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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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Awesome visit!

Had a great time. Great shows, beautiful animals. Wonderful staff! We fed the bears and the tigers. Very inexpensive family fun.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
Chantelle M
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Had a great time. Great shows, beautiful animals. Wonderful staff! We fed the bears and the tigers. Very inexpensive family fun.

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Valley Cottage, NY
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15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

fun place and you can feed the bears with a pole....have a short act with the cats and small but nice

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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

It's a cozy, friendly place to get up close and personal with your favorite big cat, and a few farm animals as well. Sure' there is sadness seeing any wild animal caged, but you can appreciate their care, and for our enjoyment and education.

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Thunder Bay
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18 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We went to the Big Cat Habitat mid week thinking it would be a slower day. We paid the $15 enrance fee and were told the show had started and it was standing room only...no room at all, so we thought we would check out the exhibits...all the cats were in the show so that area was blocked off. We... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is clearly a not for profit place run mainly by volunteers. There are here to help the animals. They charge very little entrance fee. The animals are obviously loved. Lions who are abused don't let you hug them. This was in no way a circus. People who rated 1 star need to wake up. These animals are much better... More 

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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015 via mobile

We enjoyed a Sunday afternoon at the Big Cat Habitat. The opportunity see endangered big cats up close is a once in a life time thrill. Lots of activities for youngsters such as feeding the Bears and a petting zoo. My nephew laughed non stop during the feature show. Most importantly, the organization and its friendly volunteers are providing humane... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

The Big Cat Habitat is not well advertised and we discovered it almost by accident, a very lucky break for us. It is not only a place where one can see a Siberian Tiger, lions, llamas, zebras and a Liger, but on weekends there is a show trained animals which is amazing! The Habitat is a labor of love, staffed... More 

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Cincinnati
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

I attended with friends from The Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch, so you know we're animal lovers. From the minute we entered, we saw beautiful, healthy animals and friendly, caring caretakers. The show was corny but lots of fun! Besides lions tigers and ligers we saw baby goats, llamas, bears, birds, marmosets and chimpanzees! Watching these people with the animals... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We were impressed by the number of exotic animals. Read the other reviews; I agree with most of them. The animals look very well kept and appear very healthy - that's the most important thing about a rescue organization. The show was good and entertaining. Get there early or you'll have a hard time getting a seat. Nice petting zoo... More 

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Fairhaven, Massachusetts
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 via mobile

Our grandkids age 8 and 11 had a great time..really loved the different animals and the tiger show. They really enjoyed feeding the small goats and the pig race. Very reasonable price for what they do to save these animals.

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