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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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Highly recommend!

Our visit was so much more than we expected. The supervised interaction with these big cats was... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
cinderdoo
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Atlanta
via mobile
Amazing interaction with wild large cats!

We visited the Bear Creek Feline Center on Sunday Nov. 12 as a couple, joining a group of about 12... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Motherof3boys1girl
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Markham, Canada
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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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“big cats” (31 reviews)
“wild cats” (15 reviews)
“beautiful cats” (10 reviews)
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8822 Tracy Way, Panama City, FL 32404-5682
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+1 850-722-9927
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Our visit was so much more than we expected. The supervised interaction with these big cats was amazing. The owners are very knowledgeable and have such a love for what they do and for each individual cat. We will definitely be back!

Thank cinderdoo
Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited the Bear Creek Feline Center on Sunday Nov. 12 as a couple, joining a group of about 12 people. The tour started with a friendly discussion getting to know each other. We were then broken up into small groups to visit the African...More

Thank Motherof3boys1girl
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you love cats of all kinds, you do not want to miss this one of a kind experience. Hands on some of the exotic felines. The owners have put a lot of time and effort into making this a wonderful place. Camera's are a...More

Thank Amy H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are a cat person, you would not want to miss this experience. If you are not a cat person...you will be. This is a wonderful, informative and fun activity for everyone. Jim and Birdie and all of the staff are safe and caring...More

Thank discface
Reviewed 15 October 2017

Unique experience in a must visit place. Very knowledgeable and caring staff who make visitors feel most welcome.

1  Thank Eli M
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

My kids and I had the best time visiting here. We felt like family the moment we came. You can tell that the staff love the cats and what they do. The inclosures are imaculate and these big cats are well taken care of. This...More

1  Thank Tucker2782
Reviewed 11 October 2017

I visited this place just a couple of weeks ago and it was the most awesome place to experience. The owner cares about these animals in a way that is refreshing to observe. You are allowed in with some of the exotic cats to get...More

1  Thank diannef57
Reviewed 9 October 2017

Truly. They let you get in the cage (supervised of course) and pet the cats. The owners are great, very knowledgeable. Need a break from the beach, this is great!

1  Thank mightycollins
Reviewed 8 October 2017

My husband and I had a wonderful time visiting the big cats in a great environment. Jim and Birdie took 4 people each on tours. It was super in such a small group. You could hear everything and see how much they cared for each...More

1  Thank Bingoslots
Jim B, volunteer tour director at Bear Creek Feline Center, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

Thank you so much for coming to see us. You know your donation goes to our food fund. All our handlers are volunteers. We only allow about 20 people a week to come see us. Thanks for giving us a great snack when you were...More

Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

We visited several weeks ago with our 8 year old daughter because she loves 'big cats'. I was looking forward to this experience to enjoy watching my daughter's expressions and reactions. Never in a million years did I think that I would enjoy it as...More

1  Thank Lara L
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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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