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Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary
Ranked #1 of 166 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, so please check our website for the most up-to-date information.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“I Definitely Recommend It”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2013 via mobile

The animals are very well cared for, and the staff is extremely friendly and knowledgable. I went to the night feeding and it was amazing at how up close and personal the interactions with the animals.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2013

This place was awesome. You were able to get so close to the animals and it was wonderful to hear all of their stories. What they're doing at the Catty Shack Ranch is so great for wildlife. I took my boyfriend here for his birthday because he's studying wildlife at UF and we couldn't have had a better night. The price is totally worth what you get - it's $15 a person and you get to see and learn so much about the animals. The feeding was pretty cool, we stood right next to where the big lion was being fed and he definitely put on a show.

We will definitely be going back again!

Visited February 2013
3 Thank bbassler09
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“I only wish they had an annual pass...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2013

There's a reason this place is number 1 in Jacksonville. It's amazing. I never get tired of hearing the stories of the animals that these folks rescued, or of seeing how well they are doing. These are some happy cats (and other misc. creatures). A great time for the family, for sure. Make sure to catch one of the feedings!

Visited December 2012
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jennadelane, Volunteer at Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this review, February 8, 2013
Wish granted (kind of)!! We are about to start offering a pre-paid card that is good for either 12 visits at $135 or 6 visits at $70, thats a $45 and $20 savings respectively! Stay tuned to our website for more details about this card!

Also, thanks so much for visiting, we're so glad you enjoyed your time with us!
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Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

2 Thank Christine B
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“Best excursion in JAX!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited January 2013
3 Thank HCL2015
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