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“A MUST SEE”

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary
Ranked #9 of 147 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, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Had the pleasure of attending a fund raiser for the habitat.A must see show.It is done for the year but they are open Wed-Sun to view animals and feed them.We had the bbest time ever.Please visit and enjoy.Only $3.00 to tour.You will be thrilled to expierence the habitat and lions and tigers and bears and will say OH MY!

Thank RobertaQ766
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

Unbelievable close and personal visit to this amazing place. The big cats are gorgeous. The performance is fun too. You leave with a great feeling that these animals are in a wonderful protective and healthy environment

Thank Nancy R
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

My wife and were in Sarasota for a 2 week holiday and picked up a brochure advertising the sanctuary, and we thought it would be a good place to visit. We arrived one Sunday afternoon and discovered that it was also a fund-raising day and there was a circus performing. We spent the first part of our day looking around the cages of bears, lions, tigers, and other animals, etc.
As some have mentioned in other reviews you do get near the animals, you can pay to feed them, the cages are small, and it is not extensive. However this type of enviroment will always divide opinions as to should animals be confined or not, however if you don't like then don't go or if you feel that strongly then do something about it.
The circus part took me my back to my childhood in the UK, this circus is a throwback for me to circus's of days gone by, but was enjoyable all the same, and it lasted 2 hours or so which meant that we spent the afternoon there which we would not have done if the sanctuary was the only thing on offer.

1  Thank NoggintheNogYork
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

We visited the Habitat during their February extravaganza. It was an amazing afternoon of enjoying these beautiful animals up close and personal. Very educational. We were 4 feet away from lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my! They also had a variety of exotic birds, camels, emu, goats, and an elephant. The habitat has 2 of the vary rare "ligers". You can feed the animals for $1. The event under the Big Tent was enjoyable and educational. It was a great afternoon and they have mini versions of the extravaganza all year long. Supporting the Big cat habitat and visiting helps feed and care for all these animals. It is a great time for couples and families too. Make sure to bring the camera.

Thank southernbelle831
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

The Big Cat Habitat was a highlight of our trip to southwest Florida! We have two toddlers and are members of our local Chicagoland zoo. I appreciate that zoos have adopted a more educational approach and try to make animal habitats lifelike, but if you actually want to SEE the awesome (and plentiful) big cats and bears up close and personal, this is the place to go!! Big Cat Habitat does have the feel of an old-school zoo or maybe even circus, so keep that in mind if you find that offensive. Otherwise, where else can you feed a huge grizzly bear or see some amazingly beautiful animals?

Thank steph325
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