St Augustine Wild Reserve183 Votes Currently Closed
- Address: St. Augustine, FL 32085, St Augustine, United States
- Timings: 02:00 pm - 04:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-9049400664
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Wildlife Park, Zoo, Wildlife Safari, Family And Kids, Nature
St. Augustine Wild Reserve is home to all the rescued exotic animals that puts them into protective care in the reserve. This wild reserve takes in unwanted exotic animals as an alternative to euthanasia. Some of the reserve’s animals come from abusive homes. Two wolves were rescued when their owner who was involved in a fatal auto accident. Many of the animals were confiscated by wildlife agencies from individuals who did not have proper state permits, or who starved their animals, keeping them in lower filthy conditions. To Deborah Warrick, the founder of this reserve, this was her calling to protect and help these animals who were in dire strait.
They offer tours of the St. Augustine Wild Reserve three times weekly by appointment only. Guests will be introduced to each species, told about the basic biology, and how the animal arrived at the sanctuary. Visitors will be allowed to be within 5-10 feet of the exotic animals, which are housed in secure habitats. Also on the tour will be the amazing white tigers, orange tigers, a very rare golden tabby tiger, cougars, servals, coatimundis, cougars, lynxes, leopards, and a host of wolves ranging in color from black to white.
They do not allow photography at the reserve as it may irritate some of the animals. However, a photographic CD of all of the animals is available at the end of each tour. Their goal is to educate the public about exotic animal ownership, to prevent future animal abuse. They transport various animals to schools, churches, and other outreach venues for educational presentations so that individuals may see what these animals are really like, dissuading them from obtaining such an animal as a pet.
St Augustine Wild Reserve Travel Tips
- Not open on a daily basis like a large zoo need to be reserved in advance.
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- Sushi Bistro: Japanese
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14.68% of people who visit St Augustine include St Augustine Wild Reserve in their plan
95% of people start their St Augustine Wild Reserve visit around 2 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see St Augustine Wild Reserve
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting St Augustine Wild Reserve
St Augustine Wild Reserve Reviews & Ratings
An awesome place to visit to learn about big cats and other animals that have been rescued from the movie industry here at the reserve. It is by appointment only but this guarantees that your group size will be manageable and intimate so that everyone will be able to hear and feel involved. The entrance fee is a fundraiser, everything they make goes directly to helping maintain the care of the animals. I have been to several other big cat sanctuaries and they have always involved a certain odor, if you have house cats you know what I mean 😉 This is the cleanest, non odorous, well kept reserve I have been to. Please check their website 😊😁 I " think" if you can bring in donations of items they list on the website you can get a free our discounted ticket. I highly recommend!
This place is amazing!!! Better than any zoo that I have been to. The staff takes care of every animal with so much love. So good to experience these animals up close. My wife and I will help support this beautiful place. Thank you St. Augustine Wild Reserve.
I was so impressed by the people and the animals. Such a wonderful place that cares about wildlife. We will be back!
This place really cares about their animals! You get a guided tour throughout the sanctuary and you get to see all of the wonderful animals that are in their care. Lots of lions, tigers, some bears and wolves :-) They have different types of birds and waterfowl walking around. Also got to meet a deer. No cameras allowed as they keep the area low stimulation for those living there.
Great place to see big cats, wolves, hyenas, a bear, and more. It's not a zoo, it's a rescue reserve, so don't go in expecting anything fancy. Definitely a must-see for animal lovers as you get closer than you normally would at a zoo and you get to learn the animal's stories.