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“Up close and personal.”

Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary
Ranked #1 of 183 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 9, 2013

Get up close and personal with the beautiful cats as you tour this amazing attraction. The night feeding is an extraordinary experience.

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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.

Thank Kevin M
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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!

3  Thank bbassler09
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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!

2  Thank SquirrelyTraveler
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jennadelane, Volunteer at Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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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