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Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary

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Address: 1860 Starratt Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32226-1760
Phone Number: 19047573603
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Thu 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) non-profit...

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 captivity. We do not breed, sell, or trade any of our animals. Our current residents include tigers, lions, cougars, leopards, bobcats, foxes, and coatimundis (the last two are "honorary cats"). We are only open on select days, so please check our website for the most up-to-date information. In October our haunted forest returns! Come out to see scary scenes and our haunted trail, with crafts and games up front for kids. The haunted forest takes place on October 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 28, and 29. Please check the website for times. Note: Our usual Friday and Saturday night feeding events will NOT take place during Haunted Forest weekends.

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Got to site later in day and caught last tour. Guide knew all the cats foibles and gave and informative tours. Well worth the side trip into the weeds. Ranch definitely a worthy... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Marlene S
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East Hartford, Connecticut
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East Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Got to site later in day and caught last tour. Guide knew all the cats foibles and gave and informative tours. Well worth the side trip into the weeds. Ranch definitely a worthy cause and a good way to show youngsters about large cats.

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Neptune Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Located in the middle of a Jacksonville neighborhood, this is a hiddn gem. The staff display a bountiful sense of caring for not only the animals but their habitats as well. We went their for one of their special weekend events and had a funfilled experience.it is obvious the staff ar hardworking, excited about being here and knowledgeable. We will... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great time at Catty Shack. We were fortunate enough to see a night feeding. The grumbles and growls were amazing to hear up close and personal. The volunteers really seem knowledgable and they truly care about the animals. Recommended$

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Really neat to see all the tigers and lions. We went at night though and all the bugs were out and I was in flipflops and my feet were eaten up by bugs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Can not wait to go back in October for all the Halloween fun. The staff and volunteers really do care and love each of the big cats. My son really loved the white tigers the most.

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Statesboro, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an all volunteer non-profit organization that currently takes care of tigers, lions, cougars, leopards, bobcats, foxes and coatimundis. We went on a Daytime tour. You start the tour with a short video about the facility and then you follow your tour guide around the facility and learn about each of the residents. If you take a daytime tour,... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They have a wide variety of cats. This is a nice place for kids to visit. They have tigers, leopards, big cats, and small cats.

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There's not much else to say except this place impressed everyone in our group. We went for one of the night time feedings, and I went in with high hopes, and was completely blown away. It was impressive to watch the tigers eat, interact, protect their own food, etc. Watching the two massive lions receive their food was extremely cool... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a small place that takes in/rescues big cats ( tigers, lions, panthers, vouchers, ect. ) My husband and I went on a Friday night "date night" for the nighttime feeding, and it was a fun and very different experience! Walking the paths in the dark with the cats in their enclosures along the path, hearing the different sounds... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went during feeding time in the evening and was well worth the entrance fee. The staff was all volunteer and well informed. The facilities were pretty basic almost spartan but I'm sure lots better than prior conditions. It was awesome to see the animals up close. Most of the big cats were tigers and some were kept in small... More 

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