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Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary

Address: 1860 Starratt Road, Jacksonville, FL 32226
Phone Number: 904-757-3603
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Ranked #1 of 70 Attractions in Jacksonville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Owner description: Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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.

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Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

I have never been able experience animals in this type of atmosphere. We attended a night time feeding and it was just incredible. The animals are well cared for and the staff truly loves these big cats. Will definitely be back again!!

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Sebastian, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

What is most outstanding about the ranch is that the lions and tigers in residence were rescued from abuse or situations in which they would have otherwise not been cared for and protected. The location specializes in cat protection only. And the many volunteers know what they are doing. It's nice to see these unique animals being provided with a... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

We only had 1/2 hour to visit, as we had to be somewhere, so didn't get a chance to see the video, or spend as much time as we would have liked. One of the volunteers was kind enough to give us a private quick tour. It is sad to see these big cats in cages, but they have been... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

We are Jacksonville natives who learned about this sanctuary from researching a different wildlife rescue in St Johns county. My husband and I already support a large cat sanctuary in TN (Tiger Haven) and were happy to find a local big cat rescue facility. We stopped by for a Catty Shack tour and we were very pleased with the premises... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

40+ cats from young to old! We were there for my wife's company Christmas party. Almost all the cats were out walking along the fence, taking a bath, or taking a nap beside the fence!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014 via mobile

I guess we take for granted that animals live a happy life and never wonder what happens when they are no longer wanted. Catty Shack is a great place to visit. The volunteers do a great job of caring for these big cats. They really could use support!

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Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

You need to visit and support this place. Very entertaining, enlightening and educational. Had a fantastic time. Staff is excellent.

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Lexington, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I fell in love with this place on my first visit and the love just gets deeper with every visit. The big cats are awesome. The sanctuary is ran by volunteers and totally relies on donations. The volunteers know their stuff and each one has a special bond with the animals. Each tour guide/volunteer has a story to tell about... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Night feedings are the best!! Cats are on the prowl and ready to eat. Volunteers give out great info and are super friendly. MUST SEE Attraction for JAX area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We visited in November 2014 and the experience was great. The animals are so loved and well taken care of by the volunteers, kudos to them! For me this was the first time I was so up close and personal with the cats. We went around the feeding time, which is probably the best to see the cats in action... More 

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