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“See a show and feed the big cats”

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary
Ranked #13 of 150 things to do in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed December 29, 2012

The show is wonderful and they sell little bits of meat to put on a stick and feed the big cats inside the cage which is quite an experience to do.You will want to devote a couple of hours here. Just love the place.

Thank Linda H
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

For a mere $15.00 you can see the most beautiful & happy big cats you have ever seen! The Rosaire Family has single-handedly built a fantastic big cat & other exotic animal resort easy driving distance from the center of Sarasota. Not only can you feed a huge brown bear, rescued from a circus, but also there is a wonderful petting zoo & a terrific one-ring show with a liger (cross between lion & tiger - no KIDDING), 2 beautiful white tigers & an amazing lion named Handsome. Run do not walk to this fantastic attraction & enjoy what the Rosaire's have put together from their love for animals over 10 generations!!!

Thank jlkthetraveler
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

An amazing experience for any animal lover! We had a great day today at the Big Cat Habitat. We are on vacation in Sarasota for the holidays and this was our second time visiting this place (we went for the first time last year). Once again, we were not disappointed! Tigers, lions, bears, ligers (yes, ligers!!) , and many more, will make your day. There's a show in the afternoon and then you can spend the rest of your time admiring these beautiful creatures. There's also a little petting zoo, for small and big kids alike :) But we could have spent hours just watching the big felines, they are just something else.

The place was packed today and you could see the owners and volunteers were genuinely grateful. Keep in mind this place is a rescue organization. It lives off donations and days like today. And trust me, the family who owns this place are not in it for the money : they are truly dedicated people who are giving their lives to these rescued animals. You can only admire that.

So a great day, for a great cause, all in all an amazing experience! We'll be back next year!

1  Thank fanne4
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

Our visit to the Big Cat Habitat exceeded our expectations and was really fun for the whole family on a sunny winter afternoon. The highlight is the hourlong show. First is Chance the chimp and his trainer (and surrogate mother) from the Rosaire family. Then the big cats show their stuff, led by Clayton, their trainer. They are magnificent to see even before they show off their skills, sleek and well fed. Clayton, son of Kay Rosaire, says he grew up with them and it certainly shows.
Before the show, we enjoyed seeing the bears, monkeys, and other animals in their caged habitats, often with pools and other play equipment to keep them interested in life. (since many live 3 times as long in a refuge as they normally do in the wild). Some of the miniature goats and the emus can be fed by visitors up close and personal, and volunteers are around to make sure all goes well. The theme of animal welfare is expressed well by what the Rosaire family and their many volunteers say and do.

1  Thank beachqueen2225
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Reviewed December 12, 2012

My wife and I are cat lovers and had previously been very dubious about animals held in captivity. Our visit to the Big Cat Habitat has totally changed our views. All the big cats etc have been rescued from predominantly private ownership but I have never seen a "zoo" like this before.
The care and affection lavished on the animals is immediately evident, they are immaculately clean and well nourished and tended by loving, caring volunteer staff. Never before have I been so close to such majestic animals and the whole visit was an uplifting experience where animal welfare is clearly the priority.

3  Thank Boris11
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