Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, Sarasota

#3 of 7 in Zoos & Aquariums in Southwest Gulf Coast
Zoo · Hidden Gem · Zoo / Aquarium
See and interact with more than 100 animals when you visit Big Cat Habitat and 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. Our Sarasota trip maker website makes visiting Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary and other Sarasota attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • We had fun! Enjoyed seeing all the animals. They looked clean and healthy and well cared for. Staff was very friendly and helpful. We would go back!  more »
  • My kids and I had a really great experience at the Big cat habitat. Amazing how close you get to the animals and we were able to feed the bears and tigers. Most importantly the animals appear to be...  more »
  • I think what Big Cat is doing is tremendous. I think the facility looks well run and well cared for. That being said the talks/lectures in the big ring went on far too long. 1/2 an hour for the big cat show. This could easily be condensed to not more than 15 minutes as the longer it runs the more and more it sounds like propaganda (and I agree with most of your premises). The trainer obviously loves the animals and what he is doing but if he could get to the point more quickly it would not be so uncomfortable for the audience. Respectfully, thank you.
  • Wonderful jewel in Sarasota. Lovely intimate animal sanctuary where big cats and bears (and other animals) are well cared for. You get so close you can almost touch these beautiful creatures. Feels like a family run facility. Very "old Florida." I highly recommend this charming place.

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