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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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Manhattan, Kansas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Traveling with a group of scientists, I sincerely appreciate what the staff and volunteers of this place are trying to do. Though, having only a former K-9 cop and a veterinary dentist on staff seems a little lacking for the safety and well being of these animals. They were also very derogatory toward zoos and other animal sanctuaries. It was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

It's a completely different experience, a must see in Jacksonville. Can't wait to bring my wife and kids, highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

I have lived next to the catty shack for almost 2 years and never went. Now that I have I can't believe what I have missed out on! Amazing little adventure. A place everyone should check out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

All of the people working at Catty Shack Ranch are volunteers, meaning that all of the money from the admissions price goes to the animals. I think that is awesome! Our tour guide was very sweet and knowledgeable. I could tell that the animals were happy and that the staff did everything in their power to make sure these animals... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This was a fantastic evening! Informed and interesting tour with Katy and watching feeding was well worth the trip! Friendly staff , beautiful contented happy cats and a lovely setting ,will go again!

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

My husband and I took our 7 and 5 year old children on a recommendation from a friend. I've lived in Jacksonville for over 25 years and had never heard about this place. We attended the Night Feeding and tour. It was a GREAT time! The tigers were very active and my kids had a blast watching all the tigers... More

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Muskego, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We went to the night feeding as a family and loved it!! It's a must see. You can hear and see the love and care that each volunteer has for these cats. You must go! Our kids love it, and we will go back next year.

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Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We live in the area, but had never been to Catty Shack Ranch. We took a Saturday night to do so. It was a lot of fun! I highly recommend the evening tour/feeding over the daytime ones. In the evening the cats are very active....they were running, playing, splashing in the water, standing on top of the toy balls in... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I have traveled much this year and Catty Shack Ranch is the place that most exceeded my expectations. It is also the one place that I have gone out of my way to tell people about. If you like LION and TIGERS and other Big Cats the you will see more of them here at Catty Shack that anywhere else.... More

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Jacksonville, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

Took my 3 year old and he really didn't want to see the tigers. As soon as we saw the first tiger he looked at me and said, "Wow Mommy!" When it was time to go, he asked for 5 more minutes. It was a great experience.

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