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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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Edmonton, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

It's tough sometimes on vacation to find something that will appeal to the "almost a teenager" kid. They are too old for some of the children's activities, but not quite old enough to be entertained as a teenager - this was perfect. It was very nice that they had free admission for serving members of the military and their immediate... More 

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Las Vegas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I have mixed feelings on this place. If all the animals are truly rescues (and there is no breeding going on here), then great. But I was hoping they would have signs up be each animal, showing their story .... Where they came from and how they got to Big Cat. Also, it was very sad to see Chance, the... More 

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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Lots of big cats and a nice little show. Though I'm not a fan of seeing these big cats caged, we were assured they are happy in their environment. Worth checking out.

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Toronto, Canada
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49 reviews 49 reviews
8 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

I always have an ambivalent feeling about seeing wild animals in cages but all the animals here are well cared for. You can get close to the birds, tigers, lions and the very large liger! (Cross between a lion and a tiger) kids can feed the goats, llamas. There is a show which can be entertaining although there is a... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

These guys do it right. Not a big fan of zoos but this place, fantastic. Those animals are treated really good and have it better than in the wild. As you walk through this place, you listen to relaxing spa music from speakers all over the place. This is an animal spa paradise. Plus, I never been so close to... More 

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Burlington, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

I love anything to do with animals and animal sanctuaries. These big cats are beautiful. They have a show every afternoon and it is very informative and fun. Great for kids. They have a lot of big cats and also some bears. They also have smaller animals and birds. You can feed some birds and baby goats. You can even... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

A great experience for the whole family. The kids will love it because you are up close to the big cats. Many other big animals and you do not feel that you are at a zoo. Great circus performance also.

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Bradenton, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This a clean, interesting venue. The Rosarie's are a very compassionate, caring family. The animals at their habitat are well taken care of. A very entertaining show plus lots of animals to visit.

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Florida, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

It has been a while since I visited, can't wait to go back! Big Cat Habitat is a wonderful facility with gorgeous, well taken care of animals with a knowledgeable caring staff. I fully enjoyed my time at the facility and learned a lot! The facility is maintained very well and they have some great volunteers working there and keep... More 

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Land O Lakes, Florida
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177 reviews 177 reviews
47 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I can't wait to go back. This little place greatly exceeded my expectations. I was surprised at the different animals. Lions, tigers, bears, ligers, llamas, birds, camels, zebra, kangaroo, goats, monkeys.... All of the volunteers were very knowledgeable about the animals they were with. There was a parrot show and then a "training session" with a dog, a chimpanzee, a... More 

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