Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation

Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation

Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation
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10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Not for profit exotic animal rescue and endangered species animal park and breeding center. Large beautiful nature park with 28 species, over 75 animals including big cat feeding demonstrations.
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  • Deborah Babcock
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous
    What a great day! Really enjoyed the tour and you can tell the animals are very well loved. I rented a scooter just for the heck of it. It was fun and comfy. The owner came by for a few interactions and it was amazing! Highly recommend!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 5, 2023
  • katyrwalls
    Middleburg, Florida219 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun and educational wildlife experience
    I took a two-hour walking tour led by Anna Foster. There was Tank, their largest Bengal tiger. He greeted us by showing off his boxing skills with his large plastic barrel hanging in his spacious enclosure. Then he came over and accepted the chicken treats Anna and owner, Barry, offered. He’s their youngest tiger, but the biggest at about eight-feet tall. He shares a large enclosure with Tabitha, a golden tabby, a rare coloration with only about 50 in the world. That was just a start. Anna introduced us to dozens of other animals, from tigers to warthogs and lemures. Each has a name and a story. You can take the walking tour, riding one, or arrange a private tour. This is worth seeing and such an educational experience.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 10, 2023
  • Sue S
    The Villages, Florida4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    All around Great experience
    We loved our visit, it was very educational and enjoyable. Loved seeing all the very active animals. I even got to feed and handle lemurs. This is a tour any animal lover would love. The staff were all very knowledgeable and you could tell they really cared for the animals. They offer walking or riding tours so anyone can enjoy this. We did the riding tour and our carts were dressed like a zebra and leopard. Two seniors enjoying life!
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 22, 2023
  • ATLgirl
    Atlanta, Georgia99 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden Gem
    What a treat! We visited on Memorial Day and had a wonderful time. The animals are gorgeous and the tour was interesting and informative. Compared to a zoo, you get closer to the animals (but not too close) and they feed the big cats chicken drumsticks during the tour so you get to see the animals really well and see their interactions with the staff. The animals seem very happy, literally purring loudly when their favorite people approach the enclosure. The founder petted a cheetah who was licking his hand! We rented the ride-on devices because they were too hilarious to pass up. 😆 They’re cushioned but after a hour of riding in the heat, we were getting a little uncomfortable (hot and tired of straddling the thing). I would go back, but would probably not rent those again. The bathrooms were fine and while they have no snacks for sale, they did have cold drinks.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 30, 2023
  • Beth S
    Gulf Breeze, Florida19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the jaunt to see this Wildlife Refuge!
    We paid for the Saturday tour from 10am - 12noon. You can not wander the grounds on you own. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. She brought us by the enclosed fenced area for each animal. We saw all types of tigers, leopards, pumas, cheetahs, and a few monkeys , a large tortoise, lemurs, kookaburra birds, wart hogs, and 2 hyenas. They care for these animals very well and give them snacks for us visitors to see them up close. There is a fence between us. Many have been nursed back to life. I enjoyed the obvious affection the hyenas gave to their handler. Very unexpected as the hyenas is depicted as the villain media. The walk was easy and if anyone needs a ride on vehicle they have several. You will enjoy this Wildlife Refuge. Well worth the entrance fee. We purchased tickets online, but you can purchase when you arrive. Enjoy!
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 5, 2023
  • Traveler55759774474
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing private tour
    What an amazing place! We took the private tour and got to see Barry interact with all the animals. The animals are so loved and well cared for. We look forward to visiting again and highly recommend the private tour. Worth every penny.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 23, 2023
  • Beth F
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazi g animals and passionate staff
    Amazing animals and passionate staff, you can tell the animals here are well cared for and loved as they seem so peaceful and content unlike a zoo. This is a forever home for most of them although there is a possibility of offspring if the genetics are known. Highly recommend and I don't generally recommend zoos.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 3, 2023
  • MeowBrain
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    PUUURRRRRRRRR
    A chance to get close to big cats (a safe distance of course.) The animals are all obviously very well taken care of, and loved. They especially love the guy who feeds them chicken 😊 Mia does a wonderful job.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 12, 2023
  • Robert230
    Brooklyn, Michigan135 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a wonderful facility.
    What a wonderful afternoon at Carson Springs. Our guide Kelly was fantastic as we toured their beautiful facility. So many well cared for and happy wild animals that would have met a much different fate if it weren’t for the life care and love that Barry and Christine have given them.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 2, 2024
  • Julie M
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a fabulous experience
    The gals from "The Villages" had a wonderful experience at the Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation. Our guide, Cassey, was fantastic and informative as we toured their beautiful, well-maintained sanctuary. Thank you so much, Barry and Christine, for your evident love for those amazing animals that needed much care and a good home for the remainder of their lives. I will encourage everyone I know to tour and support this fantastic facility.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 30, 2024
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Ben S
Gainesville, FL17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
IT WAS LIT!!! You can literally walk right up to lions, tigers, jaguars, cougars, leopards, rhinos, lemurs and all kinds of other furry friends. Unless you get eaten someday, you will never get any closer to these beautiful beasts. Isaiah was an amazing guide; his ability to politely answer the stupidest of questions from the tour group will not be forgotten. Most of the animals are rescues, and many among them have awful histories of abuse. Regardless, they are now happy, healthy, and have a great relationship with their keepers. Please donate generously to this worthwhile cause!
Written January 11, 2020
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Stefanie M
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Family
This was a great experience for the whole family! You get to be so close to the animals and the tour guide fed some of them, which was fun to see. The owner was walking around getting the animals to come to the fence so we could get a great view. The kids loved feeding Henry the rhino! Well worth the money for the 2 hour tour and experience you get, plus it’s obviously for a great cause!
Written January 24, 2021
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SheilaDaak
Jacksonville, FL53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Feeding Henry was awesome - he is so hugh.

