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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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Great place!

I have been to a lot of sanctuaries all over the country and this is one of the cleanest I have... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
dianafox415
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brandon
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Great place to visit!

We went here and saw the shows which were great! The baby goats were sooo cute and loved seeing all... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Kristyfl03
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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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  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“exotic animals” (54 reviews)
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7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240-9407
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I have been to a lot of sanctuaries all over the country and this is one of the cleanest I have seen. Cages were very clean and the most important thing the animals seemed very content, they were not pacing around or heavy breathing, The...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We went here and saw the shows which were great! The baby goats were sooo cute and loved seeing all the animals. This is a must see in Sarasota!

Thank Kristyfl03
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BigCatHabitat I, Public Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you! We are so thrilled that you enjoyed your day at the Big Cat Habitat! We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

When visiting Big Cat Habitat, I saw big animals in small confined spaces. It seemed to be far from a "sanctuary" to me. I witnessed tigers, lions, and bears endlessly pacing back and forth in their tiny caged enclosures. At 2 PM (actually, it started...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited in early July after our friends who visit Sarasota/Siesta Key told us about this place! They take such great care of the animals! All the workers were nice and knowledgeable. I was worried this would be like a circus attraction and I would...More

Thank Crystal_P05
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BigCatHabitat I, Guest Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed the animals and your day at the Big Cat Habitat! We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to visit for kids AND adults! Animals habitats were extremely clean and they seemed well cared for!

1  Thank Louise V
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BigCatHabitat I, Guest Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Louise, Thank you so much! We strive hard every day to make sure our animals are living out their days in a clean, safe and comfortable environment, which they so richly deserve! We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a wonderful surprise this place was! We got there 15 minutes before opening and there was already a small line but they were also already letting people in. The animals here are so loved and beautiful. My girls fed the waving bear hot dogs....More

2  Thank km198
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BigCatHabitat I, Guest Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much! We are glad you and your family had a good time and we look forward to seeing you again!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very interesting place , especially for families. Too bad the captive spaces are small, but as a sanctuary, excellent

2  Thank Joseph R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took my teen, tweens, and a preschooler here during our Spring break visit. We were pleasantly surprised to learn that they rescue so many other animals in addition to the big beautiful cats. We were able to catch the free show they offer and really...More

1  Thank Heather L
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BigCatHabitat I, Guest Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Heather, Thank you so much for taking the time to review our organization! We are thrilled to hear you and your family enjoyed your visit, and our animals! We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

had a great time visiting the Big Cat Habitat..... cannot wait to go again !!! The kids loved it and you were able to be so close to these incredible animals !!

1  Thank Patty D
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BigCatHabitat I, Guest Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for taking the time to write about your experience at the Big Cat Habitat! We are so happy that you enjoyed your day and loved our animals! We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've visited Big Cat at least once a year for over 10 years. I love animals, and I love what the folks here do--they provide a forever home for animals that have no where else to go, and they give it their all. I bring...More

1  Thank J L
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BigCatHabitat I, Guest Relations Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you! We, and especially the animals appreciate your continued support!! 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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