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Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary

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Address: 7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240-9407
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+1 941-371-6377
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Wed - Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary provides a sanctuary "for...

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary provides a sanctuary "for life" for the exotic animals currently calling the sanctuary home. Our goal is to create habitats that mimic native environments and are complete with a staff that can provide daily behavioral, sensory, and manipulative enrichment which is the basis for a happy healthy animal in captivity. As we grow and open our habitat to more rescues we will provide the same excellent care while educating the public.

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Great place to visit!!

We visited the Big Cat Habitat for the first time this January and we are so happy we did! We LOVED the big cat show and the bird show as well. I was surprised how close you... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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North Port, Florida
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North Port, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited the Big Cat Habitat for the first time this January and we are so happy we did! We LOVED the big cat show and the bird show as well. I was surprised how close you actually got to the cats. We sat on the side of the arena and Handsome the beautiful lion was probably 20 feet in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This place was awesome!!!. My three-year-old love to being able to get up close to all of the animals the show is okay same show every time I've been but still amazing that they can be that close to large cats definitely worth feeding the bear paid maybe $3 to feed the bear but my three-year-old absolutely loved it

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1 Thank Lacie K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Must see in the Sarasota area. Large cat rescue group has taken on many unwanted animals and has worked wonders to house them and provide for their futures. This experience is good for all ages. A few hours is probably sufficient, make sure you see the animal show at 2 o'clock with the big cats. It is wonderful that this... More 

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Robbinsville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What a great place! If you love big cats and animals of all kinds, GO. These folks are doing a wonderful job. Really cute show and wonderful animals. Can't wait to go back!

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Lakewood Ranch, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Amazing home to a variety of animals that have been rescued. Especially enjoyed seeing the animals in action during the two shows. If you have little ones, they have pony rides, petting zoo (although, the big kids enjoyed it also), and feeding of the animals, including feeding the tigers. The Liger is amazing and a must see!

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BigCat I, Front Office Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this review

Thank you, on behalf of the animals, for the wonderful review! We are so glad you enjoyed your day. We appreciate all the kind words and look forward to you returning. You can register for promotional and event emails by emailing info@bigcathabitat.org. Please Visit Us At bigcathabitat.org to get to know us better and like us on Facebook to keep... More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I both love this place! The animals are all rescues, as is our fur baby cat!! The shows are nice! Great little lunch spot, they have concession stand but I think you may even be able to bring lunch! The cat show is awesome for all age kids!! (I mean the "of age" ones too!!) Very informative... More 

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Thank Snowycat84
Lakewood Ranch, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Big Cat Habitat is a great place for a family fun day. They have a large variety of exotic animals that have been rescued and have a home there. It is very clean and the animals are well taken care of. The Rosario family has taken in and trained animals for many years. The 2 shows we attended were very... More 

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Thank Chris W
Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Family fun with the big cats! Amazing place to visit! Great show at 2pm. The animals are well taken care of and the staff is superb and very friendly. Please go and visit and donate!

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Such an amazing up close experience with these amazing animals and I will be definitely be going again, you will be truly blown away by the extraordinary relationships between human and big cat, was amazing to witness Ligers for the first time and such a one of a kind experience seeing these big animals so close, also met the friendliest... More 

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BigCat I, Front Office Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this review

Thank you, on behalf of the animals, for the wonderful review! We are so glad you enjoyed your day. We appreciate all the kind words and look forward to you returning. You can register for promotional and event emails by emailing info@bigcathabitat.org. Please Visit Us At bigcathabitat.org to get to know us better and like us on Facebook to keep... More 

Atlanta, GA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This wonderful place far exceeded my expectations. It's a fairly small, intimate compound where visitors can enjoy a close up encounter with 50+ big cats of all sorts who have been rescued from their prior situations. The animals are obviously loved and well cared for, and the volunteers who are stationed throughout the compound are helpful in answering questions and... More 

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BigCat I, Front Office Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this review

Thank you, on behalf of the animals, for the wonderful review! We are so glad you enjoyed your day. We appreciate all the kind words and look forward to you returning. You can register for promotional and event emails by emailing info@bigcathabitat.org. Please Visit Us At bigcathabitat.org to get to know us better and like us on Facebook to keep... More 

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