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“Thank you to Debbie and the team at this wonderful facility!!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of St. Augustine Wild Reserve

St. Augustine Wild Reserve
P.O. Box 3546, Saint Augustine, FL 32085
+1 904-940-0664
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
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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!
Orlando, FL
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“Thank you to Debbie and the team at this wonderful facility!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

We visited the Reserve for the first time and will definately go back!!! What a great experiene to see these beatiful animals so loved and truly able recover from such meager beginnings. We brought donations of cleaning items and other items listed on their website. They took them graciously with thanks. The bathing for the tigers is truly exciting. They are so excited and love their tubs. Margaret and the rest of the team seem to truly love what they do. From the 3 legged leopard to the wolves, all of the animals made gracious appearances and interacted in ways you would never see from behind a glass wall at a zoo. We thank the team at the reserve and cant wait to go back!!!

Visited August 2012
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Tucson, Arizona
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“MUST SEE”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

Per rating on TripAdvisor I immediately booked a tour. If you like animals, and particularly cats, you cannot miss this tour. The guides were extremely friendly and knowledgeable and it was very obvious that they all loved those animals. At first I felt sorry at the though of those animals in cages, but the area was very clean, very large enclosures and it is clear those animals were happy and loved. The cats rolled around like my small domestic cats, purring or "chucking" as they say, licking the faces of their handlers, jumping in their bubble baths. Oh it makes me smile just thinking about it. Tour was a little over 2 hours, not a long distance of walking, it was essentially in a large circle, but you were standing in the sun so be prepared. Couple of things to point out: they suggest wearing something other than sandals, take that to heed. There were a lot of ants and bugs and muddy areas (and is had rained). They put down gravel/straw to soak it up but ya know, it rains, there are puddles...it's to be expected so duh wear appropriate shoes. There were some that had on some cute rain boots, great idea. There is a port a pottie at the beginning of the tour for use. I personally prefer not to use them so I went before, but not a biggie, there were people with golf carts to take you back it if you were out and decided hey I have to go. Also, you could rest on the shaded golf cart if you wanted and they would also take you back to the shaded picnic area if you were tired. There were a couple of whiny kids on our tour. It was hot, I mean really hot and they were too young to care about the animals after while so parents, think about whether or not your kid is going to want to stand around and listen for 2 plus hours before you decide to go. Kids 5 and under are free, there is a reason - they don't say attention span of a 5 year old for nothing. Also, there was a really BIG snake that was pulled out before the tour started. No forewarning dude just had it in a big tub and pulled it out. Buttercup the snake was friendly enough but still, could have given a little warning because frankly I am not a fan of snakes! YIKES! However, if you are a fan, you could get your picture taken with it and touch it. Cost was completely reasonable at $25 which is tax deductible. I can't rave enough about this place. The volunteers and owner clearly are dedicated to this project.

Visited August 2012
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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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“A very unique tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

This tour is not your usually zoo walk-fest with sleeping animals 100 feet away. These animals are alive and well interacting throughout the tour with their handlers. They all seemed well kept and fed. It is a unique sight to see a tiger taking a bath. Something you'll never see in any zoo. The Siberian Tigers are huge and what a great experience to see so close up. You will probably never see so many white tigers at one time.The tour can be hot in the summer months so they do provide umbrellas for shade and water. They also had ice tea and sanitizers at the start of the tour. There is also a large golf cart to assist older visitors and young children. Definitely consider bug spray since this tour is in a very woodsy area. Also do yourself a favor and bring old shoes that can get dirty. Based on the day, if it rains some of the roads can be pretty wet and muddy.It was amazing to see how the animals react to male vs. female handlers. You get a storied background on most of the animals and how they arrived at the preserve. Feel free to ask as many questions since the tour guide is open to answer throughout the tour. No pictures or video is allowed on the tour. There is a cd for $5 at the end of animals past and present but unfortunately are copyright therefore you cannot post them online. $25 donation for adults and $15 for kids 10 and under for a 2 hour tour. All in all a once in a lifetime visit that runs circles around your typical zoo visit.

Visited August 2012
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Chicago
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“Great experience!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

this is our second time visiting St. Augustine , we found the wild reserve on trip advisor so we decided to check it out we made an appointment to go there, it was great you get very close to animals , and watching the tiger take a bubble bath!!!it's a rescue facility and you can tell they take good care of their animals!! the kids loved it! will return for sure!

Visited August 2012
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Athens, Georgia, United States
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“Up Close & Very Personal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

If you love animals, you cannot afford to miss a visit to the St. Augustine Wild Reserve. This is not a zoo... it is a rescue facility for wild animals... especially, big cats. And, unlike any zoo, you will be able to get close enough to see the color of their eyes. You will be able to feel their essence... their personality as they look directly at you from a distance of almost being able to touch them. you will feel the love the love the caretakers have for their charges. You will know how and why these critters all came to be here. You will surely laugh... you might even cry... and you will leave the Reserve knowing that this is one of the truly good places. Enjoy!

Visited July 2012
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