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Natural Awakenings Sarasota / Manatee / Charlotte

Big Cat Habitat Fundraiser to Support Exotic Animals

Feb 15, 2013 06:35PM


Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, a nonprofit safe haven for big cats, bears and other animals in need, will hold its annual Animal Extravaganza fundraiser through Sunday, February 24. The Habitat will also be open regular hours Wednesdays through Fridays during the Extravaganza.
Two entertaining and educational animal demonstrations featuring talented animal performers from around the state will be held on weekends throughout the Extravaganza, said Kay Rosaire, Big Cat Habitat’s founder and executive director. On Saturdays and Sundays, gates will open at 12:30pm and 3:30pm respectively with two-hour animal demonstrations beginning at 1:30pm and 4:30pm.
Included in the demonstrations are the habitat’s own lions and tigers, which are trained by Clayton Rosaire with a combination of gentle handling, praise and treats. Other performers include David Rosaire and his Perky Pekes, Elian Rosaire with camels and a beautiful Andalusian stallion, and a variety of other animal performers that will vary each weekend.
Visitors who come prior to the demonstrations may order food, visit close up with all of the habitat’s animals including lions, tigers, ligers, bears, primates and a children’s petting zoo. Camel, elephant and pony rides also are available.
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.
The Habitat is at 7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at More information is available at or by calling 941-371-6377.
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