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Close up of a Bobcat in the wild | Jacksonville

Enjoy a Day at Jacksonville's Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary

For a fun day out, head to the Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary. It provides a permanent home for endangered big cats and other species and educates the public about their plight in the wild and captivity. Here are some of the animals you will discover near our Jacksonville apartments:


Also known as a puma or mountain lion, the cougar is the second largest cat in the Americas. These cats weigh as much as 200 pounds, and their size depends on their home and whether they are male or female. Cougars can reach speeds of up 50 mph and typically stalk their prey before pouncing.


Native to Africa, servals are medium-sized cats easily recognized by their long necks and tawny black-spotted coats. They're solitary animals and are commonly found in savannas, where water is plentiful. Servals are skilled hunters. They feast on birds, rodents, and reptiles and typically catch their prey by leaping high into the air and pouncing.


Most of the world's bobcats call the United States home. They live in various habitats and communicate through scent and vocalization. These creatures are exceptional climbers, and they travel up to seven miles a night, both hunting and patrolling their territory. In the wild, bobcats live between five and fifteen years and approximately eighteen years in captivity.


Better known as coatis, coatimundis feature brown to red-brown fur, pointed muzzles, and long bushy ringed tails. Coatis live in groups of up to thirty. They spend their days searching for food, and sleep on tree branches at night.

Before visiting Jacksonville's Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, start your day with a hearty breakfast at a nearby restaurant. To call Cape House home, please contact our leasing team. They will schedule a personalized tour where you can see our apartments in Jacksonville firsthand.