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Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary

#9 of 143 things to do in Sarasota Features Animals
7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240-9407
+1 941-371-6377
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As an animal lover, and person who has helped rehabilitate animals in the past, I was shocked and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Sheryn J
via mobile
Family Outing

This is a nice place to see big cats (up close) and many other animals, it has a diverse... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Alice E H
Otis, Maine
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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 good20%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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Hours Today: 12:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240-9407
+1 941-371-6377
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As an animal lover, and person who has helped rehabilitate animals in the past, I was shocked and horrified to see the living conditions of majestic animals. Bears in cages with no trees for shelter, on a scorching hot day, pacing up and down, up...More

2  Thank Sheryn J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a nice place to see big cats (up close) and many other animals, it has a diverse assortment. Great place for kids. They have an enclosed animal show, which we didn't attend as it was very crowded. They also have pony rides and...More

2  Thank Alice E H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great sanctuary for big cats, bears, birds, monkeys and a few other critters. Owned for generations by the same family. You'll meet a handful of the folks if you take in the 2 daily shows. I loved that the master of ceremonies suggested that before...More

3  Thank BaltimoreRedbird
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is an amazing place where they keep a variety of animals. Big Cat Habitat is a Sanctuary. You should include it on your trip to Florida if you like nature. They have amazing tigers and bears. The personal on this place have so much...More

3  Thank Fabiola_Santana
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Once you're inside, you feel that you've entered an animal territory : many different kinds everywhere ? You can spend hours, before the show, admiring and even touching some animals.

3  Thank ichou4
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Being cat lovers, we couldn't miss the Big Cat Habitat and boy, we were not disappointed. The animals are beautiful and the complex clean. It was apparent that the animals are well taken care of and loved by the volunteers and staff. In addition to...More

3  Thank pattynbob
Reviewed 17 May 2017

This is one place I will never forget. Lions, Tigers, Bears and Ligars. I have never seen that many big cats in one place. Every animal is well cared for and respected. The show is worth the trip, amazing, fun and educational, at the end...More

3  Thank marksJ2792TL
Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

I was in Sarasota last week and had the great fortune to attend the Inaugural Jungle Jam event to raise money for the senior habitat and medical clinic! WHAT a place! Every single habitat has grass and a water feature. The animals coats are so...More

2  Thank 510kerryg
Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

We visited the Habitat and feel that the animals need more room to run with grass and better living conditions especially the bears and lions. Some seemed stressed and not happy. We did enjoy our visit but feel things could be improved.

Thank Tinafinn
Reviewed 10 May 2017

My wife and I did the VIP for the Jungle Jam. We had a great time having cocktails, horsd'oeurves and walking along the animals! What made this extra special was the ability to see the big cats later in the day and into the evening....More

3  Thank Shawn B
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Mary Ann L
The cost for each adult and child over 7.
26 May 2017|
Response from Shawn B | Reviewed this property |
Adult tickets are $18 & child $8.
Is it possible to take unobstructed pictures of the animals?
24 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
I see on Saturday May 6, you have VIP ticket that includes interaction with the animals, are there any other dates that you have this?
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