Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, JacksonvilleCurrently Closed
- Address: 1860 Starratt Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32226, United States
- Timings: 01:00 pm - 04:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-9047573603
- Ticket Price: 10 USD
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Wildlife Sanctuary , Zoo, Walking Area, Family And Kids
About Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, Jacksonville
The initiative was taken around 30 years ago by a nature lover Curator Curt to create something so beautiful and exotic. The mission was to conserve the lovely big cat species rather tigers. As you come here you can expect to see these mighty and gorgeous creatures in a large number. Starting from the large ones to the cute cubs, the black as well as white ones, here you will see tigers from all over the world, especially Africa.
The park was declared a non- profit organization after a few years of its establishment and is still only organized by volunteers. This is no doubt one of the must-visits in the city where you can have the closest encounters with tigers.
Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary Information
- It is preferable that you wear closed toe shoes as the path is mud packed.
- Bring a sunscreen as it is an outdoor tour completely and involves walking only.
- Bug sprays are extremely desirable, especially in the night feeding tours.
- Children are most welcome in the night tour but very small children can get scared of the loud roars.
- Handicapped access is possible.
- There is a small cafe that offers snacks and regular soft drinks.
- The animals eat raw meat only.
Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary Ticket Prices
- $ 5 for children between 3-11 years.
- Free for children under 2 years.
Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary Opening and Closing Hours
- Night tours end at 7:15 PM
- Tours last for 40 – 45 minutes
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Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, Jacksonville Reviews
It was really cool and everyone was really knowledgable, but I hate how small the cages are even though most of the animals are old and cant get around much anymore anyway. They need more support and donations so they can expand. They are building some new large "habitats" so that should be awesome. The cats love their caretakers, but 4 stars because u cant pay to get closer to the cats or get a "behind the scenes" tour. Id pay for that!! 😊
We went to a night feeding and it was great. The cats were very active. To watch them feed them was scary just to hear them. What amazed me is the fact they didn't fight over the food. I would highly recommend this place, but bring your bug spray.
We had a lovely visit to the catty Shack. The tour was very informative and entertaining. And the night feeding, FANTASTIC! The sounds of the lions roaring, and the tigers shear power is awe inspiring. They are such beautiful creatures. And there is a special place in my heart for the mountain lions, since I have personally seen one in the wild. They are scary in a majestic way. It was cool outside, but they had hot chocolate and tea to keep us warm. We will definitely return for the camping in the spring.
This sanctuary is spectacular. My husband and I had an amazing experience at feeding time. You definitely get to experience more interaction with the beautiful wildlife than you would at the zoo. We would rather spend our time here than we did at the Jacksonville Zoo. Hopefully in the future we will be able to bring our little ones when they are older.
Went to the Catty Shack during feeding time and it's amazing to watch these big cats feed! The interaction with the volunteer staff is fascinating and these big cats are exceptionally well maintained and loved. I have never seen so many Tigers in my life, there are probably 30-40 along with two Lions, Panthers, and smaller cats like Leopards. Definitely a great place for kids and grown ups alike. Wear comfortable shoes, and prepare for mild walking. Recommend!
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