Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, Jacksonville

See Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, where rescued wild cats are cared for. Animals seized due to illegal or poor ownership are permanent residents of this sanctuary. You can interact with volunteers and meet about 40 animals, among which are tigers, lions, cougars, leopards, bobcats, arctic foxes, and coatimundis. Take a guided tour, usually scheduled in the afternoon and evening and find out about the species currently at the sanctuary, their habitats, activities, and life stories. Because this is a volunteer operation, tour times and hours can vary, so double-check the website before going. To visit Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary and other attractions in Jacksonville, use our Jacksonville travel route planning website .
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  • These animals came from bad situations but are now well cared for....very easy to view them all. Night feeding show them much more active. Great experience.  more »
  • Nice place, clean and with a great job. The seriousness of their work and the treatment of animals.
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  • We went at 6:30 at the Cathy Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary for a visit to see feed the cats who live in this sanctuary. (located 30 minutes from the Downtown of Jacksonville) Superb extremely erudite visit with a volunteer on the lives of the cats in captivity. The time starts at 19:30 with the arrival of healers coming to feed the cats. Very spectacular to be next to a tiger, a lion, a Cougar swallowing his meal. All of the present felines in this Sanctuary were rescued from certain death and it emerges from this visit lots of love between men and animals. We recommend.
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