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Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary

Address: 1860 Starratt Road, Jacksonville, FL 32226
Phone Number: 904-757-3603
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Ranked #1 of 71 Attractions in Jacksonville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to provide a safe, loving, forever home for endangered big cats, and to educate the public about their plight in the wild and captivity. We do not breed, sell, or trade any of our animals. Our current residents include tigers, lions, cougars, leopards, bobcats, foxes, and coatimundis (the last two are “honorary cats”). We are only open on select days.

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Jacksonville, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

An absolutely amazing and unique experience. I've been twice, both times for the night feedings. Get there early so you have time for a tour and to walk around a bit, then take a front row seat for the feedings. Unlike anything you've ever seen before, and even if you go during the day, I don't know anywhere else where... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We had such a great time at the sanctuary. It was much larger than expected and we spent three hours there instead of the one hour anticipated! It is a very-well run organization and the volunteers are extremely knowledgeable of the species in general and the "residents" in particular. We absolutely plan on a return trip soon as we're very... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

If you like big cats this is the place for you. What a great and enjoyable evening watching these amazing lions and tigers being fed. It's a lot of fun, great for families. The people working there are ALL volunteers and they are very knowleadgeable and very polite and answer all your questions. It's so great that these big cats... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We were very impressed with the efforts this all-volunteer organization is making to take care of so many big cats (about 40). The cages are decently sized, clean and the cats are provided with shelter and entertainment. We went on an afternoon when there was an "enrichment", which is something new for the cats to play with - in this... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This all volunteer organization does wonders giving these big cats a safe forever home. The animals are active before dinner so plan to go for the night feeding tour. We had an excellent guided presentation but I would like to have heard more about the origins of the sanctuary. In rainy weather they should spread straw on the muddy pathways... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Very close experience with the animals. Love the tigers, the guy inside the cage with the hungry cats was amazing.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We went on a busy night for a feeding. This was worth a see, but we found the same fee goes a lot further at the Jacksonville Zoo.

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Port Orange, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This is the best ranch I have been to. The tour was awesome and the nighttime feedings were wonderful. We enjoyed this so much we will be back for our third time. The staff are always helpful and friendly. We have adopted 2 tigers and are planning to adopt a third very soon. Excellent place to visit, I highly recommend... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Really enjoyed our visit to The Catty Shack Ranch. It was great to see all the wild lions, tigers, cougars and panthers that are being taken care of such dedicated volunteers. Our guide was very friendly and she was very knowledgable about all the animals.

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Brookville, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I took my husband to see the catty shack while visiting Florida from pa. It was a great experience and we really enjoyed it. Learning about the animals was very interesting and I thought our tour guide was great! We enjoyed being fairly close to the animals. They were very vocal. We didn't get to stay for the night feeding... More 

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