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“Roaring awesome time!!” 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 147 things to do in Jacksonville
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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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“Roaring awesome time!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013 via mobile

OMG!! You have to make a trip here! It's amazing to see & hear them up close. Feeding time was Incredible to watch! You have to come & visit this place

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Must see for anyone who lives in or is visiting Jacksonville, the feeding was very entertaining listening and watching the cats get excited for food!!! I walked around with a smile on my face the entire time!!!

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“Wonderful! Must see! Great organization!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013 via mobile

Took the night feeding your. What a great opportunity. Fun and educational experience. Great way to support a great non-profit!

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Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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“Support Catty Shack Ranch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

They love their Cats and so do we... Thank you for saving and loving our wild cats. Catty Shack Ranch has an ton of cat from around the world.
Needs funding - Go and give! <3 V

Visited April 2012
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“Great Organization - Up close and personal with BIG CATS”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Our family of 5 (kids ages 13, 12 and 7) visited the Catty Shack Ranch on December 29, 2012 while on vacation in Jacksonville. We always look for something new and out of the ordinary to do while visiting Jax. It was a very chilly evening, approximately 45 degrees, when we visited. Heaters were set up in the covered waiting area. After about 20 minutes our tour began.

The kids were able to see Tigers, Lions, Leopards, Cougars and even Arctic Foxes. The volunteer guide was very knowledgeable and provided lots of information on where the Cats came from (mostly former private pets or retired "actors"). But the most amazing part of the tour was when the Big Cats were fed. The kids (and the adults) loved hearing the lions roar in anticipation of the food.

Catty Shack Ranch is a must see for families visiting the Jacksonville Area.

Visited December 2012
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jennadelane, Volunteer at Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this review, January 16, 2013
Thanks for coming out on such a cold night! We're glad you enjoyed the night feeding and tour. Our animals come from a variety of situations and places, including government confiscations and from private zoos, but none have been in the entertainment industry (so sorry for the confusion!). Thanks again for coming out and also for the review!
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