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Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary

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Address: 1860 Starratt Road, Jacksonville, FL 32226
Phone Number:
19047573603
Today
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Wed 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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, and last admittance is 45 minutes before closing, so please check our website for the most up-to-date information.

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Highlight of Jax Trip…Wildly Amazing!

My husband and I came for the evening feeding. We were shown a short video, then given a tour prior to the feeding, introducing us to each animal and telling us how each animal... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The animals are amazing. The staff at the Catty Shack is very knowledgeable about each animal and their history. Each tour is a guided tour with enough time to see each animal. When I went with my family we were amazed to actually hear a lion roar. These large cats aren't like the sickly, sleepy ones you see at the... More 

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Thank Juliet B
New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband and I came for the evening feeding. We were shown a short video, then given a tour prior to the feeding, introducing us to each animal and telling us how each animal came to their facility. This is an amazing place with amazing people taking care of them. Catty Shack is big cat sanctuary (they have non-feline residence... More 

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Thank LMHNewJersey
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

How cool is this Sanctuary and the folks that run it. I am a resident and just stumbled across this beautiful place (thanks to Trip Advisor) and WOW - I fell in love. I am actually thinking to volunteer here. What a great experience. A must see for young and old. They have a golf cart if you would prefer... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a fantastic place. Well run, informative, comfortable, and a pleasure to visit. Great way to spend an evening.

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Thank Kathy L
Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great venue to visit. I think we underestimate the wonderful relationship that humans can make with even the most feared predators of the wild. This is a sanctuary. Many species of great cats are threatened due to habitat destruction. You will be able to learn and admire them up close at Catty Shack Ranch.

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Thank Linda S
Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We came for the nighttime feeding. While it was crowded and had a lot of children, it was so much fun. They give guided tours of all of the animals before they feed them. When they are preparing the food is the best part because the lions and tigers start to growl and roar. Definitely worth checking out, and it's... More 

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Thank Emily C
Ocala, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This special area is open only just to view feeding two nights a week. This is not a Zoo type area but a very specialized place for the large felines to live out their lives. The feeding is exciting and very safe to see with small children. These are still wild cats, but all were born in captivity. I highly... More 

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Thank Joesph and Mart... B
St. Johns, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were surprised at this wildlife preserve and the stories told by the guides. The kids were amazed and mesmirised by the variety of animals and their habitats. The guides provided an up close tale of how the various cats arrived and how they lived in the wild. The guides were very knowledgeable and were patient in answering all the... More 

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Thank dgstefan
Worcester, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We live in Massachusetts. We have visited the ranch on our last two visits to Florida. We absolutely love this place. The true dedication and love for the animals is felt from every volunteer who works there! We feel so strongly about the important work that happens there that we adopted Spiderman after our last visit! The tour and feeding... More 

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Thank Melissa R
Kurt L, Adoption Coordinator at Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting, and it was a pleasure to speak with you while you were here. As soon as the adoption information gets forwarded to me, I'll send it on its way to you. And I'll be sure to tell Spiderman he is getting adopted from Massachusetts. I'm sure he'll love that - not as much as... More 

Rochester, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My son loves animals and we have visited lots of zoos and aquariums and many other kind of places related to animals. I would rate Catty Shack @ the bottom of our list. Nothing unique or special about this place. Don't know why it's rated so high. I would go to JAX Zoo instead.

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