demonstrations with animal performers from around the state.
Visitors also will be able to see the Habitat’s newest
permanent resident, Jack, a kangaroo.
SARASOTA, Fla., Jan. 28, 2014 – The nonprofit Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary will host a 30-year-old male Asian elephant, which at nearly 13,000 pounds and about 12 feet tall, is one of the largest working elephants in the United States. The elephant, who was born in Florida, will be at the Habitat Saturdays and Sundays, through February. Gates will open at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. respectively with two-hour animal demonstrations beginning at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, except Super Bowl Sunday Feb. 2, which will have only a 1:30 p.m. demonstration.
Big Cat Habitat is at 7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota. Entry fees for the Extravaganza are $18 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under, and tickets are available at the door or in advance at www.BigCatHabitat.com. The Habitat will be open regular hours from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays with a demonstration at 2 p.m.
The Habitat also has taken in a new permanent resident, Jack, a kangaroo, who will be available for visitors to see in the petting zoo, said Kay Rosaire, Big Cat Habitat’s founder and executive director. The elephant, from Two Tails Ranch near Gainesville, Fla., will be included in each entertaining and educational animal demonstrations, which also feature other talented animal performers from around the state, Rosaire said. He also will be available for close-up viewing and photo opportunities during the two weekends, Rosaire said.
The Animal Extravaganza is the habitat’s largest fundraiser. Monies raised provide for the care of Big Cat Habitat’s exotic and other animals that traditional animal shelters will not take, Rosaire said. Funds to support the animals also are raised year-round through admissions for tours of the facility and donations from the general public. More information is available at www.BigCatHabitat.org, connecting on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BigCatHabitat or by calling 941-371-6377.
About Big Cat Habitat:
Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is a nonprofit safe haven for big cats, bears and other animals in need supported solely through charitable contributions and admission fees. The sanctuary was founded by Kay Rosaire, who has more than 30 years of experience working with, and caring for, exotic animals and who began rescuing big cats in 1987. Big Cat Habitat provides education to the public to foster appreciation for the animals and to impart the importance of habitat preservation. It is located at 7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota, Fla. More information is available at www.BigCatHabitat.org, connecting on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BigCatHabitat or by calling 941-371-6377.