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Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary

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Address: 7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240-9407
Phone Number: +1 941-371-6377
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12:00 - 16:00
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Wed - Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary provides a sanctuary "for...

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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Great family attraction, for animal lovers!

Interesting, fun and educational! We have never seen so many big cats. Lions, tigers, Bobcats, servals, Cougars, even a liger. The big cat show was fun.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Dan C
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Springfield, Illinois
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Springfield, Illinois
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting, fun and educational! We have never seen so many big cats. Lions, tigers, Bobcats, servals, Cougars, even a liger. The big cat show was fun.

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Thank Dan C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is an amazing little gem in Sarasota. The park is not overly large and the enclosures are a close to the walkways. I would definitely recommend to make the shows. They are great educational experience. They are lions, and tigers, and bears oh my!

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Thank Alyse M
San Diego, California
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very cool place. The workers and volunteers really care about the animals here. The Tiger show was amazing, better than big name zoo's we've been too. Definitely recommend this place to others.

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Thank Candy L
Bethlehem,NC
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

These folks know their stiff and are putting together rescue, education, and entertainment. We enjoyed 2 shows and perusing the grounds. Don' t miss this -- & Celery Fields is close by for birding.

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Thank SeatDoK
BigCatHabitat, Front Office Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this review

Thank you, on behalf of the animals, for the wonderful review! We are so glad you enjoyed your day. We appreciate all the kind words and look forward to you returning. You can register for promotional and event emails by emailing info@bigcathabitat.org. More 

Nokomis, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to see not only the beautiful big cats but other animals as well. Thoroughly enjoyed the shows. It is very evident the owners genuinely love and care about these magnificent animals. Thank you for allowing us to enjoy seeing these rescued animals who otherwise would not have a home.

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BigCatHabitat, Front Office Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this review

Thank you, on behalf of the animals, for the wonderful review! We are so glad you enjoyed your day. We appreciate all the kind words and look forward to you returning. You can register for promotional and event emails by emailing info@bigcathabitat.org. Please Visit Us At bigcathabitat.org to get to know us better and like us on Facebook to keep... More 

Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Finally got to visit the Big Cats, Bears, and other "exotic" wildlife. The animals here are loved and cared for, although the place can always use more donations. The residents have all been adopted from other owners who are unable or perhaps unwilling to take care of them, giving them a chance at life rather than euthanasia. The shows are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You can tell they genuinely care for their animals. Great organization that truely cares about these incredible animals. Definitely a great day activity and food was good too!

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McMinnville, Oregon
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19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having no expectations we arrived to find a big field to park in and a friendly staff at the entrance and I just knew we were in for a good time. Our 3 year old is precocious and loves animals. She's also frequently visits "her" zoo and happily she totally enjoyed the Big Cat Habitat. First up was a row... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been all over the country and have visited many so-called animal sanctuaries. This is one of the best I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. The people LOVE their animals and they are all treated with respect, dignity and love.

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Thank Tara C
Sarasota, Florida
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They are helping really big pussies to enjoy the rest of their life. Very nice they do it. Simply a great place.

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