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“Wolves happily playing with coconuts:)”

Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education & Experience Center
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Shy Wolf Sanctuary is located on a private residence and is not open to the public. Reservations are required. Please visit our website to make a reservation. Shy Wolf Sanctuary, Education and Experience Center, Inc. is a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization in Naples, FL which provides a life-long home to over 60 rescued exotic animals, with most of them coming from abused, abandoned, or neglected situations. Our Healing Hearts program partners with area organizations for foster care and shelter adults and children. Through an educational experience with our animals, who have had similar life experiences, the animals teach us we can all heal if we forgive, trust and love. From the Heart ~ For the Animals
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Voerendaal, The Netherlands
Level 3 Contributor
2 reviews
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“Wolves happily playing with coconuts:)”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

I never expected to find wolves in Florida, but it was the most humbling and heartwarming experience! I recommend it to anyone who is in the Naples area. Call or email them to schedule a visit. You can't drop by unexpected. It is not a zoo, it is a private residence with a group of dedicated and passionate volunteers who like to educate you about animal behavior and their work at the sanctuary. Scheduled visits are from 9.00am to 11.30ish and a max. of 15 visitors is allowed per day. You are divided into two groups, so the animals are not exposed to too many visitors at once. Make sure to bring a camera and wear clothes that may get a bit dirty. Be prepared to sit in the sand in the wolf enclosures.
You get to see plenty of wolves, wolfdogs, foxes, coyotes (they are soo lovely), prairie dogs and several big cats. The most animal interaction will be with wolves and wolfdogs. If they want to come up to the humans they do and then you can pet and play with them. They might even lick you:). If they are too shy, they just watch you from a distance. They seem genuinely fond of the volunteers and each other. The animals look very healthy and happy even though they are often rescued from horrible situations.
The sanctuary has little means, but no expenses are spared when it comes to the animals. They don't push for donations, but they are dependent of it. You can leave a donation, buy a shirt or sponsor your favorite animal. The animals are very lucky to have found such a great home with such loving and caring people looking after them. We were vey happy to find this place and visited twice! We will definitely go again on our next visit to Florida.

Visited August 2013
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English first
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Amazing yolo experience”
Reviewed June 13, 2013 via mobile

We could not have asked for a better experience. These wonderful creatures have found a great home here in florida. The outreach program and education was very good and to be up close with these wolves was more than we anticipated. The drive was easy and gps took us right there. Parking was a bit tough, but that is nothing! Will reco to everyone thinking of coming to florida for vaca!

Visited June 2013
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Fort Myers, Florida, United States
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Amazing experience!!”
Reviewed May 5, 2013

I have been here many times. Each time always being completely impressed with the staff and the experience! It's an awesome experience for everyone! Each time I went I made it a family affair with the young children. You don't only see beautiful majestic wolves, but you also see other wildlife too! We went when they were at their old location and still waiting to be able to go to their new location. Can't wait! I can't express how awesome this place is, my review could go on for miles on the amazing experience you have with the people here and the wildlife. They have a special connection to each and everyone of their animals! You must call and make an appointment to go, you will not regret it one bit. This is a nonprofit organization, but appreciates donations. They also have events. They do so much for these animals, they deserve so much!

Visited September 2012
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Marco Island, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Giving nature a hand”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

I met Kent Smith, an owner of SWS, when he was the Captain of our fishing charter and he told us about the sanctuary and its mission. A tour was scheduled and we visited there shortly afterwards. It's currently on a relatively small area but will be expanding in the future to a new home. The up close experience with the animals was thoroughly enjoyed and an experience we'll do again when we're in the area. Thanks to the owners,staff and volunteers for the great work that they do.

Visited February 2013
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Bonita Springs, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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“What a surprise”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

the people that care for the animals are so good. The wolfs are much bigger than I thought but are also much like large dogs,

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