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Bear Creek Feline Center

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8822 Tracy Way, Panama City, FL 32404-5682
+1 850-722-9927
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Bucket List Worthy!

This tour far exceeded my expectations. I got to feed and pet several big cats. They have different... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
LGood5
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Awesome experience

Had a great time at the cattery! Really unique experience and got some neat pictures! Highly... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jesse Lindsey S
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Bear Creek Feline Center (BCFC) is home to Florida wildcats and exotic felines located in Panama City, FL. BCFC's mission is one of conservation breeding of selected species, feline rescue/re-homing and public education designed to illuminate the plight of threatened and endangered felines. Much has happened since April 1, 2000, when BCFC was established under the giant oak trees here in the Bear Creek Community. We have logged thousands of hours to obtain five licenses and we now make permanent homes to exotic species of felines including the 3 native species of Florida. We work with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, the USDA and the Feline Conservation Federation to preserve and "Protect Florida's Wildlife Treasures". "When was the last time you touched a bobcat or an African Serval?" Tours are by Appointment only. BCFC invites you to an up close and personal visit with our Florida Panthers, North American Bobcats, African Servals, South American Geoffroy's Cats, Jaguarundis and Siberian Lynx. Cameras are encouraged. There are no additional charges for great photo opportunities. You'll see extremely rare felines, not normally seen in captivity. The FFWCC and the USDA permit some hands-on contact. Small children must be CLOSELY supervised at all times. Tours are scheduled BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes for your comfort and safety. A $50 donation per adult is customary ($25 for children under the age of 18). These donations are 100% earmarked for the care and feeding of the big cats. Special tour rates for photo ops, families and student groups upon request. BCFC offers internships whereby selected individuals may gain experience preparatory for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission's licensing process. You may contact us by email for application and interview. You can check our website for an overview of what you can be doing and learning!
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“big cats” (42 reviews)
“wild cats” (15 reviews)
“beautiful cats” (11 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
8822 Tracy Way, Panama City, FL 32404-5682
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+1 850-722-9927
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This tour far exceeded my expectations. I got to feed and pet several big cats. They have different species. I learned so much and what an adrenaline rush! Some day when I'm in an old folks home, this will be one of the things I...More

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Jim B, Owner at Bear Creek Feline Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for such an amazing review! We were glad to have you and that you enjoyed it. We hope to see you again in the future.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great time at the cattery! Really unique experience and got some neat pictures! Highly recommend!

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Jim B, General Manager at Bear Creek Feline Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you hope to see you again.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had an awesome time here learning about different types of cats! Jim and birdie are so friendly, as are the other volunteers. We were able to take photos with, feed, and pet some of the cats. Highly recommend visiting if you're in or near...More

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Jim B, Cat Wrangler at Bear Creek Feline Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

You're the best! We enjoyed your visit and look forward to your return. Best, Jim & Bertie (for the cats!)

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited here with some friends. I think you need to call and make a reservation to visit. The owners here, Jim and Bertie are dedicated to these animals and they spend plenty of time with you and showing you how they operate. Place is well...More

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Jim B, Owner at Bear Creek Feline Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you please come back and visit the Cats

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Reviewed April 12, 2018

Jim and Bertie and their trusty volunteers have created a loving and safe home for some majestic cats. The facility is immaculate and spacious with thoughtful touches for the cats that zoos do not provide. Groups are limited to 8 people and appts a must...More

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Jim B, Owner at Bear Creek Feline Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your kind words and great review. We loved having you and hope to see you again.

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Reviewed April 12, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I are animal lovers. When we see where people are trying to help animals we love to go. This was a great additional to our anniversary vacation. The owners have put their hearts into this place. It's not a zoo. It's a...More

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Jim B, Owner at Bear Creek Feline Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the great review! We are very happy to hear you had such a positive experience. We work very hard to maintain the right balance of an experience that people will enjoy and what's in the cats best interest. We hope that we see...More

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Reviewed April 7, 2018 via mobile

Being able to spend time with these amazing cats is a once in a lifetime opportunity that you have to take advantage of. My wife and I learned so much and being able to interact with the awesome cats was awesome. The work done here...More

Thank Original A
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Jim B, Owner at Bear Creek Feline Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the kind words and great review. We feel that our guests deserve the best possible experience that we can provide while maintaining a healthy environment for the cats. We are very pleased that you enjoyed yourselves and look forward to seeing you...More

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Reviewed March 24, 2018

This is an outstanding attraction for those who enjoy interacting with "Big Cats" and other exotic animals. A great educational experience with an extremely knowledgeable staff who taught my grand kids a great deal in a short time. Call for reservations in advance, because the...More

Thank Mark W
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Jim B, Owner at Bear Creek Feline Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for coming and your excellent review! We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed March 22, 2018 via mobile

Took my two teenage daughters as a surprise day trip( we are 2 hours away) they were so impressed and I actually got "this is great mom thanks for setting it up." Its a great loving no stress environment and you can tell the cats...More

Thank Penny Y
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Reviewed March 17, 2018

This is a top notch place. We enjoyed the tour very much! We will go back to see the 'kitties' again when we are in the area. Make sure you read the website for their 'rules' before packing for your trip. Also, call them to...More

Thank Erin R
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Hi. We have a tour scheduled for Aug 26th @ 8:30 Central time. I have room on this tour. We do 2 tours a week. Either Tuesday or Thursday and then Either Saturday or Sunday. 12 people on a tour. You will need long pants... More
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Hi. We have a tour scheduled for Aug 26th @ 8:30 Central time. I have room on this tour. We do 2 tours a week. Either Tuesday or Thursday and then Either Saturday or Sunday. 12 people on a tour. You will need long pants... More
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