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Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary

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Address: 7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34232
Phone Number: (941) 371-6377
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Wonderful day trip!

We just loved this Sanctuary! It was full of animals and great shows for us to see.. beautiful grounds and a great gift shop! If you can't stand the sun and heat being outside and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Plainville, Connecticut
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Plainville, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

We just loved this Sanctuary! It was full of animals and great shows for us to see.. beautiful grounds and a great gift shop! If you can't stand the sun and heat being outside and in the heat I suggest you bring an umbrella ! seriously! We were there in August and the humidity and sunshine was great at the... More 

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Urbana, IL
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

I was really saddened to see these animals in such poor conditions. They were crowded into tiny cages and the cats were clearly overheated. They were panting and breathing rapidly. The worst part was the "circus" show. Some obnoxious guy got in the ring with the lion and tiger and taunted them and people laughed and applauded. What's worse is... More 

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Orlando, Florida, United States
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16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

We went to this place thinking of visiting for an hour and ended staying much later. This place lets you get real close to the animals and feed them for a price. I ended up feeding a bear for a dollar. This place has a great show with tigers and lions. It has a great purpose and I would recommend... More 

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Orlando
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Family of five with kids 13,11 and 10. The show was very good, if you go make sure to see them. Good opportunity to see some amazing animals up close, far closer than you would see at your typical zoo. Not a huge place so a couple hours is plenty.

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This is the closest I have ever gotten to animals like this. I've been to so many zoos in my lifetime and never have had an experience like this. Definitely want to come back when it's cooler to see the animals more active. The show with chimpanzee and the tigers was excellent. Informational, entertaining and very informative. All of the... More 

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Sarasota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I have returned many times with my grandchildren and friends who are animal lovers. It is amazing! The owners, staff and volunteers are friendly and knowledgeable. It is clean, the animals are healthy and well cared for, and loved! Be sure to check the schedule before your visit, as summer hours are different from those in other seasons. It is... More 

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Pleasanton, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This is a wonderful place to take youngsters! The animals are healthy and lively and the staff is quite knowledgeable about them. One of the best parts was watching my grandson feed the tigers. He loved it and ask to do it again!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I was so worried this was going to be like some chintzy zoo, only looking to make a profit. I read some reviews about this place before visiting that the cages are small for tigers, lions, bears (oh, my!), etc., but the owners take good care of these retired beauts and make sure they're comfortable and healthy. The Big Cat... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Absolutely beautiful, healthy and lively tigers and lions. The Habitat is not overly large but the outdoor play areas for these magnificent animals is quite adequate. There is a small selection of bears, a small petting zoo, and the usual assortment of birds, monkeys etc. Open to the public Wednesday through Sunday's from noon until 4:00 p.m. The $15 admission... More 

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Parrish, Florida
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Been here twice now with the kids, treat animals really well, love the shows and family that runs the Sanctuary. Highly recommended for animal lovers!

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