Big Cat Rescue near Citrus Park Mall opens new space for exotic animals

TAMPA, Fla. - The cats at Big Cat Rescue near the mall in Citrus Park now have two-and-a-half acres to roam around.  Only one cat will be allowed into the area at a time.

The cats will be rotated in and out of their permanent enclosures for two weeks at a time.  The first cat allowed into the area was a Bengal tiger.  

The enclosure has trees, foliage, platforms, dens, toys and even a pond.

Carole Baskin, founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue says construction on the new area took six months to complete and cost about $200,000.

Big Cat Rescue is dedicated to rescuing and providing a permanent home for abused and abandoned exotic cats.  The rescue is home to more than 100 big cats, including lions, tigers, leopards, lynx, bobcats and more.

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