In Loving Memory of Apache

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 4 COMMENTS


On Thursday February 25, we said goodbye to Apache, one of our beloved cougars. He was almost 18 years old, having been born in July, 1998 and he had enjoyed life at Catty Shack Ranch since 2010. He relished the special attention loving volunteers gave to him. Many of us spent extra time with him, talking to him and enjoying his deep purring response. As with many wild animals, although he was aging and slowing down, he enjoyed life and ate well up to the very end and died peacefully in his sleep.

Apache had the most beautiful expressive eyes. Visitors and volunteers were captivated by his handsome face. He was a wise and calm presence in our cougar area.

Apache, you’re now free to rest in peace. Close those big beautiful eyes and know that you are dearly loved and very much missed, special boy.


Your Volunteers

January Anniversaries

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016 0 COMMENTS

Brie, female Siberian tiger

We love to celebrate the birthdays and arrival anniversaries of all the animals who reside with us at Catty Shack Ranch.  Our records do not indicate that we have any January birthday honorees.

We have many January arrival anniversaries to celebrate!  We’ll never forget January 15, 2013 when six tigers arrived in sunny Florida from 5 degree weather in Wisconsin.  The 3 “Cheeseheads”, Colby, Brie and Monterey were 6 weeks old and weighed only 9 to 11 pounds.  The youngsters, the “Fluffies”, Star, Sprout and Runty sported thick, luxurious fur coats (and a layer of body fat!) suitable for keeping them warm in cold weather.  What changes we’ve watched as they all have grown and thrived in our loving care!Tal, male African lion

Long Tail and No Tail, two of the cougars, arrived on January 19, 2001.  They enjoy sunning themselves on their platforms and watching over their cougar and horse pasture neighbors.

On January 29, 2008, Tal the lion arrived.  He reigns majestically over the back area of the Ranch, taking care of his beloved lady, Nyra.

Come visit the Ranch and celebrate all these animals’ anniversaries.  We love you Colby, Brie, Monterey, Star, Sprout, Runty, Long Tail, No Tail and Tal

Our New Coatimundi Has a Name!

Monday, December 21st, 2015 0 COMMENTS


Congratulations to Cathy C. and Julie T. for both suggesting the winning name submission! You own the bragging rights! Our new coatimundi, now 7 months old, has been named “Cody”! Cody and Callie…that has a nice ring to it! We want to thank everyone for their suggestions and for your support of our mission!

If you did not read the original article, Cody is a white-nosed coatimundi that had been a private pet. He was born in early June and has grown a lot since arriving at the Ranch at 8 weeks old.

When he first arrived, we kept him in isolation to protect him and all our other animals. He received vaccinations and vet check-ups just like a puppy or kitten. Now that he is bigger, he lives in the enclosure near Khala Hala and BJ, the leopards. He’ll be neutered when he’s about 6 months old. Ultimately, he may be introduced to Callie, our other coatimundi, to see if they can live together.

He loves to climb and explore his new home, burrowing in his blankets and hunting for delicious insects. He eats raw meat, veggies and lots of fruit. He enjoys cookies and marshmallows as treats, of course.

Come meet our new baby!

View him under “Residents” –

You Win! We Win! Watch the Giants (Hopefully) Win!

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 0 COMMENTS


Cheer the Jacksonville Giants ABA basketball team on to victory from your bargain priced Club Seat and benefit the Catty Shack Ranch by doing so!

The Giants play the Jackson Showboats at 7 PM on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at the Jacksonville Veteran’s Memorial Arena.

You can buy $20 Club Seat tickets to this game for only $10 each from Catty Shack Ranch.  Your favorite animals receive $5 for each ticket we sell. Tickets may be purchased at the Ranch during normal visiting hours.

Support the Giants! Support the animals! Yeah!

Holiday Hint: This makes a great gift for all the basketball fans on your shopping list!

For more information, or to purchase a different quantity of tickets, please contact


Lions, Tigers, and Santa…Oh My!

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 0 COMMENTS


Santa is coming to Catty Shack Ranch on Saturday and Sunday, December 12th and 13th. Come visit him and the animals AND help make Christmas brighter for others!

Catty Shack Ranch is partnering with Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Zone 6 to collect gifts for children in need in Oceanway. We’re collecting new/unwrapped gifts that are appropriate for a child of any age. JSO Zone 6 has carried on this tradition for 7 years and we are proud to help their efforts.

The Ranch will be open from 1:00 until 4:00 PM both days. Last admission is at 3:15 PM. Entry fees are $10 for those age 12 and over; $5 ages 3 – 11; and free for infants under 3. Strollers and cameras are welcome!

Bring your Christmas list and a gift for a child in need! Santa and our animals are waiting for you!

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets. We highly suggest purchasing tickets in advance to avoid waiting in line.

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