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Review of Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary

Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary
Ranked #1 of 153 things to do in Jacksonville
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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“Support Catty Shack Ranch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

They love their Cats and so do we... Thank you for saving and loving our wild cats. Catty Shack Ranch has an ton of cat from around the world.
Needs funding - Go and give! <3 V

Visited April 2012
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“Great Organization - Up close and personal with BIG CATS”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Our family of 5 (kids ages 13, 12 and 7) visited the Catty Shack Ranch on December 29, 2012 while on vacation in Jacksonville. We always look for something new and out of the ordinary to do while visiting Jax. It was a very chilly evening, approximately 45 degrees, when we visited. Heaters were set up in the covered waiting area. After about 20 minutes our tour began.

The kids were able to see Tigers, Lions, Leopards, Cougars and even Arctic Foxes. The volunteer guide was very knowledgeable and provided lots of information on where the Cats came from (mostly former private pets or retired "actors"). But the most amazing part of the tour was when the Big Cats were fed. The kids (and the adults) loved hearing the lions roar in anticipation of the food.

Catty Shack Ranch is a must see for families visiting the Jacksonville Area.

Visited December 2012
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jennadelane, Volunteer at Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this review, January 16, 2013
Thanks for coming out on such a cold night! We're glad you enjoyed the night feeding and tour. Our animals come from a variety of situations and places, including government confiscations and from private zoos, but none have been in the entertainment industry (so sorry for the confusion!). Thanks again for coming out and also for the review!
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Jacksonville, Florida
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“Highly Recommended”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

I'm a Jax native and only recently heard of the sanctuary. I went with my kids (ages 19-26) in December for a night feeding and everyone enjoyed it. Went back with my wife tonight for another feeding and she thoroughly enjoyed it. Tour is given by knowledgeable and friendly volunteer staff (thanks Jenn). The tour was about 45 minutes and the feeding took another 40 minutes. I've only been there in December and January which is a plus - no problem with mosquitoes. Also, night feeding is the way to go. The animals are nocturnal (and expecting food) so they're all very active. The place is well lit so you can see, photograph, and feel the power of these strikingly beautiful big cats. Knowing that 100% of the admission ($15 for feeding) goes to the benefit of the animals will keep me going back. If you love big cats, especially tigers, then this is a must see. It's a truly unique experience. Bathrooms are port-o-lets so if that's an issue, stop somewhere at the shopping area by I-95.

Visited January 2013
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Sterling, Virginia
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“Great Time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

This place was great. An all volunteer force giving tours and feeding the animals here is great. You can really tell how much they love this place and they make it contagious for you. Go here at night and watch them feed the animals, it was amazing!

They charge $15 to get in, but it all goes to help feed the animals and keep the place going. Seeing as they go through about 500lbs of meat a day they need all the help they can get.

Visited January 2013
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Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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“A must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

I have been to Catty Shack Ranch 3 times now and I daughter loves it! Last night was my first night feeding and I would go every day if I could. I staff was amazing, always taking time to answer all questions and the Cats are out of this world!

Visited January 2013
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