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.

December Birthdays and Anniversaries

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 0 COMMENTS

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We’ll be busy ‘baking’ birthday cakes in December at the Ranch! On December 2nd, the “Cheeseheads”, Colby, Monterey, and Brie turn 3 years old. Colby and Monty are big boys and should grow even bigger! All three love to splash in their pool and score extra points for getting volunteers behind the fence totally soaked.

On December 9th, the party moves to their next door neighbors as Jade, Nikki, and Cayenne  who turn 4 years old. Watching them run and play now, it’s hard to imagine that they arrived as wobbly, fuzzy, puppy-sized tigers.

Several of our animals came to live at the Ranch in December’s past. Chula, our marbled fox, joined us 5 years ago. We chose the name “Chula” as it means ‘fox’ in the Choctaw Indian dialect. December 31, 2011 was a special New Year’s Eve for us. The “5 Girls”, Amara, Misha, Jade, Cayenne, and Nikki arrived as lively baby tigers, only 3 and 5 weeks old.

Happy Birthday Colby, Monterey, Brie, Jade, Nikki, and Cayenne! Happy Anniversary Chula, Amara, Misha, Jade, Nikki and Cayenne! We love you!

Check Us Out in Best at Travel Guide

Friday, November 20th, 2015 0 COMMENTS


Catty Shack Ranch is featured in an online Florida guide published by Best at Travel, a luxury travel agency located in London, England. We are one of only five Florida wildlife recommendations included in the guide.

Check out our listing at

Thank you, Best at Travel for promoting us! We are honored to be included in the guide. We love that our photo is of a cougar/puma/panther/mountain lion, indigenous to North America.

We regularly host visitors from the UK at the Ranch and look forward to introducing our beloved animals to many more friends.

November Birthdays and Anniversaries

Sunday, November 1st, 2015 0 COMMENTS











We have several birthdays to celebrate in November. Nokia, our beautiful white tiger turns 17 years old on November 3. We also mark the anniversary of her arrival at the Ranch this month.  She came to us as a tiny 3-day old cub. Nokia enjoys her role as Animal Ambassador, having participated in the St. Augustine Easter and Christmas parades. She also reigned as cover star of the AT&T Companion Yellow Pages phone book several years ago.

Two of our “5 Girls”, Amara and Misha turn 4 years old on November 25. They and their 3 ‘roommates’ (aka ‘partners in crime!’) amuse Ranch visitors and volunteers with their non-stop activity – chasing, swimming, enjoying enrichment challenges. Now that they are 4, they plan to turn phone books and cardboard tubes into even finer confetti!

Nokia is our only Arrival Anniversary celebrant.

Happy Birthday Nokia, Amara and Misha!  Happy Anniversary Nokia! We love you!

Kids Free November – Come Visit the Ranch!

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 2 COMMENTS

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Hey Kids, November is a great month to visit Catty Shack Ranch for free! From November 1 through November 30, 2015, up to 5 children (ages 3 – 11) get in FREE with a general admission paying adult. This offer is valid for any of our regular events (Night Feedings and Daytime Tours) and no coupons are required.

If you haven’t visited the Ranch before, come meet our animals and learn some interesting facts about them. The animals (and volunteers) welcome back our repeat visitors – we have a new baby coatimundi to introduce to you!

Catty Shack Ranch is proud to participate again in this citywide event sponsored by Visit Jacksonville. We are one of the fun opportunities for families to enjoy in Jacksonville.

We hope to see you soon!

Note: This special offer does not apply to our Roar N’ Snore event or for private and/or special tours for schools, organizations or associations.

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