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Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary

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7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240-9407
+1 941-371-6377
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It is a bit tricky to get here, but well worth the trip. The many animals are obviously well loved... read more

Reviewed 15 May 2018
abbykat99
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Beaconsfield, Qc
Enjoyed our Visit

All of the animals looked healthy and apparently most were private pets and well taken care of... read more

Reviewed 13 May 2018
NJ2SC
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New Jersey
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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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“petting zoo” (109 reviews)
“exotic animals” (55 reviews)
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Hours Today: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240-9407
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+1 941-371-6377
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Reviewed 15 May 2018

It is a bit tricky to get here, but well worth the trip. The many animals are obviously well loved and cared for. Be sure not to miss the show! It gets very hot here, but you can buy water and soft drinks.

3  Thank abbykat99
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BigCatHabitat I, Guest Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2018

Thank you for your kind review! We love our animals and are so glad you enjoyed your day with them as well! We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 13 May 2018

All of the animals looked healthy and apparently most were private pets and well taken care of. There are 5 states that allow personal ownership of exotic animals and when the owners move to a different state that does not permit exotic animals, they need...More

2  Thank NJ2SC
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BigCatHabitat I, Guest Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2018

Thank you for your kind review! We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 10 May 2018 via mobile

Spent a few hours here today and well worth the visit all the animals are well cared for by this family who have devoted their lives to rescue. Have to say prices reasonable it’s well worth a visit

1  Thank Kevin G
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BigCatHabitat I, Guest Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2018

Thanks so much! We appreciate your kind review and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Reviewed 7 May 2018

My wife and I visited this sanctuary during our weekend getaway to Sarasota. This place is a must do for any animal lover! We loved seeing the Tigers, Bears, Lions, Monkeys, and everything else. The show is also a must see! Chance and Barry White...More

Thank Mitchell B
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BigCatHabitat I, Guest Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2018

YAY! We are so happy you enjoyed your day with the animals, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Reviewed 5 May 2018

This was our first visit - and we *will* be going back! What a wonderful place! Let me preface this by saying my spouse and I have been active in wildlife rescue/rehabilitation for many years. Our experience includes hands-on assistance with marine mammals (seals, dolphins,...More

2  Thank H0ckeypuck
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BigCatHabitat I, Guest Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2018

WoW! Thank you so much for your kind review! We love our animals and work very hard every day to give them I great life, and we are thrilled you felt the love! Thank you for visiting and we hope to see you again soon!!

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Reviewed 3 May 2018

We had our daughter visiting and she loves animals. We had heard good things about this sanctuary and decided to go for a visit. We were so surprised at the variety of rescued animals and how up close we were to them. This place is...More

1  Thank Pat G
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BigCatHabitat I, Public Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2018

Wonderful! So glad you enjoyed your day with us and the animals! We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 30 April 2018

Our first visit was today and we were totally impressed. We decided to visit after walking the Celery Field’s hill one morning and hearing the big cats roaring. It must have been breakfast time. This place has some magnificent animals. We attended both the 1:00...More

3  Thank Tom R
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BigCatHabitat I, Guest Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2018

Thanks so much! We are so glad you decided to come check us out! We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 29 April 2018

We had visitors from out of town last week so we decided to visit for the day. It was such a wonderful experience all of the animals are loved and well taken care of. They had plenty of room in their enclosures. We saw two...More

2  Thank patar50
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BigCatHabitat I, Guest Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2018

Wonderful! We are so glad you enjoyed the animals! We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 26 April 2018

My family and I had so much fun visiting the park. My kids really enjoyed seeing all the animals up close, they even got to play with baby goats , which was the highlight of the day for them. I was impressed by how clean...More

4  Thank Srqmom87
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BigCatHabitat I, Front Office Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2018

Thank you! We are so thrilled you enjoyed your day with us!

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Reviewed 25 April 2018

Decided to visit Big Cat Habitat on a whim. Had never been there before, and have heard mixed reviews from fellow travelers. Cost of admission was $18pp, a fair price when considering most of this goes to the care and feeding of the animals. Many...More

2  Thank steven25528
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BigCatHabitat I, Guest Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2018

Thank you so much for your kind review! We love our animals and are so glad you enjoyed them as well. We hope to see you again soon!

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Debbie S
4 March 2018|
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Response from BigCatHabitat I | Property representative |
Hello, admission is $18 for adults and $8 children 3-12. The park is wheelchair accessible.
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saramwade
20 February 2018|
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Response from BigCatHabitat I | Property representative |
We are here 24-7 to provide Forever Homes, with Loving Human Caregivers, for the rest of these Animals' lives! We are a no-kill safe haven for exotic and domestic animals in need. We are committed to providing the best... More
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HaroldPatti
I wrote a true and correct submission to Trip adviser, recently. As noted in the text, were my sources of legal information concerning "Big Cat Habitat". Even though we went to see the Big Cats, we were disappointed. The time was spent on a monkey and some dogs. 1/2 the show was a commentary meant to extract money from a captive audience. Within the sources given, animal rights organizations and years of Government intervention attempts of violations done by Big Cat are a lost cause. My Question to Trip Advisor.....Is it a problem, not to print my submission, under the guise of review? I did my homework and provided the information , so you can do yours. If it is not your policy to tell the truth, then I will only continue to provide nicer things. I am guessing. this will not be printed either.
4 January 2018|
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Response from BigCatHabitat I | Property representative |
Hello Harold, We're very confident that you didn't write a 'true and correct submission' with 'sources of legal information'. We know this because we have had ZERO USDA violations. Your sources of mis-information were from... More
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