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St. Augustine Wild Reserve

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Address: P.O. Box 3546, Saint Augustine, FL 32085
Phone Number: +1 904-940-0664
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Description: The St. Augustine Wild Reserve offers tours on an appointment-only basis...
The St. Augustine Wild Reserve offers tours on an appointment-only basis. We are not open on a daily basis like a large zoo, although we do offer two-hour tours, reserved in advance. Tours are held in the afternoon, usually on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays at 2pm. Email as far in advance as possible to make reservations. Children under 5 are free. We may be able to schedule a tour on a different day, if we know far enough in advance. Guests will be given a guided tour of the 7-acre animal compound by an experienced wildlife professional. An introduction to each species, basic biology, and how the species arrived at our sanctuary will be discussed in detail. Visitors will be allowed a close-up view of the exotic animals. Guests will be able to venture closer to adult African lions than they ever imagined. Also on the tour will be our amazing white tigers, several orange tigers, a very rare golden tabby tiger, cougars, servals, lynxes, leopards, hyenas, coati mundis, and a host of wolves ranging in color from black to white. We also have a large bird collection, which includes conures, macaws, Amazon parrots, lovebirds, and even parakeets, cockatoos, cockatiels, doves, quail and finches. We feed all of the big cats on the tour on most days, and set up a tiger bubblebath for one pair of tigers. We do not allow photography at this compound, however, we do offer a fabulous photo CD at the end of the tour for a small donation. You may photograph our beautiful peacocks, lovebirds and conures, which are outside of the compound near the guest waiting area. Thank you!
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Great experience

My daughter, niece and husband had a great time. They loved seeing the affection the big cats had for their handlers. 2 hours and worth the money.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
trilliumhills
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Clarksville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

My daughter, niece and husband had a great time. They loved seeing the affection the big cats had for their handlers. 2 hours and worth the money.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

the tour lasted almost exactly 2 hours, and it totally flew by! So many different animals to see and some were extremely domesticated which was amazing. The people running this place really know what theyre doing. Many of the animals (especially the cats and wolves) had extremely strong bond with the women giving the tour and it was a really... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

The dedication of the volunteer staff shows in the wonderful care of these gorgeous animals. Everyone should take the time to visit five thumbs up

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This wild reserve has taken in animals disgarded and abused by man. It is run by an amazing group of people all selflessly working together to love and care for these beautiful animals and to give them a second chance at life. You really get to see the animals up close and the guide is extremely knowledgable and informative.

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Miramar Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I can't say enough good things about The Wildlife Reserve in St. Augustine. Deborah and her staff are doing a phenomenal job taking care of these rescue animals. This is a wonderful way to spend the afternoon whether you live there or just visiting STA like we were. This is not a zoo, and they do the tours by appointment... More 

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Danville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

So glad we decided to take this tour. It was definitely worthwhile and very informative. And knowing that this a non-profit organization and 100% of the relatively inexpensive 'donation' goes to keep these beautiful animals healthy and in a safe environment where they are obviously well cared for makes it even better.

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Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

What a wonderful place. We were so impressed with the knowledge and care of these amazing animals. They are all rescues with fascinating stories that you will get physically closer too than any other animal experience. Can't wait to bring more visitors to see this spot.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Enjoyed learning how the different animals were rescued and some facts about different species. After awhile information seemed redundant and guide could have moved fasfer. Did not expect a group of 83 people. Even though most people arrived by 1:45 as requested, tour did not start until 2:10 because they waited for latecomers. Inadequate parking meant we were boxed in... More 

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Lantana, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Stories of abandoned animals or those that "got too big to handle" abound and tug at your heartstrings. Thank goodness for a place like the St. Augustine Wild Reserve where they take these cats of all sizes and give them love and a place to live out their lives with people that really care. Interesting to hear all of the... More 

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Worthington, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We were privileged to experience the nobility of the animals and the deep connection between them and their human caregivers.

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