Big Cat Habitat Gulf Coast Sanctuary Inc.
7101 Palmer Boulevard
Sarasota FL 34240
Brutus the Liger
Our mission is to provide a safe, loving and permanent home for big cats and other exotic creatures and to educate mankind on the importance of species preservation and to ensure the survival of these magnificent animals for future generations.
CEO/Executive Director Ms Kay P. Ross
Board Chair Ms. Kay P. Ross
Board Chair Company Affiliation Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary
History and Background
Organization DBA
Big cat Habitat
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Supported Organization Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary
Awarded a competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
Incorporation Year 1995
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $900,000.00
Projected Expenses $785,000.00
Additional Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Letter of Determination of Tax Exempt Status
State Info
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes May 2015
State Registration 2016
Impact In 2012:
Acquired six big cats (1 Liger, 2 Lions, 3 young Tigers).Began construction of one additional habitat which became the permanent home for two of our young tigers in mid 2012. Provided educational opportunities on species preservation, part of our core mission, to an estimated 35,000 guests including many school groups (an increase from 17,000 in 2010).       

Acquired 4 animals, with special relevance to two young tigers, and expect to accept more upon request as space permits.  Will completely renovate our petting zoo, which also provides housing for many of of our exotic birds, primates, and tortoises. 

In 2013:
Acquire 4 big cats (1 Golden tabby tiger, 2 lions, 1 Bengal tiger.)  Begin construction on additional habitat which will become the permanent home for Brutus, our 1,000 lb.  liger. Provide educational opportunities on species preservation, part of our core mission, to an estimated 50,000 guests, including school groups, (an increase from 35, 000 in 2012.)   Start and complete a bird aviary, butterfly viewing cage, the building of a koi pond with over 100 rescued koi.  Continue  work with the Sarasota County School Board to incorporate educational programs into elementary classrooms.
Background       Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a safe and permanent home to many endangered big cat species and a variety of other exotic animals that have been surrendered or confiscated from their original owners who could no longer properly care for them. Along with our commitment to provide these beautiful creatures a loving home for life, our mission embodies educating adults and children about species of animals and habitat conservation in a effort to ensure the survival of these magnificent creatures for future generations.
      Founded by Kay Rosaire, a world renowned animal trainer and eighth generation circus family descendent, the Sanctuary began providing permanent homes for rescued big cats in 1987. The Sanctuary, which, was originally supported by Ms. Rosaire's career performing with her own big cats, didn't obtain its nonprofit status until 1996. Since then, the Rosaire's have continued to save hundreds of animals from unhealthy situations and the possibility of being euthanized. At present, the entire facility supports more than 140 animals including an abundance of exotic big cat species (lions, tigers, leopards, cougars, and servals, etc, ), as well as a wide variety of other creatures (bears, camels, monkeys, lemurs, macaws, cockatoos, tortoises, etc.). In addition to providing lifelong homes for big cats (which can span upwards of twenty years or more) and other wildlife, Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary also fosters public appreciation of exotic animals and imparts the importance of species preservation and habitat conservation through our educational programs. While this is accomplished primarily through our live animal educational demonstrations performed by Ms. Kay Rosaire and her son, Clayton Rosaire, the sanctuary also possesses an excellent elementary education program serving students in both Sarasota and Manatee schools and performs outreach to organizations throughout the community. An estimated total of 50,000 guests visited our facility in 2012 and received our important educational message about the need to preserve exotic animals from extinction.
      While Ms. Rosaire has no plans of retiring from her leadership position anytime soon, Clayton Rosaire is poised to carry on the important work Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary provides to the current animal population and will continue to educate the public regarding the plight of these exotics.
Needs $6,000 is needed to offer our elementary educational program to economically disadvantaged students throughout Sarasota and Manatee County schools.We are in need of $70,000 to complete our elephant enclosure which requires fortified fencing due to their enormous size and strength.We currently need;volunteers with educational degrees or teaching experience to administer our new elementary education program to students and provide educational tours to groups;  Encourage local individuals to become volunteers to provide needed manpower for our newly constructed habitats.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Animal Related
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Animal Related
Our animal care program was designed around our belief that people who live and work with animals are bound by duty to assure their well-being; to provide appropriate housing, nutrition, medical care, and humane treatment and handling. As a result of our vision, our animal care program which is administered by our professionally trained caregiver staff provides the optimum mental and physical health of our animals. The program features multiple enrichment opportunities in each of our animal habitats, such as filtered pools and climbing apparatuses for our larger animals and small toys for our smaller animals. The nutritional needs of our animals are thoroughly researched with each animal receiving an individual dietary plan which is monitored daily. Our medical team is comprised of local board certified veternarians who frequently consult with our animal caregiver staff, as our staff are often the first to notice any changes in animal behavior which might result in a need for medical care or further observation. Each of our animal caregiver staff values the human animal bond and therefore, ensures that each of our animals is treated with dignity, respect and love.  
