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Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary

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Address: 7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240-9407
Phone Number:
+1 941-371-6377
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Wed - Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary provides a sanctuary "for...

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary provides a sanctuary "for life" for the exotic animals currently calling the sanctuary home. Our goal is to create habitats that mimic native environments and are complete with a staff that can provide daily behavioral, sensory, and manipulative enrichment which is the basis for a happy healthy animal in captivity. As we grow and open our habitat to more rescues we will provide the same excellent care while educating the public.

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Took my family including 6 year old grandaughter who really enjoyed it and even sat still and liked the shows. They do a great service to animals in need please visit and aupport... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Lakeland, Florida
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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Took my family including 6 year old grandaughter who really enjoyed it and even sat still and liked the shows. They do a great service to animals in need please visit and aupport them so they can continue their work!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Our family stopped here on way home. All the staff were very devoted to the animals. It was a bit pricey but we felt the animals were worth the visit. All ages will like to visit this exhibit. Very popular on the day we visited.

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Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had pretty low expectations before visiting, but wow were we surprised! This is a really fantastic place and a great home for so many amazing animals. We learned a lot from the knowledgeable staff who provided information on many of the animals. The big cats and the bears were really something to see. Definitely worth the visit!

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Raleigh,NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Found this on TripAdvisor and as soon as I described to my kids, they wanted to go. It didn't disappoint. Cost of tix is reasonable but to get your money's worth, plan to be there at least 3 hrs. The cat show at 2 was super, great presentation by the keeper and his family who have maintained this place for... More 

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Siesta Key, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Have been twice this winter with 2 different grandkids. We've been visiting Sarasota for 15 years and never knew this existed... The kids loved it.

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Troy, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is truly a sanctuary for big cats and even bears. Life shows featuring birds and big cats are included in the admission. You can't even see these animals in the circus these days.

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Beverly Hills, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

They have allot more than what you may think by doing a drive by. I took my two young grand daughters and they loved it. To do it all you should plan on about 4 hours time. I will be going back to see what I missed one this visit. They are true animal lovers and I can't say enough... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We wanted a place to take our 3 yr old, and this place was awesome! This place has really cool animals and different shows. The place was big enough to walk around, and enough things to see for entertainment. Fun place!

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Quite interesting However never sure about caging animals in such small unnatural quarters. Therefore, jury still out on this one.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This sanctuary is home to many big cats who were born in captivity and are in need of refuge. The family who owns and manages the place, with the help of volunteers, is eager to share their knowledge of and passion for these animals. They build and maintain enclosures for their rescued animals, and support the place with donations. There... More 

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