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Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary

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Address: 7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240-9407
Phone Number:
+1 941-371-6377
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Hours:
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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This is a must see!

This was our second visit to Big Cat Habitat and it did not disappoint! They do such a phenomenal job! It's evident that they really care for the animals they rescue. It's a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
lkepes
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Novi, Michigan
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Novi, Michigan
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was our second visit to Big Cat Habitat and it did not disappoint! They do such a phenomenal job! It's evident that they really care for the animals they rescue. It's a must see for all ages.

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Thank lkepes
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a great time. Saw bears, monkeys, birds, camels, a zebra, lions tigers, and a liger! The shows are fun! Got to feed bears! Tiger feeding is also available. Fun for the whole family!

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Thank Barb B
Detroit, Michigan, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We took our 2 young boys and arrived just after 1. Parking was easy. Prices were reasonable and it was very clear that the money went directly to caring for the animals. There were different kinds of cats, bears, a petting farm, monkeys, zebra, camels, billy goats. The big cat show was great but did run an hour long and... More 

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Thank Nina M
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Impressive and unique facility, very clean, well maintained. The animals look well taken care of and the trainers are dedicated and loving. The show are also a must see, entertaining and educational. Great job !

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Thank kholmes509
Coal Valley, IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very entertaining for kids and adults alike. Everything was clean and well taken care of. Animals were awake and playful and enjoying themselves while we wandered through the exhibits.

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Thank sunnydays1969
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A very interesting visit, nice outdoor display of animals, and very special animal shows, indoors at appointed times. Monkey show was the tops!

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Thank LouiseWeaver
Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Amazing people taking care of these animals. There are various shows where the staff tells the audience about the performing animals. Light snacks are available and in some instances there is food you can feed to some of the animals. Good place for a half day visit with the family.

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Thank grannyMEC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The trainers passion for the animals was very evident. Don't miss SS the shows, we really loved seeing the cats up close!

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Thank Kathy G
Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When I came in here I couldn't believe how big they are these were definitely something to see. A nice half day out or so.

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Thank bryany3000
Sarasota
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Bring your out of town guests here for a close-up of the best animal trainer we have ever seen. He talks to each one and uses no chair or whip to direct the movement of the cats. This is a large local facility that is also a rescue place for animals that need a loving home. There are shows and... More 

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