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“Fun day trip!”

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary
Ranked #7 of 141 things to do in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 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: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Bradenton, Florida
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30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fun day trip!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013

The Big Cat Habitat is a great way to spend the day with your family. You can feed giant bears, loins and tigers too! Oh and they have Ligers!!! My kids enjoy the little petting zoo where you can mingle with goats. They even have a neat little daily show. For the small price of admission its well worth it.

Visited July 2013
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great way to help rescue animals”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

The show in the arena was very fun! The cats & bears are HUGE! The goats & emu are adorable! This is a true animal welfare habitat. The cages were very clean & the animals really looked well cared for.

Visited July 2013
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Sarasota, Florida, United States
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A fun way to spend your day!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

The Big Cat Habitat is a really fun way to spend your day - take the kids, bring the inlaws, make a day of it! The cages are clean, the staff is knowledgeable and friendly, and you leave knowing all of the animals are cared for in the very best way possible. This place is a gem!

Visited May 2013
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Thank Diane D
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Sarasota, Florida
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74 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Did not enjoy”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2013 via mobile

I did not enjoy this place at all. The animals like bears live in self build and unprofessional cages. I do not think the animals are happy in this place either. I strongly think somebody here takes the cash but does not invest in the animals! A money making machine. It looks like people pay for everything 20$ these days without even thinking if it is worth it. 50$ for a family of 3 for this habitat! No! We had some bad luck also: thunder was coming up and it rained like crazy. It took them a while to arrange to get us inside of a building. It would not stop to rain but there was no offer whatsoever of getting tickets for another day! how unprofessional! we all had to just go home! Everything looked dirty and not well taken care off. The woman who took the cash on the other hand was wearing an unbelievable amount of gold and jewelry. I wonder if this is where the money goes!

Visited July 2012
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Palmetto, Florida, United States
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3 reviews
“Brings out the Kitty lover in you”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2013

Big Cat Habitat and more.....
We had a great time!
Wonderful day and show!
Thank- you
Bears, Birds, Lions Tigers and much much more!
Must do!
Will be back!

Visited May 2013
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Thank Wendy M
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