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Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary

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Address: 7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34232
Phone Number: (941) 371-6377
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We have been to the Big Cat Habitat several times we absolutely love this place. The show with the big cats is fantastic! When they have the big extravaganza in Feb/Mar it's the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Tonibix
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Sarasota, Florida

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have been to the Big Cat Habitat several times we absolutely love this place. The show with the big cats is fantastic! When they have the big extravaganza in Feb/Mar it's the best show enjoyed all the animals that came from all over the world. We can't wait to go back.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's a worthy cause: providing a comfortable home for rescued lions and tigers (and bears). The place is a not-for-profit and doesn't advertise, so relies on word of mouth (and TripAdvisor, etc.) to get the message to others. The $18 admission fee was well worth the couple of hours we spent there. Fun for people of all ages. There are... More 

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meredith,nh
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

While the animals may be better off then they were, their "habitats" leave much to be desired!! It's an amazing assortment of exotic animals but distressing to see the level of confinement and boredom.

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Munich, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went for one of their yearly "extravaganzas" and was really impressed. Wish I would have known this place was there and wish the extravaganza last year wasn't cancelled. It's a really cool place to see big cats and other exotic animals and visiting helps support a great cause.

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Detroit, Michigan
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Attending the big cat show is a must. You learn that most of the cats have been rescued from people that although loved them, soon realized they were far too much to handle, and had very few options other than euthanasia. These cats are well cared for and you can see them playing and loving life. A great day for... More 

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Ridgeville Corners, Ohio, United States
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Stopped by here just on a whim and we were all very delighted, We could see the cats up close and personal. The liger (Brutus) was awesome!! We even enjoyed the show very much with the chimpanzee and the tigers. Not just Cats... there are other animals scattered around in cages. It was a fun day.

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Wheaton, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Second visit to this attraction and just as good as the first. Two afternoon shows with different animals as well as lions, tigers, bears, birds and other exotic species on display. Good fun for the kids!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Newark, Vt.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are near the Habitat, stop and check it out. Great take for kids and adults. The Liger is huge. There are 2 shows, one to showcase the birds, the other the big cats. There is quite a variety of animals here including bears.

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Summit, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Not exactly a zoo, but better than any zoo I have ever visited. The animals, birds and fish are all happy and more than contented to be here - and pleased to see visitors.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

While visiting a friend in the area she suggested going here. As an animal lover (and rescuer) it really appealed to me to check it out. It is a lovely way to see many different animals up close. It is clean and the animals seem to be taken care of very well. Since it is a rescue and sanctuary the... More 

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