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Bear Creek Feline Center

#2 of 46 things to do in Panama City Features Animals
8822 Tracy Way, Panama City, FL 32404-5682
+1 850-722-9927
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An awesome experience!

We contacted Bear Creek Feline Center on Sunday by phone and email and immediately were able to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Richard C
via mobile
Plan ahead, it's a great experience!

Yes, the owners are hard to get hold of, but that's because they are working so hard! Start a few... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Still_just_julie
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Clarksville, TN
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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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8822 Tracy Way, Panama City, FL 32404-5682
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+1 850-722-9927
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We contacted Bear Creek Feline Center on Sunday by phone and email and immediately were able to make a reservation for Tuesday. Even though we showed up a bit late on Tuesday morning, we were accommodated into the tour immediately. The various cats were of...More

Thank Richard C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes, the owners are hard to get hold of, but that's because they are working so hard! Start a few weeks out, send an email, they will answer it. This is a great experience, very personalized and intimate with only a small group admitted each...More

Thank Still_just_julie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really up close and personal experience with their 21 cats. Was able to interact with the cats on a level never before experienced with up close photos. The staff are all passionate about doing what's best for the cats are very friendly and knowledgeable. Will...More

Thank dm200808
Jim B, Front Office Manager at Bear Creek Feline Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for coming to share our little piece of heaven.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Words can't describe how great it was to visit the Bear Creek Feline Center!!! This was the highlight of our trip from Texas to Panama City Beach. The tour was above and beyond anything we could have expected. Mom and I couldn't stop smiling!!! An...More

1  Thank peairsc3857
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Jim and Birdie and the entire volunteer staff were amazing, well educated and very cautious. This is not a zoo. It was a very special one on one encounter with wild cats. My 12 year old daughter was amazed. We all got yo sit with...More

Thank DON H
Jim B, The Cats at Bear Creek Feline Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you please come see us again. The Cats @ Bear Creek Feline Center.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

BCFC is an amazing one of a kind experience to get up close with some awesome feline friends and is a must see if you are in the PC area! The staff go out of their way to make sure you have an experience you...More

Thank John M
Jim B, Director of Sales at Bear Creek Feline Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much. Here it is all about the cats.

Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

What an amazing experience. Definitely recommend this- its once in a lifetime. We booked an encounter for our family of four which included two young boys age six. We all really loved it! What an awesome experience to be so close and to interact with...More

Thank loveDRepublic
Jim B, Director of Sales at Bear Creek Feline Center, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you so much for bring your family to see us. We loved working with your twins. Please come see us again. The Cats @ Bear Creek Feline Center

Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

My gf loves animals. I decided to surprise her with a trip to the feline center because the reviews were all amazing and you got to get up close and personal with the cats. And I don't mean kitty cats. We are talking some of...More

Thank Scott B
Jim B, Front Office Manager at Bear Creek Feline Center, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2017

Thank you and please come see us again soon. Bertie and Jim

Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

I have visited Panama City several times, but the feline center surpassed all expectations! Even if you're not a cat person this is definitely worth the stop! The cat handlers were so nice and informative! There's not enough space to brag about how amazing this...More

Thank ktduke
Jim B, Front Office Manager at Bear Creek Feline Center, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2017

Thank you so much for adding to the food fund. Thanks for coming to see us. The Cats@ Bear Creek Feline Center

Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

Just a heads up, if you have young children, this activity is not for your family! The owner was very polite on the phone, and explained that having young children/babies was a safety hazard and distraction to the cats and other people. I can 100%...More

2  Thank lauren374
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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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Jomdemers
10 April 2017|
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Response from Jim B | Property representative |
21 cats....5 species plus one hybrid. Cougars (including Florida Panthers), Servals, Bobcats, Siberian Lynx, Jaguarundis and a Serval/Bengal outcross.
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Caroline T
10 February 2017|
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Response from Jim B | Property representative |
Yes....please call us for appointment. 850 722-9927. Next tour is Sunday at 10:00. Jim Broaddus
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