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St. Augustine Wild Reserve

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Address: Saint Augustine, FL 32085
Phone Number: +1 904-940-0664
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The St. Augustine Wild Reserve offers tours on an appointment-only...

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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Just took a tour with my daughter this Monday and we both had an terrific time! We were not sure what to expect and this exceeded our expectations. The interaction that the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Just took a tour with my daughter this Monday and we both had an terrific time! We were not sure what to expect and this exceeded our expectations. The interaction that the employees have with the animals here is amazing to see and very educational. I would highly recommend this for all ages!

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Pasadena, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My family just visited this Reserve and everyone would highly recommend it, including my six year old son who was very intrigued the whole time! It's a two hour tour that allows you to get very close to the animals, hear about their stories, learn about each animal and observe them while they are playing and being fed by their... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I couldn't believe all the animals they had there - tigers, lions, cheetahs, hyenas, coyotes, even a porcupine! So much fun to see how they interact with the people working there. I've never been so close up to the large cats - so much better than any zoo, and your fee helps feed and support them. Would recommend for anybody... More 

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St. Marys, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This past Saturday we went on the two hour tour, and there were 6 of us, and a baby...don't know which of us enjoyed it the most...it was truly wonderful experience to see these amazing animals which have been saved treated with such love and respect...I enjoyed this so much, we will be back with more family in June and... More 

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Haverstraw, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to visit! If you have about two-three hours to kill, well worth it. The reserve is non-profit. Ran buy a great group of caring people. Donations are accepted from cash to carrots to ink printer paper. Animals are treated like family and are well cared for. All animals are rescues which could not survive the wild.The staff are... More 

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Jacksonville, FL, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was incredible to see tigers, lions and wolves up close and learn so much about them. The volunteers are so friendly to humans and especially to the animals. You can tell that there is a special bond between the animals and their care givers. The tour takes 2 hours in which you can walk or they will drive you... More 

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Charlevoix County, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our experience at the Wild Reserve was so very interesting and one we'll never forget. We learned so much about the individual animals, each species in the wild, as well as the care and treatment of wild animals here in the United States. You'll get to see incredible animals (lions, Siberian tigers, bears, and wolves among them) up very very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are on a 2 weeks holiday to Florida , many people would say their high light would be going to Disneyland . But for us it was the Wild life reserve . To see so many amazing animals , so close and so well cared for . The staff are a life line to these animals . All the... More 

Thank jillymarriott
Baldwinsville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited St. Augustine Wild Reserve, not knowing quite what to expect, we we're amazed. The staff is friendly, knowledgable and just love the animals in their care. Every time the group approaches an animals home, you can be sure they will come running to be petted, scratched or played with. The Big Cats, since they don't purr, will chuff... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The reserve is about 30 minute drive from downtown ST Augustine but well worth it The volunteers are wonderful very knowledgable and friendly The animals steal the show To be so close to these magnificent creatures is very special


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