Catty Shack Hero: Ben B.

Thursday, August 21st, 2014 0 COMMENTS


Take a moment to meet our latest Catty Shack Hero: Ben B.! Ben is seven years old and visited Catty Shack earlier this year with his family. Last month he decided to set up a lemonade stand to raise money for our residents!


That’s not all he did for us! He even created survival bracelets to sell at his lemonade stand. He sold each bracelet for $2.00 and each cup of lemonade for $0.50. Through plenty of hard work he raised a total of $33 for the Ranch. Way to go, Ben!


Everyone at the Ranch (especially all the animals) say a big “THANK YOU!”


Read Ben’s letter to Catty Shack below.



Happy World Lion Day!

Sunday, August 10th, 2014 0 COMMENTS


Happy World Lion Day from our resident lions Freddy, Tal, Nyra, Mushada, and Shani!

Did you know it’s estimated there are fewer than 30,000 lions living in the wild today? Habitat loss and prey loss due to humans are bringing lions closer to extinction every year. In captivity, it is estimated there are over 1,000 African lions.

Want to show your support for the lions? “Adopt” one of our residents!

E-Newsletter Archive: June

Saturday, August 9th, 2014 0 COMMENTS

Two WhiteCheck out June’s e-newsletter! It includes a resident spotlight, an event spotlight, conservation news, and more!


June Newsletter (featuring Two White)

If you want to be the first to know about monthly events, specials, and more, make sure to sign up for our newsletter list. We’ll sometimes send out specials and coupons for upcoming events!

We even have our “Birthday Club” – all you have to do is share your birthday month with us and you’ll automatically be sent a birthday gift for your special day. It’s optional – but, hey, who doesn’t want another birthday gift?

You can sign up for our e-mail list in the form on the right-side of this page or through the form below. After signing up, you’ll receive a confirmation e-mail that you must click-through to approve joining our list before you’ll start receiving emails.

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Catty Shack Heroes: Girl Scout Troop Creates Rain Barrels

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 0 COMMENTS

Girl Scouts
Girl ScoutsRecently, we had the honor of partnering with Girl Scout Troop 1103 as they worked toward one of their awards. Troop 1103 had just finished their “Get Moving” Journey that focused on utilizing energy within the environment, conserving energy, recycling, and more, when they began thinking about their Bronze Award project. They had recently visited the Ranch during a Night Feeding and earned their “Animal Habitats” badge, so when they read in our newsletter about the Ranch being nominated as a Green Business of the Year (although we didn’t win), they realized there was an opportunity to help us.

Girl ScoutsAfter coordinating with Jordan, our volunteer coordinator, the troop decided to create rain barrels for the Ranch. They purchased large garbage cans, painted them, and inserted spigots and intake lines. The barrels will be installed around the Ranch to collect rainwater that will then be used for a variety of purposes, including cleaning, landscaping, and more.

Girl ScoutsIn accordance with the Bronze Award requirements, the troop also had to raise awareness about their project. During their Spring Cookie Sale, they handed out over 300 flyers for the Ranch! The girls also adopted our foxes (Chula and Tippy) at silver level in honor of the cookie sale mascot, “Luna the Arctic Fox.”

Girl ScoutsWe are thankful these girls decided to spend their time working on a project for Catty Shack! We are so excited about the new rain barrels and love having new friends who share our passion of animals. (Oh, and Tippy and Chula love their new adopters!)


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Make a Floridagram!

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 0 COMMENTS

Share your summer trip to Catty Shack through a Floridagram! Whether you’re a Jacksonville native or visiting us from across the world, sharing your experience can help tell everyone about the exciting tours our Ranch has to offer. Plus, it only takes a few minutes through this fun “app” created by Visit Florida!

Here’s all you have to do:

Visit this website
– Upload 3-5 pictures from your Catty Shack visit
– Choose a celebrity-narrated vacation story option
– Share your Floridagram on social media! (Don’t forget to use #Floridagram)


Check out these examples of Floridagrams:

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