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

Runty, female white tiger

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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Registration for Fall Roar N’ Snore Now Open!

Sunday, October 18th, 2015 0 COMMENTS


Have you ever wanted to sleep under the stars with lions, tigers, and cougars? Now’s your chance! Join us November 21-22 for our bi-annual Roar N’ Snore Camp-out fundraiser. Due to the limited number of campsites available, you must pre-register.

Dates: Saturday, November 21 @ 3:00 PM – Sunday, November 22 @ 11:00 AM

Adults (ages 12 & up): $105 Each;
Children (ages 3-11): $50 Each

What’s Included:
12′ x 12′ Campsite Near Our Animals
Dinner on Saturday night
Night Feeding Tour (limited ONLY to Roar N’ Snore participants)
Bonfire and S’mores
Breakfast on Sunday morning

Your Campsite:
You will receive a map of our campgrounds via email within 48 hours. This email is separate from your PDF tickets. After receiving the map, please respond to with your top three choices for campsites. Sites will be given out according to response date.



  1. How do I register? Registration is available by clicking the orange button above.
  2. I’m having problems registering online. What do I do? Email
  3. What happens if the event is cancelled? We do not cancel events except for extreme conditions (ie: hurricanes) OR if we do not have enough campsites reserved. If Catty Shack cancels the event, everyone will receive FULL refund, including their deposits.
  4. Is there a limit to how many people can be on a campsite? Currently, no. However, please be aware of the number within your party and if you will all be able to sleep comfortably.
  5. I’m vegetarian – do you have a dinner option for me? Yes! Please make sure to mark your meal preference during check-out for each of your campers. We will have a meat option and a vegetarian option.
  6. Can I bring my own snacks? Yes. However, DO NOT bring any alcohol. This is a family friendly event. All coolers are subject to inspection.
  7. Do you have a bathroom? We have portolets available on site.
  8. Is there an alternate payment method instead of paying online? Yes. Please e-mail for more information.

Camping Rules

This is a family-friendly event. Your cooperation will help us keep it a FUN FAMILY experience. The Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary reserves the right to REMOVE any guest(s) without refund of any admission fees who do not follow these rules and/or endanger any animal and/or other guests with their actions.

  1. Tent Camping only. No motor homes, no pull campers, no fifth wheels allowed.
  2. No Smoking, No Alcohol, No Illegal Drugs, No Fireworks, and No Firearms are allowed on the grounds.
  3. No individual fires allowed. Service dogs are permitted.
  4. No pets allowed.
  5. No radios, No TV, and No loud music allowed.
  6. No swearing or obscene language or behavior.
  7. No individual grilling / no individual BBQ allowed.
  8. Be respectful of your fellow camper’s privacy.
  9. Be respectful of our sanctuary – please deposit garbage in the garbage receptacles and plastic bottles and cans in recycling receptacles.
  10. In order to ensure the safety of our guests and our animal residents, the general public entrance gates will be locked at 8:00 PM as well as our internal sanctuary gates. Once inside the sanctuary, you will not be allowed to go back to your parked cars until Sunday morning or unless escorted by a volunteer.
  11. Be respectful of the volunteers of The Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, Inc. They are here to insure everyone and our residents are safe and everyone has a good time.
  12. All children MUST be under adult supervision at all times, no running, taunting or teasing the animals.


Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:

Mojo BBQ

We Welcome a New Resident! You Can Help Name Him!

Friday, October 16th, 2015 0 COMMENTS

white nosed coatimundi
Catty Shack Ranch has a new resident! He 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.

We’re holding a contest to name our cute new arrival! The fee to submit a name is $10 per name. The winner will receive a photo of the baby coati and a Family VIP Pass for 4 to the Ranch. Best of all, the winner will have bragging rights – how many people have had the honor of naming a coatimundi?!

Come meet our new baby!

Help us name him!

Here’s how it works: Each name suggestion is $5.00. All proceeds go back to our residents at the ranch (for habitats, toys, food, etc.). You may submit as many names as you would like until December 15. After December 15, our Board of Directors and volunteers will meet to decide the final name. As soon as it is agreed upon, we will announce his new name!

Good luck!

How Many Names Are You Submitting?
Name Suggestion(s)


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