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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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Big Cat Heaven

This was a one of a kind experience being able to get up close to see these amazing animals!! I... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Valerie A
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Big Cat Heaven

A wonderful refuge for big cats. This Sanctuary rescues lions, and tigers, and panthers, etc. from... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Anthony K
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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
+1 904-757-3603
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This was a one of a kind experience being able to get up close to see these amazing animals!! I absolutely loved our trip here despite the torrential rain. The staff makes it very evident that what the do is a labor of love and...More

Thank Valerie A
Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful refuge for big cats. This Sanctuary rescues lions, and tigers, and panthers, etc. from individual owners and bankrupt zoos and gives them a great new home where they receive great care and nourishment. You can get very close without endangering yourself or others.

Thank Anthony K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is worth every penny. They do a great tour and then let you wonder around and take your time looking at the cats. They have multiple animals here. They all have been rescued or donated. They don’t breed cats here, but give them...More

Thank Pursuit of H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow! What an outstanding place! This place just got added to our not-to-be-missed list. We participated in the night feeding and I can't wait for the upcoming habitat upgrades happening early 2018. A few upgrades would be nice (like an asphalt walkway for us visitors)...More

Thank Mark B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place seems to be a hidden jewel in Jacksonville. We went to see the feeding of the tigers in the evening. They feed the tigers in the evening and the experience is quiet unique. They move from cage to cage and people follow them....More

1  Thank 704Ravish007
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We found The CattyShack very interesting. It was nice to get an up close view of the big cats. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the cats , their history and how they winded up at the sanctuary We enjoyed every minute. It was...More

1  Thank sponkylady
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Informal, unhurried tours given by knowledgeable volunteers. I've never seen so many big cats in one place, and so close up! If a few are sleeping, there will be others pacing, or playing. There were lots of tigers, including a huge Siberian male and a...More

Thank Sharmanhunterwilson
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a great evening. Amazing to be so close to the big cats. Our tour guides were great, they offered lots of information about all the residents and species. Being so close to the big cas is unique enough an experience but getting to see...More

Thank Vickie G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped by with my 8 year old grandson, he had a wonderful time. The place is run by volunteers which was great, they really conveyed the passion they had for the animals. They had a well stocked snack truck that I was shocked (in a...More

Thank sweet t
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

These animals came from bad situations but are now well cared for....very easy to view them all. Night feeding show them much more active. Great experience.

Thank Carolyn W
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Kris K
7 December 2017|
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Response from Stacy G | Reviewed this property |
no, only handlers.
Katye N
30 November 2017|
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Response from Kristine S | Reviewed this property |
Reservations not required but advised to avoid lines
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🙄☹️