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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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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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Lions, tigers, and bear(s), oh my!

This exotic animal sanctuary is only open three days a week and you must pay half the amount through their web site ahead of time. I noticed that one family arrived at the last... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Savannah, Georgia
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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This exotic animal sanctuary is only open three days a week and you must pay half the amount through their web site ahead of time. I noticed that one family arrived at the last minute and were allowed to walk-in. This is just to let people know that if space is available, you can join the 2 P.M. group without... More 

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Nice staff and presentation etc etc - but not really impressed and was expecting more based reading on the reviews on this site prior to the trip. If you have been to any wild life reserve/sanctuary, you will not be impressed.

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This is a great activity for all ages, but I don't recommend taking toddlers. The tour is a good two hours and the little ones can get a bit restless. All other ages will completely enjoy the experience. This is a feeding tour. You will get to see the staff feed all of the animals. You might just see a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This is not a Disney-fide experience. This reserve is off the beaten path and different from other places you may have visited around FL. Yes, visit this place. We visited when it was hot and humid. Whew, we sweated a lot but we are very glad we went. These animals have no other real place to go. This is probably... More 

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Ho Ho Kus, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Best kept secret. Not a tourist attraction in the usual sense, but a wonderful, close-up look at some exotic animals that are being loved and cared for. Educational experience and well worth every penny.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

What a great experience. Got to see lions and tigers and wolves and other big cars and a bear. The staff (all volunteers) were fantastic. You got to see the animals up close and hear their stories. What a terrific way to spend a couple hours. Highly recommend!

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Dordrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We visited this reserve with our 2 children (aged 2 1/2 and 8 weeks). It was an incredible experience and fantastic to see these beautuful animals from such a close vantage point. We particularly liked the lions! It was amazing to see the animals being fed and the tigers in the bubble baths were a whole lot of fun! It... More 

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Knutsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

If you really want to get up close and personal with amazing animals such as lions and tigers then you have to visit this place. The instructions to find the site are really good but be warned that it is in the middle of nowhere and we thought that we were lost. Do not arrive before the designated time as... More 

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Ravenna, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This was our second visit to this fabulous Wild Reserve and we were afraid that maybe the first time we just got lucky. Not the case! Another incredible experience!! Up close and personal with these amazing Lions and Tigers and even a Bear! I can't really convey in words the incredible experience of hearing these lions protect their food with... More 

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Saint Augustine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

it's a great place to visit and to learn about the lions! It is hot but there is a lot of shade. It's not for profit but they do a good job taking care of all the animals.

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