to say to the average person. we love BCR, they really exhibit their pride and push out their being furring every visit. IT WAS AN AMAZING VISIT!

Well when I say amazing I mean it was nice to see what they do at the facility. I find the photos on their Facebook and live camera feeds are much better than the photos I could take on site but anyone who says they are not trying to do good things needs to take a visit to see that they are trying to educate and rescue big cats from often horrendous condition s.

Like a family tree, this poster of the faces of some of the cats who have been at BCR over the years makes you appreciate the unique life of every creature.

As a follower of their Twitter page and Facebook page I am so encouraged to know that there are people like the hard working volunteers at Big Cat Rescue who give so much of their time to help save and rescue the cats of the world who suffer the abuse of certain humans.

During our visit I realized that the best photographs of the cats are taken by the loving keepers who give part of their lives to the Rescue and I was unable to take any nice photos of the cats but that was all part of the experience to be supportive of the facility from a distance.

I love BCR!!!

Big Cat Rescue is an animal sanctuary near Tampa, Florida, United States, devoted to rescuing and housing exotic felines, rehabilitating injured or orphaned native wild cats, and ending the private trade and ownership of exotic cats via educational outreach and legislation. As of August 2015, the center is home to 19 big cats and 67 small cats. Big Cat Rescue has sheltered binturongs, bobcats, caracals, civets, cougars, Geoffroy’s cats, leopards, lions, lynxes, ocelots, sand cats, servals, and tigers.

See more at: https://bigcatrescue.org/

Happy guy! You can almost hear the purring from within!

Busch Gardens Tampa

The cool weather couldn’t stop us from being happy to be at Busch Gardens in Tampa! If this is what Florida calls extreme January weather then we’ll take it compared to the snow in New Brunswick!

We are so excited to be going to Busch Gardens in Tampa today! Now that we are all settled in to our amazing accommodations we are ready to finally start our Tampa vacation with a day trip to Busch Gardens. It’s a bit chilly this morning, enough that even us Canadians need to wear a hat and mittens in the morning.

We were just as excited to be here as when we were at WDW! It’s always fun to arrive at the park and get signed in and get in the lineup to enter the main gates. The kids who are on their first visit are all excited but DD and I were also feeling the tingling anticipation of the day.

Despite the cool start to the day we had a great time, we did our first ride in the kiddy parl: it was a Grover roller coaster and was fun! I was ready to do some of the big rides but DD has a delicate disposition and was not going to do rides like Falcons Fury or Cobras Curse and all those insane rides, we still had a good laugh on Air Grover despite being the elders on the ride!

I loved the Cheetah ride, it runs on magnetic power and is fast and smooth…I also did the Kumba roller coaster but Cheetah was my favorite for the smooth speed. Kumba was nice for the 360 degree rotations and the track was long. It was interesting to stand in line waiting for the ride to start and watch all the kids with their phones. They were all texting and doing selfies and totally into their social media stuff and then got on the ride and only stopped looking at their phones once the ride started and as soon as the ride was done they got off and got back to their phones…us old timers were trying to regain our balance and restore our legs after what seemed like an earthquake and shuttle launch combo!

Lunch was amazing! We ate at the buffet overlooking the African animals and watched the giraffes and zebras play in their field. It was an awesome lunch…DD will tell you more I am certain! 😉

One of the shows we really enjoyed was called “Opening Night Critters” and was a live show featuring rescued animals in a live theatre performance with actors about a stage manager and his quest to find a replacement to lead the animal theatrical show. It was really good! There were cats, dogs, rats, skunks, birds and horses all coming on the stage between songs and acting by some very good human performers! It was really fun!

We had a nice visit with the elephants and were in the park until it closed at sundown. It was a great day, our first time in Busch Gardens and the start of an amazing visit to Tampa!