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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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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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It's all true..

It's all true, it's a neat place with nice people. I was on a business trip when our flight was delayed. We ended up taking the Night Tour to kill some time and had some fun... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Ollie B
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New York, New York, United States
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Loveland, Ohio
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

These beautiful creatures are trapped in fenced chambers with little room for exercise. The only reason they are visible is because it's feeding time. They would be better off in a zoo where at least spaced is provided for exercise. This is just a tourist trap ... Don't get scammed like we did!

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jennadelane, Volunteer at Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this review

Thank you for coming out to visit the animals. Catty Shack is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and 100% of the entrance fees, donations, adoptions etc go towards the care of our animals. AZA accredited zoos will not/do not accept animals that were privately owned/part of a show/ from other sanctuaries etc. It is legal in most states to own these... More 

New York, New York, United States
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

It's all true, it's a neat place with nice people. I was on a business trip when our flight was delayed. We ended up taking the Night Tour to kill some time and had some fun. Random fact, we were talking about the tour on our way too the Catty Shack, and our Uber driver (a life long resident of... More 

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2 Thank Ollie B
Lexington, Kentucky
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95 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to see these animals up close. They are so well cared for and lucky to have ended up there despite some bad beginnings. Volunteers were super friendly and very knowledgeable of each animal. Great that they get to expand soon. Will definitely go back.

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1 Thank Carolyn W
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A wonderful place to visit and see the big cats up close and many other rescued animals. And they always have a terrific Halloween Haunted Forest! I screamed over a silly fake spider! My 6 year old grand-daughter didn't even flinch!

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Thank Marina M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Many people in the Jacksonville area haven't heard of the Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary despite it being in existence for quite a number of years. Yet it is an absolute must to go and experience these great animals closely. We went during cooler weather and the big cats were quite active. We will definitely go again and continue to... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
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28 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is ok, depending how you feel about caged animals. The great part is that these people do what they can for big cats that have been abandoned by previous owners. They try to give them the best they can. All run by volunteers.

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Thank Lori B
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Neat experience seeing the big cats up close in a comfortable environment. These people are helping these magnificent creatures.

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Thank Michael H
Jacksonville
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4 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When I looked up the Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary online after hearing about it from a friend, I wasn't sure if it would be worth the cost of bringing my family of five. Boy was I wrong! This place is amazing! The animals are happy and content and I was shocked by the relationship they have with the staff!... More 

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1 Thank Misty M
Jacksonville, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Everyone, no matter the age, will have great time. My husband and I went to the night feeding and it was awesome. It's a great cause and the animals are beautiful. Catty Shack Ranch staff are very friendly!

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Thank Paul P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really unique experience. Went here for a date and did a night tour, and all the animals were very active. Great experience.

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