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Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary

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Address: 7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240-9407
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+1 941-371-6377
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12:00 - 16:00
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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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AMAZING!!!! This is such an awesome and fun place! Great for kids and adults! I love the message, work these guys are doing! It is absolutely a must do for visitors! They got... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

AMAZING!!!! This is such an awesome and fun place! Great for kids and adults! I love the message, work these guys are doing! It is absolutely a must do for visitors! They got lifetime fans from me and my husband!

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Detroit, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I am a big animal lover and I was hesitant to go visit Big Cat Habitat on a recent vacation with my husband. On one hand, it's really cool to see big, majestic animals up close, but it's also painful to see them confined and out of their natural habitats. I will say that the owners did a nice job... More 

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1 Thank MRM1979
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not a zoo, it is a rescue facility for wild animals that can not be returned to the wild. Several hundred wild animals are maintained in clean enclosures suitable for the size of the animal. To help support the facility they put on a big cat show that is something to see. The snow is put on in... More 

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Thank Mike E
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We are so fortunate to have this animal habitat in our town. My grandchildren loved feeding the bears and tigers. It was the first time I ever saw a liger (cross between a lion and tiger. There is also a petting zoo and other animal attractions. It is an entertaining and informative experience for all ages.

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Thank sarasota-experience
Quincy, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am honestly shocked at the overall glowing reviews. If you care at all about animal welfare, you will be disgusted by this place. I took my family here during a vacation, when we were looking to fill an afternoon. I came across this and was excited--we don't like zoos, because there are some questionable practices we don't agree with--but... More 

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Bradenton, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My kids and I had an awesome time here! My daughter loved that she could feed the animals (from a distance using a pole) but it was awesome to be able to get so close to the animals.

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Rotonda West, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The family that runs BCH takes good care of the animals here. The big cat cages are clean and have very little odor. Same for all the wild animals. they have a lot of different kinds of bears, a cute bird show, and a few examples of many different animals. At 2:00 every day the owner puts on a show... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Attended the sanctuary and rescue and watched the Sunday 1:00 parrots in paradise show. About 1/2 hour of fun with beautiful parrots. 2:00 cats encounter show was a full hour of amazing Lions and tigers with trainer, Clayton, interesting and amazing! Photos with one of the cats after the show, $10. charge. Large grounds, walk around and view monkeys, bears,... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This isn't an amusement park. There is no ginormous parking lot, no castle, no rides, no characters. This is the real world where real people have dedicated their lives to the care of hundreds of animals discarded by others. This is the last chance for most of these animals to live. Clayton and his family are amazing. These people are... More 

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Maryland Heights
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On one hand, I am very grateful for places like this which provide food, vet care (I presume) and safety for these big cats that are displaced for various reasons. Yes, they are keeping them alive, and they look well, and that is something. Maybe it's even wonderful. However, I have been to other big cat sanctuaries that make much... More 

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