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“Phenomenal experience”

McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary
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Owner description: RESERVATIONS REQUIRED! : Eight lush acres of endangered wildlife surrounded by a botanical garden situated in the palmetto and pine forest of West Palm Beach! Over 200 animals from White Tigers to African Lions, Black Leopards, Ligers, Lynx and Amur Leopards seen from just four feet away you can't get any closer than this by law! Hands on experiences with parrots, kinkajous, alligators, snakes, and well who knows what else. You will have to come by and experience it for your self! We are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit wildlife rescue facility that take in injured native wildlife, orphaned babies, and unwanted exotic pets! Your experience here goes hand in hand with helping us with the tremendous expense in this cause.Price is $35.00 Dollars for adults and $25.00 Dollars for children.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed January 15, 2014

We visited 1/14/14 -- nothing like it...especially for the price! First impressions are deceiving - it looks small and remote from the outside, but it does not disappoint. Our tour guide was AMAZING - you could tell she absolutely loves the animals and her job. There is a very diverse group of animals in well-maintained habitats - not depressing like a zoo. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable and tells you personalized stories of each animal. You get the chance to hold/pet smaller animals, and get closer to lions and tigers than you could anywhere else. The tours are 1.5 hrs, 3 times a day - a reservation is required. They take your payment over the phone in order to hold the reservation - it is non refundable, but you can reschedule if something comes up. It's definitely worth the money. My husband and I thought it would be a reasonable price for what we thought we were going to get - but it was a better deal than we thought! And the sanctuary is non profit so all revenue goes straight back to the animals/sanctuary - well worth the money.

Thank Alyse B
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Reviewed January 15, 2014

was the price to pay for this fantastic tour of the facilities and the inhabitants. the history of the citizens of this domain was fabulous, right up to SLAMMER, who was named after his "boss" went to jail for illegally purchasing him and was found in a motel room. KARA, our tour guide, brought to life the history of the citizens, as well as the citizens themselves, by running and playing with them so we could see them flex their muscles and stretch to their 7 foot plus capabilities.

from the birds, to the lizards, to the snakes, the monkeys, the big cats, and the domestic cats who greeted us at the end of the tour. what a wonderful experience.

thank you for your dedication and love you express to the animals and they to you.

1  Thank Craig B
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Reviewed January 15, 2014

I had the best time at the sanctuary! Our guide Kara was very knowledgeable, she showed a lot of love and affection towards the animals. This place was amazing, I recommend it to anyone who has a love and compassion for all animals.

1  Thank Mattmc80
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Reviewed January 15, 2014

Maybe too up close and personal, but all in all a great surprise! I'm a bit of a chicken, so the cats seemed too close for me, but the family loved it!

Thank Kfcervon
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Reviewed January 15, 2014

My wife and I visited on 1/4/14. Ashlyn was out guide, she was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The tour lasted one hour and fourty five minutes. We so a diversity of animal and a fantastic snake house. My favorite was the lion but the tigers were magnificent. We both had a great time and will bring our grandchildren in the near future. Definitely a five star experience.

Thank Chris H
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