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Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation

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Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation

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8528 E County Road 225, Gainesville, FL 32609-4324
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Patricia K wrote a review Apr 4
Lutz, Florida13 contributions11 helpful votes
We enjoyed watching the interaction between animals and keepers. Love shown on both sides. Driving tour was best laid out to maximize viewing. Keepers at the enclosure were very pleasant and shared information freely.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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C Wayne Middleton wrote a review Apr 4
Amelia Island, Florida5 contributions
My wife and I booked a private tour of the large variety of exotic animals at the non-profit Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation. Along with a variety of cat species from very large to very small, we visited Lemurs, Hyenas, Bat-eared Foxes, Jackals, and more. A highlight of the visit was a very old and friendly hippo who loves for guests to feed him veggies. The animals were in large, safe, and very clean enclosures. They were obviously loved by the staff and volunteers. Great outing for a couple or family!
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Erin Parish wrote a review Mar 2021
Boca Raton, Florida5 contributions
2 hours of close up view of animals. Katie our guide was very I formative. Would definitely go again.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Adamyshoe wrote a review Mar 2021
34 contributions17 helpful votes
I'll admit I was almost put off by the price of the private tours (only tours run during the week), but it is absolutely worth it for the experience. FYI, tours are a big source of funding for this operation, back in a quiet, rural part of Florida between Starke and Gainesville. From start to finish, the family (M&D + kids 16, 13, 10) had a really great time, saw a lot, and learned a lot about the animals. It was unique fun to be able to ride the mobility scooters, though I'm sure the walking tour would be manageable for anyone in reasonably good physical shape. Our tour guide Ellie was super personable and very knowledgeable; she has a degree in wildlife ecology from UF - it was clear this was a calling and not just a part-time job for her. Highlights of the tour included beautiful tigers and cheetahs, learning more than we ever expected to know about hyenas, and feeding Henry, the oldest rhino in captivity. Most of all, we have to comment on how polished the experience was. It was very clear that this was a place where the owners know how to run an agro-tourism business. Our guide was waiting for us as we pulled up, everything was ready to go, the tour was scheduled to coincide with feeding times so we could see most of the animals during a very interactive time of day, everything was clean and well-kept and the animals all appeared very healthy and engaged with their keepers. If you are an animal lover and want a more intimate experience than your local zoo, we definitely recommend Carson Springs over and above any other animal sanctuaries we have visited in Florida.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Jeff Barnes wrote a review Feb 2021
United States3 contributions
Amazing place!! Animals so well taken care of and 100 percent of donations go right back to Animals care and food . The Guides are extremely knowledgeable and was more than happy to leave a tip for them too! Planning to go back again and again and again!!!!
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Date of experience: January 2021
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