Lions and tigers and leopards–oh my! For anyone hunting a unique and exciting experience, The Catty Shack Wildlife Sanctuary is your ideal destination. For a small fee, guests observe feedings and join guided tours of over 40 sanctuary residents. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are lead by volunteers of the facility.
The Catty Shack is a non profit organization whose admission fees go solely to take care of the animals. These residents include tigers, lions, cougars, leopards, bobcats, foxes and coatimundis. All residents come from owners who can no longer take care of them, and they remain at the sanctuary for life.
Although nighttime feeding tours are more eventful (the big cats are nocturnal), you can save some money by taking a daytime tour. These run from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Thursdays and one Sunday each month. Daytime tours are offered select other days as well, so check its website for upcoming tours. These discounted rates are only $10 for anyone 12 and older, $5 for those 3 to 11 years old, and FREE for two and under.
The Catty Shack also offers half-price admission to those who donate blood at any of its routine blood drives on Sundays. Check its schedule online to verify upcoming drive dates.
FREE admission opportunities include:
- FREE for mom on Mother’s Day, with paid child admission
- FREE for dad on Father’s Day, with paid child admission
- FREE for active duty, reserve, and retired military on Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day
- FREE for active duty, reserve, and retired military–as well as active duty and retired first responders on Patriot Day (Sept.11)
The Catty Shack Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 1860 Starratt Road and can be reached at 904-757-3603.