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St. Augustine Wild Reserve

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Address: Saint Augustine, FL 32085
Phone Number: +1 904-940-0664
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The St. Augustine Wild Reserve offers tours on an appointment-only basis....

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!

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Educational and very interesting!

I visited the St. Augustine Wild Reserve on Saturday the 20th of August, 2016 and it was one of the best experiences I've had in my life. They take you on a guided tour through... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I visited the St. Augustine Wild Reserve on Saturday the 20th of August, 2016 and it was one of the best experiences I've had in my life. They take you on a guided tour through their reserve while giving you details and stories about the animals they have and how they arrived to them. The animals look well kept and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I were amazed by the diverse, rare wildlife. During the tour, staff provided history and education on each type of breed. Staff was courteous and accommodating. Family friendly atmosphere. If you want to see rare animals well-cared for by volunteer staff that are truly invested in the animals, I highly recommend this experience. We walked away feeling... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The tour was incredible, and the animals are healthy and well taken care of. The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. Well worth the money and I'd love to go again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a fabulous time at the reserve. The staff was very knowledgeable, professional and friendly. They worked to ensure everyone had a good view, heard the information and enjoyed the tour. BUT their primary focus was always on the animals and keeping all of us safe. I loved and respected that. We learned a lot about all the animals.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It was GREAT to see wild animals up close and personal! Our guide was very knowledgeable and the volunteers who assisted brought out the personalities of the animals; both Educational and Entertaining! It was a very HOT day but the volunteer staff provided water, cooling towels, and the comfort of seating in shade if needed by the visitors. Well worth... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow, it was a super hot day in St. Augustine, but this place was so worth the visit! I grew up about 30 minutes away and have never heard or visited before. Thanks Trip Advisor! We had a great tour and wonderful guides. They were all so knowledgable and loving towards the animas. What majestic animals and to be so... More 

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was amazing to see so many large cats and very educational. This is a great place to educate yourself and family about how we should treat and protect all wildlife.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was by far one of the best experiences! The volunteers are amazing, loving, caring and compassionate individuals! Kathy provided much information and history of the animals. They have given all these animals a second chance. They are dedicated its admirable the time they volunteer. They were wonderful to the tour group, providing water and cold wet towels for the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When we got in the car after this tour and I asked my husband, a man of few words, what he thought - he said "fantastic" - I do not think I have ever heard him use that word before. We learned so much about the animals - not just the breeds, but their personalities and their histories. Many of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed this, it is nice to see they really have a passion for what they are doing! Thank you for a great tour! The guide was very informative and it's nice to hear them stressing that the animals are not pets. Definitely recommend!

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