View slideshow:Visit some of the best wildlife sanctuaries in the U. S. *At Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida, founder Carole Baskin's vision is to end the abuse and abandonment of captive exotic animals and promote preservation of the species in the wild. According to Baskin, this educational sanctuary strives to give the cats "the
best care we can while. educating the public on the plight of these animals so that some day there will be no need for a sanctuary to exist. " From tigers to lions, cougars, leopards, and bobcats, the big cats at this refuge are a stunning sight to see. Many of them started life as house pets or were
bred for their fur.