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Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary

Address: 7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34232
Phone Number: (941) 371-6377
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Sarasota, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

I visited in 2014. After previously visiting The Big Cat Sanctuary in Tampa which was wonderful, i was very disappointed with the Big Cat Habitat. The Bears were bored, pacing all the time, the big cats confined to small pens for most of the time. Cats need to roam and be in some sort of habitatt, not sat on a... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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37 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

I think that this place is definitely not a "circus" like a recent review I did not see before planning to go there. Yes, there is a 2pm show like website stated that my husband & I enjoyed. A bit silly at times, but definitely not a circus. Nice chance to sit down inside for a break in-between seeing the... More 

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New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

I only went because this was supposed to be a sanctuary. They are pro-captive breeding, animals doing tricks, and I would never have supported a zoo + circus, who also gave a propaganda speech on anti-animal-rights groups! The worst.

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Sarasota, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

This is a fun place to take the kid, grandkids, and even grandma and grandpa. This is a rescue center/retirement home for big cats, and other animals, that performed in circuses as well as Hollywood. The people who run it are a little “original” but they are both passionate and knowledgeable about the animals under their care. The big Cat... More 

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Granville, Ohio
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Our family suggested we visit here to see some great animals. We were very impressed with the way the animals were cared for. They had a bird show, we missed that, and a big cat show. That was worth seeing for sure. It had three parts, first a trained dog act, very funny, a chimp act - great and the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

The Big Cat Habitat and Sanctuary is a non-profit run by the Rosaire family. They take in exotic animals from around the country that were privately owned and the owners could no longer care for the animals. Most of the animals are tigers, lions, and bears. There are also some chimps, assorted monkeys, and a variety of petting zoo animals.... More 

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Largo, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Probably nowhere else where you can see big cats and related animals so closely and in surroundings that are large and know that these animals are well cared for and in the best situation that can be. Taking the tour with the guide you learn about the histories of these animals and what brought them to Big Cat... pitiful histories,... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

The sheer number of big cats alone would make this a destination worthy of a detour. In addition, it is a very clean and user-friendly attraction, filled with other animals. You definitely want to time your visit to include the Educational Demonstration! Allow an hour and a half to two hours for this attraction.

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Kansas City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

What an unexpected treat!, we went on dreary day and really loved the educational Information given during the Big Cat show...the animals are in better condition than I've seen in zoos, gorgeous coats and healthy. They have reduce tigers, lions and bears Plus other Animals. HANDSOME, a lion, performs and genetically is a Barbary lion...extinct In the wild...he is gorgeous!,,... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We had some difficulty finding the place, no signs or directions.Entering From South to North I=75 take exit 210 Take left on to Fruitville and then another Left on Cattleman, Turn left on Palmer Blvd. Sanctuary on the left. The admission fee is $10 adults $7 children. This habitat or small zoo was very clean and had huge assortment of... More 

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