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St. Augustine Wild Reserve

Features Animals
St. Augustine, FL 32092
+1 904-940-0664
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Probably the most amazing tour we have ever taken!

The tour guide, Karen, is quirky, extremely knowledgeable and very funny! She helped raise several... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Marissa V
via mobile

We showed up not really knowing what to expect, thinking we would see a couple of large cates... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Elise L
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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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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The tour guide, Karen, is quirky, extremely knowledgeable and very funny! She helped raise several of these beautiful cats and you can see by the way they interact with her that they are treated very well by the owner, Deborah, and all of the volunteers....More

Thank Marissa V
Reviewed 1 week ago

We showed up not really knowing what to expect, thinking we would see a couple of large cates laying around their cages like you see at the zoo. This was an up-close tour. These women interact with these animals, they play and train them. At...More

Thank Elise L
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a majestic place! This property contains big cats were once owned by people who could or would not take care of them. They are well, they are fed, and they are loved. These animals CANNOT be released in the wild because they were raised...More

Thank tompcmc
Reviewed 1 week ago

I understand the concept of rescuing animals and habilitating them/breeding them for endangerment purposes, but there's no excuse for the tiny cages. These big cats should have room to grow and roam free. Domesticated or not, they're big animals that deserve a fulfilling life.

Thank YanSo
Reviewed 1 week ago

The animals and guides were amazing. The animals are well taken care of .You can see it with the bond they have with their caretakers

1  Thank tkempjax
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took tour with 3 generations of family from grand-dad to teen and everyone thoroughly enjoyed. It was hot, but the staff made sure that everyone stayed cool. The stories around the animals really make the tour, and good to see the animals so happy. Brought...More

Thank dawgbytes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have been going to st augustine for 25 years never even knew about this place. went because of the great reviews and it did no dissapoint! lots of big cats and got to hear one roar up close! very very cool, would def do it...More

1  Thank Ryan M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For all the years we have been coming to St. Augustine, this is the first time we have ever visited & we highly recommend booking a tour. The tours are Monday, Wednesday & Saturdays & last 1 1/2-2 hours. They are led by the Park's...More

Thank J-K-B10_85
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Absolutely worth going to. There really isn't anything quite like this experience where you get to observe these animals up close with the people who care for them everyday.

Thank John C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had an amazing time at the Reserve today. Deb gave us half off due to the hurricane cleanup that was underway during our tour. Our tour guide, Karen, was very knowledgeable and personable. If you haven't been please check it out. You'll have have...More

Thank Valerie W
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Alisha B
18 August 2017|
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Response from Jill L | Reviewed this property |
Admission is $30.00 total. The deposit is half, so $15.
4 July 2017|
Response from cornacchiadm | Reviewed this property |
Mon, Wed, and Sat 2pm tours. Must pre-order tickets
2 June 2017|
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Response from Max C | Reviewed this property |
Yes this is both wheel chair accessible and they have an open-air vehicle for people to ride along - either start to finish or if the need arises.