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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: (941) 371-6377
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12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Fri 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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A Must Visit!!!

Beautiful big cats galore!! As well as other animals ranging from tortoises to camels to even a bison. And of course, lions, tigers, ligers and a few bears!!! Beautiful habitat... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Johnny G
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Pembroke Pines, Florida
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Pembroke Pines, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful big cats galore!! As well as other animals ranging from tortoises to camels to even a bison. And of course, lions, tigers, ligers and a few bears!!! Beautiful habitat and not very expensive. Well worth the $18 because we're helping support the care of the majestic animals. Got there about 45 minutes before closing so we weren't able to... More 

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1 Thank Johnny G
Sarasota, Florida
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70 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is truly amazing! Have you ever had a black bear wave to you? Here you will and you can feed them too. Lions, ligers and so much more to see up close. Place is very clean and amazing to see these animals, and learn so much! Love it! Will continue to visit!!

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2 Thank SRQao
Lithia, Florida
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117 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had am amazing day with amazing animals and the people who love and care for them. The animals are obviously well cared for. The array of animals goes far beyond just cats. The two shows; birds and cats, were informative as well as fun. Petting zoo for kids. Thank you to the sponsors: Winn Dixie, Fresh Market, Whole Foods, Costco.... More 

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Bradenton, Florida
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22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Really enjoyed the experience, this family really cares about these animals. The show is a must see.

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2 Thank Haywood J
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

And two of them live here. Along with almost 50 large cats of all varieties. They also have bears, birds, tortoises and monkeys. Great petting zoo with lamas and emus that like to be petted. I also fed a white tiger, that was very cool. Love that they focus on providing a forever home for large animals that for various... More 

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2 Thank Carla R
Sarasota, Florida
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A mini zoo that's great for kids that may be too young to take through full scale zoo; also for grand parents that don't want to do a lot of walking. There's a great exhibit of big cats, also bears. The petting zoo is also a favorite with kids, me too.

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2 Thank edwrdjh
Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I visit the Big Hat Habitat yearly. There is time to visit the animals before and after the show. The cages are clean and the staff/volunteers are available and willing to answer all questions. Of course, the tigers are our favorite, but we enjoy the bears, chimp, and other animals.

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2 Thank Merriill
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took my son to the big cat habitat and he loved it!! Lots of animals to see and they have baby goats you can hold. So cute!! And they put on a show that is good too. Very educational as well and entertaining. Will def. be going back.

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1 Thank Laurie K
Sarasota, Florida
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15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of those forgotten gems that exist around Sarasota. The habitat is dedicated to the welfare of any big cat, or bear, that needs a home. Kay and her staff do a wonderful job, and the variety of animals to be seen there makes it a wonderful place to visit and learn. The habitat is self-funding so, as... More 

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2 Thank Rhet R
Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First class visit takes about 2 hours of your time to see all of the animals and the free show. They are actively taking in animals that need care and specialize in the wild animals during their retirement. Don't miss this in Sarasota..

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