Tour FAQ

Daytime Tours

Night Feeding Tours

What to Bring

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When are Daytime Tours?

Please visit our Public Tour dates on our website for a listing of upcoming tour dates.

 

 

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What can I expect during a Daytime Tour?

When you arrive for your Daytime Tour, you’ll begin your visit with a quick welcome video. Shortly afterwards, you will be taken on a guided tour with one of our volunteers. Tours last approximately 40-45 minutes and include information about our facilities, facts about the species we house – both in the wild and in captivity, personal stories about some of our residents, explanation of habitats, enrichment activities, food, and much more. You are welcome to ask any questions you may have.

Since our residents are mostly nocturnal (big cats can sleep up to 20 hours a day), you will most likely find most of our animals sleeping.

 

 

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What is included in the admission cost to a Daytime Tour?

  • Admission to the ranch from 1 – 4 PM (last admittance @ 3:15 PM)
  • Guided tour of our animals & facilities with one of our tour guides

 

 

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When are Night Feeding Tours?

Please visit our Public Tour dates on our website for a listing of upcoming tour dates.

 

 

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What can I expect during a Night Feeding Tour?

When you arrive for your Night Feeding Tour, you’ll begin your visit with a quick welcome video. Shortly afterwards, you will be taken on a guided tour with one of our volunteers. Tours last approximately 40-45 minutes and include information about our facilities, facts about the species we house – both in the wild and in captivity, personal stories about some of our residents, explanation of habitats, enrichment activities, food, and much more. You are welcome to ask any questions you may have.

You may use any time between the tour and the beginning of our night feeding to grab a snack at our concession stand, take a break under our tent, or watch our animals at your own leisure. At 7:30 PM, we will begin feeding at the back of the property and work our way to the front.

Curt, our founder and executive director, will lead the 7:30 PM night feeding. While feeding our residents, Curt will interact with some of our residents as well as educate the crowd on the various species. Our night feeding often gets loud with our residents roaring – lions can be heard up to five miles away!

Since our residents are mostly nocturnal and are used to being fed at night, they will be quite awake. You will find them watching our visitors, swimming in their pools, and playing with each other.

 

 

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What is included in the admission cost to a Night Feeding Tour?

  • Admission to the ranch from 6 – 8 PM (last admittance @ 7:15 PM)
  • Guided tour of our animals & facilities with one of our tour guides
  • Feeding tour led by our executive director (@ 7:30 PM)

 

 

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Are the Night Feeding Tours scary?

No. However, if you have young children that are scared of loud noises, the residents’ roars may be a little frightening.

 

 

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What do the animals eat?

Our residents eat mostly raw chicken and a little red meat. We mix in additional vitamins and calcium supplements.

 

 

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Should I bring sunscreen?

Yes. There are some shaded spots throughout your tour, but you may want to wear or bring sunscreen (especially when visiting in the summer).

 

 

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What about bug spray?

Bug spray is highly suggested, especially when visiting for a night feeding.

 

 

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What shoes should I wear?

You are welcome to wear any shoes you feel comfortable in. However, remember your tour is outside, on packed dirt, and is approximately one mile.

If it has been raining, we suggest wearing closed-toed shoes because there may be some mud.

 

 

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Can I bring my camera/video camera?

Yes, you are welcome to bring your camera and/or video camera! Our residents are used to visitors, so please feel free to take as many pictures as you want. (Flash photography is permitted.)

 

 

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Do you have bathrooms?

We currently have port-o-lets. There are two port-o-lets available for use at the front of our property and one in the back.

 

 

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Do you have baby-changing facilities?

We currently do not.

 

 

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Do you have a concessions stand?

Yes! Our concessions stand offers a variety of snacks such as water, soda, chips, candy, nachos, corn dogs, hot dogs, and more! Selection varies per day.

 

 

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When are you open?

Visit our Public Tours under Hours of Operation for a full listing of upcoming tours. Since we are run completely by volunteers, we are only open on specific days.

 

 

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It’s raining. Are you still open?

Yes! Our tours run rain or shine.

 

 

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Is Catty Shack Ranch outside?

Yes, your time visiting us will be spent outside.

 

 

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How long are tours?

Tours will vary depending on your tour guide, but generally will last 40-45 minutes.

 

 

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How much walking is involved in a tour?

All our tours are walking tours. Your complete tour is approximately one mile (at a leisurely pace). However, we are accessible to our mobility-impaired guests! For those that cannot walk the whole mile, there are two options for them:

  1. We are wheelchair-accessible: our paths are packed dirt, but are fairly easy to navigate with a wheelchair. There is a small patch of dirt before reaching the animals that is softer and you may need a push through.
  2. We also offer golf cart tours. Ask our cashier about a golf cart when you check-in and they will make sure a driver/tour guide is ready for you with the golf cart.

 

 

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What type of paths does Catty Shack have?

We currently have packed-dirt pathways.

 

 

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Are you handicap accessible?

Yes! For those that are mobility-impaired, we offer two options:

  1. Wheelchair Accessible – our paths are packed dirt, but are fairly easy to navigate with a wheelchair. There is a small patch of dirt before reaching the animals that is softer and you may need a push through.
  2. Golf cart tour – ask our cashier about a golf cart when you check-in and they will make sure a driver/tour guide is ready for you with the golf cart.

 

 

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Can I bring my children?

Yes! We are child-friendly and have had children of all ages visit us.

Please note, if your child is scared of loud noises, our residents can be fairly loud during night feedings.

 

 

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Can I bring my stroller?

Yes! Our paths are packed dirt, but are fairly easy to navigate with a stroller.

 

 

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Can I take photos?

Yes! Please bring your camera and take as many photos as you want.

 

 

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Can I pet a tiger/lion/etc.?

No. Most of our residents are Class I animals, which are not allowed to be handled in Florida except by licensed handlers

 

 

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