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St. Augustine Wild Reserve

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Address: Saint Augustine, FL 32085
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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We have been coming to St. Augustine for years. This was our first trip to the reserve. The staff was attentive and took amazing care of us. Did I mention that they were all... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We have been coming to St. Augustine for years. This was our first trip to the reserve. The staff was attentive and took amazing care of us. Did I mention that they were all volunteers? This is a true labor of love! Even at 2 p.m., the animals were active. It was hot, but they provided water and ice cold... More 

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Sarasota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It was so refreshing to actually see the animals moving around ,jumping in and out of there pools and being fed. The speaker and volunteers helped tremendously with the playful action of the animals. The animals looked very taken care of and were playful. Pictures weren't allowed but for very good reasons and had no problem with it. Many thanks... More 

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The Villages, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is not to be missed. Every penny of The cost of admission goes to the feeding and care of the animals. The staff was very knowledgeable, and it was a joy to see how they interacted with the big cats. No bugs to deal with and cold water was given out along with wet towels to keep us comfortable.... More 

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Villa Rica, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Visited the Animal Reserve last week. The volunteer staff were very accommodating. My husband walks with a cane and a golf cart was immediately provided for us. The volunteers were extremely knowledgeable and it is obvious that they truly love the animals.. The reserve is well kept, the pens are very clean. The animals are clean and well fed and... More 

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Villa Rica, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed visiting on Saturday, July 16, 2016. The staff of volunteers were wonderful and so caring,. They are so educated and you can see how much they truly love these animals. The animals are beautiful and so well taken care of. I would definitely recommend seeing the Wild Reserve..

Thank Dietz27
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I like everything. I recommend it. Excellent for the whole family. They have an excellent team of volunteers. You must visit !!!!!

Thank Greche M
Palm Coast, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We live about a half away from St. Augustine, but we do the tourist attractions when friends come to visit. The Wild Reserve was a place we wanted to see, and we were just waiting for the right visitors to do it with. There are few places you can get this up close and personal with these amazing big cats... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great experience. I was a little disappointed that we couldn't take pictures but I understandstood because it could potentially cause the animals to become nervous. Also I would not recommend this to people who have very small children. More specifically hand babies and those that require a stroller. Espeacially during the summer months as it is extremely hot. The guides... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was hot and humid and as much I adore all animals, except snakes, I had second thoughts about spending time outside. Once my friend and I arrived at the Reserve, I forgot about the heat and humidity. I was completely immersed in a world of wild animals. It might sound unscientific, but I felt these animals were content and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic tour of many different animals - lions, tigers, ligers, coyotes, brown bear and many more. The animals are well cared for and the tour guides are extremely knowledgeable. They share personal stories about each animal while providing interesting facts about the animals in general. Did you know a hyena has the bite strength of a lion. This sanctuary provides... More 

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