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Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary

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7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240-9407
+1 941-371-6377
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An unexpected Surprise!

If you are visiting in Sarasota, the Big Cat Habitat and Sanctuary is a must! The Rossiers are... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Edie Larry S
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Sarasota, Florida, United States
An AWESOME experience!!

A wide variety of large cats, but lots of other animals too! Our 2 year old son loved hanging out... read more

Reviewed yesterday
tonyafaye3
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Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary provides a sanctuary "for life" for the exotic animals currently calling the sanctuary home. Our goal is to create habitats that mimic native environments and are complete with a staff that can provide daily behavioral, sensory, and manipulative enrichment which is the basis for a happy healthy animal in captivity. As we grow and open our habitat to more rescues we will provide the same excellent care while educating the public.
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“petting zoo” (104 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240-9407
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Reviewed yesterday

If you are visiting in Sarasota, the Big Cat Habitat and Sanctuary is a must! The Rossiers are former circus prop,e who are not saving the lives of animals that would hVe been put down. They thrive here! There is a show after you have...More

Thank Edie Larry S
Reviewed yesterday

A wide variety of large cats, but lots of other animals too! Our 2 year old son loved hanging out with the baby goats, and our 5 year old daughter enjoyed seeing all the different animals. The shows were great - definitely don't miss them!...More

Thank tonyafaye3
Reviewed 2 days ago

As soon as you walk in the gate, there are 3 lions on one side and large brown bears on the other. The animals have beautiful healthy coats and are obviously well cared for. There's a petting zoo with goats and other smaller animals. There...More

1  Thank Ladybugonbusiness
Reviewed 3 days ago

We had a fabulous day at the Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary in Sarasota yesterday. What magnificent creatures in the loving care of the Rosaire family. They really love these animals and that was evident in the quality and cleanliness of the facility....More

1  Thank Cindy B
BigCatHabitat I, Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

So glad your family came out to support the animals and enjoy the day with us. Thank you for visiting and spreading the good word!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here bot knowing much about this place. It has a great variety of animals to view as well as some shows to watch. My kids loved the petting zoo part.

1  Thank H3829EJrichardb
BigCatHabitat I, Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for visiting us and supporting the animals here!

Reviewed 1 week ago

I was very pleased to see that the animals are very well taken care of! The sponsors of this place should get a big shout out for donating their time, food items and money to keep it going! The Big Cat show is a must...More

Thank Arlinda78
BigCatHabitat I, Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for your visit and your kind review, Arlinda. We look forward to your return visit with friends!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We popped along not expecting much and had an amazing afternoon. The kids loved getting so close to the animals and it’s clearly they all very loved and well taken cared of. The feeding the bear experience was great and so was holding the alligator....More

Thank Stacey C
BigCatHabitat I, Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Stacey, your kids are lucky to have you as a mom! Thanks for bringing them out to enjoy the animals with family. We really appreciate your support and your kind review.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very cool place and worth the money! Very clean and well kept. Lions, tigers, bears, monkeys, zebra, ligers, birds and more all just a few feet away from you. Petting zoo and pony rides too. These people truly care about the animals. Definitely recommend!!

1  Thank Ryan C
BigCatHabitat I, Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for your support and nice review, Ryan. Tell all your friends, better yet...Come back with some friends!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited last week but were unsure as the opening hours were so little. A lot to see in a short time and the demonstrations were excellent. Could have spent hours watching the "Ligers" and were glad we went. Agree with some of the reviews that...More

1  Thank David M
BigCatHabitat I, Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for your support and kind review David. We try to keep the prices low, and parking free for all. We also allow veterans, police, firefighters in for free. You are right about Orlando attraction pricing---we try to let whole families enjoy our facility for...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did this tour as a gift from our friends so there was 6 in our group. Purchase tickets online and avoid the long line. We also made sure we got there in time for the Parrot Show and make sure you take in the...More

1  Thank Thundrdawg
BigCatHabitat I, Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for your support of the animals, and for spreading the word about your visit. We really appreciate it!

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HaroldPatti
I wrote a true and correct submission to Trip adviser, recently. As noted in the text, were my sources of legal information concerning "Big Cat Habitat". Even though we went to see the Big Cats, we were disappointed. The time was spent on a monkey and some dogs. 1/2 the show was a commentary meant to extract money from a captive audience. Within the sources given, animal rights organizations and years of Government intervention attempts of violations done by Big Cat are a lost cause. My Question to Trip Advisor.....Is it a problem, not to print my submission, under the guise of review? I did my homework and provided the information , so you can do yours. If it is not your policy to tell the truth, then I will only continue to provide nicer things. I am guessing. this will not be printed either.
4 January 2018|
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Response from Snowycat84 | Reviewed this property |
Obviously you have not done your homework because you are barking up the wrong tree! I can not speak for Trip Advisor, try contacting them directly and not me! Trip Advisor is awesome! The Big Cat Habitat is a wonderful... More
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Mary Ann L
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Response from kmormlo | Reviewed this property |
Adults ages 13+ are $18. Children ages 3 to 12 are $8. 2 years and under free
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Nicaragua_12
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Response from Phil G | Reviewed this property |
After the show they offer to take a professional picture with one of the big cats.
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