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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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Big Cats and More

Was happy to finally experience this sanctuary/rescue habitat for big cats, and many other rescued animals that may otherwise have been euthanized. Great family run non-profit... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Was happy to finally experience this sanctuary/rescue habitat for big cats, and many other rescued animals that may otherwise have been euthanized. Great family run non-profit -recommend the 'Big Cat' show...beautiful lions. tigers and bears among other smaller creatures. Worth the price of admission which goes right back to caring for the animals who are all in great shape and... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This habit/ rescue is awesome. What they are doing for these animals is heartwarming. It's so great they are giving these exotic animals a home. I highly recommend visiting. The tiger show is a must do. Perfect for everyone.

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Staten Island, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Many large animals on property..,,bears, big cats, etc. Ordinarily I have mixed feelings about places with large animals, but the family that runs this has a several generation history of care for animals, and I understand that these are largely rescues. Some animals, for example white tigers and others with rare genetic conditions cannot easily survive in the wild and/or... More 

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Aiken, SC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is definitely not fancy and could use some upgrading. I completely enjoyed seeing the tigers up close. You must see the show to truly appreciate the experience. The star attraction is Barry White I could watch him all day!

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

a little out of the way from the Siesta Key area we are in but worth it. Kids loved the close contact with the cats and the petting zoo. The show was pretty good and seating was plentiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you have kids, hell if you love animals this is a fantastic place to visit!!!! It is the closest you will ever get to exotic animals unless you are visiting Africa itself. Great staff and the shows are great for all ages!

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Bradenton, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Big Cat Habitat for the first time and it was an amazing experience! The big cat show was great and the owners love for the animals was evident. Saw a Liger for the first time, beautiful! I'd highly recommend anyone visit when in the Bradenton/Sarasota area.

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

BIG CAT is one of those hidden gems that not only makes for a great family day, but truly serves its intended purpose of aiding exotic animals. Founded under the auspices of bringing aid, care, and comfort to large exotic animals from the US that were abandoned, mistreated, or otherwise were not able to be cared for in their old... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Husband and I,wanted to get away somewhere close... great place... volunteers are happy and helpful. They have a bird show at 1:00 and a cool that show at 2:00pm

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not cheap but a great family activity and a huge variety of big cats as promised. Most were actually awake. The shows were fun too.

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