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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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Awesome surprise

What a great place. We thought when we decided to go it would be some sideshow thing but boy were... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2017
Marci W
via mobile
Wonderful example of caring for animals

This sanctuary is not to be missed. Thrilling stories of rescue and rehabilitation as well as... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2017
Sarasota, Florida
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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.
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  • Very good20%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“petting zoo” (98 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240-9407
+1 941-371-6377
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Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

What a great place. We thought when we decided to go it would be some sideshow thing but boy were we surprised. Though we would only be there an hour but stayed for 4. Great variety of animals & the shows were great. Animals treated...More

1  Thank Marci W
Reviewed 7 September 2017

This sanctuary is not to be missed. Thrilling stories of rescue and rehabilitation as well as making these big animals as comfortable as they can in a captive environment. The bears are seen playing and swimming in a pool, large grounds for them to wander,...More

2  Thank Sallysinger
Reviewed 4 September 2017

Took my daughter who is an animal lover - we had a great day! Nice to see how they care for their animals. Great opportunity to get up close and interact (feeding).

1  Thank Sooos31
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Lions and other cats are housed in tiny quarters allowed outside in shifts. They constantly pace in the closed cofines of their cages.Circus atmosphere as the MC proclaims the benevolence of the organization while forcing the giant cats to sit on tiny perches. Very sad...More

2  Thank pegclegg
Reviewed 27 August 2017

We love taking the little kids to Big Cats. We all learn so much. The work they do there is amazing. I am an older person who turns into a kid when I am there. What a gift this place is for Sarasota.

Thank hankholton1
Reviewed 24 August 2017

Wonderful local attraction highlighting care of rescued big cats and exotic animals. Not just for the kiddies (although they do have a petting zoo pony rides and opportunities to feed the bears and big cats!). On the day we went we got to see an...More

1  Thank 858maryi
Reviewed 23 August 2017

Just loved our visit. Very informative. A great place to see large cats, bears, monkeys, etc. Stresses the point that these animals are not pets. Consider donating to them to help in their care.

1  Thank Sherrell B
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

We highly recommend Big Cat Habitat. We brought our two-year-old niece with us and our 16-year-old son. I would have to say I would skip the presentation with the cats only because for younger children it seems a bit boring and over their head. My...More

4  Thank Shoogie417
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

Absolutely amazing and fantastic experience if you are an animal lover. Great petting zoo and informative staff.

1  Thank Zach C
Reviewed 11 August 2017

I was looking forward to visiting the Big Cat Habitat and Sanctuary, because it said sanctuary. To me that's looking out for animals not keeping them in small enclosures with part of the roof covered in the scorching Florida heat. Not only big cats but...More

4  Thank srb264
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Mary Ann L
27 May 2017|
Response from Shawn B | Reviewed this property |
Adult tickets are $18 & child $8.
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.
Jerry B
17 April 2017|
Response from Deby B |
Please email info@bigcathabitat for more information. Tiger and bear feeding is offered every day that we are open to the public. Weds - Sunday 12-4. We do offer private tours. In your email please include what kind of... More