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Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, Jacksonville

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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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  • This place isn’t fancy, but amazing all the same’. Employees and/or volunteers were great, and the animals look well taken care of! Excited for their remodel, and upgrades!!! 
    This place isn’t fancy, but amazing all the same’. Employees and/or volunteers were great, and the animals look well taken care of! Excited for their remodel, and upgrades!!!  more »
  • I did 2 tours in 1 day, first one was the day tour, got to see them in the day however like most cats they are lounging around or naping, but the evening "feeding tour" was awesome. They do a... 
    I did 2 tours in 1 day, first one was the day tour, got to see them in the day however like most cats they are lounging around or naping, but the evening "feeding tour" was awesome. They do a...  more »
  • It was the coldest night of 2022 when visiting the catty shack for the night feeding. Even though it was cold everyone was very helpful and willing to discuss the cats welfare. There were a few... 
    It was the coldest night of 2022 when visiting the catty shack for the night feeding. Even though it was cold everyone was very helpful and willing to discuss the cats welfare. There were a few...  more »
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  • What a really cool place to see big cats and other wildlife. To be fair there's not a lot to do other than looking, but it's a good cause that we like so it was fun for us just to look at the tigers and other cats. On Sundays they do enrichment activities which would add a lot more entertainment value. The cost for entry is very inexpensive and supports the cats, if you like cats or your kids do, I highly recommend.
  • Such a great local hidden gem! If you're looking for a great way to support animals this place is a must see! Beautiful rescued tigers and other big cats. They're a volunteer based organization and working hard to provide these gorgeous creatures with new comfortable habitats to enjoy! A must see !
  • What a great place! The wonderful staff & volunteers are very knowledgeable, and take lots of time to talk to you. The big cats are very well taken care of and their habitats are clean. Thank you guys for all you for the critters, looking forward to my return visit. I wish I lived closer so I could volunteer and help you guys!
  • This place was amazing. I was a little hesitant when we pulled up, it doesn't look like it would be very much from the outside. But they have a lot of big cats it nice enclosures. Things are easy to see (if the cats aren't inside napping) and the people are amazing. The volunteers take time to talk to you about the animals and how they came there. You can tell everyone really loves what they do. Definitely a place to go.
  • The night feeding experience was fantastic! They have a wide variety of big cats and a handful of other exotic animals and watching them get their dinner was a real treat. My girl and I even sponsored one of the tigers. Totally worth it! Can't wait to go again

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