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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

When we visited: Friday, December 26, 2014. It was a feeding night. I've been one other time, and I have to say... GO FOR THE FEEDING! They feed promptly at 7:30 p.m. If you have small children go closer to 7 so you can walk around for a little while before the feedings. Try and position your self close to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

You're face-to-face with a ferocious predator... So close that you can feel the heat of the lion's roar against your skin and hear the beast's powerful jaws crush the bones of its prey. Your heart thumps in your throat as you hunch down, as quiet as you can be so as to not become the animal's next meal. You move... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

Thanks so much to trip advisor for leading us to this amazing place. Our daughter is an animal lover and especially cats so she was thrilled to be able to see these beautiful animals up close and personal and hear their stories first hand. We happened to be staying at Amelia Island for the week and we were just in... More 

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

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

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

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

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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