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Bear Creek Feline Center

#2 of 44 things to do in Panama City Features Animals
8822 Tracy Way, Panama City, FL 32404-5682
+1 850-722-9927
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What a delight to experience these majestic animals up close. Birdie & Jim are awesome hosts and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Palm Coast, Florida
Absolutely amazing

I don't think I can ever say enough good things about this place. It was absolutely amazing... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Bear Creek Feline Center (BCFC) is home to Florida wildcats and exotic felines located in Panama City, FL. BCFC's mission is one of conservation breeding of selected species, feline rescue/re-homing and public education designed to illuminate the plight of threatened and endangered felines. Much has happened since April 1, 2000, when BCFC was established under the giant oak trees here in the Bear Creek Community. We have logged thousands of hours to obtain five licenses and we now make permanent homes to exotic species of felines including the 3 native species of Florida. We work with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, the USDA and the Feline Conservation Federation to preserve and "Protect Florida's Wildlife Treasures". "When was the last time you touched a bobcat or an African Serval?" Tours are by Appointment only. BCFC invites you to an up close and personal visit with our Florida Panthers, North American Bobcats, African Servals, South American Geoffroy's Cats, Jaguarundis and Siberian Lynx. Cameras are encouraged. There are no additional charges for great photo opportunities. You'll see extremely rare felines, not normally seen in captivity. The FFWCC and the USDA permit some hands-on contact. Small children must be CLOSELY supervised at all times. Tours are scheduled BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes for your comfort and safety. A $50 donation per adult is customary ($25 for children under the age of 18). These donations are 100% earmarked for the care and feeding of the big cats. Special tour rates for photo ops, families and student groups upon request. BCFC offers internships whereby selected individuals may gain experience preparatory for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission's licensing process. You may contact us by email for application and interview. You can check our website for an overview of what you can be doing and learning!
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8822 Tracy Way, Panama City, FL 32404-5682
+1 850-722-9927
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Reviewed 3 days ago

What a delight to experience these majestic animals up close. Birdie & Jim are awesome hosts and obviously love the cats under their care. The cats are well cared for and they show it. The volunteer called "the whisperer" does a great job! I recommend...More

Thank CarmenH1583
Reviewed 1 week ago

I don't think I can ever say enough good things about this place. It was absolutely amazing. Bertie, Jim and Bobby really went out of their way to make sure we had a great tour. Bertie went out of her way to make sure my...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Birdie & Jim were great hosts and made all in our group feel welcome. Our 15 year old son said it was the best thing we did while in PCB. It was an excursion that left us all feeling good about how we spent our...More

Thank Mike M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very knowledgeable care takers! Had a lot of fun! Wife loves cats and loved bear creek! It took about 2-3 hours to complete. The staff is super friendly, brings you into there home, and cares about the experience, not rushing you and letting you take...More

Thank DeanSarahClark
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bear Creek is a super place to visit! Bertie and Jim are super friendly and love what they do and you can tell from their interaction with the cats that they are truly cat people. The opportunity to interact with some of the smaller large...More

1  Thank Carrie S
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

My awesome Mother's Day Surprise at Bear Creek Feline Center!!! 🐾🐾🐾 This place is amazing, and everyone there really cares for the animals.Birdie and Jim and volunteers are all obviously passionate about these animals. Our Volunteer guide Bobby was knowledgeable and shared "Athena" his African...More

Thank Vickie W
Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

Dont put a time limit on yourself and enjoy it! One of the most awesomest tours ever to take even with young children with high functioning asburgers! All the people there were Great! Thanks for a great time! Will do it again the next time...More

Thank Danyella M
Reviewed 8 May 2017

The visit to the Center was very special. Jim, Bertie (who was retiring from teaching) and Bobby gave us an excellent tour complete with feeding the cats treats. The article in NatGeo (Feb, 2017) was a true achievement recognition in their Center and care for...More

Thank WestendPCB
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Bear Creek Feline Center is an amazing experience that you shouldn't pass up! The volunteers are extremely friendly and a pleasure to talk to. The tour is very private and you get a lot of time with most of the cats! The volunteers are incredibly...More

1  Thank BrandonPozil
Reviewed 30 April 2017

Bear Creek is an awesome place to visit! The volunteers are super friendly and love what they do and being a non-profit, its amazing what Bertie and Jim have done for these cats. The tours are small and you really learn a lot about the...More

Thank Eatandfish
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
What types of cats do they have?
10 April 2017|
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Response from Jim B | Property representative |
21 cats....5 species plus one hybrid. Cougars (including Florida Panthers), Servals, Bobcats, Siberian Lynx, Jaguarundis and a Serval/Bengal outcross.
Caroline T
Do you have any openings next week? We will be there this Sunday through next Thursday.
10 February 2017|
Response from Jim B | Property representative |
Yes....please call us for appointment. 850 722-9927. Next tour is Sunday at 10:00. Jim Broaddus
Is the $50 admission fee required?
26 April 2016|
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Response from Daniel S | Reviewed this property |
The $50 fee for adults is not "required" but please keep in mind that this facility is completely run by volunteers and they are a 501 c 3 charitable organization. All of the money they collect goes directly to the purchase... More