Campsites are Now Available!

Sunday, September 18th, 2016 0 COMMENTS


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This event has a limited number of campsites. You must register in advance.

Join us this November for an unforgettable camping experience! The Roar ‘n Snore is the perfect way to start your Thanksgiving holiday. Where else can you sleep under the stars and listen to the unique sounds of big cats – lions, tigers, leopards, and more. The Roar ‘n Snore offers a great opportunity to spend time at the ranch in a much smaller, more personalized group.

Your admission includes a campsite in our field by the enclosures of our tigers and lions*, dinner Saturday evening, a Night Feeding tour, an all-night bonfire (with s’mores!), and breakfast Sunday morning. You must bring your own camping equipment; we do not have any for rent. Coolers with drinks and snacks are permitted – Alcohol is prohibited. All coolers are subject to inspection.

Additional snacks, drinks (sodas & water) and souvenirs will be available the day of the event for purchase (cash, check, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa are accepted forms of payments at the ranch).

Saturday, November 19, 2016 – Check-in begins at 3:00p.m.

through Sunday, November 20, 2016 – Check-out ends at 11:00a.m.

Adults: $105
Children (3-11): $50

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. *Campsites are selected based on date of registration. Campsite map will be provided after registration.

Beware…the Haunted Forest Returns!

Saturday, August 27th, 2016 0 COMMENTS

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Join us for our biggest event of the year! This October, the forest comes alive with monsters and … Venture through hair-raising scenes like the Infirmary and Butcher Shoppe or see if you survive the Electric Chair! And be sure to watch out for zombies!

Don’t want to test your luck in the Haunted Forest? Check out the Ghoul Garden located by the foxes or stop by the Laboratory for a fun, gooey, hands-on experience! (Not to worry parents, there will be a clean-up station available.) And of course, there will be plenty of time to view the animals! Knowledgeable volunteers will be present throughout the sanctuary to tell you all about our residents and answer any questions you may have.

Themed crafts will be offered under the main tent for kids to create and take home with them! Try out games like Guess the Number of Eyeballs in the Jar and you may win a family pass to the sanctuary! As you exit, all kids will receive a bag of candy to take home! Great for all ages, our Halloween Haunted Forest is sure to thrill you!

Costumes are encouraged, but not required. The Costume Contest will take place on Sunday, October 16th at 3:00 PM. The winner will receive a 6-Visit Pass to the sanctuary!


Although reservations are not required, we strongly suggest purchasing your tickets in advance to avoid waiting in line. 

Tickets may be pre-purchased up to 24 hours prior to the event by using the green “Tickets” button on any Haunted Forest event page. Tickets may also be purchased at the ranch – cash, credit Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are accepted forms of payment at the ranch. Tickets are non-refundable.

Please Note: Our usual Friday and Saturday night feeding events will NOT take place during Haunted Forest weekends.

**The Florida Department of Transportation encourage travelers to use the 511 Traveler Information System before hitting the road to stay up-to-date on crashes, congestion, and construction along the route to the Haunted Forest. The 511 system provides information on all of Florida’s interstates, toll roads, and other major metropolitan roadways.

For real-time traffic updates, travelers can call 511 toll-free, visit, download the free 511 mobile app on Apple App Store or Google Play, or follow FL511 on Twitter.

In Loving Memory of Topaz

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 3 COMMENTS


Our hearts are again heavy as we mourn yet another of our beloved animals at Catty Shack Ranch. Sadly, Topaz, our golden tabby tiger died peacefully in her sleep on July 18, 2016. She had been in remission from lymphoma for about 18 months.

Topaz is another of our residents whose personality and beauty attracted the attention (and love) of visitors and volunteers. Topaz was almost 17 years old and had enjoyed life at Catty Shack since 2000. She was a rare “golden tabby” or “strawberry” tiger of which there are fewer than 30 to 60 in existence. This recessive gene resulted in her distinctive coloration – a creamy background with orange stripes. Black eyebrows accentuated her exotic light-colored, almond-shaped eyes. Her thick plush coat reminded all her friends of a favorite soft stuffed animal. One can only imagine safely giving her a hug and how luxurious that would have felt! Everyone noticed and loved her. She was everyone’s special diva and she knew it.

Catty Shack Ranch is grateful to the local veterinary community for all the care and treatment they generously donate to our animals. Topaz had special friends at SEVO-Med (Southeast Veterinary Oncology and Internal Medicine) and Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Orange Park.  When she was diagnosed with lymphoma in early 2015, she received radiation treatments, surgery and ongoing chemotherapy. We were overjoyed that not only was she granted a little more time with a happy quality of life but she was in remission from lymphoma. She celebrated this victory with a special graduation cap (which she only wore while sedated at the hospital) and a cake like no other, made of ground meat, iced with liverwurst and decorated with her name. Her cap still hangs in our executive office.

