ATTRACTION: Big Cat Photo Safari Tour.
WHERE: Big Cat Rescue, Tampa.
AGE RESTRICTIONS: 10 years of age and older.
PRICE: $100.00 per person.
Big Cat Rescue offers photographers, professional and amateur alike, the opportunity to photograph some of the rarest and most exotic wild cats in the world. Biologists and naturalists spend years, sometimes even decades in tropical jungles seeking to catch a glimpse of some of these creatures. If you don't have that kind of time to wait for such a shot, you won't want to miss this opportunity!!!
Big Cat Rescue has recreated a special rain forest setting in which to capture these cats on film. A three-acre tiger pen has been constructed out into a lake so that you can photograph three of the most magnificent tigers swimming, playing, and lounging at the water's edge. South American Cougars can be filmed in palmetto and oak forest settings. Asian and African leopards, both spotted and black, can be photographed in lush foliage and lounging in trees. Northern and Southern bobcats live in natural wooded environments, perfect for getting priceless shots of bobcats doing bobcat things (sneaking through high grass, climbing trees, or lounging in shady spots). Other species available in beautiful natural surroundings include snow leopards, caracals, lynxes, lions, African civets, and binturongs (Asian civet).
You can shoot throughout the day or divide your day into two sessions, in order to make the most of morning and evening light. All of the money generated from the Photo Safaris goes directly into bigger and nicer enclosures for the animals.
Due to new USDA regulations you must keep outside of the 3 foot barricades around the cages at all times. If you have professional equipment you can blur out the 4" x 4" cage wire if the cat is far enough away. If you are using amateur equipment, you will have cage wire in most of your pictures. If the tigers come down to swim we have an area where you can photograph from a dock without cage wire visible and sometimes the bearcats are up in the trees above the wire. Sometimes treats are given to the animals to coax them into different areas of their cages. Shots are never guaranteed because no animal is forced to do anything.