A Safe Place

White TigerWe offer a safe place for big cats and many other animals. We are a safe haven for animals! read more...


Come see the tigers!Meet our tigers...we have many healthy and happy tigers you can come visit. Meet all of our tigers!


Lions SarasotaThe Big Cat Habitat cares for many lions. They have a safe place for life and we invite you to come see them anytime! Meet our lions!

Other Animals

Beautiful Birds in SarasotaWe have many other beautiful animals at the Big Cat- bears, chimps, a petting zoo, birds and much more! Read more...

2016 Giving Challenge!

You can make a difference for Big Cat Habitat…YOUR gift can DOUBLE or TRIPLE in the 2016 Giving Challenge!

September 20th at noon to September 21st at noon will be our fourth year participating in the Community Foundation Giving Challenge. This year, we are really excited because ALL donations may count DOUBLE or TRIPLE!

The donations of all new donors (those who have not given to Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary during previous Giving Challenges) will be "matched" 2:1, from $25-100 by The Patterson Foundation. ALL returning donor gifts from $25-$100 will be matched 1:1 by The Patterson Foundation.

Over 95% of our budget goes directly to the care of the animals and improvement of their habitats. Your donation will help us to improve habitats and animal enrichment.

This past week, on Sept 11, 2016, we accepted into our care, a remarkable and very rare 7 year old Tigon (cross between a Tiger and Lion). His name is Rahja. Your continued support is so important to us; for every time we take in an animal in need, we commit to providing them a safe and permanent home for the rest of their lives.

Visit www.givingpartnerchallenge.org to support the animals now!

The 2016 Giving Challenge is made possible by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and The Patterson Foundation with support from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Manatee Community Foundation, and the Herald-Tribune Media Group.

What you can do to help:

Visit www.givingpartnerchallenge.org during Sept 20-21, Noon-Noon, and select Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary as recipient of your donations.
Visit us on Facebook. Like us, share our posts about the Challenge, and Invite your friends to Like us!
Use #GivingChallenge2016 and #BigCatHabitat in your Social Media to spread the word about the challenge!
We and The Animals THANK YOU!


Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary - A Safe Place for All Animals

The sanctuary is OPEN Friday through Saturday, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.

Come help us raise money to support the animals all year long!


Learn About Big Cat Habitat!

We are a non-profit safe haven for big cats, bears, and other animals in need. The Big Cat Habitat was founded by Kay Rosaire who has more than 30 years of experience working with and caring for exotic animals. Our goal is to educate the public by fostering appreciation for animals and stressing the importance of habitat preservation.

You Can Visit the Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary

You can come visit us and learn more about the animals we take in. More importantly you will be able to see all the beautiful animals and see what truly caring for these amazing creatures means. There are many ways to visit:

You can call us at 941-371-6377 to learn more about visiting us.

The Rosaire’s have long been noted for rescuing and offering a safe haven at their sanctuary, the Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, a 501©(3) Non-Profit Organizations that take in mistreated and unwanted animals.