We really had a wonderful day. The park is rufuge and attractive. The check in easy and the attitude positive about everything.

Our guide, Isaiah, was outstanding. He knew each animal's name, backstory, and breeding information. His enthusiasm was so contagious - we all said we would have been worn out with all our questions and he welcomed answered each and every question with such professionalism. Very informed zoo keeper.

The animals were so close to you - it was so exciting. Even the Kuni Kuni momma pig and babies were facinating. Of course the cats were second to none. Many rescues that have been loved back to health. All of the breeding programs they are involved in, is amazing.
Written October 7, 2020
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GARY S
Bradenton, FL4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Family
Like that you can see the animals closer than at the zoo. Also liked that you can feed some of the animals for $5. These are the improvements that would make the visit a lot better. First of all it is getting hot out there to be waiting in line unnecessary especially when you got a 84yr old mother in a wheelchair. People who have already paid for their tickets on line should not have to wait longer in that line than walk up customers who are paying cash. Why can’t prepaid customers just show you on their phones prepayment then give them their wristbands and go in instead of waiting for your attendant to fumble around looking for your name on prepayment list which is time consuming. Also advertise $5 to feed what animals that are available to feed. I notice one worker would say the fee to feed an animal was $5 where another said $10 at the same animal cage. You will get more business if you made the tour more wheelchair friendly and blacktop the trails. I was pushing my mother in her wheelchair and kept on getting stuck. If you make those adjustments you will get more business and positive reviews. And I’m not one of those people that complains, I came to visit with my parents, not with teens which was the closest option to choose. I’m just stating the facts that I won’t be back if improvements are not made, thanks, Gary Soria
Written September 25, 2022
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Cathy G
Gainesville, FL8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
We booked a private walking tour for 7 of our family members. Ellie was our guide, and she was very knowledgeable and informative. She gave us a great tour! The tour lasted 2 hours, and we thoroughly enjoyed it! We got to see the animals close up, and they were all so healthy looking and well cared for. It felt so good seeing these wild animals who come from mostly neglected or abusive environments thriving at Carson Springs. All 7 of us enjoyed the tour. And we were ages 9 - 70. We will definitely go back someday soon to enjoy this beautiful, nonprofit wildlife sanctuary.
Written January 19, 2021
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Brianna D
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
My boyfriend and I were visiting FL from New York, and Carson Springs Wildlife was #1 on my list of places to visit while we were down here and let me tell you, they did not disappoint. We can't stop telling everyone about our visit here, will probably be one of the best and most memorable experiences in our life. I'll start out by saying how well kept the grounds are, and how cared for and loved these animals are by Barry, his wife and the whole team at Carson Springs. Everyone is so beyond knowledgable, caring and sweet. We started out the morning by getting to hold and play with a 1 1/2 month old clouded leopard named Tosh, she was only about 5 lbs and the sweetest thing. Then we went on a 2 hour tour, and got to see so many beautiful animals up close, feed a rhino and watch Barry interact with his animals. THEN we ended the tour with a very special interaction with baby Jess a hyena, whom we got to play with and be up close with. It was so crazy and cool! We can't wait to come back and visit. HIGHLY recommend!!
Written May 15, 2022
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katyrwalls
Middleburg, FL219 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
I took a two-hour walking tour led by Anna Foster. There was Tank, their largest Bengal tiger. He greeted us by showing off his boxing skills with his large plastic barrel hanging in his spacious enclosure. Then he came over and accepted the chicken treats Anna and owner, Barry, offered. He’s their youngest tiger, but the biggest at about eight-feet tall. He shares a large enclosure with Tabitha, a golden tabby, a rare coloration with only about 50 in the world.
That was just a start. Anna introduced us to dozens of other animals, from tigers to warthogs and lemures. Each has a name and a story. You can take the walking tour, riding one, or arrange a private tour. This is worth seeing and such an educational experience.
Written March 10, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Al A
Gainesville, FL22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation

Gainesville

Well Worth Your Time - But reservations necessary

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While I am not totally familiar with the why or how of Carson Springs, I have visited there several times and it is a special treat. The owners are animal rescue people and they have a large variety of beautiful animals. At least one elephant, lions, cheetahs, giraffe, and more.

They are all well cared for.

If your tour includes watching the owner feed the animals you in for a special treat. Visit the web site and look at the wonderful pictures and stories.

When we visited, there was no charge, but a donation is expected.

Full disclosure... the choices of dates visited do not apply. It was several years ago.
Written January 7, 2020
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ATLgirl
Atlanta, GA99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
What a treat! We visited on Memorial Day and had a wonderful time. The animals are gorgeous and the tour was interesting and informative. Compared to a zoo, you get closer to the animals (but not too close) and they feed the big cats chicken drumsticks during the tour so you get to see the animals really well and see their interactions with the staff. The animals seem very happy, literally purring loudly when their favorite people approach the enclosure. The founder petted a cheetah who was licking his hand! We rented the ride-on devices because they were too hilarious to pass up. 😆 They’re cushioned but after a hour of riding in the heat, we were getting a little uncomfortable (hot and tired of straddling the thing). I would go back, but would probably not rent those again. The bathrooms were fine and while they have no snacks for sale, they did have cold drinks.
Written May 30, 2023
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Roland G
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Carson Springs is the best animal rescue facility possible. Privately owned, it is obvious that the owners love their animals. The 2 hour tour of many, many animals by a very knowledgeable tour guide was fascinating and the cages allowed one to get within 8 feet of the animals.
Written February 4, 2024
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