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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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Awesome big cat refuge

What a great place to visit! The staff is dedicated and friendly. The refuge is a non profit and you feel so good that the very reasonable admission fee is helping to give these... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Fernandina Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

What a great place to visit! The staff is dedicated and friendly. The refuge is a non profit and you feel so good that the very reasonable admission fee is helping to give these animals a safe home. I have been 4 times and this last time I had guests from out of town and two from Europe who were... More 

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Palm Coast, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We travelled to Catty Shack after reading about it on TripAdvisor, and are so glad we did! This is a wonderful big cat refuge that is totally run by volunteers. You literally stand 3 feet away from the animals, who don't seem to mind the attention at all. All of these animals are rescues from various places and individuals. They... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

It was really cool to be so close to these amazing animals. I never really knew just how big bengal tigers were. My kids liked it. Just wish we went during one of their feeding tours. Maybe next time...

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

My husband and I have been to other big cat rescues in North Florida and the only thing that set this one apart from the rest (because they have all been great) was the night time feeding! Check online for the feeding schedule, get there early because it gets PACKED and bring bug spay. The staff is very friendly and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Like all outside adventures in Jacksonville, it is a little hot and steamy, even in early evening -- so consider this trip best Nov, Dec, Feb, Mar, April, May. The cats presented more like real animals and less like attractions -- a good antidote to Disney and Zoos. Bring a little meal if you want, not much for tables, but... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This place is really amazing mainly because of what they do for large cats. It is a sanctuary therefore these cats live here and get medical care. They have quite a few tigers, 3 lions, several cougars (panthers) and black leopards among a few smaller animals. They are all visible to the guests. The staff is knowledgable and really seems... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Absolutely amazing seeing so many beautiful big cats! We enjoyed watching the animals feeding time. You can tell they are well loved and taken care of. We would definitely recommend a trip here. Can't wait to visit again!

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

I had an amazing experience here. I went during feeding time, and I was blown away. To see the animals so lively and hear them roar was so much better than any zoo experience. I highly recommend to all.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

This is a fun place to take children of all ages. Your admission fee also goes to a good cause; to help feed and take care of the big cats. Have been numerous times and we always have a good time. Their Halloween party is great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

This place is amazing! Go during feeding time and you're in for a great show! Even my little kids had a blast. Make sure to bring bug spray!

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