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St. Augustine Wild Reserve

P.O. Box 3546, Saint Augustine, FL 32085
+1 904-940-0664
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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! « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Honestly, i was skeptical of visiting this place, thinking it would be just one or two miserable animals in tiny cages. Thankfully i was proven incredibly wrong. From the moment i arrived until the moment i left i was amazed by all that i saw. Not only were there a fine tuned group of volunteers who were knowledgeable and competent,... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I live only 30 minutes away from this wonderful place and didnt even know it was there! Today my granddaughter and I visited and, as a result, I will recommend it to all my friends! The tour guide and her assistants were first rate and ALL of them worked as VOLUNTEERS, working because they love all these exotic animals so... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

A remarkable chance to see beautiful animals (lions, white tigers etc) up close. The guide was terrific. She provided information in each animals history, habits and temperament much as you or I would talk about our pets at home. The animals were healthy and looked very well taken care of. As an adult I have never been that close to... More

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Pasadena, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I applaud the sanctuary's mission to rescue abused, neglected, injured exotic animals. The tour provides close-up views of these beautiful animals. However, the tour guides underplay the unpredictable nature and potential dangers of wild animals and anthropomorphize them. The guides do ask the visitors to follow directions, to stay away from certain animals like the hyenas, but they give the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

One of my favorite parts of my St Augustine vacation! The staff was amazing and their love for the animals really comes across in the tour. A must-see stop!

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We signed up for the tour at the Wild Reserve after minimal web research because we thought it was something that our kids (3&5) would enjoy and it was the absolute best decision we made during our trip to St. Augustine. When you are driving there, you feel like you might be going to someone's house, because it is off... More

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Ocala, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My husband and I went to the St. Augustine Wild Reserve on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. It was a exciting and educational experience to see the different animals that were at the St. Augustine Wild Reserve. The staff at the Wild Reserve were very professional and pleasant. I would definitely recommend the St. Augustine Wild Reserve to anyone. This is... More

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

An incredible collection of rescued, and now well cared for and loved exotic animals. Karen, the two-hour tour guide, Margaret, Pam, Dan and the other volunteers are unbelievably dedicated to this very interesting attraction.

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Cocoa Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The older structures & Town History including the Great Restaurants and Music at the Lounges 7 Bars.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The kids had a marvelouse with all Nature's Animals. Great outdoor activity Close to Hotel & great accomodations

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