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Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary

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Address: 1860 Starratt Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32226-1760
Phone Number: +1 904-757-3603
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18:00 - 20:00
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Wed 18:00 - 20:00
Thu 13:00 - 16:00
Fri - Sat 18:00 - 20:00
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Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) non-profit...

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, so please check our website for the most up-to-date information.

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Must see! Great way to support great work

Don't let the first look fool you. The place looks kind of small and dinky when you pull up but they absolutely have a huge amount of room and of cats to see. We took the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Kitty Hawk, NC
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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was definitely a great experience I would recommend to anyone looking for something a little bit different. The sanctuary gives you an opportunity to get a close-up look at their magnificent residents, and the guides are incredibly friendly and knowledgable. The animals all seem very happy and extremely well-cared for, and it's nice to know that by visiting them,... More 

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Douglas, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

First thing is to understand this is not a fancy zoo but a small budget recuse place that is base on donations and volunteers. I read several reviews and I think the people the gave it poor rating do not understand the difference. That being said it was a great place. They cats are clearly their first and primary concern.... More 

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Kitty Hawk, NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Don't let the first look fool you. The place looks kind of small and dinky when you pull up but they absolutely have a huge amount of room and of cats to see. We took the nighttime feeding tour. I think the timing is important because usually big cats don't move much in the heat of the day. At night,... More 

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Lemont, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

My friend and I who work in animal rescue and rehabilitation were in town and found this place. We went during a night feeding. I feel like perhaps we didn't get the most experienced tour guide. Though he obviously had a passion for his job, I found myself listening in to the group behind us for better information. As it's... More 

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Thank SanDMo7
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is by far the best big cat sanctuary I've ever visited. They love their animals and the animals love them back. They even rescued some animals that are not big cats. You get an up-close and personal tour. The feeding of all the animals is one of the most incredible events you will see at a sanctuary. They feed... More 

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Thank Kimberly C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and i took two little ones we consider family. Make sure you go when the owner is feeding because he does it by hand and in some of the cages with the tigers. Good place to go to support a rescue and have a fun time.

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Thank Bryan H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My fiancé and I took a chance & decided to see the catty shack. From the outside it looks a little sketchy, but the second you pass the food trailer you see all these amazing tigers. We had do much fun! I can't wait to return with friends!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great time Educational warm friendly volunteers and staff. Good for young families or curious adults of any age. Highly recommend

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Deltona, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you love big cats this place is a must. Small enough to do the whole place in under an hour but trust me you will be there for more. So up close but very safe, try and make it for the blood Popsicle treat time. Will go again and this time for the night feeding.

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Thank Michael H
Queens, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited the santuary for a night feeding in November. The tour guide was knowledgeable and funny, but since I arrived for the last tour it went really quick. Tips: Arrive before 7:00 to optimize the tour. Also, it was quite dark, so tip # 2 would be to visit for a Daytime feeding or before Daylight savings time begins... More 

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