Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary

Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, Jacksonville: Hours, Address, Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary Reviews: 5/5

Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary

Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary
5
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Monday
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Friday
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
About
Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to provide a safe, loving, forever home for endangered big cats, and to educate the public about their plight in the wild and in captivity. We do not breed, sell, or trade any of our animals. Our current residents include tigers, lions, leopards, pumas, servals, bobcats, foxes, and coatimundis. Check our website for the most accurate information; generally, we are open every day in the afternoon with admittance between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. You can also watch our Facebook Live tours on Tuesday and Thursday at 4:00 PM, and watch our Facebook Live night feeding fundraisers on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 PM.
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amerameramer
chicago, Il3 contributions
Don’t miss
Oct 2021 • Solo
The animals were incredibly close. Within 10 feet. The affection between the animals and the staff was amazing.
Written October 2, 2021
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Paul H
Ocala10 contributions
Interesting night.
Sep 2021
We went for the night time feeding which incorporates a free t-shirt and drink. If you like to ogle big cats what is there not to like? Beautiful animals just don't get in the way of them and their food, lol. Volunteers there love the animals and all seemed helpful.
Written September 21, 2021
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B C
London, OH29 contributions
Night feeding is awesome
Sep 2021 • Family
Super nice place with a great mission. Went there for the night feeding and we all enjoyed it. Admission includes a t-shirt, sno cone, bug spray and sunscreen. All the employees were very nice and knowledgeable. All the animals looked well cared for and were active. The bad reviews must be from radical animal rights activists because the enclosures looked big enough and nice enough to me.
Written September 17, 2021
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Scott
Cypress, CA85 contributions
Had a great time there
Jul 2021
This is a great experience. My first choice was the night feeding event, but my schedule just didn't work out. I am glad I still went during their daily hour. Volunteers are friendly and can answer any questions you asked them. Saw many beautiful big cats, including tigers, lions, foxes, bob cat, and more. Although some animals were resting, I think I saw animals more active here than in a zoo.

Highly recommend.
Written July 28, 2021
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Philip O
6 contributions
Worth the visit
Jun 2021
This place is an amazing opportunity to see big cats up close. They rescue the animals from places that cannot take care of them. The money spent here goes to taking care of the animals.
Written July 2, 2021
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l landis
2 contributions
Better than the zoo to see Big Cats
Jun 2021
Actually enjoyed this more than the zoo. Wish there was more to see but glad there is not as these are rescued animals. Staff are extremely knowledgeable and friendly.
Written June 14, 2021
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SH
Tampa, FL133 contributions
Wild is preferred, but a good rescue overall
May 2021
A friend and I visited the sanctuary during a recent trip to Jacksonville. We both enjoyed being able to see the big cats up close. For only $12 per person, it's a great value - I also bought a t-shirt for $20 to help contribute. My friend, however, was really bothered by the enclosures and felt they were small for such big animals. While I definitely agree that in the wild is ideal, until the ownership of exotic animals is outlawed, we will unfortunately need sanctuaries to rescue the animals when the "owners" realize they are in over their heads. I was happy to see that the sanctuary is expanding to provide more space for the cats (and bear!). One negative that dropped a star for me was the employee who deliberately went around and tried to wake up the sleeping cats in response to some ignorant visitors' complaints that the animals weren't active enough for them. I would have preferred the employee remind the visitors that the cats aren't there to perform for them.
Written June 4, 2021
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Andrea C
5 contributions
The happiest place to big cats
May 2021 • Family
This place is magical! You can see the love of this people for the animals, and viceversa. The lions and tigers are happy and not stressed at all. I definitely recommend to visit them!
Written May 29, 2021
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whitneyncooper
Middleburg, FL67 contributions
Good Way to Spend an Afternoon
Apr 2021
Very educational. There is a good variety of animals to see: lions, tigers, bears, bobcats, foxes, and more. Admission price was very fair. I thought the enclosures a bit small for the animals, but they seemed to be under construction when we visited. There were also COVID protections in place, so a lot of it took place in a social distanced setting. Didn't need to spend as much time there as I expected, but it's a great way to spend an hour or two. They do great work, so I'm glad they seem to be looking to expand.
Written May 24, 2021
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Nikki L
3 contributions
Heaven!!!!!!!! 😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻
May 2021 • Friends
Greatest place in the whole world! Absolutely loved it. I love all the big cats and the little one at the front desk. The security guard who was giving out suntan lotion and bug spray ( sorry , he didn't tell me his name) oh my stars. And they have bears now too, lions tigers annndd bears 🐻 🥰👏 I love this place and you will too.
Written May 21, 2021
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