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Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary, Sarasota

(4.4/5 based on 850+ reviews on the web)
See and interact with more than 100 animals when you visit Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary. Get close to tigers, a lion, bears, primates, birds, tortoises, and even a liger (a cross between a lion and a tiger). Stop by the animal shows, or hop into the petting zoo to play with them. You can feed the bears and big cats. Later, you can feed yourself at the snack bar. To visit Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary and get the most from your holiday in Sarasota, create itinerary details personal to you using our Sarasota holiday planner.
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  • Enjoyed the big cats, bears, baby goats, birds, and turtles. The place is very well kept and the animals appear to be very well taken care of. You can tour the place at your own pace. The volunteers a...  more »
  • Very fun to see all the animals as well as the shows with animals. They have an actual Liger. You can walk around at your own pace.  more »
  • Anyone who loves a circus performance will love this show. The family running this sanctuary on a shoe string budget does heavily plea for donations during the show, but seeing these animals in a smal...  more »
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  • This place is super boring and too little and over priced as hell. The food is mega expensive and they only take cash. The worst part is they don't sell beer! Also no strollers in the show arena. The animals are super cool but they talk way too much in the shows and begging people for money literally. When they already have tons of money. The people working were nice except for some ladies that kept yelling like a phsyco at my 3 year old for running. Like it was a big huge deal to run.
  • Love the goats in the petting zoo and the big cat show! Chimp was very cute and well cared for. Grizzly bears will wave at you! Super cool place to bring your family. Support local rescues!
  • I'm from Sarasota and this was the first time I went... what a hidden gem here! Super show, great people, and super clean facilities!!! There were over 50! Big cats! And both shows were super entertaining... it's amazing how close you can get to the cats. And the price was cheap Going on the annual or more visit!
  • We thoroughly enjoyed this family owned and operated habitat and sanctuary. Easy to find with plenty of free parking. The two shows were quite well done but, I thought a bit too preachy regarding donating to the "right" animal welfare groups. The highlight is, of course, the animals of which they have many, all well cared for and loved.
  • There are fabulous big cats to see and many more animals as well. The show is very educational about their rescue mission. I took the opportunity to feed a lion and a tiger with a chunk of meat on a stick and have never been so close to big cats.