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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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Big cat habitat

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

Reviewed 10 July 2017
Carolann H
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St. Petersburg, Florida
via mobile
Big cats and other animals up close and personal...safe!

Adults $18, Children $8. Felt it was well worth it to get up close to the lions, tigers, bears... read more

Reviewed 9 July 2017
Viaggiante
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Manassas, VA
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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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“exotic animals” (54 reviews)
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Hours Today: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240-9407
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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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Reviewed 9 July 2017

Adults $18, Children $8. Felt it was well worth it to get up close to the lions, tigers, bears, camels, monkeys, etc. Take a break from the beach! Even had some goats and tortoises, birds, zebra, and more. And you're supporting a large animal rescue...More

4  Thank Viaggiante
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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 so much for such a wonderful 5 star review! We're so glad that you enjoyed your time here at our sanctuary. On Behalf of the Animals, we hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

When you've had enough of the beach come here for an authentic Sarasota experience. Family owned and lovingly run with the help of volunteers. I've never been this close to a big cat before. You can see a lot of great exhibits and a live...More

2  Thank Lpkf
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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, on Behalf of the Animals, for this amazing 5 star review. We really appreciate your support and kind comments that you have shared. The founders, staff, and volunteers are all very passionate for the magnificent animals at this facility as they all adhere...More

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Reviewed 6 July 2017

the admission is a little high for such a small place, but it does have lots of great animals, especially cats; also liked the bears and the lemurs

1  Thank millou5171
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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 sharing your experience with a great review! We hope to see you again soon :)

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Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

This place is amazing for all ages. Get up close to lions, tigers, ligers, brown bears, black bears, Chinese bears, emus, tortoises, spider monkeys, capuchins, zebras... And much more. All in a very walkable and accessible space. More than the variety of animals, the family...More

2  Thank NordAtHeart
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Reviewed 3 July 2017

What a unique experience the Big Cat Habitat is. First, I've never seen a Liger, and they have one. It's massive and majestic. Second, I've never seen a Bengal Tiger playing with a large ball like a house cat plays with a stuffed toy, but...More

1  Thank TNWayfarer
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Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

This was a great experience. I took my eighty something parents ( they are very mobile ) and my 19 year old daughter . We were all impressed . It was absolutely amazing being so close to the tigers . So close that one of...More

1  Thank lkcOHtoFl
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Reviewed 28 June 2017

This was our second time at the Big Cat Habitat, we were there two years ago and boy have they made some changes. They obviously invest all of the donations and income into continual improvement, it is not perfect by any means but they love...More

2  Thank hobokiwi
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BigCat I, Front Office Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2017

Thank you, on Behalf of the Animals, for this amazing 5 star review. We really appreciate your support and kind comments that you have shared. The founders, staff, and volunteers are all very passionate for the magnificent animals at this facility as they all adhere...More

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Reviewed 23 June 2017

When we made the decision to visit, I was expecting something similar to Big Cat Rescue in Tampa (which is also nice), but this was a really fun surprise. Big Cat in Tampa is a great program and the cats are beautiful and the tour...More

6  Thank ManondB
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BigCat I, Front Office Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2017

Thank you so very much for your incredibly kind words and wonderful 5 star review. We are so thrilled that you enjoyed your experience here! The founders, staff, and volunteers are all very passionate for the magnificent animals at this facility as they all adhere...More

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Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

What an AMAZING place and beautiful family for all their hard work and dedication! This place is a must visit!!More

4  Thank Heather T
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BigCat I, Front Office Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2017

Thank you for your wonderful 5 Star review of Big Cat Habitat. It is great that you shared your experience with others. We really appreciate the kind comments that we receive on Yelp, Trip Advisor, and Google. This is our primary source of advertising. We...More

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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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