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Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary

#8 of 143 things to do in Sarasota Features Animals
7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240-9407
+1 941-371-6377
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Better than a ZOO!

This is a hidden gem! The kids love it! They can feed the animals, get up close and personal with... read more

Reviewed yesterday
sunsets222
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Sarasota, Florida
great experience

Magnificent animals...great staff, enough shade for the humans and the animals. What a wonderful... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
owenskaren
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Rotonda West, Florida
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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.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good20%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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Hours Today: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240-9407
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+1 941-371-6377
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a hidden gem! The kids love it! They can feed the animals, get up close and personal with many of them. They have shows throughout the day.

Thank sunsets222
Reviewed 3 days ago

Magnificent animals...great staff, enough shade for the humans and the animals. What a wonderful day...not to be missed.

1  Thank owenskaren
BigCat I, Front Office Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your wonderful 5 star review. On Behalf of the Animals, we are so glad that you enjoyed your visit here at the Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary. Come hang out in the shade with us again sometime soon!

Reviewed 3 days ago

I was impressed the care the animals received. They do put on a show. The staff explains how they receive the animals. Yes, it's more then Big Cats!More

1  Thank rslaaliensr
BigCat I, Front Office Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We are so glad that our facility exceeded your expectations. The founders, staff, and volunteers are all very passionate for the magnificent animals at this facility as they all adhere to their needs. We not only love our animals but bring them in as part...More

Reviewed 4 days ago

This is the most wonderful place and not well known. The sanctuary is just that. A refuge for animals. Extremely, clean, well run and a delight to visit and have an up close, safe experience with animals you normally find in zoos. This is SO...More

1  Thank Dee E
BigCat I, Front Office Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for your incredibly kind words, it is greatly appreciated on Behalf of the Animals! We're so glad that you think our facility is as wonderful as we think it is. We can't wait for you to visit again!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great place for a family visit when in the area. Visiting from Michigan and we couldn't of had a better time. This place is doing great work and keeping the dreams of families and children that look forward to seeing animals well taken care...More

3  Thank tspanos
BigCat I, Front Office Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for the amazing 5 star review! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit here at the Big Cat Habitat. We not only love our animals but bring them in as part of our family. We guarantee them love and respect and a home...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I had been visiting relatives in the area, and taking a mid-day break from my landscape photography sessions (portfolio stuff) and we decided to come here. My cousin & his wife had lived near Sarasota 15 years, and also had never visited. My job is...More

1  Thank Thomas S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Big cat habitat is a great place to visit. Very informative. Great education for kids as well as adults

3  Thank Carolann H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Adults $18, Children $8. Felt it was well worth it to get up close to the lions, tigers, bears, camels, monkeys, etc. Take a break from the beach! Even had some goats and tortoises, birds, zebra, and more. And you're supporting a large animal rescue...More

3  Thank Viaggiante
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When you've had enough of the beach come here for an authentic Sarasota experience. Family owned and lovingly run with the help of volunteers. I've never been this close to a big cat before. You can see a lot of great exhibits and a live...More

2  Thank Lpkf
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the admission is a little high for such a small place, but it does have lots of great animals, especially cats; also liked the bears and the lemurs

1  Thank millou5171
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Mary Ann L
May 26, 2017|
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Response from Shawn B | Reviewed this property |
Adult tickets are $18 & child $8.
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Nicaragua_12
April 24, 2017|
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Response from Phil G | Reviewed this property |
After the show they offer to take a professional picture with one of the big cats.
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Jerry B
April 16, 2017|
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Response from Deby B |
Please email info@bigcathabitat for more information. Tiger and bear feeding is offered every day that we are open to the public. Weds - Sunday 12-4. We do offer private tours. In your email please include what kind of... More
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