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Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary

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Address: 1860 Starratt Road, Jacksonville, FL 32226
Phone Number: 904-757-3603
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Description: Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) non-profit...
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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Lions, and tigers, and panthers OH MY!

This is a MUST see while in Javkdonville! What a great time! My son is a toddler and this was an adventure for all ages. We had a great time. The tour was great and the feeding... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

This is a MUST see while in Javkdonville! What a great time! My son is a toddler and this was an adventure for all ages. We had a great time. The tour was great and the feeding was pretty cool. The animals are very well cared for in this "forever home".

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We only became aware of the Catty Shack Sanctuary recently. Off the beaten track somewhat, with few signposts for directions, we managed to find the attraction. It doesn't look like much from the outside, with an oversized tent, a smattering of trailers, and a dirt parking lot, but once you pay admission and watch a short video then the wonder... More 

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Denver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

A large animal sanctuary that rescues cats and other animals from less than ideal situation, Catty Shack is a true labor of love for the owners and many volunteers. They obviously care deeply for all the animals and are working toward providing better shelters and more space for them. Children and adults as well will be fascinated by the stories... More 

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Kingsland, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We had our first experience at The Catty Shack Ranch yesterday evening, and we are already talking about when we are going back next!! The entire staff is made up of volunteers and their knowledge, their caring nature and their relationships with all the animals was amazing to be part of!! We were fortunate to be part of the Night... More 

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Jessup, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We found this attraction on-line where it was listed as the #1 tourist attraction in Jacksonville. We decided to check it out and we were glad we did. It is not a zoo , but a preserve and shelter for big cats and other misc rescued wildlife. The all volunteer staff was very knowledgeable and we were very fortunate to... More 

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I don't usually do any attractions that feature captive animals, but this rescue clearly only takes in animals who are not suitable for living in the wild. They take great care of the animals and have a lot of knowledge on the cats (etc) in their care. That being said, the tour is great, and there are animals other than... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Fun activity with the kids over winter break. The kids really enjoyed learning about all the big cats. The Cubs were adorable. The kids even got a picture with Santa.

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Atlantic Beach, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The Catty Shack is a great experience for kids of all ages, but especially for younger ones. It teaches them love and compassion while seeing all the cool cats.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The staff of volunteers are really great. Well informed about their wildlife and the tour was really fun. We went for the 6pm your and stayed for the feeding. It....was....awesome!!!!! We will definitely go there again. Hope they are able to get more land and increase housing capacity. Animals looked very healthy and their habitats much cleaner than many zoos... More 

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Fun and informative. The staff is passionate about the place and its mission. Emily was our tour guide and she absolutey made the experience even better. She cares deeply about every aminmal and it showed.

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