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Bear Creek Feline Center

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8822 Tracy Way, Panama City, FL 32404-5682
+1 850-722-9927
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Beautiful creatures!

These big and beautiful cats are amazing to be able to see up close. The personal care and safety... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Beth Ann S
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Panama City, Florida
Absolutely Incredible Experience

This was one of the best vacation experiences I have ever had. The hosts (Jim and Bertie) as well... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Maurice H
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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8822 Tracy Way, Panama City, FL 32404-5682
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Reviewed 3 days ago

These big and beautiful cats are amazing to be able to see up close. The personal care and safety for them is so much to be admired. And the attentiveness of the hosts and their volunteers were very much appreciated. For those traveling to the...More

Thank Beth Ann S
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Jim B, Owner at Bear Creek Feline Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for such a glowing review. We really appreciate it! We work very hard to keep the cats healthy,happy,and safe while giving our guests the best tour possible. We look forward to seeing you again!

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Reviewed 4 days ago

This was one of the best vacation experiences I have ever had. The hosts (Jim and Bertie) as well as their volunteer team were amazing. This was not your standard tourist adventure, it was an up close and personal experience with the Cats, and and...More

Thank Maurice H
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Jim B, Owner at Bear Creek Feline Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for such an amazing review! We strive very hard to find the right balance of what is good for the cats and will educate and delight our guests. We are very pleased that you had such a good time! Hope to see you...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Great experience. It was really cool to see such a great selection of animals in one place. We got to go into one of the feline’s cage and pet it. The best part was when the cat walked up to my wife, sniffed her face...More

Thank erikbyhardt
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Jim B, Owner at Bear Creek Feline Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We are really happy both you and your wife enjoyed it so much. Those kitty kisses are priceless! Hope to see you again someday soon.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We got the opportunity to take a tour. Everyone was so welcoming! They are very knowledgeable and patient. If you are ever in Panama City, we highly recommend you check them out!

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Jim B, Owner at Bear Creek Feline Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

thank you for coming look forward to seeing you soon.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful visit! The hosts were welcoming and extremely knowledgeable. Their love and care of the cats was evident in every aspect of the tour. It was truly unique to be up close and personal with the cats. I highly recommend for animal lovers!

Thank katlintimme
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Jim B, Manager at Bear Creek Feline Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you please come again to visit us The Cats @ BCFC

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Had an amazing time! My sister and I got to feed some of the cats as well as getting to play with them! As a cat lover, this was such a special treat! We learned so much from the gang out there! Defiantly going again...More

Thank Lauren K
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Jim B, Manager at Bear Creek Feline Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

thank you for coming to see us The Cats @ Bear Creek Feline Center

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took a private tour with 3 and 7 years old kids and it was amazing experience. We had an opportunity to pet some animals, feed and learn about them. Great people too.

Thank Lirika10
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Jim B, Manager at Bear Creek Feline Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for coming to see us. The Cats @ Bear Creek Feline Center

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was one of the most amazing experiences of my life thus far. We got to pet and head-butt servals; pet, feed, and high-five a mountain lion; and see a jaquarundi, bobcats, and a lynx. I was extremely impressed with our guides, and the care...More

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Jim B, Owner at Bear Creek Feline Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for such an amazing review! We try very hard to educate the public while giving them an enjoyable and memorable experience while maintaining the dignity and comfort of the cats. We are very pleased you enjoyed yourself so much and look forward to...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This tour far exceeded my expectations. I got to feed and pet several big cats. They have different species. I learned so much and what an adrenaline rush! Some day when I'm in an old folks home, this will be one of the things I...More

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Jim B, Owner at Bear Creek Feline Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for such an amazing review! We were glad to have you and that you enjoyed it. We hope to see you again in the future.

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Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

Had a great time at the cattery! Really unique experience and got some neat pictures! Highly recommend!

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Jim B, General Manager at Bear Creek Feline Center, responded to this reviewResponded 13 May 2018

Thank you hope to see you again.

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Hi. We have a tour scheduled for Aug 26th @ 8:30 Central time. I have room on this tour. We do 2 tours a week. Either Tuesday or Thursday and then Either Saturday or Sunday. 12 people on a tour. You will need long pants... More
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Hi. We have a tour scheduled for Aug 26th @ 8:30 Central time. I have room on this tour. We do 2 tours a week. Either Tuesday or Thursday and then Either Saturday or Sunday. 12 people on a tour. You will need long pants... More
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