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Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary

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Hidden gem in Sarasota

We loved our first visit to the big cat habitat, and it won't be our last visit. The animal were... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Codykitty
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Richmond, Virginia
A MUST SEE

On our list for EVERY family visit. Each time you see things different. Feeding the Bears is a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
BobP3525
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Sarasota, Florida
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good19%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“petting zoo”(111 reviews)
“exotic animals”(56 reviews)
About
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...more
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Hours Today: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240-9407
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 28 April 2011

I read reviews of this place and thought I would check things out. There are a lot of animals here, but people are just dropping them off, everything from monkeys to turtles. I asked the people working about their finances and they currently have 25...More

14  Thank TexasDex
BigCat I, Front Office Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 25 January 2017

Thank you, on behalf of the animals, for the wonderful review! We not only love our animals but bring them in as part of our family. We guarantee them love and respect and a home for life. We are so glad you enjoyed your day....More

Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 28 June 2014

I gave this establishment one star, which is way more than generous, just so I could post the review. I am a HUGE animal lover. I have a friend in town and since we love cats of any size, we took a day trip over...More

58  Thank WheelerAH
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Reviewed yesterday

We loved our first visit to the big cat habitat, and it won't be our last visit. The animal were clearly well taken care of and happy. We got to see a sloth for the first time. But the best part was having the privilege...More

1  Thank Codykitty
BigCatHabitat I, Guest Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you! So glad you enjoyed your day! Please come and visit again soon, there is always something new to see and experience!

Reviewed 2 days ago

On our list for EVERY family visit. Each time you see things different. Feeding the Bears is a plus that the kids will not forget. The cat show is a NOT TO MISS.

1  Thank BobP3525
BigCatHabitat I, Guest Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you SO much! We are so glad you enjoy your visits! We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 3 days ago

This is our 2nd visit. The BCH expanded in that they now have more tigers outside and a zebra and camel near the exit. One should see the cats up close at their demonstrations @ 2pm. When you exit the little arena they have, turn...More

1  Thank oink9800
BigCatHabitat I, Guest Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you! We appreciate the support and we hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 4 days ago

Starting with the bears (and ending with the bears) we saw ligers, tigers, lions, a sloth, a capybara, a zebra, monkeys, macaws, a camel, ponies, river hogs, a porcupine, emus...and lots of goats in the petting area. Two different shows a day and quite close...More

1  Thank Barb R
BigCatHabitat I, Guest Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you! So glad you enjoyed your time with the animals!

Reviewed 5 days ago

Great visit to a very clean and interesting habitat. It was easy to get to and had quite an assortment of animals and birds. Their dog show was the best.

1  Thank sacman150
BigCatHabitat I, Public Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you!

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great time at the Big Cat Habitat. We learned about different animals and were able to get close to some. We even saw a baby goat being born! The shows were educational and entertaining.

1  Thank jpweiner2
BigCatHabitat I, Guest Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you! So glad you enjoyed your time with us! P.S The baby Goats are adorable, aren't they?!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Will definitely be back. We loved our visit here. It was clean and animals seemed well taken care of. Plenty to see. We got there only 2 hours before closing and was able to see everything. We could’ve stayed longer if we had gotten there...More

1  Thank BQsc
BigCatHabitat I, Guest Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much! We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago

The animals are so well taken care of. I was like a little kid. This is NOT a zoo; it is a sanctuary. My 5 year old nephew held a baby goat and the parrot show was amazing. A wonderful place to take the family.

1  Thank donnapdr
BigCatHabitat I, Guest Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you! We are glad you all had a great time! P.S Aren't the baby Goats cute?!!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I were looking for something to do while visiting grandma. This popped up on TripAdvisor and was well deserving of the 4 1/2 stars it was given I give it a five my family had an awesome time and we’re very glad...More

1  Thank Roger B
BigCatHabitat I, Guest Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you! We are so glad you enjoyed your day with us!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been coming to big cat for years - just a great way to spend an afternoon. Where else can you go and feed lions/tigers and bears? Brutus (the male ligor) is simply huge - has to be seen to believe. We come multiple...More

1  Thank Klaus F
BigCatHabitat I, Guest Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much, Klaus!! We greatly appreciate the continued support!

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Pat J
24 October 2018|
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Response from BigCatHabitat I | Property representative |
Hello, You do not need reservations. You may purchase tickets at the gate. We will be opened the day after Thanksgiving. Thank you
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Paradise546054
29 August 2018|
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Response from BigCatHabitat I | Property representative |
Yes, you may!
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Debbie S
4 March 2018|
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Response from BigCatHabitat I | Property representative |
Hello, admission is $18 for adults and $8 children 3-12. The park is wheelchair accessible.
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