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Big Cat Rescue summer camp welcomes Tampa Bay kids

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Lions, tigers and bob cats? It's summer camp on the wild side, compliments Tampa's Big Cat Rescue. 

"We teach children to respect these animals, they are not meant to be pets," said education director Willow Hecht.

Big Cat Rescue is the largest accredited sanctuary in the world dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned big cats. The rescue houses over 100 lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars and other species most of whom have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, saved from being turned into fur coats, or retired from performing acts.  

"These cats have been locked up in cages, beaten, the stories are really sad," Hecht said.

During Big Cat Rescue's summer camp children will be able to help prepare meals for the exotic cats and explore the 55 acre campus in Citrus Park while learning about animal habitats, diets, adaptations and conservation.

Here is the link to Big Cat Rescue's Summer Camp to see more about what your child can experience at the camp.

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