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Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary

Features Animals
7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240-9407
+1 941-371-6377
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Much Better Than Expected

We were 9 adults and 5 children. The children saw lions, tigers, bears and many other animals... read more

Reviewed 7 April 2017
Cecilia R
Venice, Florida
Great Day!

This was a great day! Very interesting to hear about the animals and see them so up close. Make... read more

Reviewed 7 April 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.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good19%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240-9407
7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240-9407
+1 941-371-6377
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Reviewed 7 April 2017

We were 9 adults and 5 children. The children saw lions, tigers, bears and many other animals. This is a non-profit sanctuary for animals and a small show is put on in the main enclosed arena. A strong pitch is given for respecting wildlife, and...More

2  Thank Cecilia R
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

This was a great day! Very interesting to hear about the animals and see them so up close. Make sure you eat before you go, the foods not good there. So many amazing animals and entertaining shows! Definitely worth it and a place we would...More

2  Thank Greenwooddavid
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

This experience exceeded our expectations. We had no idea they had 50 large cats. The white tiger was beautiful! You could pay to have your picture taken with him. We had no children with us, but I think children would love this place. We, as...More

2  Thank Rebecca S
Reviewed 6 April 2017

This place in so cool.... getting up close with over 50 big cats is amazing. And they have the cutest bear that waves to you for a piece of a hotdog. The animals are well kept, cages so clean. This is a MUST see place!...More

2  Thank t2grene
Reviewed 31 March 2017

First off, Big Cat Habitat is a Labor of Love & Completely Non-Profit, just going here helps out the animals. Every year, with every dollar donated the place is improved, so if you love animals, go. The Bird Show & the Animal Show (Dogs, a...More

2  Thank 556stu
Reviewed 30 March 2017

The show certainly was entertaining - but was not impressed with the limited space the large cats were living in. The extensive grounds were not for their roaming

2  Thank Richard S
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

Traveling with a 2 year old who loves animals. Tour took a little over an hour. We didn't watch any specific shows. It was a fun trip.

2  Thank Debra L
Reviewed 30 March 2017

This is the real deal. It's not a tourist attraction with trained animals. They are saving lives here. The park at the former celery fiends next door is also a great place to walk.

2  Thank bimmerfun
Reviewed 30 March 2017

The Big Cat Habitat is a good outing for a family with children and is quite educational and the majority of animals are "rescues"

2  Thank Rhodesia1965
Reviewed 29 March 2017

Located a few miles SE of Sarasota, out in the middle of nowhere, is a unique wild animal refuge devoted to many species of big cats (Lions, Tigers, & others) that you can see (and smell) up close in their cages and recreational environs ....More

2  Thank George R
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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 Snowycat84 | Reviewed this property |
Obviously you have not done your homework because you are barking up the wrong tree! I can not speak for Trip Advisor, try contacting them directly and not me! Trip Advisor is awesome! The Big Cat Habitat is a wonderful... More
Mary Ann L
27 May 2017|
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Response from kmormlo | Reviewed this property |
Adults ages 13+ are $18. Children ages 3 to 12 are $8. 2 years and under free
25 April 2017|
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Response from Phil G | Reviewed this property |
After the show they offer to take a professional picture with one of the big cats.