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“A Must Visit!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Seacrest Wolf Preserve

Seacrest Wolf Preserve
3449 Bonnett Pond Rd., Chipley, FL 32428
(850) 773-2897
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Chipley
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Springfield, Missouri, United States
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“A Must Visit!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

We made our reservations late and they promptly responded that there was room on the tour and gave helpful information to get there and what to expect. We had rain in the forecast and a large group of people on the tour (around 100). The staff (paid and Mainly Volunteer) fell all over themselves answering questions, working with the animals and ensuring the visitors had the interactions they wanted.

They tour was very informative and the staff extremely knowledgeable and well informed, with up to date information. We expected a one-two hour tour and partly due to the size of our group it was closer to three and we made it four, interacting with the small animal exhibit and speaking with the staff.

I can not say enough good things about the Seacrest Wolf Preserve...you MUST experience it yourself.

Visited December 2013
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“Best attraction EVER”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

Okay, their mission is educational and noble. And, one cannot help but come away with a better appreciation of wolves. But it's pure fun.

The owners and staff couldn't be nicer, but that's not really the point. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with wolves. And up close and personal you will get! Some of the wolves (they have 40, in four packs) are stand offish. But others just love people... absolute affection hogs. They're huge, magnificent, and as noted, up close and personal!

It's a little off the beaten path, but well worth the drive. As an added bonus, they have a campground (we didn't stay) just a few feet from the wolves.

We've done a bunch of stuff, seen many things, but this is very high up there on our list of "best adventures ever".

Visited December 2013
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Fort Worth, Texas
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“Very cool!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013 via mobile

Awesome experience!
I planned this as a surprise for my husband, he loved it!

The owners and volunteers are so dedicated, it's really great to watch. There's about 15-20 volunteers around while you're in the wolf enclosures, and they're constantly taking pictures of you with the wolves on your disposable camera...it was like being a tourist in the friendliest community ever, just constantly "do you want me to take your picture?" And yes of COURSE I do! :)

I would have preferred to be in a smaller group, away from the chattery kids, but I'm pretty sure that's just me, I'm not a kid person. The owners are really great about answering all the questions, silly or not. :P

The photos their photographer takes are excellent, you can buy the photos on a thumb drive at the end of the tour.

Definitely do the small animal encounter...so cute! I loved the groundhog. And get there early to play w/the pups...they were 6 months old when we went, so they were pretty big, but it's so cool to play w/them.
If we're ever back in this area, we'll definitely do this again!

Visited October 2013
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“THIS IS THE PLACE TO MEET A WOLF FACE-TO-MUZZLE – WHILE YOU’RE SMILING!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Meeting the wolves at Seacrest Wolf Preserve is a phenomenal experience! The approach here is to educate all of us that wolves are not to be feared, but to be respected and appreciated for the remarkable animals that they are.

Our guide was Candy – and she is the BEST! We’ve been fortunate enough to have her twice! Not only does she explain so many interesting facts about wolves, but she also makes you laugh!! Candy told us how the wolf packs are formed and how every wolf in the pack “obeys” the Alpha male and Alpha female. BTW, they are the only wolves allowed to mate – this is a wolf pack rule! The history of wolves in North America is quite interesting and Candy shared some very touching stories about the Alpha male named “Spirit” who was a beautiful white 3-legged wolf, who passed away in his sleep 2 days before his wolf litter was born in May 2013.

We have visited Seacrest 3 times now. Each time we’ve entered 3 wolf pack enclosures and when we sat down, the wolves came to visit us. It was really exciting to see “Liberty” and “Yuma” who were 2 of the 4 pups that we met in May 2012 on our first visit, when we got to feed the 2 week old pups. They were totally black and about the size of a water bottle! (See pix) On our next visit – 5 months later -- we got to see and play with “our pups” again – but they were 35-40 lbs! (They must grow fast because in the wild, they need keep up with the pack.) And now a year later, they look like almost full grown wolves – but they are as docile as could be! Liberty laid down for at least 5 minutes when one of the visitors gently scratched her chest – which she LOVES! (Don’t forget this when you meet Liberty!)

We had a great time with the older adolescent wolves – one “kissed” my daughter’s cheek and another nuzzled my hair! The all-volunteer staff will take fantastic pictures in the second wolf enclosure while you pose by the wolves, letting them come up behind you and smell you first. You can buy these pictures at the end of your tour.

Remember – no digital cameras – disposable only -- while in the wolf enclosures. The wolves are very inquisitive and you just might lose it if you don’t hold on tightly. Wear an old t-shirt, old long pants and old tennis shoes – key word: “old” because you’re going to sit on the ground! And that baseball cap? Forget it! Candy says if a wolf gets it -- it’s GONE – because she’s NOT going to try to take away their NEW TOY!!

Getting to the Seacrest Wolf Preserve is a bit of a challenge – unless you like driving on DIRT ROADS! UGH! Drive FL77 north from Panama City into the little town of Wausau and turn west (left) on Pioneer Road for about 2 miles. Then turn left on Bonnet Pond Road and watch for the Seacrest Wolf Preserve signs on the left.

This is an all day “adventure”! Call for reservations a couple days ahead and arrive early around 10:30 to sign in/pay. You can meet the pups at 11 AM, then have lunch – hot dogs & hamburgers are available. At 1 PM, you’ll start your tour of the 3 wolf enclosures and around 3:30 or 4 PM, you can enjoy the small animals (digital cameras OK here) – skunks (non-stinky!), foxes (adorable!), raccoons (hungry!), and even a groundhog – I didn’t even know what it was!

And let me tell you how COOL it is to “HOWL” with the wolves!!! IT’S AWESOME!!!!!

Visited July 2013
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“Wow!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

This is one of the best animal encounters I've ever experienced. We were lucky enough to first spend time with the wolf pups then visit with three wolf packs. I was amazed at the interaction that was possible with the wolves and humbled to be in their presence. The staff is very knowledgeable and passionate. I would have expected to pay $200 for the opportunity if this was in a different setting. The group cares more about educating people than making money. It was cool seeing the interaction between the wolves and understanding the pack mentality. Also a lot of fun getting the wolves to howl. We also spent some time in the small animal exhibit with skunks, the arctic fox and groundhog. My daughter wants to go back again-she talks about the wolves all of the time rather than our 6 days at the beach. If you just want to go in the wolf enclosures I would recommend showing up later in the day-there is a long line to meet the pups in advance of the tour.

Visited July 2013
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