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Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary

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1860 Starratt Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32226-1760
+1 904-757-3603
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We REALLY enjoyed the night feeding! The animals are healthy, well cared for and seemingly happy... read more

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Karlene T
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Family went for the night feeding. Got lots of pics and videos! The animals are well cared for and... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to provide a safe, loving, forever home for endangered big cats, and to educate the public about their plight in the wild and captivity. We do not breed, sell, or trade any of our animals. Our current residents include tigers, lions, cougars, leopards, bobcats, foxes, and coatimundis (the last two are "honorary cats"). We are only open on select days, and last admittance is 45 minutes before closing. Our annual Haunted Forest is happening again! There are no public feedings during haunted forest, but night feedings will occur each Wednesday. Refer to the Events section of our website for more information. Dates and times for the haunted forest are: Friday, October 13: 6-10 PM Saturday, October 14: 6-10 PM Friday, October 20: 6-10 PM Saturday, October 21: 6-10 PM Sunday, October 22: 1-6 PM Friday, October 27: 6-10 PM Saturday, October 28: 6-10 PM Last admittance 30 minutes before closing.
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Hours Today: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION
1860 Starratt Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32226-1760
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+1 904-757-3603
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We REALLY enjoyed the night feeding! The animals are healthy, well cared for and seemingly happy. Watching their excitement pre-feeding and their eager dining was a lot of fun! Our volunteer guide, Kim, was friendly, funny and well-informed. Every volunteer we encountered was obviously happy...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Family went for the night feeding. Got lots of pics and videos! The animals are well cared for and comfortable. My grandson had a blast and even got sprayed by one of the big cat's.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

A sanctuary for Big Cats and a couple extra castaways. Beautiful animals. You will see these cats up close and the feeding time is intense. Curt and his staff truly love these cats .Special care is given to the old and weak animals.These people are...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great for couples family & friends !!! Amazing tour and info about these amazing tigers & lions!!!! Def will bring my girls next time back In FLORIDA

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The catty catty shack is a charity that gives big cats a home that have been mistreated as pets and in zoos . They do really informative tours around the park and I would really recommend going for a feeding. The tickets are a little...More

Thank Ellie C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

First of, I am spoiled, and based on prior reviews I was expecting amazing, so I was a little let down by my too-high expectations. The big cats aren't roaming free; they are in enclosures, and neither visitors nor volunteers go in and interact with...More

4  Thank CCBTitusville_FL
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very welcoming place that every child should see and be very well told about the cats and where they were and why they are there. So much different than a zoo. And the importance of knowing when you take care of things like this you...More

Thank Sharon R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Florida has it all. Sun, beaches, outlet malls, million dollar attractions....those are all great. THIS is the place to go. Absolutely amazing. I'm embarrassed that after 20+ years of going to Florida, this is my first visit here. It won't be our last. Every volunteer...More

2  Thank shoetravelers
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I just happened to catch their day tour on Thursday, which is the only day offer day tours. It got the 1pm tour with a lovely tour guide who clearly knew and loved all the animals. They are cats who sleep a lot, so a...More

1  Thank bklyn7581
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was during our spring break from Houston that we traveled to Jacksonville and happen to see the Ranch during day time on Friday. It is very well kept and clean. Great learning experience for kids too. My kids loved the place. And to my...More

2  Thank Sudeepta N
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Kris K
6 December 2017|
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Response from Stacy G | Reviewed this property |
no, only handlers.
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Katye N
30 November 2017|
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Response from Kristine S | Reviewed this property |
Reservations not required but advised to avoid lines
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25 August 2017|
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Response from LizaJ1923 | Reviewed this property |
You have to know when they are open and schedule your visit accordingly. The volunteer guides have lots of information and the lions and tigers and foxes have interesting stories. Smelly ones too🙄☹️
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