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St. Augustine Wild Reserve

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Address: Saint Augustine, FL 32092
Phone Number: +1 904-940-0664

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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i'm from Portland,Tn. and we made a trip to go see my brother in Orange Park,Florida,and wow what a great drive and visit...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

i'm from Portland,Tn. and we made a trip to go see my brother in Orange Park,Florida,and wow what a great drive and visit...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had a wonderful visit here while in St. Augustine. The volunteers/staff are incredibly knowledgeable and have developed relationships with the animals. The tours are at feeding time, so all of the animals are active in anticipation of their meal. It is fascinating to watch these gorgeous animals active and up-close (5'-10'), consuming their meals. Much better experience than a zoo,... More 

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Cary, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Wild Reserve is a unique experience. The staff was very friendly and they've taken in many exotic animals. The tour is done during animal feeding time so you can see the animals when they are very active. Many large Cats of different kinds. Much more personal than a zoo experience. All proceeds help go to fund the care of... More 

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was so much better than any zoo experience I have had. It's great because you are so close to the animals and you really get to see their size and personalities. They feed them on the tour so you are never searching for a glimpse of an animal like you do at the zoo. When I say you are... More 

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Saint Augustine Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have visited twice and will go again. The animals were born in captivity and were rescued by the reserve. Many were placed here by Florida Fish and Wildlife. Dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers. Have you ever seen a tiger in a bubble bath?

Thank Jill L
Orange Park, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very cool place to go, you can tell that all the people that work and volunteer there truly love and care for all the animals. There are stories of where all the animals came from, information about each of the personalities of each of the animals and general information about each animal species. We had a very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I braved the tour in the rains leading up to hurricane Matthew - And so glad we did! What an amazing experience. So informative. Our guide was awesome and full of knowledge about the animals at the reserve and just about everything else zoological! You could tell everyone there truly cares about these animals. We will go... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Such an amazing opportunity to get close to the most beautiful animals I have ever seen from tigers, lions, bears and wolves to name a few. Volunteers are amazing with all the animals and know all their personal needs and personalities! I would definitely recommend a visit for all ages :)

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Acworth, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my second visit to St Augustine Wild Reserve and I was just as impressed as the first time. I took my teenage daughter and her friend and they both loved the tour and learned a lot about the animals. Two baby tiger cubs, Apollo and Venus, are now at the reserve and they are just too cute for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were more than happy about our visit to the St Augustine Wild Reserve. The staff is fantastically nice, friendly and professional. The visit was all we hoped for and more. This place is doing a terrific job at giving these animals a safe and caring home!

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