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Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary

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Closes in 16 min: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Incredible Place Can't Wait to Return!

This amazing habitat, animal/bird refuge, was an extraordinary experience for both me and my... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Evelyn V
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Stamford, Connecticut
an amazxing site in the middle of Florida

We took our grandson to see the animals and were amazed at the variety of animals they have (I... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ralph M
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Sarasota, 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...more
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7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240-9407
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This amazing habitat, animal/bird refuge, was an extraordinary experience for both me and my husband on our visit to Sarasota last week, major highlight to our trip! The diversity of animals, the wonderful volunteers, a calmness comes over you as you meander down the trails...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Evelyn V
BigCatHabitat I, Guest Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for your kind review! We are so glad you enjoyed your day with us! Please come visit again soon :)

Reviewed 1 week ago

We took our grandson to see the animals and were amazed at the variety of animals they have (I understand that they are all rescued animals from a variety of venues). The cleanliness of the place was amazing, and it was obvious that the numerous...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank Ralph M
BigCatHabitat I, Public Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you! So glad you enjoyed yourselves!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A rescue sanctuary for a variety of large animals, either mistakenly (inexplicably!) taken on as pets, or from circus or zoo surplus. Rescued by this family run facility. From bears, to tigers, ligers and lions, not to mention a chimpanzee. We really enjoyed our three...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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BigCatHabitat I, Guest Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you! So glad you enjoyed your day with us!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well, I would like to put my two cents worth in regarding the big cat habitat. I was delightfully surprised as to what there was to see. The cages were kept immaculate, the animal handlers were loving and I felt like there was affection from...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Carol C
BigCatHabitat I, Guest Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much, Carol! We are so glad you go to see these magnificent animals in person!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This non-profit sanctuary isn’t just for Big Cats. They have lots of exotic birds (there’s a bird show at 1pm daily) that have been rescued. They also have a variety of bears from all over, including some trained by the family when they were involved...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank lindaj998
BigCatHabitat I, Public Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took my son’s family while they were visiting us from Virginia. My granddaughter loved seeing the tiger show and especially Chance!!

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Donna H
BigCatHabitat I, Guest Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you, Donna! So glad you all enjoyed your day!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the second time my family and I have visited the Habitat! My kids and I really enjoy it. There are so many animals, and the staff there is great and takes the time to talk to the kids about the different species. Fun...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When I first visited, it was my first time in a sanctuary for wild life. It was nothing like I expected. It seemed more like a circus to me. It was sad and shocking how small and unkept the cages were. It was supposed to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Frances M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The bears are being kept in way too small cages with a small swimming pool for most of them. Some of them were pacing from point A to B and back - they just don't have anything to do in the cage. Going to the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Reisronddewereld
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We all loved the Big Cat Habitat .Such beautiful lions and Tigers and Bears . “Oh My!” They have awsome habitats to roam about . There are baby goats and monkeys. Birds and Bears. They are very well kept . The show was funny and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Beth B
BigCatHabitat I, Public Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much, Beth! We are so happy you enjoyed your day with us?

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Response from Ralph M | Reviewed this property |
Much of the habitat is level, hard-packed dirt, but there are several paved walkways. I don't recall any stairs that we had to climb.
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