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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
Review Highlights
Very Informative, Entertaining and Fun

We went here the day after Christmas. When we were at Celery Fields we could hear the big cats... read more

Reviewed 7 January 2017
Grosse Pointe, Michigan
Fantastic family outing

Discovered this true hidden gem today. Very knowledgable staff, all the animals appeared very... read more

Reviewed 6 January 2017
Mike B
via mobile
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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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  • 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 7 January 2017

We went here the day after Christmas. When we were at Celery Fields we could hear the big cats roaring. It was after 4:00 pm and the Big Cats were only 1/3 mile way. It was pretty cool!!! The Big Cat show was at 2:00...More

3  Thank Char1144
BigCat I, Front Office Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2017

Thank you, on behalf of the animals, for the wonderful review! We are so glad you enjoyed your day. We appreciate all the kind words and look forward to you returning. You can register for promotional and event emails by emailing info@bigcathabitat.org. Please Visit Us...More

Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Discovered this true hidden gem today. Very knowledgable staff, all the animals appeared very healthy and well looked after. With over 50 rescued big cats (as well as many other animals) onsite, it's a definite must for animal lovers and parents with small children. Really...More

3  Thank Mike B
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

I must admit that I wasn't really looking forward to going to Big Cat Habitat when a friend suggested it. I'm an animal lover and volunteer at our local no kill shelter so the thought of seeing more sad animals in cages didn't thrill me....More

4  Thank SerenaandRob
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed this place and would return again. These people are really doing a great job and obviously love the animals in their care. We were impressed how clean their cages are and how beautiful the animals were. Much closer experience than the zoo and...More

3  Thank Karen L
Reviewed 4 January 2017

LOVE LOVE LOVE this amazing habitat. Beautiful, well cared for animals, bears, petting area, parrots & so much more. Fabulous big cat & monkey show, every age was laughing & enjoying the shows. The loved expressed toward each of awesome cats is seen and felt...More

3  Thank Gracie1922
Reviewed 4 January 2017

This is a family-run operation and it is evident that they REALLY LOVE their animals. All are rescues and they have given the animals another chance at life. It is beautiful to see. Take an afternoon, see a great animal show and support a local...More

3  Thank VegasGirl118
Reviewed 3 January 2017

This was probably my third visit to Big Cat Habitate, each time with different grandchikdren (ages 7-12). First, and probably most important, each kid enjoyed the visit. I recommend that you catch both shows (Birds/Big Cats) since each is different from the other and provides...More

2  Thank silversailor370
Reviewed 3 January 2017

Took family over the holidays, what a wonderful place. It is evident the owners and trainers really care for these animals. The big cat show was very entertaining. Money well spent for a good cause. Will definitely go back.

2  Thank Sarasota1800
Reviewed 3 January 2017

We were in the Sarasota area and my niece recommended that we go to visit. The animals were all clean and appeared to be well taken care of. The animal shows were cute and it appears as if the "trainers" have a good relationship with...More

2  Thank H0ckeyDad55
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Honestly didn't know what to expect when my dad, who lives in Sarasota, suggested going here. I was so pleasantly surprised and absolutely loved it. The animals all looked happy and well fed. And with so many big cats and bears, I can't even imagine...More

2  Thank Angelia M
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
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