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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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A hidden gem of a place

We found this by pure accident and loved the experience. It isn't a Zoo it is a family run... read more

Reviewed 29 July 2017
Jason K
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United Kingdom
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Surpreendente!

Nunca vi animais tão bem tratados! O pêlo dos ligers, leões e ursos chegava a brilhar! O local é... read more

Reviewed 28 July 2017
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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.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good19%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“petting zoo” (108 reviews)
“exotic animals” (54 reviews)
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Hours Today: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240-9407
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+1 941-371-6377
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Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

We found this by pure accident and loved the experience. It isn't a Zoo it is a family run Sanctuary where the animals do interact with the owners. As I've said this is a family run business and the family care for the animals. Only...More

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BigCat I, Front Office Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2017

We are so glad that you accidentally stumbled upon our sanctuary! On Behalf of the Animals, thank you for the 5 star review. We hope you come back and visit again soon.

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Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

Nunca vi animais tão bem tratados! O pêlo dos ligers, leões e ursos chegava a brilhar! O local é pequeno se comparado a um zoo, mas pode render quase um dia de atividade pois tem show e alimentação dos animais. Funcionários felizes em seu trabalho...More

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BigCat I, Front Office Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2017

On Behalf of the Animals, thank you so much for such an incredible 5 star review! We are overjoyed that you had such a wonderful time here at our facility. All of our animals are loved and taken care of as part of our family....More

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Reviewed 26 July 2017

So many diverse big cats under one roof! Very heartening to note these cat lovers are involved in such a noble cause. Keep up the good work.

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BigCat I, Front Office Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2017

Thank you for the wonderful 5 star review! On Behalf of the Animals, we are so thankful for your support. We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 21 July 2017

This is a hidden gem! The kids love it! They can feed the animals, get up close and personal with many of them. They have shows throughout the day.

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BigCat I, Front Office Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2017

Thank you for the 5 star review! We're thrilled that you had a great day here at the Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary. Please come again soon :)

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Reviewed 19 July 2017

Magnificent animals...great staff, enough shade for the humans and the animals. What a wonderful day...not to be missed.

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BigCat I, Front Office Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2017

Thank you for your wonderful 5 star review. On Behalf of the Animals, we are so glad that you enjoyed your visit here at the Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary. Come hang out in the shade with us again sometime soon!

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Reviewed 19 July 2017

I was impressed the care the animals received. They do put on a show. The staff explains how they receive the animals. Yes, it's more then Big Cats!More

1  Thank rslaaliensr
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BigCat I, Front Office Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2017

We are so glad that our facility exceeded your expectations. The founders, staff, and volunteers are all very passionate for the magnificent animals at this facility as they all adhere to their needs. We not only love our animals but bring them in as part...More

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Reviewed 18 July 2017

This is the most wonderful place and not well known. The sanctuary is just that. A refuge for animals. Extremely, clean, well run and a delight to visit and have an up close, safe experience with animals you normally find in zoos. This is SO...More

2  Thank Dee E
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BigCat I, Front Office Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2017

Thank you so much for your incredibly kind words, it is greatly appreciated on Behalf of the Animals! We're so glad that you think our facility is as wonderful as we think it is. We can't wait for you to visit again!

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Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

A great place for a family visit when in the area. Visiting from Michigan and we couldn't of had a better time. This place is doing great work and keeping the dreams of families and children that look forward to seeing animals well taken care...More

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BigCat I, Front Office Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2017

Thank you for the amazing 5 star review! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit here at the Big Cat Habitat. We not only love our animals but bring them in as part of our family. We guarantee them love and respect and a home...More

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Reviewed 13 July 2017

I had been visiting relatives in the area, and taking a mid-day break from my landscape photography sessions (portfolio stuff) and we decided to come here. My cousin & his wife had lived near Sarasota 15 years, and also had never visited. My job is...More

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Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Big cat habitat is a great place to visit. Very informative. Great education for kids as well as adults

4  Thank Carolann H
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BigCat I, Front Office Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2017

Thank you for the 5 star review! We're very appreciative of your support. On Behalf of the Animals, please come back and visit soon!

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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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saramwade
20 February 2018|
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Response from BigCatHabitat I | Property representative |
We are here 24-7 to provide Forever Homes, with Loving Human Caregivers, for the rest of these Animals' lives! We are a no-kill safe haven for exotic and domestic animals in need. We are committed to providing the best... More
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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 BigCatHabitat I | Property representative |
Hello Harold, We're very confident that you didn't write a 'true and correct submission' with 'sources of legal information'. We know this because we have had ZERO USDA violations. Your sources of mis-information were from... More
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