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“Just amazing...” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary

Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary
1860 Starratt Road, Jacksonville, FL 32226
904-757-3603
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Ranked #1 of 97 attractions in Jacksonville
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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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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“Just amazing...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

We attended an evening event...took the tour and stayed for the nighttime feeding. Our tour guide, Kym, was wonderful - very knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions. The feeding was a great experience. The cats were all out, active and quite vocal. If you are at all interested in wildlife, big cats in particular, this is definitely an experience worth having!! Catty Shack Ranch, you rock!!

Visited January 2013
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jennadelane, Volunteer at Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this review, January 16, 2013
Thank you so much for visiting and for taking the time to review us here! Night feedings are definitely a lot of fun and we are glad that you enjoyed your tour (Kym is great and she'll be thrilled you had a good time!)!
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“So cool to see the big Cats at feeding time!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013 via mobile

My family and I were so impressed seeing the Big Cats fed. The keepers were very knowledgeable and showed us all how these majestic and wild animals behave. A must see!!!

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Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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“A wonderful organization.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

We spent the afternoon at Catty Shack for one of their day time events. We were pleasantly surprised with the organization, tour and the knowledge of the volunteer staff. Everyone there was pleasantly and you could tell that they truely loved what they were doing. The cats were mostly sleeping but who doesnt want to sleep on a cloudy rainy day. Even with the cats lazy day I was able to get some awsome pictures. I plan to return for one of the night time feedings, they should be very interesting. I would recommend this attraction for everyone.

Visited January 2013
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“The best ever you can do!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

For us it was the best experience we ever made. The staff is amazing and they are doing a great job. It was amazing to be able to watch the 'cats' so close and to know that they are getting help and love!!! Thank you for this wonderful and amazing evening!

Visited December 2012
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“A MUST SEE!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

It's amazing to see such beautiful cats this close up! This organization does such a wonderful thing! The Catty Shack Ranch is completely non-profit and run on a volunteer basis ONLY, and they do such an awesome service for these beautiful creatures! The volunteers are friendly and informative, and really know these animals on a personal level and by personal I mean they KNOW the individual personalities not just the traits of the breeds. You are not visiting a zoo. You are not visiting a park. You are visiting a true wildlife sanctuary, and it is a wonderful experience! Our family has been in Jax for 6 years and we've lost count how many times we've been to Catty Shack and we've never grown tired of visiting the animals. Even if you are just passing through Jacksonville, take a couple hours and stop by. You don't want to miss this place!

Visited September 2012
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jennadelane, Volunteer at Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this review, January 16, 2013
Thank you so much for your continued support of the Catty Shack! We are so blessed to have such great guests like you!
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