Budget $100,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families
Short Term Success
All of the animals at the facility will exhibit optimum health on a daily basis and those who do not, will receive immediate medical attention in an effort to prevent continued illness and/or loss of life.    
Long Term Success
All animals within our care, regardless of their health status upon their arrival at our facility, will exhibit optimum mental and physical health throughout their natural remaining lifespan which for captive big cats is twenty or more years.     
How Program is Monitored
Animals are monitored on a daily basis for any behavioral changes that might indicate a deviation in their overall health status. Changes indicating a decline in health are recorded and reported immediately to veterinary staff to determine if medical attention is necessary. As a result of constant behavioral observation by our animal caregiver staff and our veterinary team, animals exhibiting a decline in health are treated immediately and loss of life is minimal.
Examples of Program Success
As a result of the success of our program, a high percentage of the animals live the full term of their natural "captive" lifespan which has been noted to be at least twice the lifespan for their wild counterparts. Often, we receive animals from situations that were previously unhealthy for them and we invest incredible effort into restoring them to their optimum health. One such lioness, who came to us in extremely poor physical condition as a cub, is now healthy and happily turning three this year. Not only did she receive excellent medical care upon arrival, but also benefited greatly from proper nutrition and hands on care from our animal caregiver staff.  Fortunately, she is just one of our many success stories and represents many of our animals who have been given the wonderful opportunity of lifelong sanctuary with us.
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ms Kay P. Ross
CEO Term Start Jan 1996
Full Time Staff 11
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 50
Contractors 0
Staff Retention Rate % 90
Professional Development Yes
Management Reports to Board Yes
Organization Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 5
Strategic Plan Adopted May 2006
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Kay P. Ross
Company Affiliation Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary
Board Term May 1996 to May 2050
Board Members
Board Members
Ms. An Cantor Community Volunteer
Mr. Richard Czina Retired
Mrs. Annette Dimon Dimon CPA
Ms. Sue Englehart Sue Engelhart & Associates
Mrs. Jerri Hente Hente Mortgage
Ms. Regina Iovine Armour Tight Concrete
Mr. Clayton R. Mowrey Rosaire Productions
Ms. Shareet Pennino Providence Service Corporation
Ms. Linda Roberson Retired
Ms. Linda Rosaire Retired
Ms. Kay P. Ross Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 9
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Orientation No
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions 30
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Donor Services
Fiscal Affairs
Housing and Community Development
Financial Info
Fiscal Year 2014
Projected Revenue $900,000.00
Projected Expenses $785,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Historical Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$161,297$113,940$178,022
Investment Income, Net of Losses$209$501$540
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$71,058$73,248$69,463
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$39,873
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$577,971$406,571$266,416
Administration Expense$42,427$34,290$30,513
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.081.281.72
Program Expense/Total Expenses93%92%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$747,572$682,019$552,687
Current Assets$182,109$301,991$213,568
Long-Term Liabilities$25,000$0$0
Current Liabilities$2,126$11,683$7,774
Total Net Assets$720,446$670,336$544,913
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnimal Behavior Exhibitions $421,227Animal Behavior Exhibits $351,646Animal Behavior Exhibits $239,529
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $161,297Contributions, gifts, grants $113,940Contributions, gifts, grants $178,022
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $71,058Fundraising $73,248Fundraising $69,463
CEO Compensation
Co-CEO Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities85.6625.8527.47
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets3%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, Inc. needs to construct permanent restrooms. Due to the expansion program of the Habitat over the last two years, the number of visitors has significantly increased. This has made the need of permanent restrooms a necessity. Permanent restroom will make the Habitat a more desired place to visit...not to mention they will be safer and more sanitary.
Goal $0.00
Dates July 2014 to Dec 2015
Amount Raised To Date 6000 as of Sept 2014
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990s.  Financial figures were taken from the Federal 990s.
Nonprofit Big Cat Habitat Gulf Coast Sanctuary Inc.
Address 7101 Palmer Boulevard
Sarasota, FL 34240
Primary Phone 941 371-6377
CEO/Executive Director Ms Kay P. Ross
Board Chair Ms. Kay P. Ross
Board Chair Company Affiliation Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary
Year of Incorporation 1995