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“A "must see"!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary And Rehabilitation Center

Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary And Rehabilitation Center
41660 Horseshoe Road, Punta Gorda, FL 33982
(239) 543-1130
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Ranked #2 of 14 attractions in Punta Gorda
Type: Educational Sites
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Punta Gorda, Florida, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“A "must see"!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is really a wonderful sanctuary. It is not-for-profit so it is all about making the best home for the animals. What an eye-opener to discover that many of the majestic tigers were purchased as cubs because people thought it would be "really neat" to have a tiger as a pet. The owners must have been idiots to think that a tiger could be a pet - hello!! they grow up and are wild animals, not little domestic cats. The sanctuary is operated by an amazing woman with the help of an all volunteer staff.
You have got to visit Octagon when in Punta Gorda or North Ft. Myers anywhere in the area. There are lemurs, lions, cougars, bears, civet cat, black leopard, etc. The sanctuary is only open on Sat and Sunday and there is a very reasonable admission fee that goes to the care and feeding of the animals. Donations are gratefully accepted, too.

Visited November 2013
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Fort Myers, FL
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“If you love animals, this is the place for you...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

A friend suggested we visit Octagon, so we loaded up the car one Saturday afternoon and hit the road.

TIP: If you have a GPS, use it. We are very familiar with State Road 31, but still almost missed it. There is one very small sign on the road indicating where to turn.

ANOTHER TIP: Don't do what we did and decide at 2:00 PM to go. Many of the animals were taking their afternoon nap when we arrived. I'm guessing that the morning would be a much better time to enjoy watching them.

This is not your typical zoo. This is an exotic animal refuge and rehabilitation center. The stories about how these animals came to live at Octagon had me shedding a few tears. Hearing the stories made me so angry, but then seeing the animals slowly rehabilitating and thriving in their new environment gave me renewed hope for the human race. Check it out. You won't be sorry you did.

More tips: Octagon survives mainly on volunteers and donations. They are only open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 11-4, so plan accordingly. And they only accept checks or cash for admission.

Visited October 2013
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“Great place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

These people are doing a great job and more people should visit to see what it's all about. Take a look and help with a donation. Well worth a trip out there. Kids were in love with the place.

Visited September 2013
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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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“What a great experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

This is a volunteer only run wildlife preserve. Each animal has its story written out so you know how the animal came to be there. We took our 4 year old son and talked with him about all of the animals and stories. It was a real experience and great learning and teaching opportunity.

Visited August 2013
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Port Charlotte, Florida
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“Very Informative”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Took the G-kids there a while back. Lots of the big cats for them to see and learn about why they should not be used as "pets" or entertainment -kudos to Octagon!

Visited August 2013
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