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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, Zoos & Aquariums
Owner description: The St. Augustine Wild Reserve offers tours on an appointment-only basis. We are not open on a...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
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!

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Jacksonville, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit and became so much more educated about all the animals there. This is not your typical zoo. They are a non-profit rescue center for exotic animals. The "donation" you pay goes to the care of the animals as we were told all the workers are volunteers. They offer only one tour time... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Way better than a typical zoo visit! Watching a tiger eat a whole turkey and then another tiger take a bubble bath was so cool. I'd highly recommend! My boyfriend and I both loved it. The tour guide and volunteers were great. You can tell how much they love the animals.

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Florida
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

If you visit St Augustine, and you love animals, well worth the visit. You will never get closer to an african lion, cougar, or a wolf. All animals are saved and well taken care of. You can tell because they are happy, clean, play and are healthy. Nothing like a zoo. The caretakers are wonderful. And you can ask questions... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

My wife and I visited the St. Augustine Wild Reserve on Monday, 12/15. We reserved our spots for the tour the afternoon before and had no problems with the process. After you have reserved your spot(s), you will be emailed a confirmation which contains the address and detailed instructions on how to get to the reserve. We were staying in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed the personal tour and narration of each of the animals. The only other comment I can make is: May not be for children under 10 years. We had my 3 yr. old granddaughter with us and, although she loved seeing all the animals, she became a bit antsy with spending so much time on each animal stop.... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

I actually found this place by searching Tripadvisor for things to do. I was not disappointed. The staff was so friendly. Our group was small and I felt like we really got to spend a lot of time with each animal. It was also a feeding day, so we got to see the different behaviors of each animal. it was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Was visiting St. Augustine with my Wife and came across this place accidentally online. So glad I did. Such a great experience to see some beautiful wild lions, tigers, wolves, and other large cats up close and personal. Also felt good to contribute to keeping these animals alive in a well run facility where they are obviously loved and cared... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014 via mobile

I cannot stop thinking about our visit or talking about it. I am amazed at how much I learned...the lady running the tour knew so much about each animal it was fascinating. I keep reciting things I learned to anyone who will listen. We were safely very close to some very large very beautiful animals. I loved it. I bought... More 

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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The St. Augustine Wild Reserve is something to remember. The staff was great, very friendly ​and informative. My favorite would have to be Amira (the deer that followed us the whole tour, there was also a big black goat and cute duck that went on the tour with us) and Malyshka (a siberian lynx "Amira's best friend"). The African Servals... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

My husband and I visited this reserve this past Saturday when on a weekend getaway to St Augustine. I was looking for something different than the historic sites, and we both really enjoyed our experience. They started promptly at 2pm as promised. Our tour was a little large, so if you like a smaller crowd I would recommend a weekday... More 

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