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Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary is a wildlife park wedding venue located in Sarasota County, Florida. This venue also operates as a preserve and habitat for over 150 exotic and domestic animals. Couples looking to celebrate their nuptials surrounded by some of nature’s most awe-inspiring fauna will find a suitable wedding event location at Big Cat Habitat.
Facilities and Capacity
Couples beginning their lives together at this venue can enjoy both an immersive outdoor experience as well as reception-friendly spaces under tents outfitted with colorful decor and romantic lighting. Trees and other vegetation on the grounds supplement the zoo theme, resulting in a wildlife-inspired ambiance alongside the sanctuary’s four-legged, feathered, and reptilian residents. With three available event spaces, Big Cat Habitat boasts lush green scenery that affects a tasteful, yet close-to-nature setting. This venue suits a variety of wedding-related celebrations from engagement parties and elopements to ceremonies and rehearsal dinners. Parking and wheelchair access is available onsite.
One of the main objectives of Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary is to act as a protected and comfortable home for animals in need while also educating the public on their preservation and conservation efforts. Nature-loving couples can exchange vows in a space inhabited by wildlife while also finding event support provided by a team of professionals that aims to safeguard their live-in animal kingdom. Some of the services offered at this venue include:
- Event planning assistance
- Willingness to work with outside vendors
- Food and beverage catering services
- Tables and chairs provided
- Special animal encounters
Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary is open to the public and offers day passes for both adults and children. Showcasing immersive demonstrations that focus on some of their star-residents, this location regularly allows for educational and charitable volunteer opportunities to also take place. Animals living onsite range from parrots and primates to rarer, hybrid species like ligers. This 501c3 non-profit organization also includes a petting zoo that provides an interactive experience for guests of all ages. Interested parties have the opportunity to donate to this establishment and their wildlife-centered sustainability mission all year round.
First established in 1987 by founder Kay Rosaire, Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary officially adopted a non-profit model in 2005. After that, it became a rescuing initiative for animals from all walks of life in need of permanent, loving and supportive homes. This organization’s mission spans the lifetimes of their animals which can extend for more than 20 years.
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