Big cats are on the prowl near Sarasota homes. Down at Big Cat Habitat wild cats such as tigers, lions, and ligers roam free. Cats aren’t the only animals in the sanctuary however. This safe space provides a haven for multiple exotic animals not able to survive in the wild. Many come from sad circumstances and now flourish in roomy enclosures and benefit from loving care. Bears, primates, birds, and tortoises live here as well. Not all the critters are wild though. Domestic animals welcome visitors in the petting zoo. People of all ages who are interested in feeling more connected, meet and greet friendly animals in the petting zoo. Here you can feed, pet, and socialize with llamas, goats, and emu.

Those who have always wanted to meet royalty make their way down to see the lions or resident "kings of the jungle". A male lion’s weight is generally around 418 pounds, while the females top off at 280 pounds. These cats are the second largest in the world and living comfortably in roomy enclosures on the Sarasota property.

Listen to the Liger Roar on Sarasota Property

One animal guests won’t want to miss is the liger. Ligers are hybrids, a cross between a lion and a tiger, the tiger being the mother and the lion being the father of this rare species. Lions and tigers usually stay within their own species, which is why they are so rare. The vast majority of ligers are captive born as only occasionally will these awesome animals cross species lines and mate in the wild.

The big cats are easily compared to kitties behaving mischievously back in Sarasota homes. And once getting to know the lions and tigers here a new respect may be gained for their smaller domestic relatives. But, besides the cats other animals beckon. Each animal is unique in it’s own way. Bears are cute, cuddly and wild altogether. Just like the story, there are three bears in the house. And one bear of the three, Chang Chang, has black fur and a light colored v across his chest. Birds are special as well and quite diverse, each colorful and bright. Tortoises too, young and old, are of different sizes too.

Needing a break from the heat check out the daily shows. Parrots in Paradise highlight amazing winged creatures and the Big Cats Encounter showcases predatory feline skills. All presentations are held in air conditioned arenas perfect for cooling down on warm Florida afternoons.

Plan a visit to the Big Cat Habitat and learn all about these majestic animals and the need for education and conservation. Get tickets here.