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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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Much better than expected!

We had pretty low expectations before visiting, but wow were we surprised! This is a really... read more

Reviewed March 24, 2017
FloridaBeachbabe
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Florida
Great experience for the family

Found this on TripAdvisor and as soon as I described to my kids, they wanted to go. It didn't... read more

Reviewed March 24, 2017
Nitnylyin1
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Raleigh,NC
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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 good19%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“petting zoo” (108 reviews)
“exotic animals” (54 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 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 March 24, 2017

We had pretty low expectations before visiting, but wow were we surprised! This is a really fantastic place and a great home for so many amazing animals. We learned a lot from the knowledgeable staff who provided information on many of the animals. The big...More

3  Thank FloridaBeachbabe
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Reviewed March 24, 2017 via mobile

Found this on TripAdvisor and as soon as I described to my kids, they wanted to go. It didn't disappoint. Cost of tix is reasonable but to get your money's worth, plan to be there at least 3 hrs. The cat show at 2 was...More

3  Thank Nitnylyin1
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Reviewed March 23, 2017

Have been twice this winter with 2 different grandkids. We've been visiting Sarasota for 15 years and never knew this existed... The kids loved it.

4  Thank WaitesComments
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Reviewed March 22, 2017

This is truly a sanctuary for big cats and even bears. Life shows featuring birds and big cats are included in the admission. You can't even see these animals in the circus these days.

4  Thank tlc248
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Reviewed March 19, 2017

They have allot more than what you may think by doing a drive by. I took my two young grand daughters and they loved it. To do it all you should plan on about 4 hours time. I will be going back to see what...More

4  Thank GTLightning
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Reviewed March 19, 2017 via mobile

We wanted a place to take our 3 yr old, and this place was awesome! This place has really cool animals and different shows. The place was big enough to walk around, and enough things to see for entertainment. Fun place!

5  Thank Cindy F
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Reviewed March 17, 2017 via mobile

Quite interesting However never sure about caging animals in such small unnatural quarters. Therefore, jury still out on this one.

2  Thank ValerieWalters
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Reviewed March 15, 2017 via mobile

This sanctuary is home to many big cats who were born in captivity and are in need of refuge. The family who owns and manages the place, with the help of volunteers, is eager to share their knowledge of and passion for these animals. They...More

4  Thank Karen R
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Reviewed March 15, 2017

I was told about the Big Cat Habitat by a friend who had visited before. It was not a disappointment. We got there just in time for the afternoon Big Cat Show, where we were introduced to Mia the Liger, Handsome the Lion and a...More

2  Thank Jenn B
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Reviewed March 14, 2017

I have no idea where to start, this place is amazing, they are only open Wed-Sun 12-4 and we have could stayed there all day, the animals are so well cared for, and clean, place does not smell, animals are just beautiful, workers are amazing,...More

3  Thank Jodi D
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Debbie S
March 3, 2018|
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Response from BigCatHabitat I | Property representative |
Hello, admission is $18 for adults and $8 children 3-12. The park is wheelchair accessible.
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saramwade
February 20, 2018|
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Response from BigCatHabitat I | Property representative |
We are here 24-7 to provide Forever Homes, with Loving Human Caregivers, for the rest of these Animals' lives! We are a no-kill safe haven for exotic and domestic animals in need. We are committed to providing the best... More
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HaroldPatti
I wrote a true and correct submission to Trip adviser, recently. As noted in the text, were my sources of legal information concerning "Big Cat Habitat". Even though we went to see the Big Cats, we were disappointed. The time was spent on a monkey and some dogs. 1/2 the show was a commentary meant to extract money from a captive audience. Within the sources given, animal rights organizations and years of Government intervention attempts of violations done by Big Cat are a lost cause. My Question to Trip Advisor.....Is it a problem, not to print my submission, under the guise of review? I did my homework and provided the information , so you can do yours. If it is not your policy to tell the truth, then I will only continue to provide nicer things. I am guessing. this will not be printed either.
January 3, 2018|
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Response from BigCatHabitat I | Property representative |
Hello Harold, We're very confident that you didn't write a 'true and correct submission' with 'sources of legal information'. We know this because we have had ZERO USDA violations. Your sources of mis-information were from... More
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