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Bear Creek Feline Center

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8822 Tracy Way, Panama City, FL 32404-5682
+1 850-722-9927
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A unique experience

A huge thanks to the team there. Their love and dedication really shows in everything they do and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
K9195WFlinda
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Panama City, Florida
Big cats with big appetites are BIG family fun!

Even after viewing the website and reviews, it didn't prepare us for how interesting, educational... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
baripps
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Pensacola, Florida
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Bear Creek Feline Center (BCFC) is home to Florida wildcats and exotic felines located in Panama City, FL. BCFC's mission is one of conservation breeding of selected species, feline rescue/re-homing and public education designed to illuminate the plight of threatened and endangered felines. Much has happened since April 1, 2000, when BCFC was established under the giant oak trees here in the Bear Creek Community. We have logged thousands of hours to obtain five licenses and we now make permanent homes to exotic species of felines including the 3 native species of Florida. We work with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, the USDA and the Feline Conservation Federation to preserve and "Protect Florida's Wildlife Treasures". "When was the last time you touched a bobcat or an African Serval?" Tours are by Appointment only. BCFC invites you to an up close and personal visit with our Florida Panthers, North American Bobcats, African Servals, South American Geoffroy's Cats, Jaguarundis and Siberian Lynx. Cameras are encouraged. There are no additional charges for great photo opportunities. You'll see extremely rare felines, not normally seen in captivity. The FFWCC and the USDA permit some hands-on contact. Small children must be CLOSELY supervised at all times. Tours are scheduled BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes for your comfort and safety. A $50 donation per adult is customary ($25 for children under the age of 18). These donations are 100% earmarked for the care and feeding of the big cats. Special tour rates for photo ops, families and student groups upon request. BCFC offers internships whereby selected individuals may gain experience preparatory for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission's licensing process. You may contact us by email for application and interview. You can check our website for an overview of what you can be doing and learning!
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“beautiful cats” (11 reviews)
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8822 Tracy Way, Panama City, FL 32404-5682
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Reviewed yesterday

A huge thanks to the team there. Their love and dedication really shows in everything they do and the knowledge they share. Our family of 6 adults did the visit over Christmas and we all loved it. Great photo opportunities but the greatest part was...More

Thank K9195WFlinda
Reviewed 1 week ago

Even after viewing the website and reviews, it didn't prepare us for how interesting, educational, heart-warming and fun our visit would be. The all-volunteer staff are superbly knowledgeable about cats (all kinds) and love to share. Listening to their experiences before and during the tour...More

Thank baripps
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a wonderful experience - my husband and I visited just before the New Year, and we had such a great time. Nowhere else can you get so close to these beautiful animals - I snuggled with a serval, fed chicken to a mountain lion,...More

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Jim B, Public Relations Manager at Bear Creek Feline Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you and we hope to see you again when you are down this way. Please don't forget to send us pictures. The cats @ Bear Creek Feline Center

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The volunteers at this facility are absolutely wonderful. They take the time to explain the behavior of these beautiful felines and everyone makes you feel welcome. Our group had my 9 year old son and an 11 year old. The other group had a 14...More

Thank marygO7329AO
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a life changing experience that I cannot begin to explain to you in words how great it was. First of all, Jim and Birdie, the owners, and the rest of the staff are just incredible, caring people giving love and wonderful care to...More

Thank robert d
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

During this feline educational experience, you will see a variety of exotic cats and learn about their unique behaviors and personalities. You will get an up-close opportunity to pet, feed, and play with some of the cats. You won't regret this feline encounter. I definitely...More

Thank leslieredwood
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A must do experience for any animal lover! You are up close and personal with the felines - make sure you have a good camera. It is obvious the owners love and take excellent care of all the cats. The owners were great about talking...More

Thank Kari V
Reviewed 14 December 2017

Up close experience like nothing we have seen before. We were in the habitat, interacting with the cats!!! All types of exotic cats. Jim and Birdie are delightful hosts as was everyone on the staff. Definitely an experience of a lifetime! TEN STARS**********

Thank countyfare
Reviewed 13 December 2017 via mobile

Loved our tour! Was very hands on and intimate! There were only three people, including myself, on our tour, which I really appreciated! They treat their animals with the utmost respect and kindness and are extremely humane! As an animal lover and someone in the...More

Thank Kelsea Waide B
Reviewed 12 December 2017 via mobile

The staff is very nice and share a lot of good information. I have been back several times bringing family and friends. I will be back again!

Thank Candace P
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986Diana
20 August 2017|
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Response from Jim B | Property representative |
Hi. We have a tour scheduled for Aug 26th @ 8:30 Central time. I have room on this tour. We do 2 tours a week. Either Tuesday or Thursday and then Either Saturday or Sunday. 12 people on a tour. You will need long pants... More
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986Diana
20 August 2017|
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Response from Jim B | Property representative |
Hi. We have a tour scheduled for Aug 26th @ 8:30 Central time. I have room on this tour. We do 2 tours a week. Either Tuesday or Thursday and then Either Saturday or Sunday. 12 people on a tour. You will need long pants... More
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tashad0000000
22 July 2017|
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Response from Carolma2013 | Reviewed this property |
Be sure you call before You go to make sure they are open!
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