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Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary And Rehabilitation Center

Address: 41660 Horseshoe Road, Punta Gorda, FL 33982
Phone Number: (239) 543-1130
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Ranked #2 of 36 things to do in Punta Gorda
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Hertford, United Kingdom
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156 reviews 156 reviews
58 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This is an impressive place run by volunteers. All the animals have been rescued from abuse they received from cruel and/or unthinking owners. The people who run Octagon run it for the good of the animals and, rightly, their priority is the animals' welfare. The result is rather special. Notices on the enclosures describe each animal's history and it is... More 

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Punta Gorda
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This place is wonderful. The work they are doing to help these animals is amazing. Our own vet, Dr. Winter, volunteers here as do all of the staff. The place is clean and open and the animals have very large enclosements. Very nice place to go for the afternoon.

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Little Current, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Many of the animals are so beautiful, it's heartbreaking to read their background stories of how they came to be at the center. Enjoyed speaking with one of the volunteers at feeding time for the sloth and cougar.

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North Branch
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

This was my second visit to Octagon. It is so wonderful that they have taken in animals that were abused, neglected, or unwanted. The volunteers sincerely love the animals, and their care is obvious. It is not the best place for photography, since there will always be fences in the pic.

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Port Charlotte, Florida
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71 reviews 71 reviews
21 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Great variety of animals. Most of them were quiet when we were there. A few others were not in their cages because they were under a vetinarian's care. That suggests that the animals are being well taken care of. My only disappointment was that Squiggy & Baloo didn't swim for us! We will try again another day!

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Minnesota
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80 reviews 80 reviews
15 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I love the fact that there is a place that you can bring birds that were injured for whatever reason, and they give them a place to live or heal their injuries and send them back to the wild. We saw an amazing collection of birds...probably 10 owls, 2 bald eagles, wood peckers, blue jays, cranes, etc... Friendly people were... More 

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We went on a weed day for a self guided tour. An appointment is necessary. A guided tour is probably great, but we were able to talk to many of the volunteers and staff who were passionate about caring for these animals. They were happy to share info about the animals while they cleaned cages and fed their charges. Lions... More 

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Marcellus, Michigan
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Our family really enjoyed viewing the animals here. Make sure you stop and read the stories behind each rescue. Some of them are heart breaking but these stories truly make you appreciate the purpose of this place. There were a lot of animals. Many tigers, which was a treat to see them. All the animals look well taken care of... More 

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Sebastian, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Octagon is a place where animals have been taken when there is no where to house them because humans have either abused them , are not able to take care of them, or should of never had them in the first place. You need to read each story of the animals if you visit. If you are expecting this really... More 

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Auburndale, Florida
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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

My husband and I visited here yesterday. If it had not been for the many positive reviews by other trip adviser contributors, we might have missed it, as we've had experiences with small rescue places that were not well kept at all. We were very glad we gave it a chance. What impressed us most were that the animals had... More 

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