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Clayton Rosaire says Big Cat Habitat added several improvements to its facility during its down time.

Big Cat Habitat open again in Sarasota

Saturday, Jun. 13, 2020 |

Clayton Rosaire says Big Cat Habitat added several improvements to its facility during its down time.

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Kay Rosaire says the big cats "definitely missed the interaction and stimulation our visitors provide them."

Saturday, Jun. 13, 2020 |

Kay Rosaire says the big cats "definitely missed the interaction and stimulation our visitors provide them."

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After being locked out, the public can now visit Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, including this monkey.

Saturday, Jun. 13, 2020 |

After being locked out, the public can now visit Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, including this monkey.

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Lakewood Ranch 8-year-old Riley Hall has a fantastic time in the petting zoo.

Saturday, Jun. 13, 2020 |

Lakewood Ranch 8-year-old Riley Hall has a fantastic time in the petting zoo.

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Some of the improvements added while Big Cat Habitat was closed include more shade for the big cats.

Saturday, Jun. 13, 2020 |

Some of the improvements added while Big Cat Habitat was closed include more shade for the big cats.

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Sometimes you just need to do a double-take at the sanctuary.

Saturday, Jun. 13, 2020 |

Sometimes you just need to do a double-take at the sanctuary.

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Visitors are once again to enjoy the playful bears.

Saturday, Jun. 13, 2020 |

Visitors are once again to enjoy the playful bears.

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Don't be coy, everyone loves a colorful fish.

Saturday, Jun. 13, 2020 |

Don't be coy, everyone loves a colorful fish.

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"Are you looking at me, kid?"

Saturday, Jun. 13, 2020 |

"Are you looking at me, kid?"

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The leopard keeps an eye on visitors who are paying for a treat.

Saturday, Jun. 13, 2020 |

The leopard keeps an eye on visitors who are paying for a treat.

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Only a few areas of the sanctuary remain closed.

Saturday, Jun. 13, 2020 |

Only a few areas of the sanctuary remain closed.

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The Big Cat Habitat workers are proud as peacocks with the improvements they have added.

Saturday, Jun. 13, 2020 |

The Big Cat Habitat workers are proud as peacocks with the improvements they have added.

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Bunk beds for big cats.

Saturday, Jun. 13, 2020 |

Bunk beds for big cats.

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The sanctuary appears to have made it over the financial hump caused by the coronavirus.

Saturday, Jun. 13, 2020 |

The sanctuary appears to have made it over the financial hump caused by the coronavirus.

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The sanctuary wanted to put its best foot forward when it reopened this week.

Saturday, Jun. 13, 2020 |

The sanctuary wanted to put its best foot forward when it reopened this week.

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Phase 2 guidelines are in place at Big Cat Habitat.

Saturday, Jun. 13, 2020 |

Phase 2 guidelines are in place at Big Cat Habitat.

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Several donors from the public stepped forward to provide food for the big cats during the shutdown.

Saturday, Jun. 13, 2020 |

Several donors from the public stepped forward to provide food for the big cats during the shutdown.

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Probably not a good idea to touch the fence.

Saturday, Jun. 13, 2020 |

Probably not a good idea to touch the fence.

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Emus greet those who visit Big Cat Habitat.

Saturday, Jun. 13, 2020 |

Emus greet those who visit Big Cat Habitat.

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One of the structures built during the shutdown provides shade for the lions.

Saturday, Jun. 13, 2020 |

One of the structures built during the shutdown provides shade for the lions.

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Admissions to Big Cat Habitat help provide a safe, loving home for exotic animals.

Saturday, Jun. 13, 2020 |

Admissions to Big Cat Habitat help provide a safe, loving home for exotic animals.

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With the visitors washing their hands more often, the tigers probably feel they need to take extra baths.

Saturday, Jun. 13, 2020 |

With the visitors washing their hands more often, the tigers probably feel they need to take extra baths.

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