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Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary, Sarasota

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#3 of 6 in Zoos & Aquariums in Southwest Gulf Coast
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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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  • First, I must say it is great to see how well these animals are treated and they are not cooped up in a zoo and that the people running the place truly love these animals. Also, it is great to know th...  more »
  • Outstanding place with kids. Petting zoo. Big Cat rescues all sorts of animals and it is a wonderful place to visit.  more »
  • Needed a break from the beach and this was a great way to spend the day. The animals are well cared for and the staff was excellent. The big cat show is worth see both for the animals and for the mess...  more »
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  • Big Cat Habitat is less of a habitat and more of a confinement space for animals. Though it's cool to see many species of cats and monkeys that I've never seen before in my life, to see the conditions that they are living in is downright depressing. The cats are locked in pens that can't be any larger than 15x10 for most of the day until they can be let out to the "exercise" pens, where the cats generally lazed around or paced the sides of the pens. The petting zoo was the most fun I had all day, but there were still too many goats that were kept in a pen together. The llamas (perhaps alpacas? There wasn't a sign) were kept with emus in a 5x20 ft pen, and they didn't seem happy. And I guess that's the real thing: none of the animals seemed happy. Monkeys were beating on the sides of cages to be let out, something that I've never seen at a zoo, cats paced the sides of pens over and over, and the bears just pace and sway from side to side. I think it's great that they rescue these animals, but at what cost? Is this a form of well intentioned torture? I can't say. But I can say that I will never return to the Big Cat Habitat again. I arrived feeling excited and elated to see such beautiful creatures, only to leave depressed for these animals.
  • Excellent facility for the big animals that need a second chance in life! You can just see the love and passion the owners and volunteers have for these animals while educating the public on what they do and what these beautiful creatures need! This facility can not afford to advertise as all the money they receive go right back to the animals in their care. Word of mouth on what they do here is what they need to continue to be successful. I am happy to provide that with this review! Well worth a visit to this amazing facility!
  • They take very good care of the animals. Once you pay your admission fee they have shows you can see for free. You can feed the cats and bears for a small fee. As of May 2017 the cost was 1 for $3.00 or 2 for $5.00 which I thought was reasonable. They also have a petting zoo, pony rides, and a small food stand with drinks, snacks, hot dogs, hamburgers, and other items. I did not eat there. It was over 90 degrees when we went and we really didn't feel the heat as much because of all the shade they had there. You feed the cats in a covered area which they have fans on so for both you and the cats it was much cooler than outside. I did cry when I saw them in a cage but had to keep reminding myself they would have been killed if they weren't rescued because some idiot thought they could keep them as a pet. They have a larger enclosure where they rotate the cats so they can play an exercise. They are gorgeous creatures and very health looking. Non of them looked sad to me.
  • Loved the big cats, birds and reptiles. The cost of admission goes toward the care of the animals. A great place to visit.
  • The kids loved it. Spent 3 hours & 45 mins there. Very fun. Lots of animals.