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Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary

1860 Starratt Road, Jacksonville, FL 32226
904-757-3603
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Ranked #1 of 97 Attractions in Jacksonville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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... more » 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. « less
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

We went with high hopes which were dashed by the sad animals in small enclosures. Several looked scraggly and few were visible. We were told to come back for a feeding or at night- but activity of the animals went change how sad it looked. I'm glad someone was willing to take animals that were being maltreated. Don't spend your... More

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Palm Coast, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Didnt know what to expect....amazing amount of big cats....enjoyed my time at Catty shack....will return again..cant wait to bring other family members

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Orange Park, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Decided to drive out to see the cats. My friend and I were not disappointed. Several of the cats were active even though it was the middle of the day. They like to talk to you and let you know their moods as well :).

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Went there for the nightly feeding and it was a wonderful experience. The lions, tigers, and all cats look so happy and content. They do not do any tricks, and they are just living out their normal lives (albeit in cages, as they are mostly domesticated and most can't be released back in the wild). I could imagine the expense... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We went to the evening feeding. Very interesting exhibit of the big cats. Friendly and informative staff.

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Saint Augustine Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

If you are willing to drive just a little North of Jacksonville you can see a fairly large collection of big cats. You can see them pretty well from just a few feet away (behind two wire fences). If you go to the feeding you can see them move and eat and vocalize, which you usually don't.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

If you like big cats (lions, tigers), you'll love this place. if you get a chance, go when they're feeding the cats in the evening. The cats are more active and VERY vocal!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Pretty good place. Night time tours might be better. We went during day, it was very hot and most of the big cats were sleeping. However later, there was an interactive event and that was fun, since that woke up many of the big cats and made them active and running around.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Pretty good place. Night time tours might be better. We went during day, it was really hot and most of the big cats were sleeping.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This was a pretty neat place. The only bad thing was that it was a very, very hot day and all the big cats were sleeping.

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