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Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary

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7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240-9407
+1 941-371-6377
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An unexpected surprise

This is an interesting side adventure and not one expected, big cats (and bears and monkeys and and... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
Michael B
a different kind of zoo

I know there are many of you that will poo poo a zoo as cruel and unusual punishment. NOT HERE... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
John L
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Sarasota, Florida
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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.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good19%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“petting zoo” (109 reviews)
“exotic animals” (55 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240-9407
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+1 941-371-6377
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Reviewed October 2, 2017

This is an interesting side adventure and not one expected, big cats (and bears and monkeys and and and) in semi-rural Sarasota outskirts. Shows a little cheesy but applaud the rescue efforts and obvious care they exhibit with their charges. Worth a visit.

2  Thank Michael B
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BigCat I, Public Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2017

Thank you for your kind words and support, caring for the animals is our number one priority and it means a lot when we can share our love for the animals with our guests! We hope to see you back soon!

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Reviewed October 2, 2017 via mobile

I know there are many of you that will poo poo a zoo as cruel and unusual punishment. NOT HERE! While unusual and not at all huge, every one of these critters, from grizzly bears to elephants and birds, are rescue animals! Without this place...More

1  Thank John L
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BigCat I, Public Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2017

Thank you for your kind words and support, caring for the animals is our number one priority and it means a lot when we can share our love for the animals with our guests! We hope to see you back soon!

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Reviewed October 2, 2017

So this is an animal rescue not a zoo, and that is important. These guys rescue big cats and other large animals and then care for them. They are selfless when it comes to looking after these animals and educating about them. The way we...More

2  Thank DeclanS
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BigCat I, Public Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2017

Thank you for your kind words and support, caring for the animals is our number one priority and it means a lot when we can share our love for the animals with our guests! We hope to see you back soon!

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Reviewed September 22, 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed watching the interaction between the incredible rescue animals and their caretakers. The alligator and big cat show was very informative and fun. The animals obviously love the exercise, treats, and human interaction. My son loved the energetic dogs, tiger and liger. This is...More

1  Thank Duane N Dawn B
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BigCat I, Public Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2017

Thank you for your kind words and support, caring for the animals is our number one priority and it means a lot when we can share our love for the animals with our guests! We hope to see you back soon!

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Reviewed September 22, 2017

Great place to visit and help what they do to take care of the animal. Would recommend to friends and family.

1  Thank pls6152017
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BigCat I, Public Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2017

Thank you for your kind words and support, caring for the animals is our number one priority and it means a lot when we can share our love for the animals with our guests! We hope to see you back soon!

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Reviewed September 20, 2017

If you want to see big animals up close, this is what you will see. If you are looking to support a true sanctuary for animals, you might be disappointed. These animals mostly exotic pets that the owners could not properly care for or retired...More

7  Thank Kim_Mc20
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BigCat I, Public Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2017

Thank you for your kind words and support, caring for the animals is our number one priority and it means a lot when we can share our love for the animals with our guests! We hope to see you back soon!

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Reviewed September 13, 2017

The layout of the Cat Habitat is a little bit awkward. When you first enter, it looks a bit like a cheap zoo with a few bears and a tiger. However, when you really discover the place, you'll find an amazing family of people who...More

4  Thank Koen P
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BigCat I, Public Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2017

Thank you for your kind words and support, caring for the animals is our number one priority and it means a lot when we can share our love for the animals with our guests! We hope to see you back soon!

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Reviewed September 6, 2017 via mobile

What a great place. We thought when we decided to go it would be some sideshow thing but boy were we surprised. Though we would only be there an hour but stayed for 4. Great variety of animals & the shows were great. Animals treated...More

2  Thank Marci W
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BigCat I, Public Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2017

Thank you for your kind words and support, caring for the animals is our number one priority and it means a lot when we can share our love for the animals with our guests! We hope to see you back soon!

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Reviewed September 6, 2017

This sanctuary is not to be missed. Thrilling stories of rescue and rehabilitation as well as making these big animals as comfortable as they can in a captive environment. The bears are seen playing and swimming in a pool, large grounds for them to wander,...More

4  Thank Sallysinger
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BigCat I, Public Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2017

Thank you for your kind words and support, caring for the animals is our number one priority and it means a lot when we can share our love for the animals with our guests! We hope to see you back soon!

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Reviewed September 4, 2017

Took my daughter who is an animal lover - we had a great day! Nice to see how they care for their animals. Great opportunity to get up close and interact (feeding).

2  Thank Sooos31
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BigCat I, Public Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2017

Thank you for your kind words and support, caring for the animals is our number one priority and it means a lot when we can share our love for the animals with our guests! We hope to see you back soon!

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Debbie S
March 3, 2018|
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Response from BigCatHabitat I | Property representative |
Hello, admission is $18 for adults and $8 children 3-12. The park is wheelchair accessible.
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saramwade
February 20, 2018|
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Response from BigCatHabitat I | Property representative |
We are here 24-7 to provide Forever Homes, with Loving Human Caregivers, for the rest of these Animals' lives! We are a no-kill safe haven for exotic and domestic animals in need. We are committed to providing the best... More
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HaroldPatti
I wrote a true and correct submission to Trip adviser, recently. As noted in the text, were my sources of legal information concerning "Big Cat Habitat". Even though we went to see the Big Cats, we were disappointed. The time was spent on a monkey and some dogs. 1/2 the show was a commentary meant to extract money from a captive audience. Within the sources given, animal rights organizations and years of Government intervention attempts of violations done by Big Cat are a lost cause. My Question to Trip Advisor.....Is it a problem, not to print my submission, under the guise of review? I did my homework and provided the information , so you can do yours. If it is not your policy to tell the truth, then I will only continue to provide nicer things. I am guessing. this will not be printed either.
January 3, 2018|
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Response from BigCatHabitat I | Property representative |
Hello Harold, We're very confident that you didn't write a 'true and correct submission' with 'sources of legal information'. We know this because we have had ZERO USDA violations. Your sources of mis-information were from... More
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