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Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary
Ranked #1 of 176 things to do in Jacksonville
Certificate of Excellence
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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, and last admittance is 45 minutes before closing. Our annual Haunted Forest is happening again! There are no public feedings during haunted forest, but night feedings will occur each Wednesday. Refer to the Events section of our website for more information. Dates and times for the haunted forest are: Friday, October 13: 6-10 PM Saturday, October 14: 6-10 PM Friday, October 20: 6-10 PM Saturday, October 21: 6-10 PM Sunday, October 22: 1-6 PM Friday, October 27: 6-10 PM Saturday, October 28: 6-10 PM Last admittance 30 minutes before closing.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed February 3, 2013 via mobile

I went to the night time feeding all the cats were up and our healthy. They were very active. They were playful close to the fence you could see them. The tour guy was very good had all the abases to any. ? That were asked. The owner son was there and was playing with King Fred the main lion. You can see that all the animals. Are taken care tlc. Feeding time was great you heard them roar! We will be back for day time tour. It something you need to see young or old.

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Reviewed February 2, 2013

We have lived in Jacksonville for 6 months and have been really disappointed with the lack of fun, meaningful things to do in this city. Needless to say, we found out about Catty Shack and jumped on the occasion to check it out. We absolutely loved it and would definitely go again. I think the fall and spring are the best times to visit only because I would imagine that the cats are tired and sleeping in the hot humid summer. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a light jacket if you go in Dec/Feb. The only bathroom facilities that I noticed are the porta-potties so don't drink a lot prior to going.

The money you spend to get in goes towards protecting the animals (it is entirely volunteer based) so you feel like you are doing your part in helping. Highly recommend this place for people of all ages, totally worth the drive! Oh and if you bring your kids, don't let them scream and run around, it's rude and distracting to others, plus it irritates the cats.

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Reviewed February 1, 2013

We took our 3 boys and 2 of their friends tonight for my son's 10th birthday. We had a great time watching the staff interact with the animals. They are clearly well cared for and loved. I'll be spreading the word about Catty Shack since the entire admission goes to the care of the animals.I wish we could come next week to see the 7 week old cubs make their debut!

3  Thank Michele N
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

This was an awesome spot to see lions and tigers closer than I ever had before. Kids ages 13, 11, and 3 all thought it was cool too! It was plain to see that all the volunteer workers there really cared about and had fun with what they do. I was apprehensive when I got there, this place has no paved lot and looked like a traveling circus in the middle of a residential area. Would have also liked to have had a good presaged photo op (maybe with a real tiger?) as it does already seem like a touristy thing to do... Like St Augustine's Alligator Farm.

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jennadelane, Volunteer at Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded February 8, 2013

We're so glad that you came out and that everyone enjoyed their visit! It is actually illegal for the public to have contact with the animals, so photo opportunities of that type are not available. It is also not in their (or your!) best interests to offer them. We want a safe and secure environment for our animals and for the public! We do welcome photos though if anyone wants to take them during their tour! Thanks so much again for visiting! We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed January 31, 2013

The volunteers do a great job with these big beauties!! We enjoyed every moment, and would ask that anyone interested in helping out, please do. Money goes a long way in, and you can see that it is going to a good cause. Great to see the night feeding, so try to plan for that as well.

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