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Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary

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1860 Starratt Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32226-1760
+1 904-757-3603
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Very educational

The carrying staff at Catty Shack are amazing. Not only do you get to see animals that have been... read more

Reviewed yesterday
ellenl7958
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Jacksonville, Florida
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Big Cats & Lot of Them

Located on the Northside of Jacksonville, Catty Shack has a rural feel to it that actually enhances... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
zhusker66
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Jacksonville, Florida
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Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to provide a safe, loving, forever home for endangered big cats, and to educate the public about their plight in the wild and captivity. We do not breed, sell, or trade any of our animals. Our current residents include tigers, lions, cougars, leopards, bobcats, foxes, and coatimundis (the last two are "honorary cats"). We are only open on select days, and last admittance is 45 minutes before closing. Our annual Haunted Forest is happening again! There are no public feedings during haunted forest, but night feedings will occur each Wednesday. Refer to the Events section of our website for more information. Dates and times for the haunted forest are: Friday, October 13: 6-10 PM Saturday, October 14: 6-10 PM Friday, October 20: 6-10 PM Saturday, October 21: 6-10 PM Sunday, October 22: 1-6 PM Friday, October 27: 6-10 PM Saturday, October 28: 6-10 PM Last admittance 30 minutes before closing.
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1860 Starratt Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32226-1760
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The carrying staff at Catty Shack are amazing. Not only do you get to see animals that have been rescued or surrendered from bad situations you learn so much about them. Great place to take know day.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Located on the Northside of Jacksonville, Catty Shack has a rural feel to it that actually enhances your visit. The big cats are in outdoor, fenced enclosures. You will be as close to these animals as you will ever want to get. Lots of tigers,...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Very cool place. If you like big cats this is a must see for you. Amazing to see them up close. Very well cared for.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed Catty Shack Ranch. The big cats are very active in the evening. Enclosures with more than one cat allow you to see them interact. One enclosure had 4 females and we watched as dominance was exhibited. Bring your camera.

Thank Donna F
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I had no idea about this place until some friends suggested we all go when they had family in from out of town. Catty Shack is a big cat rescue in the Jacksonville area. They take in large cats and take care of them. They...More

Thank Rick F
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It's not the prettiest place, but the alternative for these majestic animals is much worse. I love tigers and wanted to see them up close. I also made a donation because it is apparent they truly care for these animals and want to provide the...More

Thank LauraEMurphy
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Kurt L, Adoption Coordinator at Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for visiting, and for the thoughtful donation. It is through the kindness of people such as you that we get to do what we do.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I loved seeing all the animals! We did the evening tour on Wednesday so we were able to see the feeding which I highly recommend doing. The animals act a lot more different when it’s dinner time. The tour was also very informative and the...More

Thank knc328
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We attended an afternoon tour, and came to understand that a feeding tour would have included more activity by the cats, who were sleeping in the heat of the day when we visited. I had wanted to avoid watching them eat a lot of dead...More

Thank Eleanor R
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited and had a good time. The place is not large but that means you can get closer to the big cats. In the end, this is a testament to why people should. It have large cats for pets.

Thank Coyote-Travelerz
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great place to get up close to lions and tigers in a friendly environment. This is a 501 c organization dedicated to saving these besutiful animals. All volunteer organization working in a visitor friendly and up close setting. Well worth the visit...More

Thank Chuck M
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Kris K
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Response from Stacy G | Reviewed this property |
no, only handlers.
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Katye N
30 November 2017|
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Response from Kristine S | Reviewed this property |
Reservations not required but advised to avoid lines
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25 August 2017|
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Response from LizaJ1923 | Reviewed this property |
You have to know when they are open and schedule your visit accordingly. The volunteer guides have lots of information and the lions and tigers and foxes have interesting stories. Smelly ones too🙄☹️
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