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Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary

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7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240-9407
+1 941-371-6377
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Awesome & Inspiring

The love and dedication of the staff is amazing, the animals are so well cared for and obviously... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
dohligee
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Orlando, Florida
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So nice to see the love and care given to the animals in their care. Big cats and bears are well... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
richardP2892TB
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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 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.
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  • Very good20%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“petting zoo” (100 reviews)
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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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Reviewed 3 days ago

The love and dedication of the staff is amazing, the animals are so well cared for and obviously loved. All the animals were born in captivity so could not survive in the wild. These wonderful people give them a loving forever home, in as natural...More

1  Thank dohligee
Reviewed 1 week ago

So nice to see the love and care given to the animals in their care. Big cats and bears are well cared for and the visitors can get fairly close to the animals-unlike most Zoos. Kids and adults love the animal shows. Great place to...More

3  Thank richardP2892TB
BigCat I, Public Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your kind words and support, caring for the animals is our number one priority and it means a lot when we can share our love for the animals with our guests! We hope to see you back soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago

I had mixed feelings while visiting as any time I see wild animals in cages, I find it hard. That said, this family is saving animals that were not destined to return to the wild and would otherwise likely have been euthanized. The animals appear...More

3  Thank ChicagoTER
BigCat I, Public Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your kind words and support, caring for the animals is our number one priority and it means a lot when we can share our love for the animals with our guests! We hope to see you back soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Keeping in mind this is a family-run. Habitat and rescue... and not expecting a glitzy typical tourist attraction, all of us completely enjoyed our afternoon. I regret that I can't remember his name but the most entertaining gentleman, who is a family member, the lion...More

3  Thank Katya m
BigCat I, Public Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your kind words and support, caring for the animals is our number one priority and it means a lot when we can share our love for the animals with our guests! We hope to see you back soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago

The place should be closed. Most animals are sitting in the concrete areas with wire fences around; no grass, no trees, no running water. It is a disgrace!

Thank Jolanta F
BigCat I, Public Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your concern for the animals, no need to worry though, we have special water systems for each animal in each enclosure and all animals enjoy hours of play time in their backyard.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Big Cat Habitat and Sanctuary does wonderful work to save these animals. The petting zoo was fun for the children. It is small and not much to do for more than an hour or so.

Thank Randee G
BigCat I, Public Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your kind words and support, caring for the animals is our number one priority and it means a lot when we can share our love for the animals with our guests! We hope to see you back soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you even have a mild interest in big cats, this pl;ace will transform you into an afficiado! There is plenty to see - lions and tigers and bears! Entertaining too watching them perform in the ring. I've been around the world including South Africa...More

5  Thank Capt_Vic
BigCat I, Public Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your kind words and support, caring for the animals is our number one priority and it means a lot when we can share our love for the animals with our guests! We hope to see you back soon!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Air conditioned Bird show at 1:00 and large cat show at 2:00. enjoyable. Clean. Large animals. Not overly crowded. Veterans admission free. $18 adults.

3  Thank Barbara C
BigCat I, Public Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your kind words and support, caring for the animals is our number one priority and it means a lot when we can share our love for the animals with our guests! We hope to see you back soon!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow!! Just Wow!! Our cousin had been there and we decided to visit as a cousins reunion. I wasn't excited to go, but ended up loving it. There is a bird show and a big cats show that also has monkeys. The shows were very...More

3  Thank Worldtraveler6191
BigCat I, Public Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your kind words and support, caring for the animals is our number one priority and it means a lot when we can share our love for the animals with our guests! We hope to see you back soon!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was nervous about going to the Big Cat Sanctuary and though we visit Florida several times a year we have never gone. This year we decided to give it a try though I was reluctant. I am in animal rescue, cats specifically, and animals...More

3  Thank Dr_and_MrsPLUStwo
BigCat I, Public Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your kind words and support, caring for the animals is our number one priority and it means a lot when we can share our love for the animals with our guests! We hope to see you back soon!

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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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