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“Lions and Tigers and...Tigers, Oh My!”

St. Augustine Wild Reserve
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The St. Augustine Wild Reserve offers tours on an appointment-only basis. Tours are held in the afternoon, on Mon, Wed, and Sat at 2pm. Email to make reservations. Children under 5 are free. Guests will be given a guided tour of the 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, and will be able to venture closer to adult African lions and tigers than they ever imagined. Guests will meet our amazing white tigers, 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 feed all of the big cats on the tours, and set up a tiger bubblebath for at least one tiger. We do not allow photography, however, we do offer a fabulous photo CD for a small donation.
Reviewed December 2, 2013

Definitely worth it; there's a drive, $30 donation, mud (only if recently rained) and about 2 hrs on your feet, but this is a sweet deal for a once in a lifetime type event (unless you're local, then you could go as often as you like).

Pros: - Tigers. Lots of tigers. Wrt animals, only the good stuff here.
- Once in a lifetime opportunity for most people; to be that close to these full grown or cute baby big cats - see them eat, feel the reverbrations in your chest of a roar, appreciate their beautiful coloring, strength, size, playfulness and learn some factoids even animal enthusiasts might not know.
- Interact with people who appear to genuinely care deeply for the welfare of these animals. Most are rescues; neglected/mistreated or rejects from breeders. Defintely better off here than where they were before. The back stories of the animals are pretty endearing.

Cons: - Started 30 min late waiting for a large group (group's fault, not tour's).
- 2 hrs on your feet mostly standing "no running allowed"; a little muddy and you have to stay with the group.
- We went Thanksgiving weekend and, after a warm sunny day, it got pretty cold towards the end of the tour.
- For such large, healthy looking animals, the enclosures seem small. I'm not sure how they are better off than at a zoo.
- No picture taking. Still doesn't make sense to me.
- And, worst of all; look, but don't touch. No petting allowed:(

2  Thank ilikemike2013
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

Seeing wild animals in a zoo is one thing, but seeing a big cat "flank" her dinner--daring you to make a move--and then charge and roar at you from 4 feet away when you do is totally AWESOME. This attraction is not to be missed. Make a special point of seeing the big cats. You will not be disappointed.

Thank Oke-Linda S
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

A visit to the St. Augustine Wild Reserve is far better than any trip to the zoo. The tour is done at feeding time when the animals are most active. Talk about getting up close and personal. The tour guide is excellent and gives the back story on each animal. While the tour is two hours long, the time just flies by. What is most impressive is that the entire operation is staffed by volunteers who truly love these animals - lions, tigers, leopards, panthers, wolves, etc. My hats off to everyone involved. If you are in the St. Augustine area, this is a definite must see. And it is heart-warming to know that the entire proceeds from the cost of the tour go to the care, feeding and housing of these animals. It is a most worthwhile cause.

Thank Chris F
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Reviewed November 30, 2013

Spent a delightful 2 hours with lions, tigers, and other exotics. Learned a lot about the animals. Hats off to the owners for taking care of these cats; some of whom had been abused in their former habitat.

Thank idkramer
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Reviewed November 28, 2013 via mobile

Yesterday we really enjoyed our tour of the animal reserve. Lions, tigers, wolves, cougars are just the beginning. A very informative 2 hour tour and observation of nearly all of the animals being fed. Staffed by volunteers who obviously care for them and take safety seriously. Read carefully the info they send ahead of time. If it's rained recently, it's quite muddy for a lot of the tour. It's truly incredible to see these big cats so close (5-10ft). Not like the zoo where you're craning your neck for a glimpse from 100 ft away. It is undeniably a little depressing to see these magnificent animals in cages but they are mostly rescued, and often raised by humans. They're not going to zoos and can't be released, so this is reality. One highlight; remind the guide to get the wolves howling. Once they get going it continues for awhile, and it's pretty awe-inspiring. I'd only heard that in the movies!

3  Thank David H
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