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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 88 attractions in Jacksonville
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Not only do you get to see some beautiful animals but you learn a lot. It is incredible that with only volunteers this place can exist. You learn that some people tried to have some as pets but when you see a cougar pacing and following a little girl from behind the fence looking at her like she would make... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

what a fun way to spend the afternoon - visiting the Catty Shack Ranch. While the zoo is fun this adventure lets you get up close with all sorts of BIG cats and if you time it right you will get to be there for their feeding time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

The experience is one you must try once! At the evening feedings the tigers are most active, growling and the lion even jumped against the fence, the cougars stalk the little ones from behind their fence and it is all amazing to watch. During the hot summer days they all sleep and the trip is not nearly as exciting. The... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

Driving up is a lil confusing but once you enter it's a lifetime of memories. Best thing I've done in jax it's a must see for cat lovers... I've never been so close around large cats that are pretty interactive!! Tour guides are highly educated and very friendly ... Went close to Easter and got to donate a watermelon for... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

A must go....you will love it as much as I did. The price to enter is a small donation. Very unique and very special place.

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Land O Lakes, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Wow, wow, and wow!!! Went on the feeding tour! Absolutely wonderful!Knowledgeable volunteers and happy cats! We definitely will come back. Be sure to bring insect repellant. Mosquitoes could carry you away! Thank you to the volunteers!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

It looks like a dump... we almost drove away. It's in a residential neighborhood and it looks like a tiger cage in some hillbillies back yard. We thought all the reviews must have been fake... they were not! It's a true 5 stars... better then any zoo. The property is large and these people really care!!! Tons of volunteers keep... More

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St. Marys, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

My 11 year old daughter and I went today to Catty Shack for the nighttime feedings and we had an amazing time. It was our first time going and I was a little bit skeptical when I drove up, but I am so glad that we went. The animals here are absolutely beautiful and well taken care of. They all... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

My 2 yr old loved it, as did we....lots to learn about and experience the majestic power these cats possess. Tip- definitely do the night feeding, cats are a lot more active.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Everyone was extremely knowledgeable about the big cats. This ranch will be sure to get my yearly donations, to help continue to educate the public. Great experience!

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