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Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary

7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34232
(941) 371-6377
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Ranked #24 of 88 attractions in Sarasota
Type: Zoos
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Bradenton, Florida, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Our group ranged from ages 4 to 58....it was good for everyone but is not a place that I would visit a second time. The best part was the goats and llamas petting zoo. It was fun feeding them. Even though the bears and tigers looked in good health, it is sad to see them confined to such small cages.... More

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Tampa, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Big Cat Habitat in Sarasota is an amazing place where you can see several kinds of animals living out their retirement years. There are nearly two dozen big cats (tigers, lions and even a liger), some enormous bears, a few varieties of monkeys, parrots and cockatoos, and even a small petting zoo-type area with pygmy goats, llamas, a kangaroo, emus... More

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Denham Springs, Louisiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This is definitely a MUST DO while in Sarasota! You're up close and the animals are in great health. There are a variety of animals there: birds, monkeys, bears, goats, fox and much more. The staff is very knowledgable and they all have a passion for what they do. Please go visit and make a donation. It's a great experience!

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Sarasota, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Went to Big Cat Habitat in not the best weather but lucky the rain didn't pour on us while we were observing the animals. The show was amazing! The workers there are so dedicated to the animals it's truly fi nominal. I had a very fun time and everything there was deffinelty worth the time!

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Anderson, South Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I’m not an animal lover or environmentalist, so I was less than thrilled when my 10 yr. old daughter wanted to go to Big Cat Habitat during our Sarasota vacation. I expected a petting zoo of cheetahs, so I was petrified when we pulled up into a rambling field of barns and cages. I was pleasantly surprised once we went... More

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Venice, Florida
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I'm not the biggest fan of zoos, but this is a place where unwanted animals can live out the rest of their lives. The demonstration was informative and entertaining. The chimp was so cute! We loved seeing the big cats up close! There was a big play park with water areas for the cats to play in, although none were... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Visited last week with my family. We enjoyed seeing al the animals and we couldn't believe how interactive the animals were. You can tell that the staff and volunteers are really passionate and enjoy what they do. Worth the visit while you are in Sarasota.

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Cocoa, FL
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8 reviews 8 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I gave this establishment one star, which is way more than generous, just so I could post the review. I am a HUGE animal lover. I have a friend in town and since we love cats of any size, we took a day trip over to Sarasota. i was so excited to see a liger. Well, what I saw were... More

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Chicago
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

If you miss the 2:00 show you miss the most important part of this attraction. Not only do they show off the wonderful tigers & lions plus a chimpanzee the day I went but you will not learn of the great work they do at the sanctuary. The animals are obviously very well cared for and you learn about the... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014 via mobile

We decided to check out the Big Cat Habitat and we are glad we did! It was incredible to be so close to these amazingly HUGE animals. Hearing about the way the organization rescues these animals and cares for them is wonderful. I'm glad there are people like this to help these animals when no one else would know how... More

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