Topaz’ story of remission and her happy continued enjoyment of life brings much hope and inspiration to everyone. “Team Topaz”, her legion of followers and admirers remains optimistic that someday we will all live free of cancer.

For much of her life at Catty Shack Ranch, Topaz lived with Binky. He misses her as a companion and neighbor. Her legacy lives on as she was the mother of Hercules, Athena and Aphrodite.

Dear exquisite Topaz, we love you and miss you! We are grateful to have cared for you throughout your life at the Ranch. Your porch is a forlorn and lonely spot without you there, resting and gazing out over the Ranch. Your volunteers really miss your friendly chuffs as we cleaned your enclosure.

Rest in peace, our beautiful diva! You are now free! We love you!

In Loving Memory of Tal

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 4 COMMENTS

Tal        We grieve and mourn (and cry) whenever we lose any of our beloved animals. Some farewells are more difficult to announce and adjust to than others.

       Sadly, we said goodbye to Tal the lion on July 10, 2016. X-rays showed he had advanced stages of cancer in several areas and no treatment would have eased future suffering or provided the quality of life he deserved. The decision to let them go is never easy and the responsibility to make that determination is never taken lightly. Tal was about 15 years old and had been at Catty Shack Ranch for over 8 years. His larger than life personality endeared him to all the visitors and volunteers. He was our “Complaint Department” and our “Grumpy Old Man”.

       For much of his time at the Ranch, he lived with Nyra, our lioness with whom he was smitten from his arrival. They were a true royal couple. Visitors delighted in his menacing growl and lunge, warning us that she was HIS pride, belonged to HIM and we’d better leave her alone (or ELSE…). Children and adults jumped when he spoke in those terms. Everyone who attended a night feeding was treated to his after dinner roar, thanking us for his meal and comparing notes with Freddy. Daytime visitors enjoyed his response to an intriguing “roar” from out of sight in the woods. Nyra took care of him also. She lovingly stood guard over him as he awakened after necessary sedation. She thoroughly tested all enrichment toys and activities before allowing him to play with them.

       We know that his absence causes her grief also. Easing her sorrow, smothering her with love and keeping her spirits buoyed will help the volunteers heal also.


       As volunteers cleaned the enclosures, we were always reminded, in NO uncertain terms, that we were permitted to place Tal and Nyra safely away in their lockout dens and thoroughly clean their home only if HE allowed such and next time, the bribery fee was going to be MORE THAN two measly chicken pieces (OR ELSE…). There is nothing like a 600 pound lion delivering such a message at your face level (accompanied by warm lion breath and droplets of spit) to catch your attention!

       Tal, we love you and miss you dearly. We promise to take special care of your lady, Nyra. She will continue to bask in our love and enjoy phone books to shred and catnip claw breaker balls to bat around and demolish. You may now relax in a place when there is no rain to flatten your majestic mane, where your handsome face will continue to be admired and the sound of your roar carries farther than 5 miles.

Rest in Peace, Magnificent One! We love you


All the Volunteers and Nyra   

July and August Birthdays and Arrival Anniversaries

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 0 COMMENTS

July Anniversaries and Birthdays

Catty Shack Ranch is observing several residents’ birthdays and anniversaries in July and August. As we are so grateful to be able to care for all our animals, we try to celebrate everyone’s birthday and/or arrival anniversary. Even if we are not open to the public, they each get special treats (and extra loving thoughts) on their very own special day.

Al and Tucker, our cougar boys are 15 years old on July 14th. These handsome guys were once blue-eyed babies in spotted coats. We celebrate the July arrival anniversaries for Nero (in 2010) and Cody (in 2015). Nero, our largest tiger, has splashed and played in his pool since his arrival day. Cody the coatimundi has grown from a tiny baby into an ever-active entertaining acrobat.

On August 8th, Valeria the cougar will be 14 years old. She supervises Al and Tucker from across the aisle, often high up on her platform. The “Fluffies”, tigers Runty, Star and Sprout will be 5 years old on August 14th. They will enjoy a splashing good pool party. Spiderman the tiger will be 9 years old in August. He will tell you he’d love to smash a pumpkin or shred a phone book as he celebrates!

Three of our animals came to Catty Shack Ranch, their forever home in August. Tamara the tiger arrived in 2000. She chuffs and seeks attention from all the volunteers. Sarah, the tiger who greets you at the entry to Tiger Row arrived in 2009. Many of us call her “Sweet Sarah” for a reason. Tippy, our silver fox, arrived in 2013. She runs around and digs burrows in our fox enclosure. Ask her what a fox says!

Come visit our animals soon and bring your personal greetings to these special celebrants.

Happy Birthday Al, Tucker, Val, Runty, Star, Sprout and Spiderman! Happy Anniversary Nero, Cody, Tamara, Sarah and Tippy! We love you!

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