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Experienced guide educates visitors on the sanctuary's cats during a 1.5-hour walking tour

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Expires Oct 10th, 2012. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Subject to availability. Children under 10 must go on the kids tour. Not valid for feeding or keeper tours. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Big cats are unlike household cats in that they are larger and better at eliminating the gazelles infesting your basement. Admire big cats with this Groupon.

$14 for One Ticket to the Big Cat Tour (Up to a $29 Value)

The 1.5-hour educational excursion elucidates visitors on the dangers big cats face in the wild and in captivity, while giving them up-close views of 14 species at the world's largest accredited sanctuary dedicated entirely to abused or abandoned big cats. Adult tours take place Mondays–Wednesdays and Fridays at 3 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., while kid's tours are valid for kids under 10 and are offered Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m.

Big Cat Rescue

Founder Carole Baskin never dreamt she'd one day oversee a 55-acre sanctuary inhabited by some of Earth's largest cats. In 1992, she and her late husband were at an exotic-animal auction seeking out llamas for their farm. A man had a 6-month-old bobcat that he could no longer care for, and the pair decided to give it a place to call home. They then traveled to a bobcat breeder for another playmate, but upon seeing the horrible conditions the animals were kept in, they bought all 56 kittens. They rehabilitated them back to health, and gave them permanent homes on their then-40-acre site.

Carole quickly realized that big cats belonged in a proper facility that could support these animals—a facility that could educate visitors about big cats that are threatened, endangered, and extinct in the wild. After 20 years of hard work and learning, Carole is still caring for abused and abandoned big cats at her rescue site, accommodating more than 100 medium and large creatures from bengal tigers and black leopards to lynx and lions, which visitors can view during tours of the facility. It is now the largest accredited sanctuary in the world dedicated entirely to abused or abandoned big cats.

On additional tours not included with this Groupon, visitors can watch tigers, leopards, and cougars practice using soup spoons during the feeding tour. Glittering yellow eyes peer at visitors armed only with a flashlight as they walk through the sanctuary in the dark during the Wild Eyes at Night tour. The revenue from these educational tours, along with donations from individuals, goes to support the big cats.

Big Cat Rescue

Founder Carole Baskin never dreamt she'd one day oversee a 55-acre sanctuary inhabited by some of Earth's largest cats. In 1992, she and her late husband were at an exotic-animal auction seeking out llamas for their farm. A man had a 6-month-old bobcat that he could no longer care for, and the pair decided to give it a place to call home. They then traveled to a bobcat breeder for another playmate, but upon seeing the horrible conditions the animals were kept in, they bought all 56 kittens. They rehabilitated them back to health, and gave them permanent homes on their then-40-acre site. Soon, word of her knack for nurturing spread beyond the Tampa area, and callers began donating abandoned or orphaned cats. Her mission to save these animals also reached the ears and hearts of many celebrities, including contributors Harrison Ford and Bo Derek.

After 20 years of hard work and learning, Carole is still caring for abused and abandoned big cats at her rescue site, accommodating more than 100 medium and large creatures from bengal tigers and black leopards to lynx and lions. Her staff of volunteers helps care for the animals and leads groups in tours that educate visitors on the plight of these animals both in the wild and in captivity.


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  • “A lot to see-more than I expected-tour was great. May consider going to feeding tour.”

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