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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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The night feeding was awesome!

I went there for a night tour and feeding...it was awesome! The volunteers there are very... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Scott L
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Albany
Go for the night feeding!

You must experience a night feeding. All the big cats are awake and moving about. You might even... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
pbrown6884
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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 2 days ago

I went there for a night tour and feeding...it was awesome! The volunteers there are very knowledgeable about the animals that reside there, and when the feeding began, the animals really came alive and got very active, and really tore into their food. From what...More

Thank Scott L
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

You must experience a night feeding. All the big cats are awake and moving about. You might even get to hear the lions roaring! I went when it was raining and they cats were all playing in the puddles. I even saw one of the...More

Thank pbrown6884
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Second time we have visited for Halloween and we have visited twice more during the day time.Wonderful to see these beautiful cats loved and taken care of so well. Great place for a family outing. Halloween is safe and fun also for the whole family....More

Thank Nancy C
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was amazing, but know the feedings don’t start until 7:30 so come later if you want to stay for the feeding. Young kids don’t last that long, so if we had known we would have come later.

Thank Cara E
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is quite a gem and 1000+ positive reviews were absolutely true. It is rated the number 1 attraction in Jacksonville and it stayed true to that honor. This place is an absolute gem. The tour guide was highly knowledgeable and informative. The animals...More

Thank J T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Seeing these animals up close and watching them eat was amazing! Hearing their stories of rescue and watching them interact was so interesting!

Thank Beltz12
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had the best experience at Catty Shack. My husband and I got to see the night feeding. Was absolutely , out of my expectations, amazing sight of big cats turn their wild side on once the food arrives. Guides and volunteers were very friendly and...More

1  Thank Keysie R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Judge not by the entrance nor the location!!! Go for the feeding!!! So cool!!! These folks plan a major expansion, it may become one of two reasons to visit Jacksonville, the other being Orsay.

2  Thank TravelingOften4Food
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thoroughly enjoyed the nighttime feeding of Tigers at the Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary. The only negative: it was difficult to hear the tour guide. At times, it was difficult to see the Tigers because of the large crowd. If you're in the Jacksonville area...More

2  Thank maloney1969
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this past Saturday evening for the animal feeding. It was Grrreat!!! This was a place that could be enjoyed by all ages. We saw young excited children, parents, couples, elderly and disabled. All had a great time. Staff was fabulous too.

1  Thank Michael G
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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
1 December 2017|
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Response from Kristine S | Reviewed this property |
Reservations not required but advised to avoid lines
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26 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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